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Vicious by V.E. Schwab Review

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This was my Random Read selection for February and I LOVED it!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab
September 24, 2014
Tor
Hardcover, 364 pgs.

What it’s about:
From YA author Victoria Schwab (Near Witch, 2011, The Archived, 2013), comes a new adult science fiction novel. When Victor and Eli first meet in college they are both ambitious and arrogant and slightly socially awkward. During their senior year a shared interest in near-death experiences and super human powers lead them to pose an interesting hypothesis. They believed that under the right circumstances it was possible for certain people to gain extraordinary powers. This was interesting as a theory, but deadly during the experimental phase. Ten years after that fateful semester Victor has escaped from prison and is hunting down his former friend. Fortunately for Victor, Eli is also on the look out for Victor as part of his crusade to eliminate ExtraOrdinaries (EOs) from the world. Both men are fueled by rage, armed with terrible powers, and dead-set on revenge.

Why you might like it:

Though marketed as an adult novel, I think high school readers would probably enjoy this book, so if you are a fan of Victoria Schwab, you might want to check out Vicious. If you like enjoy stories where the lines between good and evil are blurred, you will probably like the moral ambiguity in this book. If you are intrigued by the idea of having superpowers, you should probably read this book. It might change your mind! Are you a fan of revenge tales? That’s Vicious! Looking for complex friendships, unlikely heroes, and strange friendships? Look no further! If you like your reading deep, dark, and dangerous you will find all of that here. Bottom line: this book is fabulous! I found the cover off-putting, so this is a perfect opportunity to NOT judge a book by its cover!

Want more like this?

The first book that comes to mind is Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Both tell the story of extraordinary powers corrupting people. I’ll have to think about more readalike!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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Random Reads February 2014, Vicious

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It is already time for a new Random Reads, hosted by I’m Loving Books! January just seemed to fly by and yet I managed to get a ton of reading and listening done, including my first ever Random Reads pick, Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker. Random.org decided that in February I should read book #31 on my TBR list, Vicious by Victoria Schwab. I added this one to the list on September 20, 2012.

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From Goodreads:

“A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?”

And just because I am a big nerd, here is my January in review:
Total Books: 19
Read: 15
Listened: 4

Favorites: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Review Written: 4
Drink, Slay, Love
Small Town Sinners
Breath of Frost
The Eye of Minds

Teen Programs:
Princeton Review ACT Prep Class
Princeton Review ACT Practice Test
Dungeons & Dragons Club
Sylvan Study Skills Class

Movies Seen: (I hardly ever see movies and this month I went to two!)
Frozen
Catching Fire

Despite being ridiculously cold, January was pretty great!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan