“But these words people threw around – humans, monsters, heroes, villains – to Victor it was all just a matter of semantics. Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”
Okay so I have always wanted to read vicious, I swear I’ve had it on my tbr since I was born. Why? Well because that blurb sounded oh so delicious, I love anti heros ! As soon as I received Vicious I was so excited to devour it, just like I would a cheesecake. Upon the first page of the novel, I stumbled across this quote; “Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between Bad and Good, but between Bad and Worse. —Joseph Brodsky”THIS IS MY NEW FAVOURITE QUOTE. Its the most truthful thing I’ve ever read in my life. It was love at page one, and my love for this novel only seemed to increase, until that ending. I WANTED MORE BADASSERY! I went through the whole book enjoying it but that ending was so flat. I feel like the ending could have been way better. But that’s really my only complaint and that’s just my opinion.
“The absence of pain led to an absence of fear, and the absence of fear led to a disregard for consequences.”
Okay so enough bad stuff. I don’t think I can flail and yell enough about this book, I wish I could write this whole review in caps to get my point across however that’s hard work on an iPhone and I’m extremely lazy. This book was the bomb, I’m so inlove with it. Everything is just so amazing, I loved the plot so much, it was exciting, fun & full of WOW moments, theres only one word to describe it and that’s COOL. It’s basically about two best friends who start experimenting with near death experiences. Some stuff happens then bam Victor is in jail and escapes with one thing on his mind to kill ELI (his old bestfriend). The book is multiple POV but with Victor as the main and most common POV. The storyline is dark and it is set in a really strange way, it’s in past tense ten years ago, current day & days after Victors escape, so it’s kinda jumpy however she nailed it and it totally worked, so I’m going to applaud Schwab for pulling it off. The characters were so goddamn amazing, we have our protagonist Victor Vale who I adored with every inch of my black heart. Seriously he had my heart captured as soon as he escaped jail *swoons*, I LOVE BADASS MC’s. And he was so bad, like villainous and malicious bad. So PRECIOUS & quite evil. I totally get why people find him hard to like, I however was made for Victor Vale. My favourite Victor Vale quote; “Because you don’t think I’m a bad person,” he said. “And I don’t want to prove you wrong.”
I also love Sydney and Mitch, both were incredibly entertaining background characters. Our antagonist is a sadistic bastard who is like a crazed religious person (I mean NO offence to any religion or extremely religious people or any crazy people in fact! Don’t take my words as an attack. The antagonist is actually a psycho, and if you read the book, you’ll understand what I mean). I always know books are gonna end up hectic when our antagonist is doing things for the ‘greater good’. There was lots of death and good shit. And quite possibly the best anti superhero book I’ve ever read. It’s the only one I’ve read, so it’s not up against anything however it was the greatest & you should just read the goddamn book. Also if you haven’t yet noticed, it was extremely quotable.
I love Schwabs writing style, its very simple and I like simple. She is a fantastic writer and I’m definitely looking forward to some more adult stuff from her and I’ll be dying until book two is released. Like bury me now and revive me once it arrives, I can’t take the waiting already.
I wouldn’t recommend this book to the YA community due to the amount of drug use in it. So definitely recommended to all adults (15+) that have eyes and use them to read.
Review by Luna.