Vengeful by V.E. Schwab is the anticipated sequel to Vicious; a story of right and wrong and everything in between. In Vengeful we follow the same beloved/hated characters from the first book.
Sydney is still in shock over her sister’s death. Victor is less himself, dealing with death and life over and over again. Eli Ever seems to have gotten away with murder.
In the second book Victor finds himself in a position of weakness, grasping for answers only to be led down a winding path of pain and death. His family- Sydney, Mitch, and Dominic-are falling apart around him and so are his powers.
Five years has passed and Eli Ever is trapped, constantly being tormented both physically and mentally in his new surroundings. But there is one thing that keeps him going, his work will continue, even if it’s done behind bars.
This story can never get old for me. I would follow Victor, Sydney and Mitch as they made breakfast and went shopping if V.E. Schwab wrote about it. I just love these characters that much. Their make shift family is the perfect mix. In this book, they are just as great, but we get introduced to new characters that have the potential to join this trio in my heart.
Marcella is a strong and brazen woman we meet right in the beginning of the book. She had the potential to be a main villain in our story or a powerful ally, you’ll have to read to find out which. I really enjoyed the way her character develops, as a mob bosses wife she doesn’t take opposition well.
June is another new character, yay for more female EO’s. Her history is a little more secretive and we are left not knowing much about her. I have so many questions still, that is makes me wonder if we’ll be seeing her in another book! She is a little more level headed than Marcella, but just as bad in a good way.
Without giving too much away, I thought the progression of this story flowed well. It had the same short chapters and jumpy timeline as the first which I personally enjoy. Overall I gave this book five stars and these two together are some of my favorite reads of all time. Maybe I’m a sucker for super human powers, or just the inner uneasy state of my conscious constantly telling me it was wrong to root these characters on. Either way I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes a good action packed sc-fi.