Vicious (Villains, #1) by V.E. Schwab

Vicious (Villains, #1)

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, t...

Details Vicious (Villains, #1)

TitleVicious (Villains, #1)
Release DateSep 24th, 2013
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Adult, Paranormal, Fiction

Reviews Vicious (Villains, #1)

  • Emily May
    "Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human."I actually received an 100-page preview of Vicious a few months prior to reading the full version and picked it up with absolutely zero expectations. Then, suddenly, I was catapulted into a world that did more than keep the promises of the blurb - A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world - but als...
  • Em
    I really wish I had a megaphone so I could accurately get across just how much I fucking love this book.I have so much of this book in my heart even my body feels too heavy to carry it. This is genuinely the best anti-hero story that I have ever read and now I have to readjust every other expectation in my life just to match it. Honestly. How is there so much in Schwab's mind? All I want is to climb inside and revel at all the brilliance. She did...
  • Bentley ★
    A week or so ago I asked my feed for reading suggestions featuring strong villainous characters, and this book received nearly unanimous acclaim from the majority of my friends who saw the post and responded. Now, normally I kind of hesitate going into anything with high expectations, but I immediately ran out and bought it and now I just have to take a moment to tip my hat to to all my friends who suggested that I read it. This book was EVERYTHI...
  • Katerina
    Vicious (adj.):1) Having the nature or quality of vice or immorality.2) Dangerously aggressive, marked by violence or ferocity.3) Victor Vale. “Victor was out. Victor was free.And Victor was coming for Eli - just as he'd promised he would.” Eli and Victor used to be best friends. Smarter than the rest of the students of Lockland University, they tried to play God. Fascinated by the rumors about EOs, ExtraOrdinary people with supernatural a...
  • amy
    victoria schwab stop emotionally draining me challenge
  • Ashley Nuckles
    I was supposed to be reading Six of Crows but left it at work and started this in the meantime and FINISHED IT BECAUSE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THIS WAS GREAT. I legitimately could not put it down. VE Schwab struck again! The complexity of the characters and the bouncing back and forth on the timeline and oh my goodness, if you're okay with reading about some college kids intentionally trying to kill themselves to get superpowers and maybe becoming acc...
  • Kai
    “There are no good men in this game.”I'm in a Victoria Schwab fever. Can't really blame her though, her novels are amazing!The most interesting thing about Vicious were its characters with their extraordinary abilities and the fact that there is no "good" main character. Both, protagonist and antagonist do ruthless things and leave a trail of violence and death, one more than the other. But I ended up rooting for some of the side characters...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    Reading about messed up lunatics had never felt better, full satisfaction guaranteed.A twisted tale of friendships, bitter jealousy, betrayal, loss and ultimately of revenge, Vicious is about Victor and Eli, former friends turned foes who also happen to be deviously cunning in (almost) equal measures. Neither one can be categorised as simply good or evil and unlike many stories of similar kinds, this is in no way a tale of good vs. evil as there ...
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
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  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Wow. I absolutely loved Vicious, it kept me hooked right from the get go and as things got more and more intense, I could not put it down!I plan on filming a full review soon alongside the #LittleBookClub liveshow, so I will be back with more detailed thoughts!Verdict: READ IT YO :)
  • Anne
    A Tale of Two Sociopaths.One is just ever so slightly more lovable than the other...This was right up my alley with all the Create-A-Superhero stuff!The reality, of course, is that neither of these guys are heroes. Victor and Eli were college roommates who experimented with a theory that Eli had about how Extra Ordinary people were created. Turns out he was right. Ta-da! Due to some unfortunate factors, Victor's transformation doesn't go quite a...
  • ☽Luna☾
    4/5 “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...
  • Angela
    “Be lost. Give up. Give In. in the end It would be better to surrender before you begin. be lost. Be lost And then you will not care if you are ever found.” I've  heard all over Goodreads about how amazing VE Schwab is. How everything she writes is amazing. With the hype came me putting off reading this book. So, when Sandra picked this book out for us to buddy read I was happy that I would finally get around to it. Vicious follows Victor an...
  • Jessica
    Full Video Book DiscussionThis book was incredible! One of my new favorites of the year!I was interested from the beginning and I was pleased that Victoria Schwab's writing style was just as good as I remembered! I loved the way this was written with all of the flashbacks and I think that really added a lot to the story. So good. Highly recommend!
  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    Actual rating: 3.5This is a book about superheroes---or rather, antiheroes, that started off wonderfully, but gradually wandered into genericville territory. It was still very good, but I'm still left with a sense of disappointment. The characters in this book didn't live up to my expectations, or to their own potential. It was the equivalent of a movie-based comic book adaptation, and granted, there have been pretty amazing ones...but still, thi...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    These little sociopathic superheroes were so delightfully messed up. I really don't know what to say about this that wouldn't spoil something because just the way everything unfolds makes it almost a mystery. The story jumps back and forth between the past and present (and various characters) and totally felt like a puzzle. Like you get little pieces here and there... and when you finally start to see the bigger picture or guess what it is, it's ...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    The easiest 5 stars I've ever given. Full review to come! I just need to gather my thoughts.
  • R.K. Gold
    As always my review WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS so if that bothers you stop reading now and just know I rated this book 5 stars.If you are continuing I assume you've read it already or spoilers do not bother you.I am starting here to give you enough lines to contemplate if spoilers bother you. Anyway, yeah, I loved this book. It's the first book since January I've read and instantly knew it had to be five stars. No debate or hovering over the starts, c...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Eli and Victor are college roommates. I can't say that they are friends, because both of them are arseholes. We'll pretend they are friends. Eli starts a thesis about EO's or Extra-ordinaries. Those are those people with extra super gifts after they "came back" from the dead. So what do these two do? They decide to try it themselves. It frigging works. Ten years later Victor gets out of prison. (I give nothing away!! You have to read it) and come...
  • Fabian
    I can see how anyone (esp. a younger-type millennial Anyone) who hasn't seen the early 90s Roberts-Sutherland-Baldwin thriller "Flatliners"* COULD be moved by this (you know, young 'uns playing with Death & stuff), a work of serious unoriginality. Another "X-Men"? No-oh thanks. (Unless, of course, you are under 30 & haven't yet gotten your fill of "ExtraOrdinary" people [hint: as much as you want to deny this, every person on earth is an EveryPer...
  • C.G. Drews
    I THINK THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY FOR ME. I love villains. I adore anti-heroes. I love a character with a complex backstory, a little bit of warped thinking, and a weakness for chocolate milk. THIS BOOK HAD IT ALL. I'm a billion percent pleased. My main worry, before starting, is that I'm a 98% YA reader and this is an adult book. But seriously? I didn't need to be worried. The writing is GOLDEN. It has less language/sex than a lot of YA...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Vicious is the story of a villain and a hero. Or, that's what it disguises itself as. It's really the story of five different morally grey characters, all out for themselves, battling it out. This is a book that explores the hero / villain dichotomy and promptly shatters it to pieces. Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens. Someone could be labeled a villain for trying to stop that person. Plenty of humans were ...
  • Heather 'Bookables'
    Wow this book! It really made me think with the whole good vs. evil thing! Loved this book!
  • Hannah
    You know that feeling of nostalgia you get when you're reading one of your favorite books? That's how I felt the whole time I was reading this. It was like I already knew this world and these characters. And that's not to say that they were bland or stereotypical (because they were extremely complex and compelling), but it was as if they were already somehow part of my life. I don't even have the words to describe how much I loved this. It was pe...
  • Ginger
    5 STARS! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐WOW! I had no idea I would like this book so much. I’m really glad I picked it up this month and gave it a chance. I’m really looking forward to the sequel that’s coming out this year!It’s such a cool plot along with great characters. What’s not to love about questionable characters that battle on being good and evil?!I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t love about this book from the writing, great ...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    First read February 20, 2015.This was my first time rereading this wonderfully dark little book, and I loved it just as much the second time around.
  • Raeleen Lemay
    THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. The writing was beautiful, the characters were complex and the plot kept me on my toes! Such a roller coaster of emotions near the end there, and I NEED THIS TO BE A MOVIE.
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Actual rating : 3.5 starsIf Vicious was disturbing and fascinating, I can't shake the feeling that something was missing for me to really love , especially when it comes to Eli's character arc. Now, trust me, I'm the first surprised to have felt so utterly captivated by Elie and Victor's researches. I mean, Eos? Please. I couldn't care less and every book involving them bored me to tears (here you go, Steelheart). That's why I feel the need to st...
  • Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
    "There are no good men in this game." Guys, Victoria Schwab is brilliant. This is a FACT, it has been proved A MILLION TIMES, it has been proved once again. With this book. Literally. This is the book I've been waiting for MY ENTIRE LIFE. But guys, guess what!!! The main character's name is Victor. I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, VICTORIA SCHWAB!!!It's gonna go on my list, waaaaaay up there along with Shades of Magic and Monsters of Verity. Hell, it's...