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(Villains #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  70,578 ratings  ·  10,954 reviews
The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab's first adult novel.

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there's Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn't know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern eve
Kindle Edition, 462 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Tor
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Emily May
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 2018
His eyes met Victor’s, and for a second neither man moved.
Run, thought Victor, and he could see the response in Eli’s coiled frame.
Chase me.

Oh, how I loved this book! I've waited five long years for the sequel to Vicious and I was starting to think it would never happen... but Vengeful was so so good. Definitely worth the wait.

This duology (series??) is called "Villains" and yet the characters are so much more interesting than that. While I've enjoyed a number of Schwab's books, I feel like her
Victoria Schwab
One day I will be finished writing/rewriting this book.


ETA: Holy shit, VENGEFUL is up for a Goodreads Choice Award!! If you follow me at all online, you know what this book took from me in terms of blood, sweat, tears, and sanity, and how proud I am of the finished product. I'd be honored to have your vote!
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I could not put this book down!!

Probably my favorite book by V E Schwab. Loved the story, loved the superpowers, loved the strong messed up female characters, loved that the story was told backward, loved the flashbacks.

Book 2 was even better than the first one. Can't recommend this enough!

Only thing is... gold nail polish? Really?
chai ♡
Not gonna lie, folks, the only thing sustaining me right now is the elaborate and entirely self-indulgent fantasy version that I’ve created in my mind of a world where Victor, Syd, Mitch, and their thrice-dead dog are safe and together and away from *gestures vaguely* all of. this.
booksnpenguins (wingspan matters)
Okay. I'm gonna be a big brave girl and say it.
This wasn't that great.
There, I said it.
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Phew. That was a hard one to admit.


I mean
-yes, I liked it.
-yes, Victoria Schwab could write assembly instructions and I'd still read every word like it was prose.
-yes, it was great to be back into the Villains universe.
-yes, it was entertaining and made me lose my mind.
-and yes, I still think Mitch should adopt us all.

But I can't say I loved Vengeful as much as I loved Vicious because it'd be
Kai Spellmeier
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorites, queer
“I don't want to survive. I want to thrive.”

Am I Victor Vale yet cause I can assure you that I died several times during the course of this book.

After wiping cold sweat off my forehead and 5 minutes of deep and thorough breathing exercises I am relieved and happy to tell you that I loved Vengeful. I had high hopes, but my fears were taller. Ever since Victoria had announced that she would write a sequel to Vicious, I wondered whether this was a good idea. Don't get me wrong, I loved the first bo
Elle (ellexamines)
“Men look at anyone with power and see only a threat, an obstacle in their path. They never have the sense to see power for what it really is. Potential.”

Vengeful was my second most anticipated book of this year, and it did not disappoint at all. It was absolutely a wild ride and I read it in, literally, two sittings within the same day. S0 let’s scream!
➽G O D, T H A T ’ S G O O D

I think Schwab’s writing style for Vicious is the best of every talent she has in the writing
5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

“You’re not blessed, or divine, or burdened. You’re a science experiment.”

When I didn’t think V.E. could become more mind-blowing, newsflash, she does.
With this.
I mean omg.

Vicious ? Fucking loved it. Vengeful ? Fucking masterpiece.

The story somehow manages to become even darker, the action even more precipitated, too much detail but still enough to make the story real. The plot is even more complicated because there are many new
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
“Some people were matches, a bit of light and no heat. And some were furnaces, all heat but little light. And then, once in a blue moon, there was a bonfire, something so hot and bright you couldn't stand too near without burning.”

I loved this so much!! And I’m saying this not only because I’m Victor Vale trash - which I obviously am - but because V.E. Schwab knows how to tell a story! The way “Vengeful” was told is nothing but amazing. We have four weeks ago in the present, we have the past and
Good grief I'm finally done with this.

I'm disappointed. I'm underwhelmed. I'm frankly a little pissed off. I went into this book with the excitement of a giddy child and came out a crone hardened by sheer boredom and anger (the worst kind). I was happy with the story, so very happy, but once Marcella (a new addition AKA the lady on the cover) mutinied and became the star of the show, around the 50% mark, I found myself dreading reading this.

I don't want this to be a long review so I'm going to b
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rep-ace, release-2018
I know Victor Vale is real because this book made me feel all kinds of pain
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
theres nothing quite like reading about a bunch of sociopaths to make you feel good about your life. additionally, theres nothing like enjoying a book about sociopaths to make you feel the need to re-evaluate your life. lol.

this had everything i loved about vicious, and so much more! i dont even know where to begin. how lucky we are to even get a sequel? how much more world building was present in this? the fact that mitch was still so wholesome? the brilliance of schwabs storytelling? how much
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-fell-in-love
I'm currently debating between a 4 or 5 stars, but needless to say that I had the best time reading this book.

I didn't get bored once. It was thrilling, the character analysis was stunning and the pacing was beautifully set.
The world of EO's got bigger and better, more fascinating and ludicrous. More morally grey characters were introduced, Victor and Eli got more despicable and lovable with each page. Mitch, Doll and Sydney constantly turned my heart into mush.
And don't even get me started on
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Guys, get ready...
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
OMG! It took toooooooooooo long to finish this book and I wish the third book will come out sooner because I didn’t get my enough intake of Eli and Victor! They didn’t feature at this book as much as I expected. Dammit!

Well, I enjoyed the first one so much. It was one of darkest, bloody nightmares and I seriously fell in love with the writing. The second installment is also dark, vulgar, violent, bloodier, stunning and introducing us toughest villanelles which was the weakest point of the first
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure whether to rate 3 or 4. I have mixed feelings on this book. Vengeful continues on to be a fun and gritty drama with intriguing new characters, but I question whether a sequel was necessary. While the first book had a clear focus on the rivalry between Victor and Eli and their gray morality, the central themes in Vengeful were muddled and had a much more confusing timeline. I was intrigued by the new characters, but by the end felt like they were just added there to serve the plot. I fee ...more
One of top 5 worst reads of 2018.

This was a fiasco. An absolute clusterfuck.
What a joke.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75. I might bump this up to 4 because that’s what I thought I’d give it up until the very end. But this was very anti climactic for me and definitely did not compare to how perfect Vicious was for me.




Someone pls kill me as this book is making me suffer inside

And then bring me back to life bc I want superpowers

Anyways RTC.
Nov 11, 2015 marked it as to-read
Update: Verily, that the sequel to Vicious is titled Vengeful is a beautiful case of both alliteration and sinister phrasing. Then again, it is Victor Vale, so perhaps poetry and peril were par for the course.

Alliteration awesomeness
✨    jami   ✨
Ms Victoria Schwab really sat down, opened her laptop, and wrote THIS? Knowing full well people like ME would have to read it and cry and suffer?? 911 I’d like to report an attempted murder.

Sometimes a family is: your angst emo super power dad who’s doing his best, your sweet hot chocolate making uncle whos job is to tell the family not to do bad things and you, the adopted child who loves undead dogs and thinks it’s kinda cool ur dad kills people

Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Victoria Schwab liked my tweet
My life is complete!!

♛ may
i just have one question, what in the hell just happened?

that is all

Im simultaneously destroyed and yet so fulfilled and content at this ending

I cant believe this story is over for the time being, I genuinely felt like I was living with them GOSH DAMMIT

- I cant even begin to describe what this book did to me
- Victor vale: a madman, book defiler, a soft dad, just wants to feel alive again and honestly relatable
- Mitch: a marshmallow that got stuck inside a rugby player’s body, the other soft dad,
☆ Mira ✷
#hide yo kids hide yo wife schwab came for us all

^me meeting Victoria Schwab the day after I finished Vengeful and trying not to be freakishly starstruck. (she said she loved my "Victor Vale is my hero" shirt, which is peak fangirl try and top me. Also, I always thought that she must be the Devil & Co due to how her books screw me over, but she's so sweet and funny, she definitely has no Satanic origins.)

Anyway, after finishing Vengeful, I spent 10 mins searching GIF websites for variations of "
maggie (rin's version)
Victor Vale is so 😏😏
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this.......................... was everything i wanted, truly.

i don't know how schwab does it but somehow she just manages to wrap her series up so perfectly. i loved every single word in this book, i lived and breathed victor, syd, mitch and even eli, i clutched my heart so many times i lost count. I LOVE THIS BOOK WITH EVERY PART OF MY SOUL I JUST WANT TO SCREAM IT INTO THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i'm so filled with love and pain, i don't even know how to put any of it into words.


i feel like
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rtc
Sydney is such a cinnamon roll. Even when she's shooting people. She must be protected at all costs.

review to come....
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
As much as I adored Vicious and consider it one of my favorite standalones of all time, this sequel didn't work for me at all. It was a drudge to get through and I didn't care about any of the characters. Hopefully I'll be able to better formulate my thoughts in the future.

AM I DREAMING?? One of my all-time favorite books gets a sequel?!

This is too good to be true.

What I want to know is when? WHEN?
Ashley Nuckles
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is there better be a Villains #3 after this because I just want to know who the hell June is. C’monnnnnnnn
✨ A ✨
I finished this book over a week ago and have procrastinated this review because I AM STILL completely S H O O K.

It took a while to put my thoughts together. And I will now attempt to express my love for this book and all these kick-ass characters, who are all so dear to me.


The five year time jump came as a surprise, though not an unwelcome one. Throughout the book there was plenty time jumping and changing of POV, but I managed to keep up and I didn't mind.

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V.E. Schwab is the author of more than 20 books for children, teens, and adults.

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