Book Review: “Vengeful” by V.E. Schwab

Warning: This book review for “Vengeful” by V.E. Schwab contains spoilers.

Cover of "Vengeful" by V.E. Schwab.
Cover of “Vengeful” by V.E. Schwab.

Happy December, everyone! I hope that all of you readers and writers are staying safe and well.

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “Vengeful” by V.E. Schwab! I already read and reviewed the prequel, “Vicious,” so I look forward to reviewing this book! Here’s a quick summary so we know what it’s about:

“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 even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.”

Content Warning:

This book contains somewhat explicit descriptions of gore and multiple character deaths. If you are sensitive to this content, please be careful when reading.

Plot Development: 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the overall story. Like the previous book, this book also contained multiple timeskips from the past, to future, to past again, etc. Given that I was mostly used to this from reading hte previous book, I found the changing points in time and multiple points of view pretty easy to follow.

The only real problem I had with the plot was that it was a bit…slow. The pacing was overall slower than “Vicious,” which made the story feel less intense and not as easily intriguing. However, this is remedied by the latter half of the book, which is a little faster in pacing compared to the first half.

Worldbuilding Development: 4 out of 5 stars

The worldbuilding in this book did a good job expanding on what was already established in the first book. I also think this book pushed for more of the moral issues that come with having superpowers, especially powers like the ones Marcella and Sydney had. I can’t say much else about the worldbuilding due to otherwise giving major spoilers, but I enjoyed what was given in this book.

Character Development: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading Marcella. She made a really big impression on me as a somewhat-villain-esque character like Sloane from “Our Duet” did. She was a cunning, ambitious villain, but also very smart and manipulative. I loved reading every page she was in. She was, by for sure, my favourite character in this book.

I also enjoyed reading Dominic, who got a lot more development in this book, as well as Sydney and Victor. I’m surprised that Eli didn’t have as much spotlight as I thought he would, given that he was a major character in the previous book, though I blame that on the plot (he was stuck in captivity a lot of the time).

Overall, I’m rating this book 4 out of 5 stars!

I definitely recommend reading this book. Those that enjoyed reading “Vicious” will definitely enjoy reading “Vengeful!”


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