Vengeful // A mini-review

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Please note that this is a spoiler-free review for Vengeful. However, there may be spoilers for Vicious which were hard to avoid as I was writing this review. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out my review for Vicious.

26856502The 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 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.




  • The morally grey characters get greyer. I liked learning about Eli Ever’s past which gave his character more depth and dimension. While Victor was clearly the hero in the first book (albeit a flawed one), this became a bit more muddled in this sequel.


  • There was a large cast of secondary characters introduced in this novel, including Marcella, Jonathan and June. Dom, Syd and Mitch’s stories continue as well. I found it difficult to keep track of these secondary characters’ motivations. As much as I loved Mitch and Syd in book 1, they seemed less central to the story and they weren’t as well-developed here. As for the newer characters, I felt there wasn’t enough backstory for them to be relatable.


  • There were a few plot twists that I enjoyed.
  • The ending left me with something to think about.


  • At the beginning of the novel, it wasn’t apparent what the story was. I found the plot to be unfocused and scattered until the second half.
  • The pacing was quite slow, and it was hard for me to stay engaged throughout this novel.
  • To be honest, I liked how the novel ended after the first book. There were a few loose ends but I didn’t mind them being left up to interpretation. I didn’t think there needed to be a sequel- it kind of felt like an after-thought.


  • As usual, VE Schwab’s writing was brilliant!


  • There were lots of jumps in time which felt scattered and at times confusing.

The Bottom Line: 2/5 stars

As much as I enjoyed VE Schwab’s writing in this sequel and the morally grey characters, the pace was slow and the plot felt scattered.



Were you were disappointed by the second book or the finale of a series? Could a book ever have too many characters? What is your take on morally grey characters?

8 responses to “Vengeful // A mini-review”

  1. Oh wow compared to your rating for Vicious Vengeful was a real let down wasn’t it? I still loved this book but I do agree with a lot of the negatives you mentions. For me the main thing was that the time jumps were too confusing, I kept getting lost whether we were in the ‘past’ or in the ‘future’ compared to the previous chapter. That said I actually enjoyed meeting the secondary characters (especially June, I really hope we get more from her) and Eli and Victor were incredible in this book too. I loved that we got more of Eli’s character and his backstory, and actually if there’s a third book I hope the way Vengeful ended for him isn’t actually true (the ending was good wasn’t it?)
    Great review Sophie, I’m just sorry this one wasn’t what you hoped it would be. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Hi Beth 🙂 Vengeful didn’t grab me as much as I thought it would. I definitely agree that the jumps in time were confusing.
      After getting to the end of the book, I am wondering if there is going to be a third book!? Although it seemed like the story is wrapped up, some aspects seemed up for interpretation. (For example, I want to hear more about June! I am not sure what happened to Victor at the end, but then again I tend to not get subtlety well LOL 🙂 )

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      1. See that’s what I thought after the ending to Vicious, even though I’m glad there was a sequel I feel like Vicious could have stood as a standalone. It’s why I’m not ruling out there being a third one even though there’s no announcement and Vengeful wrapped things up. There are still some thing left open.

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      2. Absolutely. Looks like it could go either way!

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  2. I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this one Sophie! Tbh I’ve been reading some meh reviews for Vengeful, but also many rave reviews, I’m torn on whether to read this one or not. I think Vicious already wrapped the story quite well too 🙂

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    1. Hi Tasya 🙂 I can see how some people might enjoy Vengeful, so I think you should still read this book if you are interested in what will happen to the characters. There are some aspects of the book that I liked. It was mainly the slow pacing that I felt bogged the story down a bit.


  3. […] I LOVE minimalist designs and in particular I adore these covers for the Vicious duology by V.E. Schwab! Vicious is probably one of my favourite books by this writer, although I wasn’t as impressed by Vengeful which came a decade later. (Check out my reviews for Vicious and Vengeful.) […]


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