Vicious by V.E. Schwab @veschwab @audible_com #AudiobookReview #Fantasy #SciFi

Howdy folks,

I’m thrilled to bring you my review for a little cracker I stumbled across while tumbling down the BookTube rabbit hole!

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Anti-Hero Stars

The Blurb

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, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Anti-Hero Stars
Well this one was a complete wonderful surprise for me, and I love that.

It is completely nothing that I would have picked up, but as I fell down the #BookTube rabbit hole (as you do) this one kept popping up time and time again.
So off to Goodreads I go to read some other reviews….I like to be certain!

With an average of 4.29 stars out of 5 I was certain that this was going to be another one for my “Everyone loved it but me” shelf, but nope
I LOVED it!!!

The story follows 2 friends Eli and Victor between past and present.

Ten years ago Eli and Victor meet in college and become roommates, and soon become firm friends, they are inseparable, and when a college assignment allows them to work together to discover whether EO’s (Exta-Ordinaries) exist, they follow the clues,and find out not only the truth about EO’s, but how to MAKE them, this also adds fuel to the bitter jealousy that is hiding in both of them, and does so for years.

The present tells the story of a recently escaped convict by the name of Victor, who is trying to find his old buddy turned Nemisis Eli, he is looking to find him for some good old fashioned Retribution!

Now, what is an EO I hear you saying?

Well an Extra-Ordinary (or EO for short) is a person with supernatural powers, and how do you get them?? Well you have to read the book obviously, but let me tell you this…

Forget everything you’ve read about Heros and Villians, because this book blurs the lines of each of them and flips them over and over till you don’t know which way is up, this is not the sweet Clark Kent that turns into Superman kind of read, oh no, this is dark, violent and bloody brilliant!

There were some fantastic characters in this story, from the protagonists, to the fabulous secondary characters and some great EO’s that were frankly downright frightening!

I was kind of catapulted back to an 80’s movie that I loved (which was then ruined by a remake a few years ago, sigh)

Anyhoo, as you may already know I am not a Magic/Fantasy/Paranormal kind of chick, I’ve read some I have loved, but most of the time I’ve tried…and hated them!

This one, well this one isn’t really any of those genres, but it is too, it is difficult to describe, but the author herself describes the book as X-Men + Hannibal, and that is a great definition.

I guess you had better just grab it and read it and see for yourself!

🎧🎧 Narrated by Noah Michael Levine who is a new narrator for me, he did a great job, I already have book #2 ready to listen because of that ending!!