Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This follow up to Schwab's Vicious is all over the map. That's not necessarily a bad thing…unless you like linear storylines.
All the usual suspects are back in this one. Victor, Mitch, and Sydney are roaming around trying to find someone who can help to fix Victor. Since Sydney brought him back, he's been dying from time to time. Mitch and Sydney are still pretty much in hiding. Eli has been caught and is rotting in a cell at a specialized department who deals with EOs.
Enter Marcella, a mob wife murdered by her husband who comes back as an EO with the power to rot things and people with just a touch.
While Eli helps the EON hunt other dangerous people and Victor searches for a cure, Marcella is out to become the most powerful person in the city.
I love revisiting these characters. The new additions of impervious Jonathan and Shapeshifting June were more than welcome as well. The only thing I did struggle with (and this is only because of how I read)--was the jumping back and forth in time and perspective. Perspective doesn't usually bother me when it switches, but when the story is moving forward at a good clip with one person and you suddenly switch to the past with someone else, it throws me a little.
I still love the worlds that Schwab creates and I'm pretty sure there's never going to be anything that she writes that I don't enjoy. This was a great follow up to the first novel and while I can see why she felt compelled to write it (there's just more to the story), I also think that if you felt like Vicious ended in a satisfactory way, you don't need to read this one.
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