Vicious (Villains #1), by Victoria Schwab

vicious ve schwabSynopsis

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?

Genre

Science Fiction – Paranormal Fantasy
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Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2), by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark DuetSynopsis

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy – Paranormal


My thoughts

I loved this book, and even though it’s been weeks since I finished it, I’m still thinking about it. A lot. This book made me smile and cry, and completely broke my heart. The author takes us on an emotional journey, and trust me, you won’t get out of it in one piece.

The story takes place a few months after the events of This Savage Song. And I jumped right into the story. I was so happy to be back with Kate and August, cause I adore them. I love that they are more than just one thing. They are darkness and light, human and monster.

“I’m willing to walk in darkness if it keeps humans in the light.”

Their evolution, following the events of book one, is perfectly done and very coherent. Indeed, considering what happened in This Savage Song, I wouldn’t have understood if they hadn’t been changed by it. Discovering the new version of these characters at the beginning of Our Dark Duet was really interesting.

I’m still completely fascinated by the universe of this series. The mythology is so rich and intriguing. Moreover, with this second book, we get to see more of Verity, which I really appreciated. Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this universe with a new series, cause I bet there’s still a lot to see.

Finally, in Our Dark Duet the action goes crescendo up to an explosive finale. Having already finished a series by V.E. Schwab, I thought I knew what to expect from this last book. Well, I was wrong. I was far from ready for these last chapters. And, I feel like they will haunt me for a while.

To sum up, this book blew me away and I highly recommend you read it.

(I’ll be available in the comment section for moral support after you’ve finished this book)

My rating

5/5


 

Happy Readings,

Gaëlle

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3), by V.E. Schwab

Synopsis 

Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.
THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Genre

Fantasy


My thoughts

A Conjuring of Light was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I adore this series. So, obviously, I was really looking forward to its conclusion. And it, mostly, kept all its promises.

The world created by Schwab remains one of my favorite aspects of this series. The idea of four parallel Londons -Grey, Red, White and Black- is just brilliant. The world building is so rich, vivid and thrilling, that it pulls you right in. So much so that I’d love to get more books in this world. Perhaps one from a time before Black London fell.

I also truly loved how action packed this book was. I feel like, out of the three books, A Conjuring of Light is the best in that regard. Some of the action scenes were really epic and had me holding my breath. The stakes in this last book were also higher than ever, as they should. And although some scenes slowed the pace it was altogether an exciting and gripping read.

On top of that, the characters created by the author are fascinating, touching and relatable. In A Conjuring of Light, we get to know them even more. We go more in depth and I loved that. I particularly enjoyed Alucard’s story. What I love the most about these characters is that they aren’t black or white. They are not perfect, they make mistake and have a dark side. On that aspect, Holland has a great arc in this third book and  I was really pleased with how Schwab concluded his story.

Which leads me to my one problem with this book: the conclusion. As the third and final book in the Shades of Magic series, I wanted A Conjuring of Light to bring me closure. However, on several aspects, it did not. It did conclude brilliantly the main arc and gave us an overall epic finale. But, it still left many questions unanswered and felt like something was missing. I won’t go into details, because of potential spoilers, but I will say I finished the book being a bit frustrated.

Nonetheless, the Shades of Magic series is a must-read for all the fantasy lovers. And I know it will stay with me for a long time.

My rating 

4.25/5


Enjoy your reads,

Gaëlle