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review 2018-08-27 21:42
My new book boyfriend is a Villain!!!!!
Vicious - V.E. Schwab

Wow this book was really something else, (and not in a bad way.) I never thought I would fall in love with a book that really has no good people in it. Besides are doggy Sol. But V.E Schwab can do bad guys really well. Victor from the very beginning was so intriguing to me, and he didn't change my opinion of him at all. I know his evil but I would take his evilness anytime over Eli's god complex. At least Vic, own up to his evilness. I really can't say to much more without giving away spoilers but I freaking can't wait for Vengeful at the end of September. 

One more thing I have to say is I love how the ending went down. Also I have a favorite book of the year and a new book boyfriend. And I can't wait to see what happens next with Victor, Eli, Syndey, Mitch, and are doggy Sol.

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review 2018-07-27 15:03
#41 - Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Vicious - V.E. Schwab

This book was really enjoyable. I don't often read adult novel and I was really glad I decided to pick this one up because it was amazing.

The plot is intriguing; it is somewhat unreal but not fantastic, I mean everything has a rational explanation and I liked that about it, it made it more real. I found that the main topic about EO really cool and I had never really thought about that. Sure, it is not something new, there are a billion materials about superheroes, but I particularly enjoyed this one, as the heroes are in fact "villains". Despite the fact that they are supposed to be villains, I soon grew fond of them!

It is fast-paced and full of mystery, I had a lot of questions reading this book and I could not stop reading because I needed the answers.

I totally recommend this book!

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review 2018-04-25 21:06
Book Review of Vicious Rumer: Haunted. Hunted. Cursed. You've Never Met Anybody Like Rumer Cross by Joshua Winning
Vicious Rumer: Haunted. Hunted. Cursed. You've Never Met Anybody Like Rumer Cross - Joshua Winning

‘A gripping and moody psychological thriller. It'll keep you up all night’ – Closer Magazine


Rumer Cross is cursed.


Scraping by working for a dingy London detective agency, she lives in the shadow of her mother, a violent criminal dubbed the ‘Witch Assassin’ whose bloodthirsty rampage terrorised London for over a decade.


Raised by foster families who never understood her and terrified she could one day turn into her mother, Rumer has become detached and self-reliant. But when she’s targeted by a vicious mobster who believes she’s hiding an occult relic, she’s drawn into the very world she’s been fighting to avoid.


Hunted by assassins and haunted by her mother’s dark legacy, Rumer must also confront a terrible truth: that she’s cursed, because no matter what she does, everybody she’s ever grown close to has died screaming.


Review 4.5 rounded up to 5*


This is an intriguing crime thriller set in London, England. I loved it!


Rumer is a fascinating character. I found myself not only liking her, but also feeling sorry for her, though I also wanted to shake her at times too. She is nineteen years old, but seems more mature. This is due to her upbringing I think. She has grown up in foster care, knowing that her mother was a notorious assassin. Unfortunately, she believes herself to be cursed as everyone she comes to care for dies in the most terrible ways. Working for a private detective as a shadow (someone who follows, watches and listens to garner information), she is thrown into a life and death struggle when a mobster turns his attention in her direction seeking an occult relic last known to be in the possession of her mother, who died several years previously.


Although not YA like the author's previous works, this is an intriguing crime thriller that instantly caught my attention when I read the synopsis. Knowing that I would also be taken on an amazing journey was a bonus.


I started reading and didn't put the book down until I'd completed it. The story is told through Rumer's eyes and in first person. I found myself fascinated with Rumer and her life. I cannot imagine how knowing that you are the progeny of a criminal/assassin (even if deceased) would affect your life. Rumer emotionally distances herself from everyone in the hope that she will not 'kill' like her mother. She carries around a huge burden of guilt for things that she has no control over too. Understandable in some ways, annoying in others hence my desire to shake her at times.


There are several interesting characters introduced. Rumer's employer is Julian Hart and runs Hart Detective Agency, but he is only in a few scenes so didn't really get a feel for this character. Reverend Mara is the name of the mobster who is after Rumer and I found him to be a strange character. He is obsessed with locating an occult weapon called the Crook Spear. Then there is Bolt, an ex-policeman who befriends Rumer. I would have liked to have gotten to know him a lot more as there seems to be some chemistry between him and Rumer and would have liked for the author to have explored this a bit more. There are also a few other characters introduced, like George for instance and someone thought to be long dead.


Vicious Rumer is a pulse pounding read full of action, danger and violence. There are several twists and turns that surprised me and I found myself on an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I did find some scenes disturbing, particularly the one containing George and I shed a couple of tears for not only him, but Rumer too.

The occult weapon with the weird name is not what I thought it would be. However, so as not to spoil it, I will not say what kind of weapon it is. I will say that when it was disclosed I was completely thrown; I had a completely different weapon in mind. The end of the story sent chills up my spine. There could potentially be a sequel as it finishes ambiguously and ominously.


Joshua Winning has written an intriguing crime thriller with a kick-ass heroine. I love his fast paced writing style, and the story flowed beautifully. He is one of only a handful of male authors who I have added to my favourite authors list and I can't wait to see what he will come up with in the future.


Due to the nature of the story (danger, violence, bloodshed), I do not recommend this book to young readers or those of a nervous disposition. I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love crime thrillers with kick-ass heroines. - Lynn Worton

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review 2018-03-27 00:00
Vicious (Sinners of Saint Book 1)
Vicious (Sinners of Saint Book 1) - L.J.... Vicious (Sinners of Saint Book 1) - L.J. Shen 4 stars

I wouldn't want to live forever. What would be the point in that? Aren't you hungry for something? Don't you have dreams?
What weight and significance do your dreams have if they don't have a deadline? If you don't have to chase them today because you can do it tomorrow, in a week, a year, or in a hundred years' time?

Was he an asshole? Sure, but we knew that already. And sure there were flaws but I enjoyed reading this so I don't caaaare.
(yes, that's me singing. i had too much chocolate just ignore me)

I was stealing her pens and pencils, when actually, I was desperate for her words.
All of them. Every letter and syllable. Every silly doodle.
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review 2017-12-18 10:38
Actions having consequences
Vicious - V.E. Schwab

Ten years ago Victor and Eli were in College and they had a theory that with a near-death experience they could trigger superheroic abilities, they experiment on themselves and find that a lot of things are possible.  However during Victor's experiment there are tragic consequences which lead Eli to believe that he should kill those with powers and lands Victor in Jail.  10 years later Victor escapes and is bent on revenge.


Some who gain power are driven mad by it and some are made too arrogant.  This looks carefully at power and revenge and the terrible things people can do to each other.  Looking forward to more in this world.

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