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review 2020-06-08 15:40
Vicious
Vicious - V.E. Schwab

by Victoria Schwab

 

I'm glad I read this author's Shades of Magic series first, because I would have got a bad first impression of her writing if I had started with this one. It starts out with telling, laundry list descriptions, all the earmarks of a 3 star at best author.

 

I didn't like the way it jumped back and forth between two time periods either, but I can see why it was done that way. Slowly, the reasons why Victor feels as he does towards Eli and just how strong those feelings are get revealed.

 

Despite my complaints, I got caught up in the story and decided it was definitely worth continuing. The time jumps nearly lost me about 2/3 through out of frustration, but I had to know what happened. When that happens, I have to give it at least 3 stars.

 

The final chapters got more linear and were riveting, so despite having a love/hate relationship with this story, it's possible I might read the sequel. Hopefully it won't have the constant flashbacks! based on where this one finished, I think it won't need to.

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review 2020-04-12 12:23
A Darker Shade of Magic
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

by V.E. Schwab

 

A very magical Fantasy with multiple dimensions and a magician, Kell, who can walk between different versions of London which he has designated by colors; Black London, Grey London, Red London and White London. Strictly speaking, it's against the law to move between the different Londons but in Red London, Kell's home, he enjoys some privilege because he belongs to the royal family and he smuggles small items on occasion, especially coins because he needs a token from a dimension of London to travel through to it.

 

The nature of each version of London is very different, mostly defined by how magic affects the place. Grey London sounds very like the London we know, while Red London is a very magical place. White London falls somewhere between those, but Black London is a desolate place that was destroyed when magic became an uncontrolled force.

 

Kell is a likable character with a good heart and genuine affection for the prince, who is like a brother to him. His excursions are just a bit of fun for him, until someone who knows who and what he is slips him something dangerous and a lot of things start to go wrong. Political intrigue runs high and Kell does have limits to his power, which becomes apparent when he has to tangle with one of his own kind.

 

A strong female character enters Kell's life by picking his pocket. Some questions about Lila are left unanswered, but that is presumably intentional as a series is to follow. I'm not sure that I'll continue with it as I feel the story at hand came to a tidy ending and I prefer stand alone books in general, but time will tell.

 

I thought the story was well done, the magic handled well and the characters very distinctive. The different shades of London were also well differentiated and overall the story was enjoyable. There's plenty of fast action near the end and the essential loose ends were all tied up. I'd definitely recommend this one to traditional Fantasy readers.

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review 2020-04-12 12:21
A Conjuring of Light
A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab

by V.E. Schwab

 

Third in the series. I had a time gap between reading the second book of this series and this one, so jumping right into action that effectively continues from the second book took me a little while to settle into.

 

It all started coming back soon. Book two left us on a cliffhanger with Kell in peril! I was so displeased about the cliffhanger that I didn't even bother to review it. But a few chapters into this one and I was desperate to see him escape.

 

I found this one stressful. Too many tempers, too much hopelessness in the situation that arises. Many times I wanted to just stop so I wouldn't have to go back into this imaginary world anymore, so unlike the first book that made it rather fun. It also meanders a lot and it took me quite a long time to read it because it didn't always hold my attention and seemed overly long.

 

But with the first two books of the series demanding continuity, I persevered. I'm glad I did. The last third of the book had me doing late nights. I was really gripped! All I'll say about the end is that it all gets tied up neatly, though I do wonder who will inherit the kingdom in the next generation.

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review 2020-04-01 13:42
A Conjuring of Light ★★★★☆
A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab

The final book in the trilogy was very satisfying, if not quite as compelling as the first. I truly enjoyed this telling of four worlds with four Londons and the battle for magic and dominance and the nature of power and love and identity and duty. 

 

I appreciated that I could not fully like any of the main characters, but could empathize with them all. I appreciated that most of them remained at least partly a mystery, and that Lila's history is never explained, even to herself. 

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Overdrive. Kate Reading did ok with her portions of the narration, but I found Michael Kramer's a little off-putting. I really hate when audiobook publishers use different readers for the different books in the same series. Their interpretation is different, their accents are different, their voices are different. It's jarring. 

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review 2020-03-22 18:07
Vicious - Das Böse in uns // Vicious!!!
Vicious - Das Böse in uns - V.E. Schwab

english review only

Netgalley ebook

 

 

Inhalt: Victor Vale und Eli Ever wollen sterben. Allerdings nicht, um tot zu bleiben, sondern um mit außergewöhnlichen Fähigkeiten wieder aufzuerstehen. Als junge, brillante Medizinstudenten wissen sie genau, was sie tun. Sie planen das Experiment minutiös ­- und haben Erfolg: Beide kommen verwandelt wieder ins Leben zurück. Eli entwickelt eine erstaunliche Regenerationskraft und wird praktisch unsterblich, Victor kann anderen Schmerz zufügen oder nehmen.
Was sie nicht unter Kontrolle haben, ist die Tragödie, die durch ihr Experiment ausgelöst wird. Denn Superkräfte allein machen keine Helden...

 

Meine Bewertung: AAAAAAAAAAAAAH, so verdammt gut!!!!

 

Ich wusste wirklich nicht was ich von dem Buch erwarten sollte, ich habe zwar schon viele Leute darüber reden hören aber ich hatte trotzdem keine Ahnung was es genau mit dem Buch auf sich hat und was ich allgemein von der Geschichte erwarten sollte.

 

Anfangs war ich skeptisch, ich konnte weder mit Eli noch mit Victor irgendwas anfangen. Sie waren nicht wirklich Charaktere die ich gerne lese. Aber die Geschichte an sich hat mich super interessiert und hat mich auch von Anfang an angezogen.

Im Laufe des Buches konnte ich dann auch mehr mit den beiden Hauptcharakteren anfangen. Den einen mochte ich auf einmal unheimlich gerne, vor allem in Momenten mit anderen Charakteren wie Mitch und Sydney (die beiden habe ich ja gleich ins Herz geschlossen, beschützt die beiden um jeden Preis). Eli hab ich mit jedem Kapitel, mit jedem Satz mehr und mehr hassen gelernt.

Ich mein das Buch hat nicht wirklich den moralisch guten Charakter. Sie sind alle im grauen Bereich unterwegs aber Eli, ugh, nee danke!!!

Ich mag total den Schreibstil von V.E. Schwab, es hat mich gleich von der ersten Seite reingezogen und gefesselt. Es war großartig. Außerdem waren die Charaktere einfach wirklich gut geschrieben und waren vielschichtig.

 

ICH BIN EINFACH BEGEISTERT UND ICH BBRAUCH UNBEDINGT BAND 2. JETZT!!!!!

 

***

 

Summary: 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 review: AAAAAAAAAAAAAH, so damn good!!!

 

I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book, I heard a lot of people talking about it but I still had no clue what all of this was about and what to make of the story itself.

 

In the beginning I was really not sure about this, I couldn't stand either Eli nor Victor. These two aren't characters I really like to read about. But the story itself was super interesting and sucked me in right from the start.

 

Through the book I actually felt something for these two maincharacters. One of them I started to actually really like, especially in moments with Mitch and Sydney (who I loved right from the start, PROTECT THEM AT ALL COST). Eli, I just hated more with every chapter and every sentence.

I mean in the end, this book doesn't have really one morally good character. They are all somewhere in the grey zone but Eli is just, ugh, no thanks!!!

I just really love the writing from V.E. Schwab, right from the first page it sucked me in and held my attention. It was amazing. Also, the characters were so well written and so layered.

I'M JUST SO STOKED AND I NEED THE 2ND BOOK. NOW!!!!!!

 
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