• Vengeful

  • Villains, Book 2
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,105 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A superpowered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions - number-one New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.  

Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.   

But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought - and will use her newfound power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more.  

With Marcella's rise, new enmities create opportunity - and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.     

One of Entertainment Weekly's "27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now".  

Villians:

  • Vicious 
  • Vengeful 
  • "Warm Up" (short story)
©2018 Victoria Schwab (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Annoying Narrator

The narrator uses this whimsy, wavering voices for ALL the women in this book. ANNOYING!

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Everyone is a jerk

Am I supposed to be rooting for Victor Vale? He sucks. He broods and complains. And he becomes at least as bad as Eli from book one. He poses the world's biggest false dichotomy--it's us or them-- to justify doing horrible stuff.

So, everyone goes on their way doing terrible things and complaining the whole time. The ladies were interesting because they simply embraced their powers and started living as out and out villains, which was refreshing. But overall, this book didn't satisfy because there's no one to really care about.

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didn't love as much as Vicious

In many ways I LOVED this. But, I have to say that there were A LOT of time jumps in this... like every chapter was bouncing around in different timelines for different characters... like zero parts of this book were linear. In audio format that was really hard to follow, and I just gave up on keeping straight timelines in my head I could only be like "ok this is happening a long time ago" or "ok this is semi recent" but remembering what was 2 years ago or 4 years ago or 5 years ago for like 6 different character's timelines was just impossible. So, I'm not sure if that would be easier in physical copy, but if that is important to you as a reader then be aware.

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Top Tier!

Schwab is one of my favorite authors, and this book showcases many of the reasons for that status. Each character is well formed and believable, and the story moves organically.
The narrator does a great job with this audio book, too

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The Villains saga continues and Danger swells

I had the pleasure of completing this book and Vicious back to back and was thoroughly enthralled. This book expands the cast of EOs roaming the streets of Merritt. Their motivations and desire to find meaningful, friendship, family, or power lead them down roads that intersect. This long awaited book was well worth the wait. Thank you V.E.

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Great Story in Spite of Mediocre Character Voices

Amazing part 2! I just wish I wasn't so unimpressed with the narrator's female character voices.

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Re read worth my credits!

I’ve loved Vicious and Vengeful since I first read them last year, and was so excited to see their audiobooks with the same narration! This narrator is one of my favorites, I can clearly see the scenes so vividly. Keeping these audiobooks forever✨

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can't recommend enough

I can't recommend this series more, the character parallels, the interactions, the relationships and storylines. it's everything I'm always looking for in a book. VE shwab is now one of my top five favorite authors

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so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone

The first book of this series hooked me, the narrator really pulls you into the world and the characters. really enjoyed this audiobook.

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worth the wait

Eli and Victor's cat and mouse played perfectly out. characters and powers in the book are interesting 👍🏻

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  • 06-08-22

Note: Change of narrator

The sequel of this series has a different narrator. Unfortunately this one adopts a whiny, breathy tone for every single female character (of whom there are more of now) and muddles the accents he puts on between lines.

The story itself is still enjoyable. The characters from the first book remain, joined by some interesting additions. Lots of build up in this book without any real pay off or conclusion though.

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  • Wendy French
  • 05-10-22

Great book

Loved the book but did not enjoy thw narrators female voices, especially Syd. Good story though!

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  • Angela Kelly
  • 04-23-22

brilliant

brilliant stroy line following on from book 1 love this
author looking for the next book

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  • Pola
  • 01-13-22

Bit chaotic, but with fine finale

This one was a bit of a mess. Jumping timeline, plot focusing on one character, only to forget about them for a very long time. Main characters from the last book disappeared for so long, I almost forgot about them. Because of that, the middle part felt chaotic and was losing my focus. I didn't like not knowing who the main character was.
This, plus some poor voice choices, made me think I would give it 4 stars.
But finale was very well planned, with high tension and not obvious ending. I liked it very much. It even made all previous editing choices look better.

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  • Eliza
  • 10-18-19

Entertaining Story

I enjoyed this book a lot. Good story however not very original. Would recommend it.

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  • RJ Driscoll
  • 01-16-19

Simply amazing

This book, to me, is perfection.
I very rarely give five stars, but V.E. Schwab's second installment of the Villains saga certainly deserves each and every one. Intricate plots that work out like clockwork, driven by a very-dark-grey kind of hero and an equally compelling cast of thoroughly fleshed out characters, are exactly my cup of tea. V.E. Schwab's style is maturely polished and well balanced, yet it sounds fresh, immediate. Her voice is sharp and clear. This story drags you in and quickly becomes an addiction. Please, Ms. Schwab... show us more about this cruel, breathtaking universe. We need more of your Villains.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-22

So much better than the first audiobook’s narration

Worth sitting through the first book’s narration to get to this juicy, twisty plot. Great story.