Why I DNF’ed Vengeful By V. E. Schwab

As I mentioned on different occasions I have Fibromyalgia, which is a chronic pain condition with a laundry list of other symptoms. I started reading Vengeful which is the sequel to Vicious by her after already in the middle of A Gathering of Shadows. I thought Vicious when I read it back in August was interesting and was excited to continue the series (My Vicious Book Review).

Without trying to spoil anything, Victor has the power to give or take away pain, his own pain or others’. The only thing that rubbed me the wrong way with Vicious was a Marine with chronic pain. I didn’t like his portrayal of having chronic pain. In Vengeful, this character makes appearance and still didn’t like how he was written, but what actually made me set Vengeful down and made me upset was this part where Victor believes pain turns people into animals. Because of this it unfortunately, changed my view of Victoria and her books. This happened when I was two thirds through A Gathering of Shadows. I put it down and gave myself a break from her books.

I talked to a couple people of it and I got mixed responses. One person said they were sure Schwab didn’t mean chronic pain, but another person said it’s not clear, that there was no distinction in the book..

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen numerous photos of Schwab’s books and in the captions I say something like , “it looks like she’s becoming a favourite author of mine”.

I’ve been debating ever since if I’m overacting or not. Maybe I am, but I can’t ignore my feelings. I tried to reach out to her on Twitter, but I didn’t get a response and I believe that’s because she was on a break from Twitter for a bit. I haven’t decided if I’m going to try again or not. I don’t know if I will finish Vengeful, but I would love to talk to others who have finished the book. To me, it feels similar to when someone says someone who is deaf is dumb. It feels wrong and hurtful.

If you would like to leave your opinion below especially if you’ve read Vengeful, feel free! Do you agree with the first person or the second?

As always, thanks for reading!


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