Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee

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5stars

Title: Not Your Villain
Author: C.B. Lee
Series: Sidekick Squad #2

Number of pages: 307 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved reading the story through Bells’ eyes.
Bad things about this book: It left me wanting for more and now I have to wait.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

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I love Bells and I loved him as a narrator. Maybe this book had less action than the first, but it had more details about meta-humans. The bad guys weren’t in this as much as I would’ve liked, I guess they’re going to be all together for the grand finale?? I sure hope so! I want to see our heroes kick some corrupted meta-humans’ butts.

I liked how the first chapters took place during some events of the previous book, and we could see some scenes from Bell’s point of view. From book 1 I already knew Bells was a good friend, even if he was keeping a pretty big secret, he was crushing on Emma, he was a caring son, a boy everyone seemed to love and want a piece of. This book confirmed everything I knew and introduced me to a whole new part of Bells; he is emotional, respectful, is scared but it doesn’t mean he’ll give up. He keeps going, for his friends, for his family, for his fellow meta-humans, for the world. He wants to be a hero even if now the world thinks of him as the most wanted villain in the country.

Bells is strong, but how strong? He has a lot of stamina, but just how much? We’ll find out so much about Bells in this book and I loved every second of it. He is a fragile thing, putting on a smile even if he’s hurting inside. I think he is the bravest of them all.

In Not Your Sidekick we got a glimpse of Jess’ genius younger brother, and in Not Your Villain he is part of the action. He is a delight. Sassy and shy at the same time. He has a crush on Bells and that’s just the cutest thing ever: how he acts around Bells is adorable. I hope we get to see more of him in the third book: he deserves a book for himself after the book from Emma’s pov. Will he get it? I have my doubts, but I’ll love to read something from his pov, even if it’s a short story.

Captain Orion is kidnapping meta-humans, the Collective is keeping everything under wraps, the League is not easily trusted anymore, and defense robots (more like killer robots) will make getting to the bottom of the corruption situation a lot harder that I thought. With all of that going on, and personal feelings getting in the way, Bells will have one hell of an adventure. I’ll miss him as a narrator a lot, I love reading about his emotions and everything that went on in his head.

The third book can’t come soon enough. I’m already very impatient!!

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”

Title: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
Why you should read this book: superpowers!

Eli and Victor are roommates in college. They are both brilliant, ambitious and have a dark side, a crazy side. The world they live have EOs, extraordinary people, but nobody knows how they get their powers and who they are. There are only rumors all over the internet. Eli found out that, if the right conditions are presented, anyone can get superpowers and become EOs. At this point everything they were and had will cease to exist and problems will begin. Victor ends up in prison for 10 years and when he manages to escape, with his cellmate Mitch, he embarks on a mission to find his former friend and kill him. Little he knows that Eli is on a mission to kill every other EO on Earth, and he says his mission is from God himself.

“When no one understands, that’s usually a good sign that you’re wrong.”

Wow, just wow!! Everything about this story is captivating, you need more and more!! I love how the story was told, first through flashbacks like the ones of Victor and Eli in college, how they became who they are now. Then the countdown to midnight at the end. It was the perfect idea to keep the reader glued to the pages.

Victor and Eli are brilliant students, charismatic and they have a big problem: they are super ambitious. When you have a theory you want to test it, right? Play God never get you where you want. Eli thinks God has a plan for him, that he made him who he is and that he needs him to clean the world of what’s wrong. My problem with Eli is that he isn’t open to questions about his faith: his plan is the best even if there isn’t a person in the world to think that.

Victor is my favourite character, dark, vicious with a side of masterplotter (is that a word?). He is jealous of Eli: he thinks his friend has things that were supposed to belong to him. Events during college made this jealousy a lot worse. He sees in Eli someone similar to him, in ambition and in craziness and these similarities are the main reason for their rivalry.

Victor has two people helping him in his quest to kill Eli: Mitch, his cellmate, a big man covered in tattoos with a passion for chocolate drinks and hacking, and Sydney, a twelve year-old girl with a peculiar ability. Mitch and Sydney are side characters but that doesn’t mean they are not important: both their abilities, ordinary and not, are perfectly complementary to Victor’s so they are the perfect match. He could’ve not done anything without their help.

At first I thought, no, Victor is not a villain, Eli must be the villain. This doubt went for a few chapters but I couldn’t have been more wrong. There are no heroes in this story, the world is not always made of opposites. You side with Victor, Sydney and Mitch not because they’re the good guys: they look good to you because you think like them but what if you thought that EOs were monsters? You’d think Eli was the one that was right, you’d start rooting for him and hating Victor.

You start having a certain opinion about the characters and, flashback after flashback, you learn more about them and you think: well, he did that and it was wrong but who I am to judge? You cheer for Victor not because he is the good guy but because he somehow gained your trust through the pages.

There is no going back now for me. I love you, Victor!

Do I recommend it? Yes, it is dark, it has superpowers and amazing characters.
Rate: 5/5

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