I never got around to reviewing the first book in this series, Vicious. However, the two of them together would have to be my favourite of V.E. Schwab's series, hands down.
While this book had a slow beginning, man did it ever pick up. It has a ton of compelling characters – a truly vast number of characters that a less talented author would have made a bewildering mess out of – who all have complicated backgrounds and motivations, and generally not ones beyond reproach. My favourite characters were some of the new ones – Marcella was extremely enjoyable to read about, and June was intriguing. Of course, many characters from the first book, like mortal enemies Victor and Eli, as well as Sydney Clarke, were major figures in this one as well.
Overall, a great, fun book if you like reading about superpowers and grey-and-grey morality.