I first came across Vicious many moons ago when it was still a new book. I picked up a copy because it sounded interesting, it then sat around collecting dust. I didn't love the cover and was skeptical about a superhero story that wasn't a comic book. Essentially, I'm a dumbass.
I didn't finally get around to reading this until after I'd completed the Shades of Magic trilogy (review on that coming soon). I'd like to take a moment to personally apologize for doubting V.E. Schwab. She's a literary genius and an inspiration to the LGBT community, which is just a general statement, but true and I needed to say it. Vicious was, however, an incredible book.
The story follows Victor and Eli, they're college roommates and, after a series of events, they figure out how to make themselves, and others, EO's (Extra-Ordinary Humans). They each develop abilities and take them in very different directions while meeting a cast of other incredible characters along the way. Coming from a bonafide comic book nerd, Vicious is the ultimate superhero origin story and there's a lot of those to compete with.
Neither of the main characters are particularly good people and that makes this book super (no pun intended) interesting and such a treat to read. The side characters though, oh man. They're phenomenal and the character development throughout the book is pure perfection.
I'm not sure what else to say about this book, it sort of speaks for itself. Just buy it, honestly. You can get it on sale and with free international shipping at the link in the sidebar.