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Review: ExtraOrdinary by V.E. Schwab and illustrated by Enid Balám

Having just breezed through Vicious and Vengeful, and being totally astonished, I knew I had to track down other stories in this world. And lo and behold this graphic novel appeared! If you’re a fan of superpowers and morally grey characters, then this world is for you. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Torn from the world of ‘Vicious’, where death is not the end, only the beginning of extraordinary powers… Three new “EO”s must grapple with their new abilities… and with those who would hunt them down! Featuring unseen character design galleries from Andrea Olimpieri and story commentary from V.E. Schwab


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Approaching ExtraOrdinary, I was so excited to jump back into the Villain’s world! Reading graphic novels is an experience on to itself. I loved seeing Eli and Victor come alive in front of me. Their angles and the ways their movement almost seem dangerous. In the books you can sometimes forget just how unsettling they can come off across. But in the graphic novels? Never. Watching Charlotte’s journey was interesting because we see her being turned into an EO in real time.

Unlike the other characters where we see their lives in flashbacks. While you could definitely read this graphic novel without reading the story, it’s even more satisfying and you might pick up on it faster if you do. I am so glad I did. As a whole, I’m still just so obsessed with the world of Villains. The superpowers and the ways Schwab’s story explores the cracks and ethics of these characters.

I feel especially empathetic towards Charlotte because her prophetic power is so easily seen as a potential curse. Unlike Victor and Eli where their power helps them or could be a weapon, it’s easy to see how emotionally traumatic her power is. It’s fun to be introduced to the story from another angle. It reminds you that for readers, Victor and Eli’s story is the center of our knowledge in the world, but that there’s so many other EOs who are not drawn into their whirlwind. And then again, so many that are.

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While the ending is pretty abrupt, in general I’m so excited for the rest of the series. It’s a great avenue of storytelling while we all wait for Victorious! Find ExtraOrdinary on Goodreads, Amazon (US)(UK), Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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