Hi, lovelies. Today for Blogtober the topic is villains. I love me a good villain. Especially one that started as a good guy, and lets life beat them down until they turn bad. I love the other way too, villains that somehow manage to redeem themselves. Let’s talk villains.
Victor Vale & Eli Ever from Vicious by V.E. Schwab
These two, man, what to say about them. This is not a pretty story. It’s full of betrayal and murder. Victor is the main character and he’s not a great guy. His mission is to end the life of his best friend, Eli Ever. Eli got him sent to jail, but he’s also murdering other E.O.’s. So, he’s also not a great guy. Their motivations are so interesting and the storylines are complex, but you can’t help but to feel for and understand both of them.
Kate & August from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
What is up with Schwab with these horrible but still somehow lovable characters? Kate and August are both painted as bad, but August is battling to keep his humanity and Kate (after she gives up on pleasing her father) tries to do right by fighting monsters. I couldn’t get enough of these two.
Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites by Marie Lu
This was the series that really turned me onto my love for villains. Adelina starts as a confused girl in need of guidance. But she ends up on the wrong side, all in the hope of saving her family. She’s a fascinating character with an unbelievable journey.
Vianca Augustine from Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Vianca is only sort of a villain, which is why I like her so much. She does the wrong things, but in her mind, is doing them for the right reasons. It’s kind of a lesser of two evils situation. I really enjoyed her story in this series.
The Darkling from The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardguo
Is this even a list of villains without the Darkling? He’s dark and broody and all of the things I love in a villain. With his tragic backstory, you can’t help but feel for him just a little.
Empress Celestine from The Shattered Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
Celestine was honestly pretty horrible. But before you learn her true motivations you can’t help but respect her and even sort of like her because she just wants to find and gather her family. She’s fierce and ruthless. While she was pretty terrible, she was a great villain.
Haikaimono from Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Haikaimono is ruthless and bent on revenge. But also, he mostly just wants to survive. His existence is so complicated with so much to it. I hated him at the end of this book and for most of book two. But by the end of Soul of the Sword, you could almost feel for him.
Tea from The Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco
This whole series I flopped back and forth h between being one hundred percent sure she was the villain and equally sure that she was doing the right thing. I loved her the whole time, even when I thought she was doing the wrong thing. She had her reasons, ones too complicated for me to elaborate on here, but she was a complex character that was extremely intelligent and did nothing without specific reasons.
The Sleeper from Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
This book showed me a new love for middle-grade books. I cannot get enough of them and it’s all because of Aru. The Sleeper is the big bad in this series, but there’s more to him than we know at first. I think he’s an interesting villain, one that I can’t wait to learn more about in the next book.
Serefin & Malachiacz from Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
What to say, what to say, about these two men? They’re bad, but how bad? Their stories are full of twists and turns and they lead them to the complicated ending of this book. They are both a product of their environments and their complex backstories. But I love them both and I’m dying to find out the next part of their story.
Maven from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
He’s one of my all-time favorite villains. His story is one that you can’t help but feel bad for him. He might have been the hero had he grown up differently. Instead, he is a product of his parentage and his childhood. He made so many wrong choices, but somehow I loved him right up until the end.
That’s all I have for you today. Share with me in the comments who your favorite villains are. Are they truly evil or could they have been completely different had their upbringing or other events had gone differently? Tell me your villains below!
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.