Category Archives: Vicious



Hi lovelies!

I have one extra ARC of VICIOUS, so I’m giving it to an ARC tour.

It’s simple. If you want to read the book early, and are willing to pass it on, shoot me an email :

viciousveschwab at gmail dot com

The first 10 PEOPLE will be on the ARC tour.

US only.

And each will get a set of trading cards to enhance their reading experience 😉

The only requirement is that you review the book online after you read it!

Ready, set, email.





Everyone who posts the trailer on their site/blog/facebook/twitter and comments below with a link will be entered to win a pre-order of the book and a set of trading cards (you’ll get one entry point for every place you post it).

A separate giveaway will run concurrently on Tumblr (here’s the post) so you have two separate chances to win!

Giveaways run until AUGUST 24TH.

8/24 UPDATE: HELLO! And congratulations to…CHRISTINA MARCH. I will send you an email about claiming your prize 🙂

What is “Warm Up”?

I recently got to share the artwork (by Victo Ngai, *swoon*) for my upcoming short story, “Warm Up.”




I couldn’t say much about it at the time, aside from the fact that it would go up on BEFORE Vicious hits shelves, but now that it’s up for pre-order on Amazon, I can finally share what it’s about!

We wanted to give readers a taste of the world without spoiling ANYTHING in Vicious, so “Warm Up” is set during a decade-long period when Victor is in prison, and Eli is out executing ExtraOrdinary people (read: superpowered). It follows an ExtraOrdinary man named David Lane.


Here’s the pitch:

It’s been 297 days since David died–and came back.

He may have survived the avalanche, but the aftermath has been far worse. His wife moved out, taking his son with her, and a devastated David hasn’t left his house since, terrified of the mysterious new power that followed him home from the ill-fated expedition.

After months in seclusion, David’s ready for a fresh start, and ventures out, determined to keep his power in check. But David’s power isn’t the one he needs to worry about.


“Warm Up” will go up on on AUGUST 20TH!!

You can also pre-order it on Amazon for only $0.99 and it will just *poof* arrive on your kindle that day.



OMG you guys.


It’s so completely different from the US cover, which I adore with fiery heart, but I love it so very, very much. It’s dark and punchy and movie poster glorious, and my main character, Victor, looks like an arrogant badass, which is essentially what he is and ngghhhhhhh.

I just.

I think the thing I like so much about these covers–the US and the UK–is that they are both clearly influenced by comic book culture, but in totally different ways. And that is just pretty damn cool.

ALSO! In case you didn’t hear my squees around the internet on Monday, VICIOUS GOT A PW STAR!!!!!!!!


“Schwab’s characters feel vital and real…In a genre that tends toward the flippant or pretentious, this is a rare superhero novel as epic and gripping as any classic comic.”

It’s my first starred review ever and I can’t stop smiling.


Announcing the VICIOUS prequel short story, WARM UP!!!

While I was over in Scotland, I had the chance to write a short story! My first official one. My editor and I wanted to give readers a glimpse into the world of VICIOUS without spoiling anything from the book, and WARM UP was born! The full pitch for WARM UP will go live closer to the story’s release on this August, but in the meantime, check out the gorgeous cover art. The amazing art director over at Tor, Irene Gallo, was able to get my cover illustrator, Victo Ngai, to do the art!!


VICIOUS is now up on Netgalley!

Well, let me be clear, 115 pages of VICIOUS are up on Netgalley! If you want to get a taste of the book, wet your feet, whet your appetite, whatever turn of phrase you like, hop on over and request!

Also it will make my heart happy. Like, really happy. And happy hearts are more likely to give away goodies.

Also also I KNOW it’s only 115 pages. I know. We went through this with THE ARCHIVED, but lovelies, we saw such a marked difference in sales, and Tor and I want to make sure people go buy the book so that I can, you know, have the chance to write more books. AND if you don’t want to read the preview because you’d rather read the whole thing in September, that’s totally fine, too. I just want to make sure that the people who WANT a sneak peek have that option!

If you’re on the fence at all–I know I have a lot of YA readers who aren’t sure what I sound like writing as V.E.–I highly encourage you to try the sample! It’s a really good indicator.

And to everyone, it would make me so happy if you hit REQUEST over on Netgalley, and/or spread the word about it being up there. The publishers, they watch these kinds of things.


DID YOU KNOW…if you pre-order VICIOUS, you get trading cards?

It’s true! If you pre-order VICIOUS and email proof to viciousveschwab at gmail dot com, a gorgeous complete set of trading cards–yes, including the author card–will arrive in the mail! This opportunity will run all the way up to release, but the online price of the book might go up, so keep that in mind!

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Last but not least, giveaway winners!

The winner of the VICIOUS arc is…

The winners of the VICIOUS trading cards are…
–Nicole de Leon
–Lauren Thoman
–Kayla Keefer


In summation.

There’s still one piece of really awesome VICIOUS news coming, but I’m not allowed to announce it yet, so for now I’ll just say THANK YOU.

Thank you for being awesome and thank you for all of your excitement so far and for continuing to build that noise in the coming months. We all know how important your voices are, and I’ve felt them there, cheering with me ❤

3 months till world domina—I MEAN VICIOUS!! Time for a giveaway.


Today is the 24th of June. VICIOUS hits shelves on the 24th of September. That means today =

*breathes into bag*

*goes in search of smelling salts*

*eats a box of cookies*


I’m okay.

Now, for those of you who’ve been following the blog for some time, you know what these month marks mean!


ONE person will win an elusive signed ARC of VICIOUS and a set of trading cards.

FIVE more people will win a set of trading cards.

I’m in the dreaded middle of a first draft right now–I swear, so many fire swamps in writing books–so I’m going to keep this nice and simple.

You can earn…

+1 point for commenting on this post
+1 point for posting about VICIOUS/the giveaway on Facebook
+1 point for posting about VICIOUS/the giveaway on Tumblr
+1 point for pinning VICIOUS/the giveaway to Pinterest
+1 point for blogging about VICIOUS the giveaway
+1 point for adding VICIOUS on Goodreads
+1 point for every list you add VICIOUS to on Goodreads
+1 point for asking your library to order VICIOUS
+1 point for any extra clever things you can think of

You can comment below when you have points to report, and you can earn each of the above points ONCE PER DAY. Feel free to comment once with all your points at the end of the day, or as you complete each task.

You have from now until FRIDAY, JUNE 28TH, 9PM CST to enter.



Sorry for the short post, lovelies. Life’s been rocky (after an already downhill week, I lost my beloved dog on Friday) and I haven’t been feeling chatty or post-y.

Let’s get straight to the good stuff.

The winner of the VICIOUS galley is…

Bethany Farwell

The winners of the VICIOUS trading cards are…

The Cover Contessa
Ava at YAvaReads
Caroline Waddell

I also decided to pick two more winners of trading cards, and those are…

Emily Schlinker
Andrew Muir

Lovelies, please email your mailing info to vschwab at comcast dot net to claim your prizes.

If you didn’t get an ARC of VICIOUS at BEA, here’s your chance (GIVEAWAY).

Hey lovelies!

I thought I’d do something for all those who couldn’t make it to BEA, and those who could but couldn’t snag an ARC.

I’ve decided to give you one of mine.

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ONE winner will get one of my personal ARCs and a set of trading cards.

THREE runner-ups will get sets of trading cards.

You can enter EVERY DAY.

You get an entry for commenting and then an extra entry for tweeting/FBing/blogging/etc.

Giveaway runs until Sunday 9PM EST.

Sorry lovelies, but this one is US only.

Ready, set, go.

The extraordinary, surreal, and humbling nature of BEA.

Hello, lovelies!

I’m back from BEA and all its BEA-shaped shenanigans, and thought I’d do a quick post and try to sum up my feelings, which are myriad and mostly come in squeeees.

It was an absolute whirlwind of a trip. I flew out of Nashville on Thursday at an obscene hour and arrived in NYC around 9AM, dropped my bags at the hotel and hurried over to Javits so as to optimize the time for shenanigans.

I was on the show floor for all of three minutes before I was recognized for the first time! A persistently surreal and wonderful feeling. By fifteen minutes in I had hugged half a dozen bloggers and authors. I barely had time to take it in before dashing off to a lunch meeting with my wonderful Scholastic editor, Aimee.

After tasty treats and a discourse on Scotland, angels and devils, adventure and world domination, I hurried back to BEA and met my Disney*Hyperion editor, Lisa, at the booth, and we took a turn about the floor and it was utterly delightful.

That night I had the pleasure of going to a rooftop party, where I got to fangirl about Cat Valente with Holly Black, clink glasses Gretchen McNeill, Veronica Rossi, Kami Garcia, Zoraida Cordova and dozens of other new and old friends.

Friday was my Actual Author Day.

I roamed the floor with my Tor editor, Miriam, stalking books like MARIE ANTIONETTE SERIAL KILLER and COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, trying to distract myself from how nervous I was about my 2pm signing.

And then, around 12:30, I started getting tweets. Tweets telling me that people we showing up:


LOTS of tweets:


My fear began to shift into excitement. People were actually coming.

By the time I took my seat, the line was huge. So big it had to be split into several parts around the autograph hall. Tor had send 120 ARCs. It wasn’t nearly enough.

(Photo by publicist Aisha Cloud)

I couldn’t stop smiling.

(Photo by Kate Tilton)

When people reached the table, they would ask me how I was doing, and it took all my will power not to say I AM DOING F*CKING FABULOUS because the truth is, BEA signings, signings like this, with so much people and so much energy, are my favorite thing in the whole wide world. There are no words. There really aren’t.

As soon as the signing was over I hurried over to one of the BEA Live tents and had a video interview. I’m pretty sure I smiled the entire time. At one point, the interviewer (a very professional gentleman in a suit) leaned forward and said, “You just seem to be having a really, really good time.”

And I said, “I am. I am having a BLAST.”

One of the strangest things is the difference between last year and this one. I pay a lot of attention to personal progress and professional evolution (see my blog post about the Moment I had signing with Carrie and Beth in TX). This year at BEA, so many more people recognized me. So many more knew who I was, what I’d written, was writing. It was extraordinarily cool and humbling and surreal <–that's really the theme of my BEA.

One of the coolest moments came on Friday AFTER my events, when Tyler Nevins, the amazing designer behind the ARCHIVED covers…

The Archived_finalcover


…tracked me down, and gave me THIS:

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In case you can’t tell, that is the ACTUAL FREAKING RING from the cover of THE UNBOUND.


Which means I now have the key from the first book and the ring from the second, and it is incredibly cool and I have no words and lots of smiles.

[Speaking of THE UNBOUND, a fair number of people both at my events and on the floor asked me it–mostly whether there were ARCs–and the short answer is no, not right now! I’m not even through copyedits yet, but I promise to keep you posted as we get a bit nearer to release (Jan 2014).]

After being an Actual Author all day I had the pleasure of going out to dinner with old and new friends, which was perfect and restorative. I got to hug Julie Kagawa, see my ex-housemates, chat with my beta, tell the Neil Gaiman hug saga to a fellow fan, talk theology with Annie Gaughen, listen to Gretchen McNeill sing opera, tell a short story to Jeffrey and Jeremy West and Tiffany Schmidt, recount the origins of a wonderful friendship with Laura Whitaker…it goes on. An absolutely perfect end to a perfect day.

Saturday I got to sit in the front row at Neil Gaiman’s talk, and then eat pastries with my Tor editor and toast to a successful time at BEA, but also to the adventure ahead.

VICIOUS is now just 3.5 months from release, and it’s shaping up to be a wild ride.

Thanks for being on it with me 🙂

Find V.E. Schwab at BEA!


While my official signing is from 2-3pm on Friday (Table 17!), I will be wandering the floor Thursday from 10:30-12:130 and then again from 3-5PM, and ALL DAY Friday (seriously, from 10AM till 5PM). 

Look for the girl with the bright red hair (chin-length) and the all-black ensemble (or the yellow-and-white-striped sweater).

That’s probably me!

If you find me and come say hello, you will be rewarded with an awkward hug and a set of VICIOUS trading cards 🙂

Meanwhile, I have made my own Author! Bingo! Card, and will be attempting to track down various writers and claim hugs.

If you hear someone shout BINGO! on the exhibition floor…that’s probably me.

I am positively jittery with excitement! If you see someone rocking in the corner, grinning like a fool…that’s probably me.

Wishing a wonderful BEA to everyone who’s going!

May the ARC-grabbing odds be ever in your favor!