I was going to give this book a solid 4.5 star but, after I had let the story sink in for a while, I gave it 5 stars instead. The more I let it mull in my brain, the more I want to do a re-read.
I loved the whole villain vs. villain with lots of revenge seeking mixed in. Honestly, I took to Victor, the main character, right away. I do not know what that says about me but I was in his corner the whole time. He is very much the anti hero trope that everyone roots for, kind of like Tony Soprano.
It was a entertaining easy read but without a lot of the fluff you normally get. The writing was simple, sometimes a little basic, in almost a YA type of style. But, it was really engaging. It sucks you in from the start. V.E. Schwab writing almost reminds me a bit of Stephen Kings, in that she has amazing ability to weave a story.
It is labeled as a fantasy but I would argue it is more magical realism. I hope they make it into a movie. In my mind, Victor looks almost like Voldemort.