Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be talking about my favorite villains.
I love me a good villain. They tend to be such complex characters, and usually I can’t help but like them more than the hero. Today I’m going to be talking about some of my favorites and the ones that first came to my mind, and even though this list would definitely be longer, if you want I could do a longer post talking about more of them.
If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Wednesday, it is a Goodeads group now currently run by Sam over at ToughtsOfTomes on Youtube, where each week they give you a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category. You can join the group here if you want to participate!
Without any further ado, let’s start with this week’s topic!
Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand
My thoughts: I cannot remember for the life of me what the name of the villain was (I’m pretty sure he even didn’t have a name, but whatever), but he was such a scary villain. Oh my, he was super unsettling and every time he appeared in a scene I was afraid of what he was going to do to our girls. Though I feel he wasn’t as complex as other villains (mostly because this was a standalone novel), he was super interesting and spooky.
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.
Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.
Hades | Hercules
My thoughts: Hades was my favorite Disney villain when I was a kid, because he was such a cool guy. He’s still one of my favorite villains, because not only he has all those qualities that identify him as one, but also he was hilarious and I laugh out loud every time I watch the movie.
The Darkling | Shadow and Bone
My thoughts: I bet you knew this was coming. I feel like I mention The Darkling when one of these type of posts pops up, but it’s a need. I freaking adore The Darkling. He was such a great villain and one of my favorites, and I just wish Leigh Bardugo decides someday to write a spin-off all about him, because that would made my heart so happy.
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Victor Vale| Vicious
My thoughts: Even though I feel in this book isn’t technically clear who the true villain is, because both of these characters have done very bad things, I adore Victor. He was such an amazing and intriguing main character, and to read from his point of view was such an incredible experience. He was such a well built protagonist, and I cannot wait to read Vengeful and see what awaits these characters.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
Jason Dean | Heathers
My thoughts: I adore JD. Not only this movie has become a favorite of mine in a very short period of time, but I think JD is such an interesting villain. Though he isn’t the only one in this story, I feel he’s one of my favorite. He’s such a complex and layered character, and overall his character arc is very interesting and adds so much to the whole story and the way he behaves throughout the story. I don’t know, I could be talking all day long about Heathers and all the symbolisms and metaphors that are in the book, but I’m just gonna tell you: watch the movie, please.
What are some of your favorite villains? Have you read or watch any of these ones? Let me know in the comments!
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