Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity
Date Read: November 18
Format: Hardcover from local library
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
I’ll be completely honest, I did not think I was going to like this book. This Savage Song sounded dark and in these troubling times did I really need more darkness in my life? The answer is yes, apparently I did. I could not put this book down. And as you noticed, I read this thing in one sitting. These characters are tortured souls. Kate can’t live up to the girl her father wants her to be and tries everything in power to be her anyway. This book pretty much had me hooked when the first paragraph was basically Kate admitting to pre-orchestrating burning down the chapel at her boarding school and not because she was insane or drunk, but because she was desperate. August on the other hand…man. I don’t even know. He’s not human and it took me a few pages – forty at least – to realize that he was one of the monsters. But – there’s always a but isn’t there? – he didn’t act like it. Even when he was feeding, he chose someone who wasn’t good.
Watching these two interact with one another was kind of adorable in its own way. It just started out as an innocent thing, and then all of a sudden Kate needed to know what August’s secret was and then it all went downhill from there. It was hard to figure out who the true villain was in this book. Was it Kate’s father for teaming up with a bunch of monsters? Was it Sloane, the monster Kate’s father had as a pet? Or was it Leo, August’s brother? Personally, I think all of them should get the title and apparently not all of them are defeated either. I’m still curious about how exactly that worked out.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A dark novel, that really wasn’t. I’m curious to see where book two goes now that Kate and August have gone their separate ways and that one character is still alive. And how exactly did that happen?
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