Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Title: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publish Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.
When I first heard about this book, I just knew that I had to get my hands on it. It sounded amazing, and it's just one of those books that disrupt the book community because everyone is reading it and everyone wants to get their hands on it.
I've never read a Victoria Schwab book in my life. After this book, she is one of my favorite authors and I need to read everything else she has written.
This Savage Song is the perfect young-adult fantasy novel that comes around every so often. AND there is NO ROMANCE! I repeat, there is NO ROMANCE! What kind of sorcery is this? A young adult novel that has no romance yet is better than almost anything I've ever read before?
It didn't even need romance.The characters were so kickass and just plain awesome that they didn't need to fall in love with each other. They just needed to care about being a good person and caring about what might happen to someone else.
Kate Harker and August Flynn were just awesome. Kate was incredibly bad ass; I wouldn't want to get on her bad side. August had to struggle with being a monster when all he really wanted was to be human. And when he shifted... I wouldn't want to mess with him either. When you put the two together in a nonromantic way, the story just writes itself.
I hated Harker and Sloan but I loved hating them in a way. They sucked but their characters made for an awesome story with some awesome twists.
I keep saying awesome but I feel as if that fully captures what I'm trying to say. It inspires awe.
Schwab writes the story where you get to know everything in this futuristic/dystopian type land without presenting it all in an info dump. The history comes gradually and naturally. I still don't understand everything about this world that Schwab has created but I know that this is a series so there will be more to come.
I really loved when Kate first found out what August was she had this big game plan to capture August and present him to her dad but she couldn't go through with it. She liked him as a friend and could be herself around him.
This book takes the monsters from under your bed, the monsters from the real world and gives them a different spin. I loved everything about the monsters. They were different and not just basic monsters. You had the Corsai, Malchai, and Sunai were fantastic. I loved the monsters.
This Savage Song was an amazing book. It's one of the best fantasy books that I've ever read. The world that Schwab creates is addicting. The characters are great, the plot is fantastic. I need book two now! Read this book and join in on the non-romantic-awesome-plot-great-characters that is This Savage Song.
About the Author
Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes," "like," and "y'all."
She also tells stories.
She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.