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.
First line: “The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn’t angry or drunk.”
Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity (Book 1)
My edition: Hardcover from Greenwillow Books, published in 2016 with 427 pages.
Age: Young Adult (15+)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
WHY THIS BOOK
Well, to be honest, I’d been looking at this book for a while because some fellow goodreaders were reviewing the arcs and I was like, it get’s four or five stars from everyone and the reviews are amazing, so I decided to buy it! And I’m seriously so happy I did! Today, like right now, the review count is 4467 reviews and it has a 4.24 rating on goodreads!
The author herself described the book like this: Sin City + Romeo & Juliet – the romance + monsters. Which is a pretty amazing description of what this book is all about. The book is about a world where violent acts breed actual monsters, some of the monsters are easy to spot, but other’s can blend in as humans.
Kate Harker is the daughter of a crime boss, and August Flynn is the son of a man who tries to hold the city together. She’s human, he’s a monster and they come from opposite parts of the treaty of peace. Their families are enemies, and all though they start as that, they grow into becoming some kind of allies in trying to save the world from the darkness within.
You know that feeling you get when you start reading a book, and it kind of sucks you in making you want to read more and more and more? Well, Schwab’s writing is just amazing, and it drew me right into the story and into the characters and it was just plain perfection. I can’t point a finger at anything, it’s so interesting, and it became like this mixture of plain words and poetry? It’s so hard to explain, but it feels as if you’re reading the lyrics of a song somehow, without the rhythm of a song, just the words threading together, becoming something absolutely beautiful.
“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
The characters are many, but there are only two main characters, and they are lovely. So let me tell you a little about Kate and August.
Kate is the ultimate problem kid, she does everything she can to get out of the schools she’s in so that her father will take her back to Verity where she feels like she belongs. She smokes, she burns down chapels, she threatens people, she does everything she’s not really supposed to do and it makes her seem so fearless. I absolutely loved reading from her perspective because it felt like you could see the exterior: This bad ass girl who won’t get tossed around by others, who’ll scare you off by saying “boo”. But then there is the interior, the side we experience, the broken girl who tries everything she can not to show other people that she’s got a soul, that she can be hurt. And I loved that contrast so much it made the book so interesting!
August or should we call him Freddie? Is the other main character of the story. He’s a monster, and one of the most terrible one’s. But he’s such a contrast to what the world thinks he should be. He doesn’t want to hurt, or be what he is, so he tries so hard to cover that part of him, just like Kate. What i loved about his point of view was that we saw the story from a completely different point of view. He’s more careful(?), I’m not sure how to put him, but I would say that he’s more open to the world, what it has to offer in terms of smells, looks, feels, it’s like he breathes in the world and gives us the narrative. I loved it so much.
Combining these two characters we have our “Romeo & Juliet”, only this time they’re more bad ass, they’re not in love and they’re each other’s rocks throughout the story. They realize that not everything is black and white and it’s such a beautiful story I might cry soon.
The ending was so interesting and it completely set the mood for the second book. I’m so stoked peepz, it’s just CRAZY.
ALL IN ALL
This is a new favorite, and a new book I’m going to force EVERYONE to read. I’m not kidding. Not only does it have a story that is just breathtaking, but it has characters that’ll just mesmerize you. GO BUY IT NOW AND READ IT!
Goodreads updates below
Page 0 / 0% “aaah, this book!”
Page 74 / 17% “Aah, I already love the characters, and the V-City!”
Page 116 / 27% “If you haven’t read it, let me tell you that you need to right now”
Page 183 / 42% “August ❤ Kate ❤ this book <3”
Page 262 / 61% “I can’t stop!!!”
Page 318 / 74% “This book thooo!!!!”
Page 343 / 80% “I don’t want it to end”
Page 352 / 82% “”That’s life, August,” she said. “You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.””
Page 384 / 89% “”He wanted the chance to matter. He wanted to live.””
If you look closely you’ll see that the cover is shaped like a violin, which is August’s “instrument” and I love that about the cover!
Favorite quote: “That’s life, August,” she said. “You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”