I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult
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.
Ohhh you guys! This book is CREEPY! Which is normally a no-go for me. I tend to stay away from books that are horror or thriller books, but since I’ve read some of Victoria Schwab’s other books and LOVED them, I thought I would give this one a try. Wouldn’t you know? I LOVE IT!
The mix of dystopia, thriller and just a touch of horror* work perfectly to create a spellbinding tale of two people both trying to outrun the demons of their pasts. Schwab creates characters that are so detailed and nuanced, that you can’t help but get sucked in to their stories…disturbing as they may be. We meet Kate Harker and immediately see that she’s a young woman filled with a LOT of anger. But why? From the very start, I was so intrigued by her actions and the situation in which she found herself, that I needed to know more. The same could be said for August Flynn. I wanted to know so much more about him than we first see. His character is so, SO complicated and his history is slowly revealed in such a perfect way.
I was drawn into both Kate’s and August’s individual worlds from the very start, and it was fascinating to see the two collide. By far, my favorite aspect of ‘This Savage Song’ was seeing how Kate and August worked together (and sometimes against) each other when faced with dire circumstances. I love a good odd couple story, and this one, my friends. is one of the most mismatched and fantastic pairings I’ve read in a while. Which I’m realizing is one of Schwab’s many talents. She is a master at creating intriguing dynamics between her characters and forming alliances in the most unlikely of people.
As if the plot and characters weren’t amazing enough, the world in which Schwab set ‘This Savage Song’ is mysterious, dangerous and seriously epic. We’ve all seen dystopian settings before and we’ve all seen them interpreted in so many different ways, but what Schwab does with her world is bring a fresh and innovative twist. She manages to give us a deeply satisfying world in which we get a detailed back story while keeping the development of that world moving forward. There was always something new around the corner and some dark corner to explore.
* As a self-proclaimed wimp when it comes to scary movies, parts of this book terrified me…in a good way!
Trust me when I say…YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE! It’s Creepy, mysterious, fantastic and so fun! Schwab is a master at weaving a wicked tale that will get you hooked from page one.