Title: This Savage Song
Find and Follow the Author: Victoria/V.E. Schwab , Her WordPress , Her Goodreads , Twitter
Series: Monsters of Verity, Book 1
Published by: July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Genres: YA, FANTASY
Pages: 427 Pages
Format: Hardcover, Audible
AR Info: AR Quiz No. 183177; BL: 5.4; AR Pts: 14.0
Date Started: September 14, 2017
Date Finished: September 16, 2017
This Savage Song
There’s no such thing as safe.
Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.
August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.
Their city is divided.
Their city is crumbling.
Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.
But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?
My Thoughts on……
Kate Harker is your typical teenage girl who just wanted to be accepted by her father and did whatever she could to get his attention. And at the start of the book.. all she wants to do is BE like her father, the one man who controls the two of the three kinds of monsters in this book the Corsai and the Malchai. She is constantly trying to prove herself to him, until she meets August.. and then she just wants to find out his secret. But overall she is a bad ass. She is completely fearless it seems although she is scared you can see her pushing through it to become more – Someone worthy of her father. I actually loved her character. I could easily relate to her and she just made her so well rounded with so many layers that you were constantly peeling one more away.
August Flynn is actually the third kind of monster a Sunai. His type of monster basically keeps the balance. He actually starts off just being afraid of who he is and determined to not become a monster. He doesn’t want to HURT anyone he just wants to be human even though he knows he can’t be and he knows he is not.. His sister Isla, another Sunai, was probably one of my favorite characters. But she gave me nothing about August to complain about, as she brought me along his path as he grew into the person he was going to be at the end. You could follow along you understood his choices and understood why he would make the choices he would his character just flowed together seamlessly in the story. I honestly cant wait to find out in “Our Dark Duet” what happened to the two of them.
I loved the plot. It starts out with Kate Harker trying to burn down her boarding schools chapel. All she is trying to do is get her father, Callum Harker, his attention and for him to let her come home. Which he does in fact let her, and sends her to a local school. Callum Harker seems to be the resident evil villain who controls the monsters and for a payment from the residents of the city he will make sure you stay safe. Anyways I digress. So we follow Kate who is trying to not only get her dads attention but also be like him enough to prove to him that she belongs with him, to stay with him. And on the other side of this world you have the Flynn’s, who have created a true with the Harker’s 6 years earlier that they wouldn’t cross into each others territory. You meet August this sweet guy who IS a monster to pretend to go to school with Kate, to get close to her. This story kinda reminded me of Romeo and Juliet in some parts, 2 kids from two different worlds falling in love. Only they don’t fall in love cause its not a love story but as the story progresses they not only grow and learn that everything is not what they appear. The monsters are not always the bad guys and that its ok to become the monster to save the people you care about. I absolutely loved this story.
Writing/ Pacing ★★★★
This is NOT a love story. Believe it or not. I absolutely loved the writing. Victoria Schwab, I have yet to read any of her books. Ever. Sad I know. But she created a fantastic world and put me in it with Kate and August. She makes you addicted to find out what is lurking on just the next page. The monsters themselves were so well written creating a whole new monster that you haven’t really heard of before. I love how everything in the story just moved along, I never felt like the story had slowed down or that I felt I could put it down and just move on to another book without finishing this one. It was so full of action. I loved every minute of it. I HAD to know what happened next. I loved the way she built the world around you and the way she weaved her words together in such a detailed way just kinda left me blown away in an awesome yet unexpected way. Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J Maas have me kinda spoiled so I cant quite give it a 5.
Why Should you Read/Not Read this Book?
At first, I waited FOREVER to pick up this book. I received in an owl crate and just never did, despite what everyone on social media told me. I actually loved this story, and besides having to work and sleep I really couldn’t put it down. I am beyond excited to buy book 2 and read it. In my opinion I highly recommend this book with its creative new world, and a completely new concept where the monsters have come out of the shadows and in a post apocalyptic world they run free. Her very detailed word building and the way she seamlessly told her story and built the world and the characters will leave you breathless and hungering for more. You will not be able to put this book down and you, like me, will not want the story to end until you know what happens next. Bring on Book 2!
With this I will bid my fellow Bibliophiles good night. Will be picking my next book out of my TBR Chest in the morning! Stay tuned to find out which one I pick out!