This Savage Song
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.
This was a good book. I honestly didn’t remember what it was about when I got it (it took a long time to get in from the library). I’d been seeing stuff about it on Goodreads and YouTube, but I finally requested the book when I saw how much Cait (her link’s at the bottom) liked it. I was impressed, it was a little dullish (and I still couldn’t remember what it was about), but it picked up.
I really liked the whole monsters using instruments thing. The relationship between Kate and August was also well done. August trying to do the right thing and be a good person was my favorite part (I love the struggling-against-your-nature-to-be-better stories).
I felt lost at the beginning, the story just started without any backstory and terms that I didn’t understand. It also took awhile to get the plot moving (it wasn’t a bad thing though, I just didn’t like it).
I loved August’s point of view and struggle. I found him really relatable and an odd mix of normal and obviously different that just made him really enjoyable. Kate was also a great character. The war within her was amazing (her dad was an absolutely nasty guy). She’s a good co-MC.
- This is a violent book. Stabbings are quite common, beatings, and shootings happen
- A scene has a girl mention they don’t want people to get the wrong idea about a couple of students being out in the woods alone
- Being a military esque setting for a while, there is cursing
Warning! This is not a happy, feel-good, light story.
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Monsters of Verity #1
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 loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.