Published on: July 5th 2016
Published by: HarperCollins
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
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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.
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.
I wasn’t sure about This Savage Song when I first saw it, I’m not into monster stories so I really didn’t think I was going to like it. But I had seen some very positive reviews for the book and heard amazing things about Victoria Schwab and so thought I would take the chance. Well I am glad I did because this book was amazing!
I really liked Kate and August, total opposites but both of them bad ass in their own way. Whilst Kate fights to be tough, August fights to stay calm and sane and both struggle throughout to be accepted for exactly who they are. Circumstances bring them together and the two come to depend on each other and after moving on from their initial cautiousness of each other they develop a very genuine friendship.
They care for each other, but as nothing more than friends and partners, in their struggle to stay alive and I really liked that there was no messy romance to get in the way. Instead they develop a friendship in which they genuinely care for and trust each other and it’s a great foundation for whatever comes next with them.
Will they stay friends in book 2 or will it develop into something more? To be honest, I’d be happy either way and I’m excited to see were Schwab decides to take it.
“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.“
I LOVED the monsters in Schwab’s world and found the background to each one fascinating. Normally when we get monsters in a book then they have either developed from some weird infection or they have come from hell etc or a different world. The monsters in this book are born from violence, which each kind of act producing once of three different types of monster: Corsai, Machai and Sunai. I found it such a unique and interesting concept and I couldn’t get enough of the information that Schwab gave us about each one.
“I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.”
I really liked the whole city of Verity and the idea of the city being split between the North and the South with Kate and August’s parents being the leaders of either side. With two totally different ways of life on either side of the barrier the truce between the two is extremely fragile. In the mist of all this is Kate and August’s forbidden friendship and through the plays for power by the North and South the two become pawns in a very dangerous game.
“The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”
I was excited but nervous to see how things were going to end up as the story built and built through the book. There were things I saw coming, but there were also some that I really didn’t and the book produced a great mix of emotions within me which had me reeling right to the end of the book.
I loved the ending and it was very satisfying whilst still leaving it open for book 2. There is so much to look forward to in the next book and I can’t wait for more monsters!
“It’s a monster’s world.”
I am so glad I took a chance on this book and any hesitation I had had for it was immediately dropped as soon as I read the first page! As a big fan of world-building, this book makes it up to the top section of my list and I can’t wait for more, more, more!
My Rating: Loved
I would recommend this book to fans of: forbidden friendship, fantasy worlds, monsters, dystopian worlds