Review ♦︎ This Savage Song

Posted 12 July, 2017 by Jade in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review ♦︎ This Savage SongThis Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters.

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.

There are a lot of times to hate switching points of view; This Savage Song is not one of them. Both Kate and August are interesting characters with different and similar ambitions. In the end, it’s about living how they like.

This book was an easy read, and I couldn’t put it down. Even when Kate and August weren’t interacting, the differences in the ways they thought and their experiences kept me reading, and I was interested in seeing the tension between the North and South sides of V-City play out.

At first it was a little difficult to like Kate; she was reckless, picked fights, set fires, and got what she wanted because of it. But the more I read about her, the more I liked her. She clearly idolised her father, and the subsequent actions she takes to prove herself to him while growing into herself and accepting her own existence at the same time were great.

She liked the idea that there were a hundred different Kates, living a hundred different lives. 
Maybe in one of them, there were no monsters.

August was a sweetheart from the beginning; and his descriptions of his family’s ways of thinking versus his own, and his attempts at acting human were great to see. I have a love/hate relationship with the monster who doesn’t want to be a monster trope (okay, fine, it’s mostly hate), but August was so sweet. He so concerned about screwing up, and his interactions with people outside his family in the beginning are so awkward, but he wants to help and he wants to make friends.

The rivalry between their families could almost make this another story of Romeo and Juliet, but there’s no romance. Their friendship is amazing; their conversations while they’re getting to know each other at school are really fun to read, and both of them circling around each other with their own secrets is great.

For one dazzling, infinite moment, August felt like he was standing on a precipice, the end of one world and the beginning of another, a whisper and a bang.

I love the monsters in the novel, I would have loved to see more of them than we did. Granted, yes, I know, probably not really much time outside of what was affecting August and Kate, but still. More monsters, please! Although, the underlying threat of them at night and the rhymes that were repeated or referenced through the novel about them were nice too.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t really too much to the plot, and I kind of expected more. The characters, however, definitely made up for it and the ways they developed through the novel were amazing. I can’t wait to read the sequel once I get it, I’m so excited to see how they are in it and how they grow from this.

Plus I want to read about my favourites some more. Kate is a queen, and August is too precious, too pure for this world. I just want them to be happy… it’s going to be painful, isn’t it? (´•̥ω•̥`)

Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.

Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!


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