This review has been coming for a long while now, and I’m glad I finally got to it. It’s not a surprise to admit that Victoria/V.E. Schwab is a fantastic author – so when I purchased this novel I was very excited to get started.
Goodreads Rating: 4.16/5
Pages: 464 pages
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Published: July 5th, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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.
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Ever since I read the plot for this novel I have been excited to read it – unfortunately this novel fell a bit short for me. I didn’t feel as enthralled as I was hoping to feel and this novel didn’t really interest me as much as I hoped.
August Flynn was a character to whom I didn’t really feel much connection to at all – that is, until the end of the novel. I didn’t pity him, and when hearing about his life I didn’t feel as many emotions as I expected to.
Kate Harker was a badass. I think she’s the main thing that saved this novel for me – she brought personality to the story. I also enjoyed the additional information we learned about her nearing the end of the novel and it brought hope to me that the next novel would be better than the first.
Another saving grace for this novel was Schwab’s beautiful writing. Obviously Schwab made a masterpiece when she wrote this, and she really saved this novel for me.
All in all, I had high hopes for this novel, but unfortunately they weren’t met. I am still going to continue this series because I do believe I will enjoy the next novel in this series a lot more than I did this one – plus I simply cannot resist Victoria Schwab’s writing.
That concludes my review for This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab!
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