You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.
Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Page Count: 464 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Dystopian // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of Harper Collins
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
After finishing this book I had a feeling of unsettlement. I couldn’t quite figure out what it was that had me unsettled. It wasn’t a “I can’t wait to read the next book” or “that was so good it changed my life”, no it was a bit more different. After spending a few days pondering about it I realized what it was. The feeling of unsettlement was due to the fact that I read this one at the wrong stage of my life. Had I read this as a teen I would’ve loved it. It was just my inability to connect to the characters. Which isn’t even a big deal and I hope you’ll consider reading this one!
The one thing I really enjoyed from This Savage Song was her view on monsters. Schwab is definitely my kindred spirits when it comes to villains. I always find myself rooting for villains (I apologized if I’ve talked about this too much in past reviews I just can’t help it guys!) even if they’re as horrible as The Commandant from An Ember In The Ashes or even Bellatrix from Harry Potter. I just can’t help it, something about them draws me to them! This is probably why I’m a slytherin isn’t it? Schwab has a way of crafting her villains to make me want to befriend them. There’s no black and white, it’s all shades of grey and that is why I enjoyed this one even though I couldn’t fully commit to the characters.
All that being said Schwab is a wonderful writer. I enjoyed reading her words and am really excited to pick up one of her adult series.