Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Dystopia
I’ve been wanting to read This Savage Song since last year, when I was wowed away by the book covers. Before that, Victoria Schwab’s books hadn’t really blipped on my radar. I had my first taste of her writing when I read her A Darker Shade of Magic series this year, which I enjoyed very much.
I’ve read stories about vampires, witches, werewolves, shifters, demons but the concept of monsters born out of violent deaths was so unique and original it totally hooked me. The world thrown into chaos and fear, and the cause of it all? Human violence, which is one of the undeniable truths about human nature. We’re our own worst enemies, aren’t we?
I liked Kate and August a lot, the two of them wishing they could be something else other than who they were. It’s hard to be accepted for who you are, to yearn to fit in, to fight your own nature.
Then their worlds collided, throwing punishing truths in their faces. I watched them learn to be friends, cope with being enemies and somehow find a middle ground.
The writing was excellent, with Kate and August’s thoughts and emotions practically leaping from the page. The plot-line was fantastic, with plot twists that kept me engaged and interested till the end. And that last scene? Holy cow. I did not see that coming. Kudos to the author for such a terrific, original story.