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Book Review: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) – Victoria Schwab

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.

Synopsis: 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.



I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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