Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Publisher: Greenwillow Books on July 5, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Dark, Young Adult
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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.
At A Glance
Very unique and interesting read.
This Savage Song was all sorts of unique with a very different premise. Monsters want to rule the city but an uneasy truce is just barely keeping them in line. A city divided: one side has August, a monster that wants to be human, the other has Kate, a human that wants to act like a monster. Victoria nailed it with the monsters. Monsters are “born” based on human crimes. There are three types of monsters that arise depending on the crime, each once scarier than the other. A frightening thought, right?
August is one of those monsters, the one that looks the most human. He is both the scariest and most logical monster you can get. But all he wants to be is human. I felt August’s struggle every step of the way. He felt so much, even when he shouldn’t. If he had a soul, it was filled with passion for a life he would never have.
Kate was a bitch. Well, she did her best impersonation of one to impress her corrupt dad. She has dedicated her life to becoming hard, ruthless, and indifferent in every action and thought. Then August comes along and her world crumbles. They are suppose to be enemies, but they are thrown together in a race for their lives and the city’s survival. Enemies become allies, allies become enemies and Kate and August have no choice but to trust each other.
I love how their relationship progressed into a tentative friendship that opened them both up to a new view of the world. Once the story picked up, there was a lot of tension and action until the very end. I loved the detailed world-building and explosive but open ending. Book 2 cannot come fast enough.
It took quite some time for me to get into this book and for the real action to start. Plus, it took forever for me to care about the characters. I’m not sure what it was, but I really had to work hard to love this book, but at one point I totally found that love.
No romance, yay!!! It was nice to see two characters thrown together and them not fall in love.
I am really hard on young adult books, I don’t even know why, so when I say This Savage Song is worth the read, you know I mean it. If you are looking for a book with a different concept and a focus on the story and not the romance, you have found your gem. Highly recommended.
“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
“But the teacher had been right about one thing: violence breeds.
Someone pulls a trigger, sets off a bomb, drives a bus full of tourists off a bridge, and what’s left in the wake isn’t just she’ll casings, wreckage, bodies. There’s something else. Something bad. An aftermath. A recoil. A reaction to all that anger and pain and death.”
“I read somewhere,” said Kate, “that people are made of stardust.”
He dragged his eyes from the sky. “Really?”
“Maybe that’s what you’re made of. Just like us.”
And despite everything. August smiled.”