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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
they’re gonna come and eat you all…
This book is about monsters and songs. I KNOW, RIGHT? TOTAL SHOCKER. VE Schwab is basically some sort of bookish queen on par with Marissa Meyer and Maggie Stiefvater because everything she touches is pure gold. PURE GOLD.
Although I did like A Darker Shade of Magic a tiiiinnny bit more, This Savage Song was quite marvelous. VE Schwab’s writing style is so beautiful and flowy and it sucks you right into the story and keeps you there until you’ve turned the last page AND THEN makes you start franticly googling when the sequel comes out (in this case…mid 2017).
This Savage Song is set in a world where every act of violence breeds a monster. Anything from a mild fistfight to an act of terrorism will breed a monster or monsters. August is a monster who does not wish to be a monster. Kate is the daughter of a rich, influential man and is also a budding arsonist. I mean, this is the first sentence of the novel:
“The Night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapter, she wasn’t angry or drunk. She was desperate.”