This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | Monsters and Mayhem and Epicness

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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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

Monsters, monsters, big and small,
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).

But anyways.

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.”

I liked that this book dealt in gray areas. Sometimes, the humans are more monstrous than the actual monsters.
And gaaah I loved the characters, so, so much.

Kate is this fierce, bitter, snarky girl who so wants to be cruel to try and impress her crime boss dad but you can tell that deep down, she’s not a truly cruel person. August is this introverted, soul-eating sweetheart of a monster who was adopted by the rebels fighting against Kate’s dad. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. AND he deals with sensory-overload stuff, too, and that was written so well and so believably.

AND THERE WAS NO ROMANCE. VE Schwab compared it to Romeo and Juliet but August and Kate are star-crossed best friends.

And VE Schwab didn’t dumb this down. This book was bloody and gritty and dark and so perfectly written.

I think I’m in love with this novel. SEND BOOK TWO IMMEDIATELY.
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So, I got this book through my book club and practically had to arm-wrestle to get it. Except not really. More like a lunged through a group of people and snatched it up, and maybe accidentally bumped someone with my elbow.
Whoops.
Happy Saturday,
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5 thoughts on “This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | Monsters and Mayhem and Epicness

  1. I LOVED IT SO MUCH TOO! Although I agree that ADSOM was a bit better. hehe. I mean, I adored how dark it was and the lack of romance (!!) and the banter and just August who is the most precious of precious darlings. But it actually didn’t have much plot. ahhaha. AHEM. But still. Who even cares when VE SCHWAB IS WRITING HER MAGICAL WIZARDRY WORDS? *hugs book*

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    1. August is such an adorable little monster. I mean, how often can you say that to people??? This is August, a soul-eating monster, who’s the most precious character ever.
      Normally I think I’d get a bit of a crush on him, but I know an August who happens to be related to me, so that puts a bit of a damper on any crushy-ness I might have for him.

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