Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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’ve been gone for a while, because of some personal problems, but today I am back with another review! This one is for This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. I’d never read a Victoria Schwab book before, but I had seen so many people raving about this book, so when the second one came out a while ago I decided to go to the bookstore and pick both of them up. I have to be honest and say that I was kind of disappointed, but that might also be because I’ve been in quite the reading slump lately. This review is SPOILER FREE, so don’t worry if you haven’t read it yet.
The story took me so long to get into. I blamed it on my reading slump, but after I finished it I realised that wasn’t the case at all. I love books with a lot of action and for the first 200 pages, not much happened. Sometimes you read books that are just so incredibly forgetful. That was definitely the case for this one. I still remember the big lines of the book, but don’t ask me for any small events or conversations that happened in between, because I have no idea.
I also felt like this book was more of a dystopian than a fantasy. The only fantasy aspect of this book was that there were monsters, besides that it was basically a dystopian society to me. Something bad happened in the past which divided the city into two, the two sides of the city are not okay with each other and there is a group trying to take over. To me that’s basically dystopian. That’s probably another thing I didn’t really like this book because dystopian isn’t really my genre.
What I did like about this book were the two main characters, Kate and August. Kate is desperately trying to be like her father, not make any friends and act tough, while inside she actually has quite a lot of issues. August is one of the very few Sunai monsters roaming the city, which makes him different from anyone else. despite that, he tries to live a normal live as a human and also has his personal struggles. They were both very interesting to me and kind of saved this book.
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I still had to get into one little spoiler about the romance in this book, because that’s something else I liked about this book: there were no romantic feelings between the two characters. I love romance in books, but sometimes it’s just not necassary and this book is one of those cases. There is definitely something between Kate and August, but it’s more of like a team thing, like friends that fight together and survive because of each other. I hope that it will continue that way in the second book, because I don’t ship these two characters at all…
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Maybe this was my own stupidity or something, but I thought that music would play a way bigger role in this book (I don’t think this is a spoiler?). From other reviewers I got the idea that music played a very big part in this book. It does play an important part in this story, but it wasn’t quite the way I expected it to be. I play the violin myself so having a character who plays the violin was one of the main reasons why I got this book. I was dying to read about music and how the character experienced playing the instruments, but the descriptions were never really there. That was such a shame to me.
This might have been a quite negative review, but don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this book, I just wasn’t as wow-ed as I thought I would be. I’m going to read the second book now and hope that it will be better than this one.