Book: This Savage Song
Series: Monsters of Verity Book #1
Author: Victoria Schwab
469 pages, Kindle Edition
Published July 5, 2016 by Greenwillow Books
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This Savage Song is the first book in the Monsters of Verity series by Victoria Schwab. The cover is very original and has my admiration, as after reading it I find more and more symbolism in her choice. The book is not very extensive and I can guarantee you will read it in one breath.
In my opinion, the plot takes place somewhere in the future as we have the United States of America divided into regions called Moderation, Luck, Happiness and Verity. This happened after the apparition that led to the appearance of the monsters. Verity is the home of Kate and August. This is where crime is at its highest and where the monsters roam the town. After dark, people do not dare to walk through the shadows. The city is divided in half by the seam, a line that defines the possessions of the two most powerful men in the divided city.
The two heroes are children of two opposing sides. Harker is the ruthless man in the divided city. He has managed to defeat the monsters on his side of the seam and sells protection to ordinary citizens. Anyone in possession of a medallion is to be protected. On the other side of the seam is Flynn. He is the complete opposite of Harker. Flynn tries his best to keep the peace, destroy the monsters and protect the innocent.
Kate and August
The two teens meet at school, where August is sent on a mission to track down Kate. In the chapters dedicated to the two, we learn how different they are. Kate desperately wants to be the bad girl. She wants to scare and be cruel like her father. She seeks his approval and believes that if she shows herself strong enough, she will earn his affection. August doesn’t want any of that. He wants to be a normal boy. He doesn’t want to feed on souls and regularly starves himself to his limits. The two find refuge in their moments together from everything they are and everything they are not. They are all different and discover that they don’t have to pretend and lie when they are together.
Victoria Schwab creates magic
I don’t know where this author gets her inspiration, but she always manages to surprise me. Even with her first book, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, she was able to win me over. Her worlds are unique and recognizable. Magic oozes from every chapter. The dark elements add mystery and suspense. There is a slight romance in Schwab’s stories, but it doesn’t intrude. Everything revolves around the main idea of the plot and there is no intrusiveness of familiar clichés.
“This Savage Song”
This is a compelling story that you’re sure to love. The plot moves at the speed of light. You won’t be able to stop and will want to uncover every little mystery. The plot is packed with intrigue and betrayal. Twists and surprises await you between the pages. A beautifully told story. A captivating and dynamic book. “This Savage Song” is truly gruesome and Schwab was not afraid to show us her bloodlust. Personally, I couldn’t wait to finish the book, but the ending wasn’t enough for me. I want the second part…
Once again, I have convinced myself that I can’t go wrong with buying a book by Victoria Schwab.
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.