ARC Review: This Savage Song

Posted August 4, 2016 by Emily in Review / 4 Comments

ARC Review: This Savage SongThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, horror
Pages: 464
Format: Paperback
Source: Free for Review
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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.

I love V.E. Schwab books because there is always a bigger story being told beyond the one on the surface. Vicious is a perfect example. Vicious flips a classic tale of good and evil but if you look deeper, it is all about the dangers of fanaticism. Schwab books are the kind that would be fun to write a dissertation on because there are so many layers there, if you look for them.  This Savage Song was like that as well. There were multiple layers to be examined and dissected and I loved every one.

First, the story itself. If I could compare This Savage Song to anything, it would be Romeo and Juliet. Kate and August are on opposite sides of an ancient war. There is nothing that can bring the opposing sides back together. Time, fear, and festered old wound keep the city and the world constantly at odds. They should never meet, they absolutely should never have anything in common and they definitely shouldn’t become friends.

I also loved all the monsters in this book. Schwab’s monsters are very scary and still unique. There are three definitive monster types that I’m not going to describe for you but I loved how distinct they were. Each breed of monster is born from a different violent act. Monsters come from combining people, pain and terror.

The best part of this book was the last layer. This book really made me think about what makes someone a monster. Are you a monster because you are born a monster or are you a monster if you act like one?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on who the real monsters are in This Savage Song!




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