This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity Series #1)

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity Series #1)

by Victoria Schwab


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#1 New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed 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, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.

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.

In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side—including the monsters within.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062380869
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: Monsters of Verity Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 58,540
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Victoria Schwab is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Savage Song and its best-selling sequel, Our Dark Duet. She is also the author of the middle grade trilogy beginning with City of Ghosts. Under the name V. E. Schwab, she has written the best-selling adult fantasy Shades of Magic trilogy and the duology Vicious and Vengeful. When she's not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

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This Savage Song 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
18876111 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it was so different and unique. I loved how it started off from two different points of view (there are very few books I've enjoyed from multiple POVs) and how well the two stories came together to become one story. I was really surprised by the ending and did not see it coming at all, but loved it. I can't wait to read Our Dark Duet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this at the suggestion of a book group I'm in. I enjoyed the premise of the book and the build up in the beginning. I even enjoyed how you had to piece together a scene and history based on tidbits of information. It fell flat for me a little over midway through. The character development seemed to halt in Kate, and marginally continued in August. I was hoping to enjoy this more than I did, but compared to other books of this genre, it just didn't do it for me.
JDanow More than 1 year ago
I’m new to this whole world of YA Fantasy and to Victoria Schwab’s work. This Savage Song has been repeatedly brought up on different BookTube channels and consistently been listed as favorite books by many different people. Schwab has a strong presence in the world of YA. I couldn’t let these recommendations go to waste, so I promptly went to my local book retailer and purchased my copy of This Savage Song. As soon as I got it home I knew I would be reading it right away. I must tell you; this book DID NOT disappoint. The dystopian elements along with the fantasy elements weave together to create an alternate version of our world for us to escape to. I love the way Schwab created new monsters for us and didn’t resort to the same old monsters of lore. Obviously the Sunai are my favorite of the monsters. The juxtaposition between monsters who were created out of something terrible happening but then essentially working with the humans to keep the peace is a thing of beauty. She provides a fresh perspective. Imagine a monster that only need sing to steal your soul and kill you, or with a couple of strokes of the bow on a violin, you’re done for. These ideas just blew my mind. A fresh idea to stand out among all the rest. The best part for me was the fact that Schwab didn’t feel the need to overload the book with needless killing just to prove how cool the Sunai were. You see some a couple of kills in the first half of the book, but she teases you throughout the second half of the book leaving you craving to see what happens when a Sunai goes dark. It bears mentioning the other two monsters in this story the Malchai which are solitary predators that use blood as a form of sustenance. They are weakened by sunlight and to me are like a vampire’s second cousin. Then you have the Corsai which move in swarms like a massive shadow and feed on flesh and bone. They have a hive mentality and everything they do is driven by fear. This book focuses on two main characters Kate and August. They are from opposing families. She is portrayed as hard and guarded. August, is a Sunai and just wants to be human. These two characters are shoved together under the worse of circumstances and they learn to trust and rely on each other. Many times, throughout this book I found myself comparing them to Romeo & Juliet; however, Schwab doesn’t play the romance card in this book. I thought I was going to be upset about that, but in the end, I think it was smart because it would have detracted from the deeper relationship formed and the story wouldn’t have meant as much, in my opinion. There are several supporting characters like Ilsa, Henry, and Emily that I hope to learn more about in the Our Dark Duet. I can’t wait to read Our Dark Duet, and I will have it as part of my March reading list for sure. I’m a huge fan of Schwab’s writing style and the depth of her characters. I’ve also added Vicious to my TBR as well as her upcoming book City of Ghosts. I would love to hear everyone else thoughts about this book, or Schwab’s other books.
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. It was dark and creepy and everything that the cover and the synopsis promised. Victoria Schwab’s writing is fantastic, and I thought the pacing of the book was great; those 400 pages honestly flew by. I loved Kate and August, and the struggles that both of them faced are expertly crafted and thought out. My favorite book of the summer so far! See more reviews at my blog!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
So much hype on this novel, I had to see what I had been missing. And now after reading it, I am sitting on the fence deciding whether I should continue reading this series or not. This novel was long, I didn’t feel that much occurred for all the pages that I read. It seems that I just got the story figured out and the characters were beginning to take a stand for themselves when it was over and now I need to decide it I want to continue this series or not. I liked the concept of the story, the issue of the city, how it was divided up into sections and divided further into colored segments. I liked how the citizens chose their allegiance to their ruler. I hadn’t chosen my side yet, I hadn’t gotten that attached/committed into the novel yet. I was drawn into the characters of Kate and August, the two individuals who were trying to outsmart the world that they are living in. Kate, she’s full of spunk and it seems that she is afraid of nothing. I think her father is her handicap and she feels he will be there to pick her up, if she ever falls to deep. I was glad what happened at the end of the book with Kate, her future should be interesting. August, I feel he’s been looking in the mirror too long, a mirror that is not a reflection of himself and he needs to find his own two feet and use them. What the future hold for him should be positive, if he can smash the mirror and move on. The second book in the series just came out this month and it is getting better reviews this first novel. I guess I’ll let this novel settle and perhaps I’ll pick it up the second novel, Our Dark Duet next month and give it a go. If you’ve read the second novel, let me know what you think of it, I’d appreciate it.
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
Victoria Schwab is truly a masterful writer. Her ability to build worlds and develop characters is absolutely astounding. I loved the dynamic between Kate and August and the complexity of their relationship. I felt that both characters were so original, and I loved reading through both of their perspectives. This book is a brilliant blend of dystopian and fantasy, so it will certainly be a favorite amongst fans of both genres. I absolutely loved the different types of monsters that Schwab has created in this story and can't wait to see more of them in Our Dark Duet!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The monsters in this book were spontaneous creations from the violence of the world. It was such an interesting idea, and the book really carried it out well. There are different types of monsters, and they are being used by the leaders against each other, but something else is brewing behind the scenes too it seems. Kate and August are the main characters. Both of them have what they want from life figured out, or at least they think they do. But, it's not that simple. Just like the whole idea of good and evil which is touched on through out this story. These characters are complicated, monsters and human alike. They may not all be evil, and they may not all be good. Just like real life. Everyone has that potential for good and evil, and this story really brings that out. I'm super impressed with this story, and I can't even begin to guess where the next book will take us, but I can't wait to find out!
AvaJae More than 1 year ago
So Victoria Schwab's THIS SAVAGE SONG has a pretty unique premise, if you haven't already heard it: basically, the book takes place in a world where acts of violence create actual monsters. How cool is that? That was basically all I knew when I bought the book, and the premise definitely didn't disappoint. The first hundred pages or so, I kind of had trouble getting into it. It was a weird situation because I loved the prose, I found the world building fascinating, and while I was reading I definitely enjoyed it. But for whatever reason once I put the book down, I had less motivation than usual to pick it up again. Once I got past the first 100 or so pages, however, that quickly changed and I devoured the rest of the book in a few days. THIS SAVAGE SONG is more than just a fascinating premise—it involves some of my favorite plot elements, like betrayal, dealing with your own darkness, unlikely alliances, and trying to find hope in a hopeless situation. I loved the whole set up with the different tiers of monsters, and Kate's daring, guarded perspective was really fun to read, especially alongside August's more vulnerable chapters. All in all, I found this book fascinating, and now I'm very much looking forward to the sequel, OUR DARK DUET.
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ShannonAThompson More than 1 year ago
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab ☠ This was my first Victoria Schwab book, and I wasn’t disappointed. Her writing style is clear and smooth and often snarky in that hilarious but cynical way. (And I love cynicism.) This Savage Song, at its core, is an action-packed fantasy-horror story rooted in Catholicism. That being said, religious-themed work is not generally my thing, but I didn’t feel bogged down by it in this read. If you want to explore a future America where monsters have come to life through sin and other misdeeds, this book is for you. My favorite aspect of This Savage Song was the exploration of what makes a monster. What makes a human a bad person? What makes a monster a good beast? What created the monster in the first place, and if they are created, who is to blame? This Savage Song explores all of this and more through three different types of monsters and a variety of music. Packed with action and grime and horror, this creative piece is sure to entertain just about anyone, especially if you enjoy quick-paced plots and in-your-face attitudes. My favorite character was August, but I loved Ilsa, too. And of course the cat. Who couldn’t love the cat? I would say more about the villain/s, but I don’t want to spoil anything. However, I will say the ending is great—not a cliffhanger in any way—and could serve as a standalone, though it is the first in a series. I look forward to the sequel. ~SAT Recommended to: YA readers looking for an action-packed plot full of dark and spooky characters. Must enjoy or be okay with religious-themed works. No romance for the win, though I could see one developing in the future. Favorite Quote: That’s what he told himself, over and over and over until he believed it, because truth wasn’t the same thing as fact. It was personal. (pg. 2) Favorite Word: Coalescing - come together and form one mass or whole. Used in the sentence: All around the basement’s edges the monsters rustled like leaves, or debris, a death rattle in the shadows, a hoarse chorus of whispers, their voices coalescing from many into one (pg. 94)
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
A long while ago I read The Archived by Schwab and then I fell in love with her writing. I added all her books to my TBR, but this one was the one I desperately needed to read. I love the ideas of monsters and thought it would be interesting to see how she did it. Kate lives in a world where everything is safe. Until she is forced to leave to go to a place where everything is unsafe. This would scare most people, but Kate revels in it. This is what she's wanted all along. On the other hand, Flynn is a monster that wants to be human. In a world full of monsters, he's one of the most powerful. But it's still not enough for him. Now the city is dividing and there are only a few people trying to save it when everyone else is hell-bent on letting it fall. Who's side are you on? I really, really liked this book. I was a huge fan of the monster aspect. I found it interesting and totally out of the box. I also heard the author has another monster book out that I need to get my hands on! But what I didn't like about the monsters, was the back story. What happened? Where did the monsters come from? Why did they start there and not go anywhere else? Can you tell me more about their origin? I have so many questions that I need to get answered. I think I just needed more world-building. The other thing I liked was the build up. In the beginning it got a little hard to keep turning pages. It was so slow-going that I actually found myself putting it down to do homework more. But then once it picked up, I couldn't read it fast enough. I found myself trying to read it on breaks, on the car outside my job if I was early, and more. This book will definitely sneak up on you. And I mean like sneak up. Once the monsters get involved, you're in over your head. Now I see why there are so many Schwab collections all over my timelines! With books this good, I can finally open myself up to the fandom. And with that bombshell of an ending, I can't wait to see what this next book is all about!
15897257 More than 1 year ago
I've been facing a sort of reading slump this year. I've grown to accept this fact. However, every once in a while a book comes and it captivates me and it momentarily pulls me out of that reading slump. This Savage Song was that book. I love Victoria Schwab's writing. I genuinely do. She writes beautifully, yes, but the strength in her books are not the words themselves, or the plot, but the characters that populate them. This Savage Song was no exception to her wonderful character development. The story follows August Flynn, a monster, and Kate Harker, who wishes she could be more of one. The characters are the story, they shape the world they live in and bring with them a perspective unique to their life experiences. They feel like real, breathing people. Their POVs are as distinct from each other as any two people's living the same day might be in real life. Not only that, but their development and growth was incredible. I am rooting for them. Now, another thing I also enjoy about Schwab's books is the world building, all of the books I've read by her have unique worlds. However, they don't seem like they're so far fetched or impossible. Her world building for this book was also excellent, if anything I wish we understood a little bit more about how monsters (particularly Sunai) are created and just more about the monsters in general. However, I understand that because this fact remains a mystery in their world, it has to remain a mystery to the reader as well. I loved This Savage Song, it was one of those rare books that pulled me out of my year long reading slump and made me want to know more. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel Our Dark Duet.
terferj More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars It took me a little to get into at first but man when I did, I was hooked. I really loved the concepts of how these monsters came about. I could totally see that happen (if it was possible and real). Their world was dark and dangerous and fascinating but in a terrifying sort of way. I really liked how the book sucked me in and before I knew it I was done. I really like Kate and August. Kate was a badass. She has this I will hurt you even though I don’t want to kind of way that I liked. August was a sweet pea in a monstrous kind of way. I admire his control unlike some others. Through thick and thin, Kate and August had to find a way to survive and to figure out how their lives got turned around. I liked that their relationship was platonic, which you don’t see often in books. Would I be upset if it became more? No but I like how it is now. I’m excited to see where the next book takes them. It needs to come quick!
Skyly Higgs More than 1 year ago
I want to start out by saying that this is the first Victoria Schwab book that I’ve actually finished. I’ve tried reading multiple other books by her before and I didn’t finish them and never felt the urge to try again. But one night I felt the need to read something new and something I knew absolutely nothing about and This Savage Song was available for my library, so I thought I’d give it ago. And I am really glad that I did because I loved This Savage Song. I really liked the originality of the whole story, I mean sure, there were some typical tropes and such; like the main character taken in by a family of humans, when he himself is not a human and of course, the human girl x monster boy relationship. But I really like the way she developed the characters throughout the story and a few characters definitely surprised me at the end. I think this book had a brutal honesty that a lot of other books lack. There was no holding back with these characters and their stories. And when there is no holding back, there is growth, wonderful growth. I really appreciate that especially in This Savage Song. What really ensnared me in this was the setting, the post-apocalyptic monster run city. The divided, the mirage of hope on one side of the wall and the stark darkness of reality on the other. I felt like it really spoke to our society now, in a loose comparison. Honestly, I can get lost (in a bad way) in heavy settings, which I always felt was a problem with some of her other books. If there is too much going on in the background then the focus is lost on the important stuff (to me anyways). But this had just enough of everything! I loved that this was fast paced and adventurous; I, for once, really liked the creepy shadowy feel to the entire book. I’m so curious about the world outside of Verity, like I really hope she explores more places outside of the city. Just to give more perspective and world building, so Verity can really come into view and what it means outside of just itself. The ending most definitely sealed the deal for me, surprise surprise. A good plot twist and a separation that I wasn’t expecting left me wanting more. I will definitely be picking up the next book. But I doubt I’ll be picking up any of her other books at this point.
RBlodgett More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I've loved everything I've read by Victoria Schwab so far, that is four books total, adult and YA. And one in possession I haven't yet read but fully intend to. Naturally I went in totally expecting the outcome would be the same. Bit of a fangirl. So can I truly objective? Does it matter? If you are also a fan you should have no problem embracing this book. If you've never tried any of her books I can without a doubt say this is a great place to start. Totally lived up to my expectations. While the storytelling is familiar again the author has come up with a very original idea/setting/atmosphere that immerses the reader. If I'd had the time I would have devoted it to reading this book in one sitting. The pacing was amazing and I really didn't want to leave - but alas there was work. Read it and enjoy.
LittlePiecesofImagination More than 1 year ago
Eerie, suspenseful, well-crafted and utterly Schwab-esque! ____________ Even though I had been aware of Victoria Schwab's books for years and had owned The Archived [so far] duology for quite some time, I didn't fully discover her books until last year when I gave a chance to The Archived and loved it beyond words; the rest is history, as they say. After having read four of her published work by now, I can surely say that Schwab's books have something wickedly amazing, addictive and magical inside them that make her one of my favorite authors who writes some of my favorite books. This Savage Song is no exception. Kate and August are great protagonist. I've seen a lot of praise for August, a monster of a boy, who's longing to be human. His character arc is extremely fascinating and compelling. I haven't seen that many people get excited about Kate, but I absolutely love her as well! Kate, a human girl who's looking for acceptance and approval from her father, a monstrous human, is a bit clueless at first about certain things, but she's a fast learner and not gullible, naive or someone you can walk all over and get away with it. She's got fire and spunk in spades, alright! There is no romance in This Savage Song. As much as I adore the tentative friendship Kate and August form, I'm not going to lie, as a sucker for romance, my opinion will always be that there is too little kissing in Victoria's books, especially this one, hah. I also loved some of the side characters, especially Ilsa whose story evoked a lot of emotions inside me. The sibling relationship between her and August was definitely one of the highlights in my eyes. If you're acquainted with Schwab's work, you're aware that the themes throughout all of her books are: what makes a monster in its core; how thin is the line between good and bad; what is truly good and evil, is there such, how do they differ from each other and how does power (and magic) corrupt one's soul. The novel at hand is also a prime example in the category and, while slow in pace, This Savage Song still reads quite fast. (Faster than A Darker Shade of Magic, if you had any problems with that one's slow pacing.) The world itself has room to grow, but is well-developed. Things aren't overly explained, but you still get the hang of everything without the info dump feel attached to it all. I really liked the eerie tone of the way the different types of monsters are written and how, with time, we got to see how monstrous they truly can be. My only complaint is that the book was a bit anticlimatic? There is a climax to the book, but the build-up towards it is also quite climatic, turning and turning into a big wave to hit the shore. You're expecting something to snap on every page turned, so when it does, it doesn't feel as climatic as it could have been. It was good, but it could have been even more epic, you know? Regardles, the epilogue is exactly what I was hoping for though and to think that this will actually go down in the sequel; WELLLL. Things certainly will get from bad to worse for one of our protagonists, if not both. Even though there is no romance, which worked well since the book takes place over a handful of days, and the book was a bit anticlimatic, it was still oh, so good! If you're a fan of dark stories and topics such as what is monstrous, what makes a monster, the corruption of power and redemption of one's soul, you will, without a doubt, enjoy this book to the highest form.
thelonereader More than 1 year ago
I usually have a great relationship with V.E. Schwab books, by which I mean there isn't a single one I've read that I haven't enjoyed, and that's going all the way back to The Archived. The same goes for this one, but unlike her Shades of Magic series, I'm not crazy obsessed with this book. I didn't sit down and devour the book in a day, and in fact, was rather bored until about halfway through the book. It's not that this isn't a good book - it's just that I had expected it to be so much more special than it actually was, and that disappointed me. So what is it about this book that didn't leave me panting for more? Let's get down to it. 1. I didn't connect with or garner a deep interest in the characters. They are cool and unique, and I like the idea of the monster trying to be human and the human trying to be a monster, but when it actually plays out, nothing really stands out. They seem like great characters on their own, but there is nothing overtly awe-inspiring about them, unlike many other of Schwab's characters. If I had simply picked up this book and read it without knowledge of the hype surrounding it, I would never have guessed that this was a book by the same author. 2. Way too much time is spent fleshing out the characters instead of starting up the plot, and though it doesn't hinder the story in any way, it certainly slows down the pacing of the book, at least until about halfway into it. The two main characters, Kate and August, don't even meet until a significant portion of the book, and even after they do meet, nothing really grabs the reader's attention about their circumstances until even further into the book, when the two characters finally have a shared interest aka saving their own skins. 3. The plot is a bit too simple. I know that there's absolutely nothing wrong with a simple, straight-forward plot, but sometimes it seemed like the plot was almost an afterthought to the characters. So much time was spent developing them that I had a hard time keeping track of where exactly the story was going. The storyline was interesting, sure, but I never grew invested in it. - And that is actually all I have to say about this book. It isn't memorable, it didn't actively keep my interest, and I'm not even completely sure I want to read the next installment (I probably will though because I'm hoping that now we have the characters down, the second book will be more plot-oriented).
Ellonkah More than 1 year ago
All that’s left of the United States is a chunk somewhere in the middle surrounding Kentucky. The human race has survived, but now others walk among the citizens. There are the vicious, amorphous Corsai – born of acts of human violence; the calculating, vampiric Malchai – born of murder; and the enigmatic, deadly Sunai – born of acts of mass destruction. The story takes place in a city torn into halves and held together by a fragile and weakening truce. The northern part of Verity is controlled by a brilliant but savage business man (Callum Harker), the southern part by a moral but bellicose military man (Henry Flynn). Henry Flynn’s son August is sent on an undercover mission as a student in North Verity in order to get close to Callum Harker’s daughter Kate…”just in case”. I absolutely loved this book and devoured it. I started having anxiety 200 pages in because I knew I was going to tear through it too quickly, and then I’d have to wait for book two…which probably hasn’t even been written yet. Yes, this does have the girl/boy/dystopian foundation of other books you may have in your mind, but there’s so much substance! I was so impressed that the book never devolved into broody teenage love, when the characters clearly have more important things to worry about. That’s not to say that there isn’t chemistry between Kate and August…and I think readers could expect a possible romance in later books, or at least a good helping of sexual tension. The monster development is absolutely brilliant, and the characters are easy to keep straight. This is my favorite new series of the year, by far. Book 2 can’t come soon enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book by Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song presents a unique premise where violent acts breed actual monsters. It's a thrilling urban fantasy read with two lead characters, a human girl who wants to be monstrous, and a boy who is a monster but wants to be human. The characters' relationship dynamics are not only based in friendship with no romance in sight--a seemingly rare occurrence in YA books--but are also complex and compelling to read about. The book is equal parts fast-paced plot and sympathetic character development. I continue to be amazed at Victoria Schwab's original story ideas and the addictive, atmospheric way in which she writes them.
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Seoling More than 1 year ago
Find more reviews on the 'wovenwithwords' book blog! Minor spoilers ahead. I was pretty excited to get into This Savage Song when I got through A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows. I waited too long to read those books (therefore missing out on ears of awareness that such a great series existed). So I wasn’t going to wait to read This Savage Song when I got my hands on it. This story is definitely a different beast than what I am used to with Schwab. I didn’t really know what to expect after reading the synopsis, only that I was in for a great read. If there is a consensus out there for her books, it’s that she has an amazing ability to make, as Ariadne from Inception would say it, pure creation. Let me start out by saying that I absolutely love the character of August. If you see my ratting report above, then you are certainly aware. I love him to bits. Maybe not as much as I love Kell from Shades of Magic, but maybe more than I love Alucard or Rhy (which is saying A LOT). He hits me as this sort of anti-hero character and gets himself into a bigger fight than he was expecting. He has so much riding on his shoulders and in a world full of monsters where you too are a monster, all you want is to be human. I’d like to point out that Schwab is the only person out there that can make monsters sound as equally terrifying as they are huggable and lovable. August is a Sunai, the rarest monster there is that seeks out those with malicious intentions who commit malicious acts. To keep himself out of the dark, he uses his violin and let me just say that I think this was one of the greatest moves on Schwab’s part. For some reason, I thought the instrument on the cover was a guitar (which I have no problem with), but when I had the realization it was a violin, I was ten times happier. There is this moment at the end of This Savage Song that August receives a new metal violin to replace his old wooden one. If there was ever a symbol of character growth and development, it was this. When I read that line about the metal violin, I had to stop and think about what this meant for August. He grows so much and that’s what I love about him. He wants to be part of the peace and be part of the solution, but there are so many things standing in his way that he has to face. I usually identify with the female characters, but in this case, I did with August. He loses so much in the process, but remains more human than most of the human characters. I really can’t wait to see what Schwab has in store for him in the next few books because he has A LOT that I want explored. He has some great potential. It took me a while to warm up to Kate Harker. Though I will say that her metal tip nails did edge me to warm up a little faster. How badass are those? Nonetheless, she rubbed me the wrong way in the beginning, but I knew that I was conflicted about her. She’s one of those characters that has a skewed moral compass because she wants to prove she’s her father’s daughter. What’s problematic about that is Callum Harker’s got more on his agenda than good intentions. And wanting to live up to a man able to tame monsters and oppress people into obeying him is pretty bad, NGL. The more I got to to know and read about why she thinks/feels/acts the way that she does makes me like her more. The deeper I got into the story, the more she reminded me of Rachel Duncan from Orphan Black. And anyone who reminds me of Rachel Duncan is good in my book.
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
I adored this. Schwab again proves her ability to craft characters and worlds. And she writes dome dang fine sentences. It was so wonderfully readable and the action moved so well, but then when you sit back with it, some deeper themes hit you from behind. Here be monsters indeed. I flew through this one and can't wait for the next installment.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab Book One of the Monsters of Verity series Publisher: Greenwillow Books Publication Date: July 5, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed 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, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor. 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. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side—including the monsters within. What I Liked: I've read two of Schwab's adult fantasy novels, A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows. But I'd not read any of her Young Adult novels, until this book. I knew this would be my first YA read by her, and I was pretty excited! I loved her adult books, and this YA novel was just as captivating as her adult fiction novels. This is the story of two teens whose lives are about to intersect, in dangerous ways. Kate Harker is the daughter of Callum Harker, who runs North City, the north side of Verity City. Harker lets the monsters (Malchai, Corsai) roam free in the city. He is ruthless, and Kate wants to prove herself to him as ruthless like him (even more so). After getting kicked out of her sixth boarding school, Kate is finally where she wants to be - North City. August Flynn is a Sunai, one of only three in existence. He's a monster hiding in plain sight (the Sunai are the only monsters that look exactly like a human). He lives in South City, under the protection of his "father", Henry Flynn, who runs South City. August and his sibling Sunai, Leo and Ilsa, sided with Henry when the city was divided and a truce was made. But the truce is on the verge of breaking. August is sent to Colton Academy as Frederick Gallagher, in order to spy on Kate. But Kate finds out who he is, and Malchai try to kill them both, and everything changes. Things were set in motion, and Kate and August are caught in the middle. Schwab writes so effortlessly! I can't even begin to describe who beautifully written this book is. It's like she puts a pen to the page and words flow on and on and in such an excellent arrangement. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
SheBookedIt More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Victoria Schwab and all I can say now is... I NEED ALL HER BOOKS. This Savage Song was everything I didn't know I needed. On the one hand we have Kate Harker the daughter of the most powerful man in North City and on the other, August Flynn, the son of the man in charge of South City. Both want to be something they're not, and are inevitably thrown together. Victoria Schwab shows what it's like to be born to something you desperately don't want. To be someone who isn't enough. Not cruel enough. Not human enough. All the while, the tenuous balance that was holding V-City together begins to fracture. This Savage Song is a brilliant yet dark novel that explores what it truly means to be a human. Or a monster.
YAMixtape More than 1 year ago
This Savage Song is really, really good. It follows the story of a monster that’s born out of violence (there are multiple versions of monsters born of violence) named August. He lives in a city that’s divided in two. The top half is protected by a man that people pay to keep them safe from the monsters. The bottom half is lived with people fighting the monsters or just trying to survive. August is put into a school to get close to the North leader’s daughter, Kate. Only after a few days, things go crazy and their worlds are turned upside down. I had to pause in reading this multiple times because it hit too close to home. With all the shootings and bombings and it just feeling like everyone is killing each other and tensions are high; it felt like this was so current and timely. The story takes place farther into the future, where all hell has already broken loose, but where we are right now in America (and the world) I feel like we’re on the edge. Which just made this story feel so much more real, even though it involves monsters. I just felt so often like we could be the start of this world. And with the way our government and so many Americans are over guns and violence, are we not living in the north side right now anyway? Anyway, it was freaking me out and I had to take breaks because I was like, it’s too real! Part of August’s power come from music and I really loved the way the sounds of life were written as music. It wasn’t something that he used, but he appreciated and loved music so much and to get those little moments from his perspective were really nice. It just made you understand him more and made him more human, even though he didn’t feel that way the majority of the time. I honestly just loved all parts of this book. The villains, the two main characters and their relationship, how everyone’s character was exposed throughout the telling of the story. I think that might’ve been my favorite part. Cause there were things that happened that I didn’t see coming, but after it happened I was like, Of course they did this! If you’re already a Victoria Schwab fan (of either her adult books or her YA books), you’re going to really enjoy this. There are so many quotes I marked in my book, but I don’t want to share them because they’re so good and it hits harder to read them in the context of the story. There will be just one more book after this one. I’m really excited to see what happens in the next book and I like how the story has been set up for the next book. It will definitely be an instabuy for me.