Monday, 18 July 2016

Book Review: This Savage Song [Monsters of Verity #1] by V.E. Schwab

Title: This Savage Song
Author: V.E. Schwab
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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 7th June 2016
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
This Savage Song is the first book I have read by the author, and although I had heard a lot of great things about her books I had no idea what to expect, so I was a bit hesitant to start this.
When I began reading This Savage Song it did take a while for me to really get into the story, but once Kate and August finally meet that's when things got interesting and I really needed to know how it would all play out.

Kate was someone who was hard for me to like, from her past actions and her attitude I really didn't think much of her, and once August's secret was revealed I expected a lot of drama from her. August was someone who I felt sorry for, even though he technically was one of the monsters. He didn't ask to be born, to be there not really fighting in this war. His efforts to help out only send him to school as an undercover spy. The more I got to know Kate and August as a team, the more I did like them. They somehow balance each other out, and going from Augusts instincts, Kate isn't really as bad as she makes herself out to be.

This Savage Song was a book that I found myself enjoying once I had gotten into it. I love the idea behind it and how each monster has thier own ability. I liked how it wasn't all rushed, the story had a nice flow to it, keeping you engrossed and also questioning what could happen next, never really knowing who you can trust and who is the enemy. I liked the action and the secrecy and how vast this world is. The character and world building were remarkable. The last few chapters of This Savage Song were a very tense read, and I did like how it all ended, but also opened it up for the next installment.

Final Verdict
This Savage Song is a book that surprised me with what was inside. Although it did take a while for me to be invested in it, once it had hold it didn't let go.


  1. I also haven't read anything by this author yet, but have heard nothing but good things. Glad to hear you enjoyed this book - its on my list so hopefully will be picking it up soon :)

    1. I have some more of her books waiting to be read so I'm excited to make a start on them soon


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