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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


Title: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity#1)
Author: Victoria Schawb
Source: Bought
Publication: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 444 pages
Category: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal


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.

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤ (4.5 hearts)


This story is about a girl who is seeking her father’s approval and a monster who envisions himself as human. To be honest my first impression of the story is that it would be like Romeo and Juliet where both the monster and human are in a forbidden love relationship, but it was not. I’m happy  that my first impression was not true. The real plot of the story had more substance and depth than my guess.

As a main character, August a sunai (monsters who can steal a soul just by playing music) was not very confident with himself. On the other hand, Kate just wants to make her dad proud. She has placed her dad in a pedestal and tries to do anything to get his attention. I felt that both main characters could connect with every teenager in the planet because of their self esteem and family issues. I also love the interaction between both main characters. The moment where August made Kate realise that there are other ways to die rather than smoking was one of my favourites. As the story progressed different weird things happen. Unexpected revelations are revealed which lead to the partnership of August and Kate for survival.

I gave this story a 4.5 hearts rating because I think that the series would get better and better as it continues. I really, really, really  liked the story and it was a great start for a series. I also have lots of questions and I am definitely reading the second book


“I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.”
― Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

“Nobody gets to stay the same.”
― Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

“Why would you even want to be human? We’re fragile. We die.”
“You also live. You don’t spend every day wondering why you exist,but don’t feel real, why you look human, but can’t be. You don’t do everything you can to be a good person only to have it constantly thrown in your face that you’re not a person at all.”
― Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
― Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

“She cracked a smile. “So what’s your poison”
He sighed dramatically, and let the truth tumble off his tongue. “Life.”
“Ah,” she said ruefully. “That’ll kill you.”
― Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

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