Book: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Goodreads Summary: 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.
This Savage Song is classic Victoria Schwab. From the beginning to the end, it is completely and utterly the Victoria Schwab we love and fangirl over.
The pacing is absolutely amazing; you’re not thrust into an entirely new world but shown an entrance, strapped into the ride, and then you hold on for dear life as you read through all 464 pages, without ever feeling like it’s moving too quickly. There’s always something going on, whether it’s feelings-wise or action-wise. I liked ADSOM, but TSS reminded me of Vicious; it’s got that magical quality to it. Once again, Victoria’s asking that same question: what makes someone a monster or a god? This Savage Song feels like an explanation of one answer and it’s GLORIOUS.
Kate Harker and August Flynn were so, so dynamic. There’s a lot of chemistry between, and definitely some high stakes, as August is a monster afraid of himself and Kate is a girl wanting to be feared. Together, they’re so fascinating to read because they come from such different backgrounds and feelings. It’s like watching two bright colored paints mix to form a color you’ve never seen before.
I can’t wait for Our Dark Duet.
Rating: 5 Stars