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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab | Review

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4 stars


“We each have a song. A piece of music that belongs only to us, something we’re born with, like a fingerprint.”

This Savage Song was different to what I imagined, not that I had a clear idea of what I expected. There was just a lot of hype about this book and the author all over Instagram when this book was published, and I always feel a little dubious whenever there is a lot of hype. But after reading the blurb I was definitely intrigued, and I thoroughly enjoyed 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.” Summary from Goodreads

“The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s theme is Books on my Autumn TBR (or Spring depending on your hemisphere). This was quite difficult, because I don’t usually plan out my TBR’s to more than just the few I want to focus on during the month. But I suppose these are the 10 books I would really like to finish during the next three months. Apologies if there are any crossovers between the books mentioned here, and in my latest TBR post.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books Of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s theme is top ten favourite books of 2017, here are all my favourite books I’ve read this year. Some are books that have been out for awhile, but the majority are recently published.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Series I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t,’ and since joining bookstagram, and the online book community this list has gotten longer.

So, in no particular order, here are the main ten series I desperately need to read.

  1. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

I adore the Game of Thrones TV series, so for a few years now I have been meaning to read the books it was based on. I just haven’t quite done it yet, because they are so damn intimidating. I know about the multiple character POVs and everything. So, I just have to be in the right headset when I attack these books. However, I have promised myself to start the series at some point this year.

  1. Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I recently read my first Schwab novel with This Savage Song, and I really enjoyed it and the way she had the story unfold. Plus I have heard a lot of rave reviews about this series; so I am definitely want to read this soon.

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May Wrap Up & June TBR

 

I know it is a bit late in the month to be posting this. However, I made a promise to myself to post a wrap up each month this year, and I want to keep it.

I seem to have hit my stride, reading wise, so to say. In April, I did really well, and the streak continues. Last month I read four book, which isn’t as good as April’s five but still better than the one book in March.

Considering I’m still on low shifts and minimal work, I have more time to myself to read, though currently reading has been battling for my attention ever since I took up knitting again. I wish I could do both, and maybe there is a way, it would just require some balancing. So, if anyone knows any tips to knit and read simultaneously please let me know.

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April Wrap Up & May TBR

In March I didn’t do very well, things got hectic and I only managed to finish one book. Fortunately,last month I did much better. I’m actually quite proud of my progress in April.

In April I read 5 books, three physical and two eBooks, I only didn’t read one of the books from my TBR but I am going to attempt to get through that one this month. I have currently read 18 out of 50 books, and am currently two books ahead of my reading schedule according to Goodreads.

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