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.”

It is such a unique concept, and executed perfectly. This is my first Schwab novel and wow, she certainly knows how to tell a tale. Also her Twitter game is on point.

There were quite a few twists I didn’t see coming, and some I did, this book kept me guessing about who should be trusted and who has an ulterior motive.

I loved the dynamic between August and Kate, and their retrospective voice. Also the fact that this is a plutonic relationship that doesn’t try to be anything else was so refreshing. Thank you Victoria.

I’ve noticed that it’s become increasingly popular to have multiple character points-of-view, where they alternate each chapter. Or maybe I’m just reading more of them… with Words in Deep Blue, All the Bright Place, and Dating You/ Hating You… But I quite enjoy it because it changes things up and you can see both sides of the same event, and learn different things from the varying perspectives.

The monsters of this world and the way they are created is super unique and I love it. It makes sense, all the bad karma in the world forms physical monsters based on the acts that created the bad karma, Victoria is a genius and I will definitely be reading more of her work. I especially loved the creepy children’s rhyme (quoted below).

This was a great read, and I am looking forward to reading Our Dark Duet, the sequel to This Savage Song, although I feel I keep putting it off because once I read it this series will be over and that makes me feel rather sad. However, I have to know what happens next after the craziness that happens at the end of the book.

“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”


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