Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (US), Titan Books (UK)
Publication Date: July 5th 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Dark Fantasy
Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe.
Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.
August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.
Their city is divided.
Their city is crumbling.
Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.
But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?
This is my first ever Victoria Schwab (or V.E. Schwab) book I’ve picked up and it did not disappoint. Despite my rating not being the highest, I certainly enjoyed certain aspects of the world, story, writing… – however, it did not completely “knock my socks off”.
This book is an interesting, non-romance YA story that is set in world where monsters manifest themselves from the bad actions or sins of humans and, depending on the action/sim, a different monster forms. The story follows 2 protagonists, Kate Hawker, whom is the daughter of a notorious monster killing/controlling criminal and who basically wants to become like her father, and August, whom is a monster and would give anything to be human, forming an unlikely frienship. This is definitely a character-driven story (which I love!) but has an intersting and exciting back-drop and setting.
I also loved how Victoria Schwab wrote these characters, you ended up loving and ruting for both, despite them having this very grey-side to them and sometimes making the wrong decisions, but even so you want them to become or see them become better people – which is an aspect of the writting that I absolutely loved.
However, despite the setting, characters, and writing checking all the boxes, the pacing seemed slightly off. The start was very much slow-paced, the setting was at a school (one of my favourites!) and you get to know the characters, their families, their history and also you see the “friendship” (or not so friendly plans) start to form and take shape. But the “action-side” of the plot takes place mostly in the second half and the change in pace – which was bumped-up quite a few notches – confused me in quite a few situations which made me not enjoy the book as much as I could have.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed this Victoria Schwab novel and it has made me want to pick up the sequel “Our Dark Duet” – which was released earlier this year (June 2017) – and some of her other work. Definitely give this book a go if you