Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
I might be a bit late to the party with this book, but better late than never right?
The first thing I want to say is that Schwab is a really good writer. It’s been awhile since I’ve found a writing style that pulls me in so well and has me pausing over certain sentences and reading them again to savor them. A good sentence is a like a good meal, it tastes divine, diminishes your hunger and makes you want to come back for more. I found myself doing this a lot throughout This Savage Song.
The book starts off introducing both characters really well. I found myself intrigued by Kate, because who doesn’t like a pyromaniac? And I liked all of the mystery around August. I also prevaricated that this book had consistent POV changes for most of the book.
I also really enjoyed the world, all of the different types of monsters and how they are created was really cool. I felt totally immersed in the world which is a rare feeling for me these days. I appreciated that this book wasn’t all action, as I’m not a huge action fan. I like slow stories. And by the time the book does start to have more danger and chasing and running, I found myself so attached to the character that I was on the edge of my seat.
I did find that some of the plot was predictable, but there were still enough twists that I didn’t feel bored once. I didn’t mind that I had seen some of the things coming with her dad, because the way the story pulled together didn’t happen exactly as I thought.
In the end I gave This Savage Song four stars on Goodreads, I can’t wait to read the sequel and Schwab is a new favorite author of mine!