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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Playing Catch Up! This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy/Dystopian)
Date Published: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

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 the first book in the Monsters of Verity series by Victoria Schwab. What a world this is with real monsters! My goodness. These monsters were spontaneous creations from the violence of the world. It was such an interesting idea, and the book really carried it out well. There are different types of monsters, and they are being used by the leaders against each other, but something else is brewing behind the scenes too it seems.

 Kate and August are the main characters. Both of them have what they want from life figured out, or at least they think they do. But, it's not that simple. Just like the whole idea of good and evil which is touched on through out this story. These characters are complicated, monsters and human alike. They may not all be evil, and they may not all be good. Just like real life. Everyone has that potential for good and evil, and this story really brings that out.

Kate is a pretty tough girl. She's created a reputation for herself that she's using to survive(and get what she wants). She's got attitude. I liked her quite a bit. August struggles with what he is. He's a quiet guy, and even though he's technically a monster, you want to grab him and hide him away from the mean world. He's extremely lovable. Both characters go through some crazy self discovery from beginning to end.

I'm super impressed with this story, and I can't even begin to guess where the next book will take us, but I can't wait to find out!

Check out my review of the second book in this duology!

Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes," "like," and "y'all."

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

To learn more about Victoria Schwab and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, TumblrYouTube, Pinterest, and Twitter.


  1. It looks like a good one - I read A Darker Shade of Magic by this author and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for the review.


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