Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be doing my book review for This Savage Song by V.E Schwab 🙂 This is V.E Schwab’s latest Young Adult novel about monsters, music and divided sides and it was such an amazing and dark read. This blogpost is actually my 50th post made on this blog which is crazy! I can’t believe how far this blog has come ❤ Also, the review is going to be spoiler free and it’s also pretty long so grab yourself a drink and snack, and happy reading!
Release Date : 5 July 2016
Published By : Greenwillow Books
Genres : YA Fantasy / Paranormal
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.
My Rating : ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
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“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 ”
―Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song
This Savage Song basically follows the story of our two main characters, Kate and August, and how they put aside their differences and worked together to help protect their homes. The book has a pretty dark and creep vibe to it and it is definitely action-packed with monsters and twists, which is actually all I need in a novel 😀 Just a little background about the monsters, there are three different kinds of monsters in the book. Firstly, we have Malchai and they will bite and drink people dry. Next, we have the Sunai and their voices or music can steal your soul. Lastly, we have the Corsai and they’re the more gruesome and aggressive monsters. Pretty much all I can say about the overall plot of the novel is that V.E Schwab has done it again! She did an amazing job in creating such a wonderful story that is full of suspense and action, and the story just hooked me in from the start. The only issue I had was with the pacing of the novel as the middle part was a little slow but apart from that, everything else was just great. At the beginning, we are introduced to both our characters and we see that they are studying in the same school. We also got to see their family members and the relationships that the characters have with them. The last few chapters of the book were probably my favourite part of my whole novel because there was just so much suspense and that ending was just crazy! I won’t say what happens since this is a spoiler free review but honestly, it’s been a month and I still can’t stop thinking about that ending.
As for the world-building, I felt that there wasn’t much of it as most of the novel was set in the school that Kate and August attended, as well as Harker Hall, August’s house and the penthouse that Kate lives in! I still did like reading about these different settings because we could see the environment that both characters were brought up in and it also gives us an insight of each of their daily lives.
“You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”
Moving on to the characters, we first have our two main characters who are Kate Harker and August Flynn. Both of them work great as a team but they’re actually very different from each other! Kate is a human and she’s quite a rebel. All she wants is to be as ruthless as her father and she tries her best to please him and make him accept her. August, on the other hand, is a Sunai and he steals the souls of others with his violin. I liked that even thought they’re such different beings, they just work so well together and I hope to see more of their relationship develop in the next book.
We also get to meet Callum Harker who is Kate’s father and also August’s family. I liked that we get to actually meet both their family members and we get to see what kind of parents they were raised by. I honestly don’t like Callum Harker because he doesn’t care about his daughter and he just wants power. I did like August’s family ( apart from his brother ) because they always look out for him. We also have Sloan, who is a Malchai and her father’s favourite monster. Sloan was definitely an interesting character and I don’t like him, but I don’t hate him either. Overall, V.E Schwab created such an amazing bunch of characters! ❤
We have finally come to the end of this super long book review! 😀 I wasn’t expecting the review to be so long but I hope you all enjoyed it nonetheless. Do let me know in the comments if you’ve read This Savage Song and if you liked it, and do support the author by picking up the novel if you haven’t ❤ Have a great week and I will see you in my next post, bye!