This Savage Song




Victoria Schwab





Young Adult/fantasy/paranormal/dystopia




















Cities breed monsters — real monsters — and the heirs to this divided city are doing their best to live up to their parents. Kate desires to be as ruthless as her father, but August wants to be human, yet he is a monster. When Kate discovers August’s secret, and after an assassination attempt, they both must flee.


I didn’t even read the description of this book that closely, because I’ve liked some of Schwab’s other works. This is my first YA series of hers. Overall, I liked it. I think it was a really interesting concept, especially since she is just building on our world, not creating her own. The very beginning of the book, you don’t know you’re in a slightly altered timeline of our world, but the more you read the more you realize there is something not right.

The basis of this is that violence begets monsters. And these monsters are all created from different types of violent events. This idea is so interesting, especially as we are led into this story from Kate’s POV.

That was the problem with Catholic schools. They saw her as someone to be saved.

Kate is a super interesting character, and she is nuanced through her desire to both be herself, and make her father believe in her, and like her. This is made harder by what her mother did. Kate is determined to overcome these obstacles.

To August, it all tasted the same. And it all tasted like nothing.

Meanwhile, poor August just wants to be human. He desperately wants to help and save innocents, but his parents are overprotective of him, and don’t want him to get hurt. Despite everything, August knows he is not human as much as he wants to be.

Another benefit, is that this does not fall into the romance trope. There is no romance whatsoever in this book, and that is all to the benefit. There is a forming friendship, but it is done well, it is not an insta-love story. But it can be an insta-death story.

The plot is a nice one — you have what is expected, and then you have the unexpected. It was also a nice, character driven book to. I think Schwab did an admirable job on this book. The further you get along in this book, the more you wonder, and you wonder what exactly the truth is…this book does a good job in that regard.

Are monsters really monsters, or are humans actually the true monsters?

Good and bad were weak words. Monsters didn’t care about intentions or ideals.

I do love Schwab’s writing. I think she is really talented at crafting and creating a world you become invested in, and it is drawn out beautifully. You can imagine it very well. Her use of prose and description make it all the better.

This was a good read, and I intend to read the next book in the series.

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