This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Reviewed by Kelsey
About: 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.
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.
Kelsey’s Thoughts: I am a huge, huge fan of Victoria Schwab’s Shades of Magic series, written for adults under the name V.E. Schwab, and this was the first young adult novel I have read by her. And I have to say, it didn’t catch me quite the way A Darker Shade of Magic did. That being said, I still finished This Savage Song in a day and burned through it, needing to know what happened next. I just felt very disconnected from Kate and August, whereas normally her characters have leapt right off the page at me. Maybe I shouldn’t be comparing the two series, but it’s almost impossible not to when Schwab has set her own bar so high. However, let me reiterate, I still very much enjoyed This Savage Song. The world Schwab builds for her characters to inhabit is magnificent and threatening, and I will absolutely be picking up the second installment when it is released. If you enjoy this one, I promise that her other books are just as good (better, in my opinion) and are worth checking out as well.