I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.
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. (Goodreads)
Victoria Schwab has quickly made her way to being in my top three favorite authors. I’ve read four of her books this year and have loved them all, including This Savage Song. Victoria has a simplistic yet lyrical way of writing that makes her books extremely enjoyable to read. The general idea behind this book is the idea of what it means to be human. Kate Harker is a human that wants to be a monster and August Flynn is a monster that wants to be human.
I loved how Victoria took the usual monsters that we know and made them her own. Each monster in this book loosely represents a different paranormal creature: The corsai represent demons, the malchai represent vampires, and the sunai represent angels.
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.
Victoria Schwab’s books remind me a lot of Maggie Stiefvater’s. They both focus on character development and relationships instead of plot. Since I enjoy character driven stories over plot driven, I appreciated it, but I know a lot of people who find it dull. Looking back at This Savage Song, there isn’t necessarily a plot. It’s the characters that move the book along. In order to write a book like this, the characters have to be wonderful, and luckily they were. I felt that August was favored more by the author and therefore his character development was better, but Kate was still a wonderful character. I saw in an interview that Victoria said she wanted to switch the “usual gender roles” that we know which I thought was interesting and she managed to pull it off very well. That being said, I wish that Kate’s reasoning for committing all the crimes that she had was a little better. It seemed a little petty and unlike the character that Victoria showed through out the rest of the book.
Victoria Schwab’s books always take place in the real world, she just adds a fantastical element to it. This always makes the world building impressive because while it feels like the book takes place in a fantasy setting, it really takes place in the world that we know.
Once again, this was another wonderful book from Victoria Schwab coming in at number three of my favorite books by her. I highly recommend This Savage Song and all of her other books.
Violence: 3/5 Stars: 5/5
language: 3/5 Pages: 427
romance: 1/5 Buy Book Here: Amazon