Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publication Date: July 6th 2016
Format: Physical book
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.
I really want to love Schwab’s books but this one just didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t a bad book, I just didn’t connect with it as much as I had hoped I would. I’m still going to read the sequel though!
We have two main characters in this book, Kate Harker is one of them. I thought she was an interesting character who had a very specific set of morals that she stuck to. That was something that I liked about her. Throughout the course of the book I was rooting for her even if I didn’t necessarily agree with how she was doing things. I definitely liked her more in the second half of the book.
The second main character is August Flynn and he’s an angel of a character which is ironic as all heck. I absolutely adored his chapters and his character in general. His family dynamic was also very interesting and I think it was one of my favorite parts of the book.
I don’t know how I feel about Schwab’s writing. I feel liked I both liked and disliked it, but that could have just been this book as I have read A Darker Shade of Magic and I enjoyed her writing in that. I think that the plot made the writing seem bad when it probably wasn’t.
The idea of the book was really strong and the synopsis makes it seem so good but it felt like it kind of fell flat. I liked the ideas and the characters and that’s the only reason I kept reading. I definitely think that the first half of the book was slow as heck and it only picked up in the later half which is when I was more interested. Any time there was an action scene that was when I was the most interested in what was going on.
I’m a big fan of Schwab and her ideas but this book didn’t wow me as much as I had hoped it would. I think the idea of the book was great but the execution fell a little flat. I own all three books in the Shades of Magic trilogy and even though I’ve read A Darker Shade of Magic before I’m going to reread the first book and then read the rest of the series so I’m hoping that series will be better. I am however still going to read the sequel to this book, Our Dark Duet, at some point.
Are you a fan of V.E Schwab? Let me know in the comments!