This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Published: July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
There’s no such thing as safe.
Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.
August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.
Their city is divided.
Their city is crumbling.
Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.
But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?
“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
I received this book in one of my YA book box subscriptions, and I am so glad I did! I most likely wouldn’t have stumbled across this one at least for a little while. I highly enjoyed this book and the author was correct when describing this book “Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.” You definitely got that Sin City vibe minus everything being in black and white with hints of color.
“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!”
August is a monster who wants to be human. Throughout the entire book, we see him struggling with what being a human means and how to not got dark and loose what humanity he has. Probably out of all of the characters, August grew the most and truly realized his purpose in life. Which, I am honestly glad he embraced his true self, hopefully in the second book we will see a little less emo August.
Kate, on the other hand, was a little bit harder to like or even relate to. She is coming off as this strong and independent person who is trying to prove her worth. But all I see is a girl with way too much privilege. The very first act we see from Kate, is her burning down a little chapel, not because she needed to but because she wanted to. She viewed it as the only way to get kicked out and sent back to V-City. Even the cop who escorted her knew she was a privileged kid and only gets away with things because Daddy pays for it. After she finally gets her way, Kate still just does whatever she wants. Nothing has changed just the location. Even throughout the whole book when she is trying to stay alive with August, I felt like Kate never changed. She was a very one dimensional character.
“Even if surviving wasn’t simple, or easy, or fair.
Even if he could never be human.
He wanted the chance to matter.
He wanted to live.”
The plot was very intriguing. Following along with Kate and August, I thought I had it all figured out on who the bad guy was and was totally thrown for a loop. Although, I should have seen it coming I missed it. The plot did start off slow at first, but after awhile it started to pick up and then I couldn’t put the book down until I finished! The whole thing was well written, and very action packed (of course with monsters thrown into the mix, it would be hard not to be!).
I would definitely suggest picking up this book if you have the chance! If you read it already, what did you think of it?