“There are no monsters in the dark.”
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
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.
If I could give this book 6 stars that is certainly what I would be giving it right now. This Savage Song was completely and utterly spellbinding. It makes me so happy to see how much V.E.Schwab has grown as a writer because I recently read a post by her explaining how her first novel or two were not the biggest successes; but honestly this book was phenomenal.
This book follows two perspectives: August a timid ‘monster’ boy with black tally marks lining his arms; and Kate, a girl who wants to prove that she is worthy of her father’s name. At first I was worried this book would follow a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ sort of plot-line because one of the first things you learn about the two of them is that they live on opposing sides of a town. However, as I continued on throughout the novel I was exhilarated to find that not once throughout the novel was a romantic relationship even hinted at – and when yet again reading one of V.E.Schwab’s blog posts it doesn’t there will be a romance throughout any of ‘Monsters of Verity’!
The writing in this book was fast paced and adrenaline filled. The plot never lulled or bored me; the control V.E.Schwab has over what her writing makes her readers feel is amazing and something that’s hard to find in another book.
I read this book nearly twice as fast as I usually read books – under 4 hours! This is honestly a book for anyone who loves YA fiction, good writing and of course monsters.