This Savage Song V.E. Schwab
Published July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
Can I just say that this book, THIS BOOK WAS SOOOO GOOD oh my god I loved it so much! It was just written so beautifully, I just kept on turning the pages.
So Kate Harker is a girl who is notorious for getting kicked out of schools for causing a lot of trouble. Bur in truth, she just wants to go home. Back to Verity, back to the city of monsters, of which the north is governed by her father. The south belongs to the Flynns, who have August. August is a monster – a sunai. In a world where monsters are made from the darkest deeds, Sunai come from the worst.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone with eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bit 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.
All the other characters were just amazing – Harker himself, Sloan, Isla, and even Leo. It was also very interesting for me how the monsters came to be, especially with the Sunai. The nature of the deed actually affected their personalities and how they are as monsters. They also kill through music I mean how dope is that omg.
I loved the whole world building of this! There’s also a lot of information to process, but the author doesn’t hurl it all at my face in the first few chapters. It takes time to adjust to the setting, and a few chapters to really know what’s going on, but once I did I was just captivated!
So yes, I loved it overall and this is a book I’d recommend to everyone, especially if you love fantasy, and monsters!