This Savage Song by V.E Schwab – Review

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy
Publication Date: July 03, 2016
Pages: 411 
My Rating: 4/5

Synopsis (1)

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 link: This Savage Song


I pick this book just after finishing the “Shades of Magic” trilogy (around 10 months ago so I apologise if I don’t remember all the details and thoughts that I had while reading this). I wanted to read more V.E Schwab and the premises of the story sounded so intriguing. Monsters born from violence, a girl that hates monster and a monster that only wants to be human, don’t tell me that doesn’t sound awesome! And it was.

Things I liked:

  • As I mentioned in my intro, the main idea of the book. I thought the was very unique. and very well executed.
  • The idea of killing using something as beautiful as music creates a wonderful contrast with how monsters are created. Monsters are born from violence and die from something as peaceful as music.
  • August is such a complex character. Born from the worst act of violence, he very own nature is to kill humans that have committed crimes but his heart he just wants to be normal.
  •  How morally grey the whole story was and how it makes you reflect on how people think and act and how sometimes people do bad things for good reason and if they should or not being all punished in the same way.
  •  The relation between the two main characters. Their relationship grew in a nice and mature way.
  • It does reflect some issue that we have in our society.

Things I didn’t like:

  • The cliché school settings and scenes. Our two protagonists are teenagers and the beginning of the book start, and we have a lot of scenes that have been used over and over again. The popular girls bully Kate, but she is bad-ass, and she scares them away. August is the quiet guy in the corner that tries to be unnoticed. You see what I mean. That part of the story was the same as every teen story with a school setting. 

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