"This Savage Song" by Victoria Schwab
5 out of 5 stars
Published by Greenwillow Books on June 2016
Genre: YA fantasy & adventure
Read in 6 days
Read in 8 sittings
Sat on TBR for 4 years
"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)
I think the concept of this story is fantastic. It pulled me in right from the beginning. The plot is engaging and makes your heart race in your chest, but it also gives you slow moments of character development to catch your breath. (+1)
The writing style is dark, but so beautiful. Schwab is poetic, yet descriptive from the fighting scenes to quieter moments. (+1)
The world-building is unique and fascinating. I always found myself wanting to know more, but in a good way. (+1)
The story is organized and I was never confused. (+1)
The relationship between the two main characters and absolutely amazing. Usually, their relationship would be predictable, but not with these two. I want to read more stories with this dynamic. (+1)
Overall, an easy 5 stars from me. I absolutely love Victoria/ V. E. Schwab's books. She never disappoints! If you are looking for a dark, action-packed, YA dystopian thriller, this one is for you!