Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Goodreads Summary: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 Schwaba 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.

It has taken me forever to get through this book. It wasn't that I didn't like it but I have been in a huge reading slump since the beginning of June. I am so glad that it is going away. I finished this book as part of the Tackle Your TBR reading challenge hosted by Wishful Endings. So far so good!

This is my first book that I have read by Victoria Schwab. I have seen where she is a favorite author by many and is an auto-buy author for a lot of readers. I did enjoy this and it was right up my alley for a favorite genre of mines. It was dark and inviting. 

There is this city called Verity that is divided into two sections. One being the human side and the other being the monster side. Kate Harker is the heir of the humans and August is the heir of the monsters. These two meet and they soon discover that the world that they live in is not what they thought it was.

One of my favorite things about this book was the fact that the city housed monsters on one side and the humans lived on the other. The monsters are the Malchai which is something like vampires, Corsai who are savage. They attack anyone and anything if in their path, and the Sunai. They  prey on sinners. I thought that it was very neat that they way they do that is through music. August has his violin, Ilsa has her voice, and Leo can use anything. 

This had all the elements of being dark and chaotic. For some reason I had repo in mind while reading this even though nobody's body parts or organs were being repo the setting was still somewhat of the same. The two sides trying to keep order. One is more peaceful and the other is consumed with power.

At the beginning Kate had a mission and that was to be just like her father. She did any and everything to be as ruthless and careless as him. Most of all she wanted to prove to her father that she was indeed just like him. Moslty, she was filled with hurt, pain, and only wanted to be accepted. 

August is a Sunai who wants to be human. He doesn't want to embrace what he is because he longs for normality. He tries to see the good in things and he so desperately cares for his family. He shares the same qualities as Kate as far as being lost and wanting acceptance.

The friendship was great. There is no romance in the book but the two were paired perfectly together. They looked out for one another, had each other's back, and was the anchor for each other for when they felt they were on edge. It was great to see this friendship grow.

The writing was good and the plot of this was really great. That last part of the Elegy was such a tease.....such a tease. 

Rating 4 Stars