Synopsis – Goodreads
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.
I have to admit, that I probably wouldn’t have purchased this book on my own. However, some of my favorite book tubers highly recommended it. And to them I simply say, thank you and oh my gosh!
This book does not get the recognition it deserves. I usually—make that never— come across a book where I have generally no issues with anything. Even my beloved Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series have some problematic issues.
But This Savage Song is just beautiful. From the writing style, to the plot development, I loved every aspect of this book.
August is my favorite type of monster/protagonist. He has that sweet self-loathing boy next door vibe.
Katherine Harker is my favorite type of Alpha female. The one who constantly questions her strength but has the bravado of a lion.
I enjoyed the opposing family dynamics. I enjoyed the world. I mean monsters born out of evil, calamity and destruction? Genius! I especially love that the story’s theme was essentially “Who’s the Real Monster?”
It was enjoyable, funny, action-packed, and crazy entertaining. I’m honestly not sure why this isn’t a movie yet.
And the best part is there’s a sequel, to which I own and cant wait to dive into next month.