This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)-Book Review

40642172There’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.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Author: Victoria Schwab

Pages: 469

Publishing Date: July 5th, 2016

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

MY THOUGHTS

“The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.” 

Schwab’s books are on my TBR for so long, I only read City of Ghosts, all of her books are so hype so my expectations were lowkey high. Unfortunately, I didn’t get what all that hype was about. Let me be honest, I don’t paranormal normally, but it also means that I didn’t have any level to compare it.

It took me 2 whole days to get into the story, still, I can’t say I connected with the characters as I usually do. The story is unique and the world is well built, too much information wasn’t just throw in your face but it was in puzzles here and there which means I had to cling to each and every word that I don’t miss any crucial detail which didn’t give me pleasure.

“We are the darkest acts made light.” 

Verity city is divided into North and south parts, not only land or people but also monsters. Callum Harker rules the North part including Malchai and Corsai, his monsters fear him, While South part is controlled by Henry Flynn, Sunai supports him and he treats them like his family.

“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite 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!” 

Characters were interesting but not much to make me root for them, Kate Harker is just a girl with daddy problems who try to pretend cold, I didn’t get her psychology, okie her background was bit twisted but her character development could be more convincing. August Flynn, youngest of Sunai who is afraid of himself and don’t want to be a monster. Yes, his character was intriguing and development was also convincing.

“He could be the monster if it kept others human.” 

I am not gonna lie, I wanted to DNF this book, so many times I was just bit away to throw it. Only August character was that ray of light which convinced me to finish it, Though after 75% of the book I skim read many parts.

Let’s see how much I’ll skim read the next book.

“People are users. It’s a universal truth. Use them, or they’ll use you.” 

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FIZAH

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40 Comments Add yours

  1. This is disappointing to hear. Everyone always raves about Schwab’s books, but I have yet to read any of her work. Hope that I enjoy what I do read if I ever get to it.

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    1. I hope you’ll end up with majority 😊

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  2. Sohinee Dey says:

    One thing I have noticed with most hyped books is that they fail to meet our expectations. Shwab’s books have been on my tbr too from a very long time. But, these days I am pretty sceptical about the hyped books.

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    1. My relation with hyped books is so bouncy, I avoid to read hyped books but there are so many, You have to take risk at any point…Happy Reading Sohinee

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  3. Shame this didn’t work for you. I agree with the comment above, everyone raves about her books but not everyone can like the same books. I’ve never read them so can’t pass judgement. Great review

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    1. Thank you…After all this hype, I can just say that these books are not for me… Happy reading 😊

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  4. Schwab’s writing can really be hit or miss. I enjoyed her work in Vicious, but I’ve heard so many mixed reviews for this book and another series of hers that I hesitate to give them a go. Hopefully your next reads are better!

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    1. I really wanted to read Vicious and the other series…but after this experience I guess they are at the bottom of my tbr pile…second book was even more disappointing 😬

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  5. I have never read this author but it stinks that it didn’t work out for you.

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    1. This author is so hyped, maybe it isn’t for me.

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  6. Allie Bock says:

    Too bad it didnt work for you. Hope the next one is better!

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    1. Next one was more disappointing 😐

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  7. Gemma Jackson says:

    I’ve only read one thing by this author but I hear great things. Sorry this didn’t live up to the hype.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

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    1. Which book you read? I enjoyed city of ghosts though.

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      1. Gemma Jackson says:

        I’ve read The Near Witch. I would recommend it too.

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      2. I’ll keep it in mind 😊

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  8. The blurb for this one sounded so promising. Hopefully you enjoy book 2 more!

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    1. I disliked the second book more 😑

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      1. That’s so disappointing!

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  9. Empress DJ says:

    Shucks – that looks like a lot of work with a disappointing result

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    1. I can’t explain in words how torturous it was

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    2. Not my jam, and bummer to 3 stars. I give you credit for trying the next one.

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      1. It is really torture to read next book of series when you don’t like one.

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      2. i say you sing “thank you, next” and move on 😉

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      3. I like this idea 😁😁😁

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  10. Jo Linsdell says:

    I keep meaning to try out Schwab’s books as I’ve heard so many good things about them, but I’ve yet to sample one. Maybe I’ll wait a little longer.

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    1. I hope you’ll love her work.

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  11. Great honest review. Too bad you didn’t love this one.

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    1. Thank you 🙂
      Happy Reading.

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  12. Love, Sawyer says:

    Awesome honest review. Too bad this one didn’t work for you. I hope your next read is amazing.

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  13. Thanks for the honest review!

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  14. nadz2014 says:

    So sorry this one did not work for you. I have never read her books so I am in no position to judge, but I have heard great things about her work. It goes not every book suits all readers.

    Totally Addicted to Reading

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    1. Yeah we can say that every book is not for every one.

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  15. Sorry it was a bad fit.

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    1. Yup It was…Happy Reading 🙂

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