Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
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 had this one for a while and finally had a chance to read it, and I wish that I would have read it a lot earlier! First, I loved the whole monster aspect because I like most things that have to do with monsters. Second, I loved both of the main characters to pieces! They both had a lot going on inside of themselves that they had to deal with.
“One moment I didn’t exist and the next I did, and I spend every day scared I’ll just stop being again, and every time I slip, every time I go dark, it’s harder to come back. It’s all I can do to stay where I am. Who I am.”
Kate has made life a problem because her Dad won’t let her come home until she finally gives him a reason for her to come home. Kate’s dad is aligned with some of the monsters in the city, and she wants to do anything that she can to impress him.
August is a monster and doesn’t want to be one. There have been a couple of times when he has let the monster come all the way out and vows to not let that happen again. I loved his struggle, and he was my favorite character!
Loved the bond between August and Kate. There wasn’t romance in this book. Yet. But, I hope there will be in the next because I loved these two! I wasn’t surprised by some of the twists, but there was one I didn’t guess. And that ending!!!!!!
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