Title: This Savage Song

Author: Victoria Schwab

Series: Monsters of Verity #1

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia

Published: July 5th 2016 by Greenwillow Books

Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★

“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.” 


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.


3 of 5 stars to This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


This review came way late. I finished this book long ago (November 2018) but it left no impact on me at the time so I put off reviewing it until I eventually forgot about it. I’m here to remedy that now.

This Savage Song defines what ‘slow burn’ means. I wouldn’t call the plot progression slow–in fact I would say it develops at a normal speed–but at the same time there also wasn’t much excitement going on.

I was only able to push through reading because it’s my first time knowing about this world and meeting the characters so the experience is still somewhat new and as all ‘new’ things go, there’s a certain kind of interest to discover what it can offer.

Of course, it’s towards the end of the book that events really started picking up. Even though I didn’t enjoy the story much, the cliffy ending was enough to make me want to check out the next book (that I’m still in the process of trying to finish, by the way).

The writing was good but something about it felt monotonous. The characters were well-written but something about them kept me from completely connecting with them.

August Flynn is a contradiction: a monster with a good heart. A monster that kills, yes, but one that does it quite peacefully, without the gory stereotypes of a monster.

Kate Harker is another study of contradiction: a human but a monster. She’s desperate to prove herself worthy to run her father’s evil empire. She’s about to go the deep end but she meets August Flynn and somehow the course of her life changed.

This book may not have clicked with me but it garnered great reviews for a reason. Just like what I always say, people have different tastes so what I didn’t love might be different for you.