hello all you beautiful people how was everyone’s week? It has rained all week again here😔 Where is summer?😭
The review today is of ‘This Savage Song’ by V.E Schwab. I saw so many good things about Schwab and I knew that I had to delve into her work ASAP.
I picked up this book and the next book in the duology at my library and started reading them straight away and boy do I have some thoughts! If you want to see my first impressions and expectations you can check them out here!
“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.”
What I liked
I liked so many things about this book, so many and I liked them all so quickly!
The characters were fleshed out and I’m not ashamed to say I got attached…
Ugh, the characters. Characters like this are everything I live for when it comes to fleshed out characters. I instantly became attached to the stories of August and Kate, they were very set in themselves, knew they’re awareness and I fell in love. Even the characters who weren’t likeable (Harker, Sloan, Leo) I still thoroughly enjoyed reading about they’re thoughts and narratives.
The entire plot was just genius…
The plot blew me away. Everything about the plot and Schwab’s writing style was right up my street, I have been aching for such a well thought out plot as this. The idea of having the different types of monsters that are created through human destruction is just genius! It works so bloody well and truly makes for a chilling read.
The themes and tropes used made the story a special one…
First of all there was the trope of enemies to friends which worked beautifully! I loved the development of characters that using this trope created space for, it was so special to see those characters grow and create such a meaningful relationship. I also loved the vast array of different relationships between all the other characters such as between Sloan/Harker, August/Flynn, August/Ilsa. There are so many different types of characters woven into this story and the way they interacted with one another was something special.
What I didn’t like
Nothing, literally nothing. Sloan??? That’s all I have.
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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have been waiting for a book like this for a while. I read this in a dark time, flew through it and I’m entirely grateful for such a consuming plot and characters that I could fall into. I have just read the blurb for the second one and I am unbelievably excited to get into it!
That’s it for today’s review! Have you read this book? Did you like it? What about the second book? Let me know!
Thank you for reading,
love, bella x