REVIEW: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
SYNOPSIS: There’s no such thing as safe.
Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.
August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.
Their city is divided.
Their city is crumbling.
Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.
But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?
SERIES: Monsters of Verity #1
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult
RATING: ★★★★☆ / 4 who-do-you-trust stars
REVIEW: Ok, it took me until just now to really take a look at the cover of this book. I mean, of course I noticed the lettering and the violin, but I didn't really notice the picture within. This book has been staring at me from my shelf for over a month and I just saw the dingy alley hiding under the design. Of course it wouldn't have made much since before I read the book, but now I need to take a moment and applaud the designer because the cover is absolutely fantastic.
Now that that bit of a tangent has been taken and done with, let's move on to the book (seriously, sometimes I wonder why people read my reviews, I'm a rambling stream of consciousness)! This was a solid 4 star book and an incredibly promising start to a new series. In a future world, but not exactly a post-apocalyptic or dystopian one, monsters exist and the shadows have teeth. Mankind's evil is made manifest and life has become seriously creepy. I loved the idea behind this story, that human sin has become viciously tangible. And then Schwab takes it further and creates additional chaos and complications to thoroughly turn everything upside down, even in a world that was already upside down when we came into it.
Our hero is August Flynn. He's a bit odd and he doesn't get out much. I won't spoil it for you but let's just say that he's the awkward half of the story. And our heroine is Kate Harker. She's not exactly likeable but that's why I loved her character. Too often fantasy novels give us a pretty but "special" girl who just needs the right environment to shine and be the hero. Not quite so with this book. Kate is a wee bit evil and selfish. She is trying so hard to do what she thinks she ought to do that she kind of screws it all up. And I LOVE this, it feels different and unexpected, a touch of the anti-hero (and if you've read Schwab's book Vicious, you know she creates amazing anti-heroes) and I'm not quite sure where Kate's story is going to take us. Wonderful anticipation.
Now on to the not-so-perfect. The big reveals at the climax of the story were a bit predictable. However they were dispatched in the scope of this book so I have no idea what is to come and what the new obstacles are going to be in the next book. The obvious has been done away with and now it's a wide open road ahead.
Things you might want to know in advance: Monsters of many varieties, Weapons, War, Violence, Blood, Crime Syndicate...guys, it's anime! No, seriously, that's what most of Schwab's books end up reminding me of, a heavy influence of anime feeling but slightly less cartoonish. Maybe that makes sense, maybe not, but it's pretty much my wrap up.
Guys, it's the anime.