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First Impression Friday: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

It’s time for another First Impression Friday post! For those who are unfamiliar, FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading. Share you impressions, predict what you think will happen, say whether you think you’ll enjoy it, etc.


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’m going to be honest, if I didn’t hear so many good things about this book and didn’t already love the author, I probably wouldn’t have picked this up. The blurb on the back makes it sound like it’s going to be a dystopian romance, which isn’t usually my forte. BUT, there’s monsters involved, so I figured I’d just give it a shot.

So far, the story is interesting, albeit a little slow paced on revelations. It goes back and forth between August and Kate’s POVs, so you don’t get too much all at once. Perhaps this is the author’s way of building up the suspense? I’m interested to find out more about the characters, especially the “monsters.” I’m also curious to see how music ties into all of it, since, judging by the title, it’ll obviously play some big role in the story. Maybe they’ll play the Monster Mash and have a giant flash mob scene! 😛

Whether I’ll enjoy this one or not is still up in the air. I guess we’ll find out later!


3 thoughts on “First Impression Friday: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

  1. I liked TSS, but I didn’t love it. I never considered someone suddenly laughing into the Monster Mash. It was a graveyard smash you know.

    Thanks for taking part in another First Impression Friday!!

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