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Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Hello! I have returned from vacation, a year older and slightly tanner. Despite all my trepidation about turning thirty, my birthday was pretty good. A huge thank you to those of you who wished me a happy birthday. I really do appreciate it. 🙂 I promise I will be posting pictures and details from my trip soon, but for now you’ll just have to settle for this book review.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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.

Despite the trepidation I shared during my FIF post about this book, I enjoyed this one. It was definitely not the YA-dystopian-romancey read that I was anticipating. I guess it was kinda silly of me to think that go begin with, given that Victoria Schwab doesn’t exactly stick to stereotypical characters/plots.

Kate and August were great protagonists – flawed, broken, and wanting nothing more than to find peace in a world of chaos. Kate was a difficult character to like at times. She was a bit reckless and naive, which got on my nerves. I suppose this made her more human and more relatable though, so it’s not really a bad thing. Of the two, August felt like the more well-rounded and level-headed one, which was ironic, given that he’d been pretty sheltered for most of his existence.

The way that music was used (as a way to lure victims), was interesting. I do find this tactic slightly impractical though. How are you expected to carry around a musical instrument all the time? Seems like it would be an inconvenience, if you ask me.

One of the main premises of this book is that violence breeds violence. The monsters in the story were all born from acts of violence, only to go forward and cause more violence in the world. It’s such an intriguing and haunting concept, and quite different than the usual monster backstory. There were a lot of villain-type characters in this book, not all of them actual monsters, so you never knew who to trust. I even found myself questioning the main characters a few times.

The horror and bleakness of the world Schwab created definitely made this a unique read. It gets two thumbs up from me.

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