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This Savage Song

By: Victoria Schwab

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: 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.

Did it perpetuate healthy ideals? Not really, although the relationship between August and his parents was good, his relationship with his brother Leo was really bad. Also there is the fact that the relationship between Kate and her Dad was also atrocious. Harker overall was a terrible person.

Did it have adequate representation? I adored both of the main characters and loved reading from both of their perspectives. At the start of the book I liked August better than Kate but as the story progressed I started also really loving and anticipating Kate’s chapters as well.

Did it teach me something or make me think? It definitely makes you think about what happens to someones soul after they committed a crime. I also makes you think about the purpose of life especially when it comes to August.

Were the characters memorable? 100% yes. There were characters I loved and characters I despised. All the characters stood their own ground and none of the characters stood out to me as being boring or unimportant.

Was the plot clever? Yes. I mean it was incredible the places this book takes you. I never found myself  bored while reading this and I was left wanting more as soon as I finished the last page.

Favorite Quotes:

  • “I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.”
  • “It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
  • “The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”
  • “Monsters, monsters, big and small,
    “They’re gonna come and eat you all.
    Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
    Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
    Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
    Smile and bite and drink you dry.
    Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
    Sing you a song and steal your soul.
    Monsters, monsters, big and small,
    They’re gonna come and eat you all!”
  • “You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”
  • “He wasn’t made of flesh and bone, or starlight.
    He was made of darkness.”
  • “Why did everyone have to ruin the quiet by asking questions? The truth was a disastrous thing.”
  • “She cracked a smile. “So what’s your poison”
    He sighed dramatically, and let the truth tumble off his tongue. “Life.”
    “Ah,” she said ruefully. “That’ll kill you.”
  • “He could be the monster if it kept others human.”
  • “People are users. It’s a universal truth. Use them, or they’ll use you.”
  • “I read somewhere,” said Kate, “that people are made of stardust.”

    He dragged his eyes from the sky. “Really?”

    “Maybe that’s what you’re made of. Just like us.”

    And despite everything, August smiled.”

  • “Even if surviving wasn’t simple, or easy, or fair.
    Even if he could never be human.
    He wanted the chance to matter.
    He wanted to live.”
  • “Don’t tell me you’re afraid of heights,” she said, shimmying along the edge.
    “Not heights,” he murmured. “Just falling.”
  • “For one, dazzling, infinite moment, August felt like he was standing on a precipice, the end of one world and the beginning of another, a whisper and a bang.”

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