Jul 8, 2016
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
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.
This Savage Song had a really solid base to it, but there was something about it that just fell flat for me. It felt like Kate was trying to hard to be bad(she was) and August was trying to hard to be good(he was). The problem with that is I never really felt like I got to know these characters, for the most part they were just as guarded in their thoughts as they were to the people they were projecting these personas too. Also, I didn’t really feel like the characters changed all that much throughout the book, Kate at the end was very much the same as Kate in the beginning. The only difference was she knew the truth. I felt like there were many opportunities for her to learn and grow from the things she’d been through and that didn’t happen. August was probably the one who learned the most, not only about his family but about himself. He realized that he didn’t have to be all evil, but he was never going to be all good either. Which was kind of a duh thing considering he wants to be human, and humans are neither fully good nor evil.
I didn’t love the point of view changes, and that could be the issue I had connecting to the characters. There were a few twists and turns in this book that I did enjoy, and I found myself being surprised by the conclusion. It is obviously going to be part of a series, but I think with an extra chapter or two this good have been a fantastic standalone. I did enjoy it, but I’m unsure if I would pick up the next installment. I would give the book 3 out of 5 stars, and say that I do enjoy this author and if you enjoy a dystopian/paranormal/urban fantasy that you would probably like this book.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
-This Savage Song, -V.E. Schwab