This Savage Song: Monsters of Verity (Book 1)
by V. E. Schwab
“Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the inhabitants pay for this protection. August just wants to be human, as good-hearted as his own father – but his curse is to be what the humans fear. The thin truce that keeps the Harker and Flynn families at peace is crumbling, and an assassination attempt forces Kate and August into a tenuous alliance. But how long will they survive in a city where no one is safe and monsters are real…”
I had seen people talking about this book on Twitter and adding to their TBR list on Goodreads, otherwise I knew nothing about it, until I had a press release last month from Titan Books and I knew I had to read it, just my cup of tea! So when I received my press release books I grabbed it and jumped straight in!
Kate is the daughter of the notorious crime lord Callum Harker, he runs North V-City by getting the citizens to pay for safety against the monsters with one hand, while he controls the monsters with the other hand. She only wants to prove to him that she is his daughter and deserves her place in V-City. While August is a Sunai (one of the three types of monster), but he lives with the kind-hearted Henry Flynn who runs South V-City by destroying any Corsai or Malchai they come across. August and Kate end up going to the same school, August has to keep his identity a secret from Kate, while getting close to her. Kate on the other hand wants to rule the school as she cannot rule the city. Kate being Kate knows something is wrong and August knows that sooner or later that Kate will figure it out.
My favourite part was pretty much all of it, I was engrossed from the first word! It got me hooked the whole way through, I was completely guessing what was going to happen. I love the scenes between Kate and August and I also love the Sunai scenes. This Savage Song kept me going through all the emotions, I was horrified, shocked, tense, sad, happy, pretty much everything.
I think August was my favourite character, even though he is a monster, he is so emotionally raw and fragile, while having to hold it together and act as though everything is normal. I also like Kate and Ilsa, Kate even though she acts as though she is tough as nails there is a soft side to her if you can find it, and Ilsa even though you might not see much of her is a grounding character for August and steers him on the right path.
This Savage Song did end on a cliffhanger, this is because it is the first of a duology and the second book is currently being written/edited. I am now waiting for it to come out, very impatiently!
This Savage Song is a book that is great for people who like monsters or dystopian fiction. Even though it is a young adult fiction book I think adults and teenagers will enjoy it. 5 out 5.