Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: This Savage Song

Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity
Volume: 1
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: July 5, 2016

A Quick Introduction: Verity is a city divided, and Kate Harker and August Flynn are on opposite sides. Kate's ruthless father rules half the city, making people pay for protection from the monsters that roam the streets. August lives in the other half of the city, and is one of the monsters- though only one of three that are his particular brand of monster. He's been adopted by the family that rules his side of the city, as they attempt to keep all the other monsters under control. When Kate get's kicked out of her sixth boarding school, she is sent back to Verity- where August is assigned to befriend her. They've barely known each other a week when an assassination attempt sends them both running for their lives.

Out of Ten: 6/10

Review at a Glance: A fairly enjoyable series started set in an interesting world.

Review: This was my third attempt at Veronica Schwab's writing. I didn't get through The Archived, and, while I did finish A Darker Shade of Magic, I still didn't love it. For me, This Savage Song was better, but it still didn't astonish me. To me, I feel like a lot of it is that I like the concept of these stories, but the execution just misses the mark for me.

Victoria Schwab creates a world where violence literally does breed violence- every violent act spawns monsters- the type depends on the nature of the act. August is a Sunai, a creature generated by the most horrific acts humans can commit, and uses music to feed on the guilty. I loved the idea! I even liked the worldbuilding.

I also liked the characters. I found things that I admire about both of them (August a bit more so, I think), but there was something that I didn't completely connect to about either of them. They just didn't feel quite like real people. It's like there's something missing, and I'm not sure if that will be something that improves in the next book.

I think what kind of fell down for me was the plot. It wasn't that there was anything particularly wrong with it... it just wasn't told in a way that was totally engaging. It kind of lacked momentum, I suppose you could say.

Overall, I found that I preferred this to other pieces of Veroncia Schwab's work that I've picked up. I didn't love it, but it was still an enjoyable read and I quite liked the world, and it is possible that I'll pick up the sequel.


  1. Omg I LOVE this book so so much. <3 But I'm a wild fan of all Schwab's books so far (although I haven't read The Archived yet, but it's pretty high on my TBR XD) But I do understand that her writing would be for everyone. Still glad you mostly enjoyed this! :)

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. I'm still trying to put my finger on exactly WHAT it is that doesn't work for me... it's definitely something about the writing that doesn't ring true, but I'm hoping that her work will grow on me because I really do like the concepts of a lot of her stories!

  2. Oh, Kelly! I wondered Schwab's books but never ever gotten the interest to read at least its blurbs. Maybe next time.

    1. I tend to find the blurbs on her books quite interesting, but somehow the writing ends up not totally grabbing me. This one definitely topped other Victoria Schwab novels I've picked up, hopefully the next thing she pens is something we both love!