This Savage Song (Book Review)

There are good monsters; There are monstrous men.


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.



Ok. Before I start, I know… I know… It took me so much time to finish this book because I was going through a dang hard book slump. But I did it! And OMFG I don’t know where to start! Just as I finished this book I cussed and cussed and cussed like I’ve never cussed before.

I’ve never read a book like this before because first of all, I wasn’t a big fan of the ‘Sin City’ kinda world. But this book included music as a huge factor on it and I love music… It was so intriguing, I wanted to read it.

I love the main characters, Kate and August, soooo much. August, one of the three Sunai, doesn’t want to be a monster

and want it deep inside, hidden from the world. But Kate!!! Oh Kate! Is a human who wants the monster out to let the world know and prove her father, specially him, that she is a Harker! I loved how there is no romance on this book because I don’t like cheesy stories and I think it would make the story weak. There were slight hints of attraction and that was it and I like it. 🙂

Hold up… That pendant that Callum gave to Kate? I knew that it was some sort of a tracker right from that moment he offered it to her. Sloan wasn’t the real monster but Harker. Dang, I wish Victoria went into detail on how August ate Harker’s soul. But for the sake of Kate, I’m okay with it.

Ilsa… Oh I never thought that Ilsa was that strong. She was acting so precious and vulnerable and fragile but when I found out what she did or is capable of… Oh, this b*tch is gonna wreck y’all so back up mf*ckers! :’D I would love her to be my sister!

Leo? Oh. I hate that guy for not wrecking the Malchai’s heart! I hate him That’s all.

Alice. Wow. While reading through the book, I really was expecting her to be alive after all the accident and come back to reclaim Kate but when I reached the 3/4 part of the book I lose interest and gave up. THEN!!! She was f*cking alive with painted nails like silver, cigarette and sharp silver teeth! Came back to that house in Waste and met SLOAN who wasn’t actually dead! AND THEN WHAT? AN EFFIN’ END OF THE BOOK THAT LEFT MY MOUTH WIDE OPEN AND MY MIND SCRATCHING MY OWN IMAGINARY GROUND FOR MORE!

It wasn’t a cliff hanger but a ground-digging-and-all-sorts-of-what’s-coming-next inducing ending!

Other characters I liked: Ilsa, Paris, Henry, Emma, Allegro, Colin, Phillip and Harris. (Was gonna add that first truck driver but I remembered he turned against Kate and August)

Do I wish that Kate and August end up together? Of course, yes. But not immediately. I love the subtlety and hints. Taking it slow was smart of the writer. 🙂

Characters I hated: Leo, Sloan, Callum H., Alice H., and everyone who are against Kate and August. :’D

This book is so good that even the typographical errors didn’t ruin it. 😀 Thanks to the strong plot and style of Victoria Scwab. Thank you.

A part of me want this book to be a movie but I kinda don’t want it too ‘coz I’m afraid that it would end up crappy and won’t do justice to the book.

I definitely recommend this book. Go grab it! If you have already red this one, share your thoughts to me. 🙂 Would love to hear from you.

That’s all and thank you for taking time in reading the review. 🙂

– Marice

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