Author: V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: June 7th 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia, Magic, Paranormal
My Rating: 🐉🐉🐉
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.
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.
I really expected to adore this book because a lot of my friends did but I just couldn’t figure out what was so amazing and mind-blowing about this book. I didn’t hate it, it was an okay book that I tolerated reading but couldn’t really fall in love with. The main problem is that I’ve read so so so much dystopian novels and they’re all so similar! In the last two years I’ve only read 3 dystopian books and that was because I’m so sick of them. They’re all just repeating themselves over and over again and the whole genre has become predictable to me. But I thought, hey maybe this book will be different judging by the Goodreads Synopsis! Guess what? It totally was the exact same as every other dystopian novel I’ve read! *Facepalms*
Now don’t get me wrong, just because dystopia has become old news to me doesn’t mean that you won’t like this book, if you’re still new to the genre or still like it for some reason then do read this book but otherwise don’t get your hopes up. Nothing new here!
“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!”
The two main characters were both okay. They did experience some major character development which was great to read about. Kate was the tough emotionless one who thought she could do whatever she wanted to anyone which I find very irritating so she wasn’t a character I liked. August was more emotional and conflicted but maybe a little too emo to tolerate but he’s definitely more appealing. Plus he plays the violin which makes him a more loveable character to me.
Both characters went through a lot of painful and life-threatening experiences and from those situations I usually end up worrying and getting too attached to the characters but I couldn’t connect at all with these two, no matter how much I tried! I adore reading because of the way it gives me a way to just meld with fictional characters and feel what they feel but that didn’t happen.
An ultra rare thing that is almost unheard of in YA books, no ROMANCE! So far both of Schwab’s books that I read had no romantic relationships involved at all! A very refreshing thing that I support fully! I just hate it when romance that’s meant to be a subplot takes over the rest of the plot and becomes the most important thing in the world.
“We are the darkest acts made light.”
The best part of this book was the concept of monsters and how they don’t even have to look like monsters to preform all kinds of crimes. Some characters you think would be the villains end up being innocent while the true monsters hide behind human skin. It’s something I appreciate and would love to see more thoroughly represented. August is a monster who strives to be human but what he doesn’t know is that humans have just as much capacity for cruelty and evil as monsters do.
A lot of other reviewers praise the author’s writing style endlessly but I can’t seem to find anything that stands out and makes her writing style so beautiful and figurative. It’s easy to read and won’t confuse you with too many details or exaggerations but it doesn’t contain anything that amazed me. I wouldn’t spend my time trying to appreciate her words more than the actual plot like I would if I admired an author’s writing style.
Another obvious flaw in this story to me was that everything was so so predictable! I saw everything that was supposedly ‘hidden’ immediately. I saw who the real masterminds behind everything were from the first 100 pages and I figured out all the problems the characters were facing way before the truths were revealed. I just hate not being surprised by a book for it is the best thing ever! I need a story that keeps me guessing and keeps me on the edge of my seat which This Savage Song didn’t have. There was one teeny surprise at the end of the book which is what will make me read the sequel Our Dark Duet but that’s just it.
In conclusion, this book for me had more cons and than pros and I definitely expected more. This shows how sick I am of Dystopias! Like I mentioned at the beginning though, it’s mostly because I’ve read too much of the same thing to a point were all of it has just become cliché and predictable but I know a lot of people who loved this book so you could too!