Book Review: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

Title: This Savage Song
Author:  Victoria Schwab
Laura’s rating: 4.5 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. 

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.


In a world where crime and hate are ever growing, do you wonder what’s the boiling point? The ultimate outcome? Well, it turns out any individual who commits a crime is creating a monster. In the city of Verity there are 3 types of monsters: Corsai, Malchai and Sunai.

Corsai feeds on flesh and bone, they are made by non-lethal acts of violence. Malchai feeds on blood and are made by lethal acts of violence. And Sunai (my fave for obvious reasons), they feed on the soul of tainted people, and are born out mass-murder kind of acts. So there, how’s that for an entrée?

The city is divided in two, the north is ruled by Harker, ruthless and calculating, he makes his citizens pay a lot of money for protection. His daughter, Kate, is trying her best to make her father love her, by acting like him.

On the south side Flynn rules in a different manner, people work hard to be protected and feel like a community. His son August, a Sunai, wants desperately to feel human, to feel like he belongs.

Now Kate and August seem to be walking the same path, towards survival and discoveries of the soul.

At first, I was a little biased, thinking this is just another monster meets heroine book, its not. It’s so much more. I lost sleep because of this book, it made me laugh and cringe, it made me reread whole pages because I was so thrilled I was flying through it.

So, do yourself a favor and go read this.


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