Skip to main content

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab- 5 stars

If you have previously read my reviews (here and on instagram) you know I place great importance on the author's ability to make the reader feel completely and utterly emerged into the world he/she created regardless of how real it is or it is not. Victoria Schwab manages just that! I went to bed dreaming of a world of monsters, of brave and kind monsters that are more lovable than most humans.

The main characters have an amazing dynamic! And considering there is little to no romance in this book I would say that shows the talent of the author. That is not something easily done. Think of your favorite YA fantasy books and tell me one that is both popular and has no romance in it. Done? Bet you didn't came out with much!

The story was unique and intriguing. I don't really have any other book with even a similar story line. The book is set in a world were two forces are against each other and monsters are a real threat in between the two. What makes it unique is that it portrays humans as sometimes worse than the worse monsters, a comparison that I am sure does not goes lost in any reader today.
The book is gory, it doesn't shy away from what monsters do/eat 😉 It is not off putting in way, its well written. I have read this last year and the only other book I could use as an example here is The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Not the story, they are very different books, but the way both authors manage to maintain beauty amidst blood shed!

August character is beautifully written, complex, dynamic, dimensional and relatable. He may be a monster but his struggles are very much struggles many of us face. I adore her representation of his issues with sensory overload. It is not an issue touched often (if ever) and it was very well portrayed. He is a monster and wishes he wasn't, but as the book progresses it is that side of him that marvels the reader. If he wasn't a monster ... (well, I will let you read and find out 😊)
Kate is rather interesting! She is bitter and cruel. She very much wants to be evil. And she succeeds for the most part too. The things she did to impress her evil dad are nasty. But, wanting to be cruel and actually being cruel are different things. She is just a lonely kid wanting her family to love her. How many kids out there can relate to that? To wanting to be loved? To having parents too busy working and not having enough time for them? The amount of kids who end up in trouble simply to get their parents attention is grand, and in the end of the day, that is who Kate is (with the exception that her dad IS evil and getting his attention requires a lot more than a few tantrums!)

Go read!

GoodReads:
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 Schwaba 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.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Quickies, April 2021

I read a good amount of older releases this past two months. I will not write long individual reviews for every single one of them but here are is a little bit about each one of them:  - Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh It's unlikely I will ever dislike something Nalini writes. She is a master of her craft. This is the second book in the Psy-Changeling series and it is just as good as the first. Shy and isolated Faith is plagued by visions of blood and murder. She has questions and needs help but can't ask those around her. She turns to the changelings and the only Psy she knows that has defied her race (first book in the series). Vaughn is more cat than human but has to control his instincts not to scare Faith away. This was a fabulous paranormal romance read but you really must read the first book first! 4 stars from me :)  - Desperate Measures by Katee Robert Desperate Measures is the story of Jafar and Jasmine. But if you read Katee before you know it is not that simple at

A Touch of Darkness (Hades & Persephone #1) by Scarlett St. Clair

I knew very little going into this book except that it had my current favorite bad boy in it: Hades! Seriously though, I have a "hades tbr" at the moment, it's a thing. And if you know any good Hades based romances do tell me. Always and forever looking for more. Hades, the God of the Dead was phenomenal. I have ZERO complaints about his character. There was more to the underworld than known by other gods and humans, and the same is true about the man that runs the place. He is to the point and although not always up front and straight forward he is always honest and true. He has built a gambling empire but his bets are not always monetary and they are known for being impossible.  Persephone was very much still learning who she really was. Up until meeting Hades and for some time after she has no power of her own. Plants die at her touch and that is that. She is also known as the goddess of spring, but that is not because of who she is but rather because of who her mother

Yes & I Love You by Roni Loren [ALC review]

It is always nice when a book surprises you. Yes & I Love You was more than the title suggests. Yes, it is certainly a romance novel, but it also deals with things most of us don't think about when talking inclusion in books. The main female character, Hollyn, has tourette syndrome and suffers panic attacks. The disease affected the character's daily life but didn't define who she was. The author, Roni Loren,  holds a master’s degree in social work and spent years as a mental health counselor, and it is clear her experiences helped her here. She represented the illness well and did a great job at demonstrating how anxiety and other daily things we take for granted made things harder for Hollyn.   Hollyn is very successful in her field. She runs a popular blog and her word is the law. If she recommends your business or entertainment it is certain it will be successful. But because of her tourettes she hides behind the screen and no one knows what the popular reviewer &qu