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!)
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.