Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: July 5th, 2016
Average Goodreads rating: 4.13
My rating: 4
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.
“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
Let me just start off by saying that I love Schwab. Her Darker Shade of Magic books are some of the most amazing things I have ever had the privilege of reading. So, you can imagine, that when I decided to pick up This Savage Song as an audio book that I was expecting the same pull that I had found from her before. In this case, I didn’t. I wanted to point out that while the story didn’t exactly tick my boxes, it was still very easy to recognize it as a good story.
We had a strong female lead, a diverse and vast cast of characters that were well developed, and a story that flowed easily from one point to the next. For me it just lacked something. There wasn’t that zing I was hoping for, you know? So, while it was a good book by all of the tick box points, it wasn’t as engaging as I had hoped and it won’t be making my re-read list.