This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1) | REVIEW

This Savage SongThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1)
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

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.


4 Stars

First Line:

No one must suspect what I plan to do tonight.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

The Good

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab is a fantastic story about what it means to be human. It follows two protagonists, Kate and August. One is a monster and one is human. If we didn’t already know right off the bat who was who, I would say the roles could have been reversed. After a the start of a conflict between two sides of the city, Kate and August must run away together to escape, but ultimately to live. What a wild ride that was.

I loved Schwab’s writing. It was lyrical and raw. When a book can question your own humanity and what it means to be so, you know it has to be fantastic writing. Structurally I thought it flowed really nicely and I felt the pacing was perfect for a story like this. Schwab took her time telling the story and fleshing out her characters. Definitely one of the highlights of the story.

If there is one thing you take away from this review, it’s that August is probably one of my favorite characters ever written. He may be a monster, but he is more human then any of us will ever be. Throughout This Savage Song we see him in struggle after struggle. He fights his monstrosity all the way through. All he wants to be is a normal human being, but I think he embodies all the characteristics it takes to be one. He is flawed and real and that is what I loved about him.

Kate on the other hand was a tad annoying. But that is not because of bad storytelling or writing, it is because of her father. For a human, she acts more like a monster then August, but that is only because she believes she has something to prove. She grows exponentially throughout the story, going back on what she was raised to think and do. She makes decisions for herself and doesn’t let her father run her life.

One other highlight of This Savage Song is the world that was created. I love the idea of a world filled with real monsters. Schwab did a fantastic job bringing it to life and making it realistic too. Even with the creations of the different types of monsters I thought was quite creative.

Even if surviving wasn’t simple, or easy, or fair.
Even if he could never be human.
He wanted the chance to matter.
He wanted to live.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

The Bad

There wasn’t too much that bothered me about This Savage Song. Which I guess is a good thing. There were only two small things that irked me a bit. One being the romance between Kate and August, and the plot itself.

For the romance I don’t feel like Kate and August are a good match. I’m not quite sure if it’s even going down the romance road either. But I literally felt nothing from their chemistry together. And as for the plot, you don’t really know what the endgame is or which direction it might be heading until maybe 70% into it. Which I guess is a good thing. It sets itself up for a good sequel to take what This Savage Song brought to the table and run with it.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out what happens in Book 2!

You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

I quite enjoyed what I read, this being my first Schwab book. Let me know what you guys thought of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Victoria SchwabVictoria Schwab is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.


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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

18 thoughts on “This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1) | REVIEW

  1. Wow, amazing review, Jesse! (How have you been, by the way?)
    I haven’t read this book yet, but I’m definitely intrigued now, especially since I love reading about characters going through inner turmoil.

    If you like Schwab’s writing, can I recommend Vicious? That one was my favourite Schwab book (that I’ve read so far)!

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    1. Hey CW! I’ve been great.

      Thanks for stopping by. Yeah This Savage Song was awesome! I heard people say it’s the YA Vicious, so you might like it too.

      I want to read her Shades of Magic series. But I want to wait for all the books to be out first 😛


  2. This book was truly fantastic. It was one of my favorites from this author to date. I actually loved August and Kate together, at the end. I think they could grow to be a great couple. They balance each other well, and they were able to change because of each other. I don’t know, I just can’t wait to read book 2!

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