This Savage Song
#1 New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed 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, Thi
She liked the idea that there were a hundred different Kates, living a hundred different lives.
Maybe in one of them, there were no monsters.
3 1/2 stars. Okay, listen: I feel like I shouldn't like this book. Compare this world to the marvelous multiple Londons, crossdressing pirates and evil twin rulers of the author's A Darker Shade of Magic, and hell, does it pale in comparison. But screw it - this was dark, monstrous fun!
Thing is, there are those books you read and you know they are good ...more
ETA: IT HAS A COVER!!
Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.
This is the strangest book I've ever written. I love it.
It's the story of two teens in a broken world, where violent acts breed actual monsters. Some are shadows with teeth that feed on flesh and bone. Some are corpses that feed on blood. And some can ...more
I went into this knowing I would love it, but I'm leaving it loving it even more than I expected to. I'm constantly impressed by Schwab's ability to create such unique stories. The two main characters had such a fantastic dynamic & I loved seeing their interactions. The story itself left me wanting more & I'm sososo happy that we get another book with August & Kate.
(Also I really want August & Kate to meet up with Mackenzie & Wes ...more
“Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,Hell, one of our protagonists is a monster himself. But outside of the setting itself, I found this book emotionless and just...rather d ...more
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.”
“Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.”
Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺
"Plenty of humans are monstrous and plenty of monsters know how to play at being human."
The synopsis of the book makes me feel like I am being held in a winery basement listening to a dark classical orchestra while in dystopian times and I am not complaining.
This Savage Song is the first book of Victoria Schwab’s duology, Monsters of Verity . Probably, I would’ve pick ...more
Because one must reread the most beautiful and dark and deliciously gorgeously written and most painful books of ever because THAT'S THE BOOKWORM LIFE. No no I'm not that deranged puddle of feels on the floor. That's...someone else.
Least to say, this was even better the second time. I am a ball of appreciation for how dark and bloody this book is. And the gorgeous cinnamon perfection that is August, who I still relate to so much. I'm in such thorough appreciation for all his sen ...more
Okay, first of all, let me
I keep picking up V.E. Schwab books, and I just...I don’t get it.
I read A Darker Shade of Magic and thought it was meh, but I didn’t have any resounding issues with it and everyone said the sequel was excellent so I figured why not. And then I picked up A Gathering of Shadows and had one of the biggest “what the f*ck?” moments of my lifetime.
But we don’t need to get into that opinion again.
I TBRed A Conjuring of Light anyway. I even bought a copy. I added Vicious to my to-read list ...more
My July 2016 Owlcrate Box Book! Woot!
I totally loved this book! The idea of the different monsters were really cool. I'm not sure I understand all of it but this is what I understood about the monsters:
1. Malchai - Drink blood but are not vampires. Formed/Form from murders.
2. Corsai - Feed on fles ...more
this was my first schwab experience and let me tell you what. i understand the hype, i really do. because the lady can W R I T E. the flow was effortless, the pacing was spot on, and her words were captivating. i just loved the writing style so much. she was able to take a subject that i had no interest in and made me invested in the story - further proof of her talent.
It pains me on a personal level to give a book with such a stunning cover such a low rating, but I cannot deny my problems with it no matter how much I love V.E. Schwab's book covers or her writing.
This book has such an intriguing premise.
Monsters manifesting into existence as a result of sin. A city literally divided between two leaders, both with their own ideas about how to protect their citizens. Kate, desperately trying to prove her savagery an ...more
“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
"They're gonna come and eat you all.
So, I totally wasn’t expecting to love this so much?? I’ve read Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic series, and then everything I’d seen suggested this wasn’t as good. But I enjoyed it so much more?? (Sacrilege! I know. I know.)
Something about this dark, egregious atmosphere clawed it’s way into my cold, dead heart. Taking place in an alternate US where the states reconstructed after Vietnam, the story had the potent ...more
HOOOLY SHIIIIT. I'M NOT OKAY IN THE SLIGHTEST. V.E HAS DONE IT AGAIN, EVERYONE.
How am I supposed to put all these emotions into one tiny little review? It's just not possible.
There are too many good things to say about This Savage Song. The beautifully complex characters that are August and Kate, a storyline unlike anything I've read, and most of all: Victoria's writing. She creates a wonderful atmosphere, a story that just flows effortlessly, and VFHJSKL I ...more
I've read The Archived and The Unbound. I've read Vicious and The Near Witch, I've read A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows.
I've read every YA and Adult Fantasy novel Victoria Schwab has written, and compared to all of them, This Savage Song fell flat.
I love Victoria Schwab. Her writing is stunning, her stories unique, her characters intriguing. This Savage Song had all of this, but much less than her pr ...more
"I am Sunai.
I am holly fire.
And if i have to burn
the world to cleanse it,
so help me,
Just want to put it out there, my favorite character wasn't Kate, or August, IT WAS LEO! But i'm not going to talk about the plot or the characters. It's better if you find out yourself.
This was a decent read. As always, i enjoyed Victoria's writing, but something was missing. It just wasn't as epic as her other books. I still applaud you, Schwab, f ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this one!
In this dystopian version of the United States monsters wreak havoc during the night, and no one is safe. 3 types of monster exist – Malachi, Corsai and Sunai, each are caused by an act of violence from one human to another. Corsai from random acts of violence, Malachi from murder and Sunai from the worst of acts – such as terrorism or mass murder.
August is one such Sunai. Born at age 12, he lives with Hen ...more
Straight onto Our Dark Duet, though my soul is in agony! August better be getting that redemption he deserves. If Schwab pulls a Holland on him, I'm gonna lose my mind. Hate-mail is what I'll be writing...
[4.5] That ending!! I. Need. More!!!
As per usual, I always have the best time reading one of V.E. Schwab's books. This is the fourth book I've read by her and it did not disappoint. She constantly ...more
So when I finished devouring this book last night before I went to bed, I tried to think of the best way to sum up my feelings. Sometimes when I'm at a loss for words I turn to those more articulate than I am, so:
Ah, thanks, Oprah!
It is a time in the (hopefully very) distant future. At one point, monsters tried to take control of a city. It led to massive destruction, but ultimately a truce was reached which divided the city. One h ...more
The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.
I did it! I finally read a book by author Victoria Schwab. My journey has finally started and although it wasn't a great start, it doesn't end here. She has so many books published and more are coming up that I need to understand what all the hype is about. My journey actually began when I started reading A Darker Shade of Magic back in 2016, but I stopped reading it. There's no reason behind it. I really just put my boo ...more
When August answered, the word was small, almost too quiet to hear. "Lost."
This is the fourth of Schwab's books that I read, and I think I finally realized this very incontrovertible truth about the universe, which I believe I summed up adequately enough in the following statement: It's Schwab's, it's good.
•First and foremost, as always, the writing. This marvellous, marvellous thing that is Vic ...more
this savage song is a book i was really excited to start because of all the hype surrounding it. it was apparently badass and had a cool idea of monsters, humans and evil. what i got was?? much less terrifying and made me laugh out loud because what the fuck, these whiny monsters were supposed to be scary??? it's like that ghost gif where you're waiting for that creepy jump scare but what you get is a guy with a white sheet on him, going around saying "booo."
here are some pros:
-i loved ...more
Buddy-read with the ever amazing Hufflepuff, Chelsea (click to read her review)
3.5/4 stars. So. This Savage Song. Rarely a novel created so many divergent reactions in my feed. If the fact that opinions differ doesn't strike me as unusual - suffice it to take a look at most romance novels' pages to see radically different ratings - it still contributed to my confusion before reading because mixing most of them would lead to a hell of an oxymoron.
The world-building is fantastic and original, but ...more
it's so good the 1st book of the year gonna be the first 5-star too.
it was one of my long-lasted most anticipated books! & I was afraid that my expectations might disappoint me.
it DID NOT! YES!
& I'm so thrilled & happy that I loved it!
I read almost anything Schwab writes! I love her style & her works!
"Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They're gonna come and eat you all!"
but seriously, despite being violent & bloody at some moments, it was magnificent!
it began with ...more
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