I couldn't put this book down. This is one of the best books I've read in quite a while!
I really really enjoyed this read! Monster boy angst is my favorite type of prose. And the conflicting emotions about being human or monster is always fun!
The cast of characters are very well written and well thought out, August Flynn is a horrible monster, in other words he's just bad at his job. Which is pitiful in an endearing way. And Kate Harker is the type of person I'd like to be calculating, intelligent and won't let anyone get me down, even if i have to break their arm.
I'm definitely going to pick up more books from Victoria Schwab, and Pre-order the Second book in the series!
(Sorry this review is all over the place I'm running on six hours of sleep in the last 72 hours so i'm kind of not all there. And I'm unable to sleep due to mental issues)
Victoria Schwab never fails to impress me. Her characters, her worlds, her imagination. Uh, just, I love all of it.
So the quick way to sort of sum up This Savage Song is Romeo and Juliet with monsters and no romance. And without the ridiculous ending where the two main characters kill themselves. What's up with that? Kate Harker and August Flynn are the two least likely people to meet and get along. They live in the same city but it is divided down the middle, with Kate's father running one half and August's running the other. And they don't play too nice together.
Kate is a total badass, kind of what I imagine my own kickass alter ego would be, but that version of me only exists in my head. She's sassy, smart, tough, but she has a soft sentimental side in there somewhere. She's just gone through a lot of shit and I can understand why she's chosen to suppress that side. August is the exact opposite. He is soft, sweet, caring. So of course he and Kate were gonna get together, right?
Victoria Schwab once again puts a fresh, interesting spin on something that is common place in our own world. These monsters of Verity are created through horrible acts. Murder, violence. These acts leave things in their wake, but in the world of Verity they become very very real. But there is a dynamic to them. While Malchai and Corsai are vicious, the Sunai are the sort of embodiment of retribution and justice. Once again, a physical presence of the different responses people have to terrible acts of violence.
Victoria Schwab has a way of exploring deep, complex themes without getting too philosophical about it. It makes her writing interesting and compelling while also being immensely entertaining and fun. Can't wait for the last book!
I hate to admit it, but this one didn’t work nearly as well as I wanted it to. Mainly, it felt long. Once I reached a certain point, I felt much more interested and invested in the main characters. But I think if I hadn’t been reading for the Cybils, I likely would have put it down before I got there.