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

Saturday, August 20th 2016

“The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”


“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
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.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!” 


“This Savage Songby Victoria Schwab, has received great reviews eom bloggers all across the inter web, however for such an epic post-apocalyptic world that is surrounded by the three different classes of “monsters”  that could possible roaming free, the book is very generic. The story is told in the dual narrative between our young Sunai Monster name Agust Flynn and looking-for-parental-attetion Kate Harker. Normally I would consider Kate Harker, as a strong female character who would do anything to go where she needs to, instead she’s really not. She is attempting to be another version of herself, the self that she needs to draw on for the variety of different situations she’s currently facing at that time. When readers are first introduced to Kate, she’s in the process of burning down a chapel to ensure her success rate of being expelled from yet another private school. All of her attempts to get expelled from these schools are to ensure that she finally goes home to V city to be with her father. Oh, you need to read this book and see the irony of that situation! Trust me it’s pure “wtf” irony!

I did not connect with Kate because I am not about to fall in love with a character that only does what she wants to meet her own ends. She has an attitude that says clearly states, Do What I Want or Else! I understand that Kate is going through a lot within her own personal life, but attempting to get Daddy’s attention by showing others around you, that you can be just as ruthless tyrant like your father just isn’t within Kate’s personality. Gladly she does earn her inner strength within do course of the novel. By the end of the novel I was really glad to see this NEWEST version of KATE instead of the Kate that would have best served her father’s end goals or means. The character that I enjoyed most was August. Now I have to say I might have falling in love with August because of his name, and the fact that he plays a violin.

August Flynn is like Jon Snow from Game of Thrones he doesn’t say much, but does have a lot of action that show his inner personality. it will take a while for you to get to know August Flynn, the time is well worth it. He’s a sunni teen. His birth is unknown because monsters are not “born” they just appear from existence. Throughout the novel August tries to figure out what names him different from his other Brother and Sister Sunai. He constantly thinking about what makes him, him. How to keep himself from losing his humanity as he also struggles to understand what is it to be human. August can not eat food, or rather he can not savor food because it all taste like nothing. His talent with the violin comes with a cost since his demonic powers causes sinner souls to be revealed, thus becoming his meal. I thought this process was creative. Sunai also cannot be photographed since because their once beautiful eyes would appear to be a smudged line on photographs.

The plot in the first novel was very generic within the YA book scene, yet I have no doubt that this book series is going to be amazing. I do not judge the series based on the first book. I feel like the first book to any series is the author trying to stress in great detail the true limitations, character relationships, character growth, along with world budding of the environment before they truly reveal of what the real trials and tribulations are for the main characters!

I’m really glad I received this book from Owlcrate, I’m really happy to have read this series, and I am truly excited to see what happens next for our curl haired violin, soul eating favorite Sunai boy August Flynn!

About Victoria Schwab

Victoria “V.E.” 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 currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and when she is not wandering in search of buried treasure, fairy tales, and good tea, she’s tucked in a cafe, dreaming up monsters.

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