This Savage Song | Review

Title: This Savage Song (Monster of Verity #1)

Author: Victoria Shwab

Genre Themes: Realistic Fantasy, Futuristic, Alternate Reality?, Bloody, Violent, Crime, War

Date Published: July 5th, 2016

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Buy: This Savage Song

Synopsis:  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, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.

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.

I got this book in the July (I think) Owlcrate Box.

I really love this cover! And the song on the back cover was really cool (and stuck in my head for, like, three days).


This was my first Victoria Shwab book, and I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to.

It took me a while to warm up to Kate, who was our human protagonist. I didn’t really like her at first, and by the end, I was more tolerating her than anything. I didn’t particularly love or hate her – she was just kinda eh. I did enjoy hearing her backstory, and kind of figuring out the mystery of her past.

August, on the other hand, I loved from the beginning. I can’t even say why – I just liked him. I liked his sister Ilsa as well – as for Leo, well…


It was very well written, and very engaging. I like Victoria Shwab’s writing style, and the overall tone she puts into her books. I would be really interested to know how she comes up with these monsters.


I thought that it was a stand-alone originally, so I found to romance to be underwhelming. Turns out, it’s a series, so I’m giving it a little leeway.

And to be honest, while I would have liked more romance, the story was fine without it. Still crossing my fingers for book two though!


When the second book comes out, I will definitely read it, but it’s not consuming my life or anything.

I’m interesting in what you guys think as well! I know this is a really loved author and book, so what were your opinions? Also, did anyone else love the song on the back cover?


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