Book Review – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

 This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publish Date: July 5, 2016
# of Pages: 464
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


(From Goodreads) 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.


Rating (1-10, 10 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 8
Pace – 7
Plot Development – 8
Ending – 9
Characters – 7
Enjoyability – 8
Ease of Reading – 8

Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab is a story of monsters and darkness, where shadows kill and a song can steal a soul.

I really enjoyed this book! After hearing about it for so long, I’m glad I finally picked it up.

The writing was great and engaging. I read this book quickly–I didn’t want to put it down. I thought the pace of the book was molasses slow the first quarter of the book, but it quickly picked up thereafter and continued at a consistent clip.

The story is simply fantastic and had the ringings of a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I liked the plot immensely and enjoyed the interactions between Kate, August and their respective families. The three groups of monsters were also fun to learn about. What a creepy imaginative world the author came up with!

I really liked the ending, mostly because it leaves so many questions that will (hopefully) be answers in Our Dark Duet. I’m eager to find out what happens next with Kate and August. Do the monsters win? What makes a monster a monster . . . ?

The character development of the book was decent, though I would have liked to see more depth in Kate and August’s characters. I want to know more about them–what do they think and feel? What makes them tick? That said, they’re still compelling characters, and I was rooting for them the entire book.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. It’s well worth your time if this is your genre of choice.


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

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27 thoughts on “Book Review – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

  1. Glad you liked this! It was a fun read, although I wasn’t really attached to Kate or August, even in book 2. There’s something about the characters in Schwab’s writing that is fun to read about, but I can’t really connect or relate or care about too much.

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  2. I am not in love with this author, usually, I have high expectations and the reading in the end reveal itself as disappointing, but with this book I went lucky, because I really liked this one and I hope to read the next soon, too, so I am glad that you enjoyed it, too 🙂

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