This Savage Song / V.E. Schwab / Titan Books / 2016 / ISBN 978178562745 / 407 Pages / Young Adult
Book Blurb –
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the inhabitants pay for his protection. August just wants to be human, as good-hearted as his own father – but his curse is to be what the humans fear. The thin truce that keeps the Harker’s and Flynn families at peace is crumbling, and an assassination attempt forces Kate and August into a tenuous alliance. But how long will they survive in a city where no one is safe and monsters are real…
My Thoughts –
I found this book at a LifeLife Book Fair at the beginning of this year. The cover picture was familiar to me, but not the story, so for a lot less than it is in the shops I grabbed it before anyone else could. And I am so glad that I did. I really liked this book, didn’t so much love it, but really liked it.
So, the story is about two families, rivals, fighting for the survival of their people, a bit like Romeo and Juliet really. Kate Harker is one kick arse chick with some real father issues, mainly the fact that he doesn’t even know that his own daughter is alive and well is awesome. August Flynn is anything but human and wants nothing more than to be human. With a city full of monster, divided between the two families, tension is rising and just one single thing could turn years of demanding work to create peace into a war zone again. Within it, monsters, the deadliest you can imagine, some evil, some trying to make-up for their kind. Others just trying to live in an unliveable world.
“The moment August played, everything eased. The headache loosened and the fever calmed, the tension went out of his limbs and the sound of gunshots n his head – which had become a constant static – finally ceased as the melody slid out and twined through the room” page 128.
I really liked this book. I thought the concept of it was new and fresh. The whole idea driving the story was unique too. The alternating between Kate and August’s point of view with every chapter was a bit annoying at first but then I got used to it. I loved the themes of family and individuality that were played strongly throughout the book were great too.
I didn’t like the length of the book. The pacing was off and by half way I kind of just wanted it to be over. I feel like a lot of it was long winded and over written. The concept I get needed to be nutted out and the reader really needed some information to understand and picture the world, but there is a lot of background and world building. I think the book could have been split in two and it still would have worked.
Even saying that, I still want to read the next book.
If you like freaky monsters, heroes and villains, then this is the book for you.
I give this book 4.0 out of 5 Booky Stars!
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