Greenwillow Books, 2016
Audience: All Teens
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.
Well, I’m sad to say this wasn’t my favorite Victoria Schwab book. As much as I loved The Near Witch and A Darker Shade of Magic, I couldn’t bring myself to love This Savage Song. I missed too many important details in the beginning, I didn’t like the characters, and the monsters didn’t impress me. Note to self: Don’t try to read the sequel. Note to everyone else: Victoria Schwab is still an awesome writer and you should read as much of her work as you can.