Title: This Savage Song
Author: V E Schwab
First published: 2016
Edition: Paperback, published by Titan in 2016
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 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.
I enjoyed this one. It took me a while to read it, but that was not the book’s fauly.
I was engaged from the beginning and I liked both Kate and August, the main characters, well enough. I really liked the way this world was set up and the mechanics of it. The concept certainly felt pretty original and different. However, I felt it could have been a bit more fleshed out.
I think that is how I felt about this book as a whole. I really enjoyed it, but despite it’s distinctive world, it simply felt a bit predictable and at times I felt like it was simply going through the motions a little bit. I am not quite sure why I feel that way, as I enjoyed what I was reading, but nothing felt surprising or particularly sticks out now I have finished it.
Overall, I really did like the writing itself. I will definitely be reading the second book in this duology and I am sure I will try another on of this author’s series in the future.
5 out of 7 stars