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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

rocio07's review against another edition

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dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5

khakipantsofsex's review against another edition

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adventurous dark

4.0

taylorreadsbooks's review against another edition

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4.0

“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”


Quick, someone needs to pour a bucket of water on Owlcrate and Victoria Schwab because they are both on fire! Ok that was stupid but seriously.. This Savage Song was Owlcrate’s book for July and they killed it with their Good vs. Evil box. And Victoria Schwab… I adore her writing. Her world building is amazing and not just for This Savage Song, but in all of her other works as well. ( I just finished A Gathering of Shadows and I am DYING for A Conjuring of Light!)

I loved this book, it was so hard to put it down and when I had to (for adulting purposes of course) I kept thinking about it. And I kept thinking about it even when I was finished. In This Savage Song you are thrown into this world of humans and monsters, you find out little by little as you read how this world works, how it came to be the way it is and the rules to living. It really keeps you involved in the story, I was dying for answers. I wanted to know everything about this world. Where it was in relation to our present day United States, when in the timeline of the world we know did the monsters come to be, just everything! I give away the answers because I don’t want to spoil anything. So you are thrown into this world of humans and monsters in a city split into two. You have three types of monsters – The Corsai who lurk in the darkness and will eat your flesh. The blood drinking Malchai who walk around almost passing for human and the rarest of the three the Sunai. They can steal your soul with a single song. Told from two POV – Kate Harker the daughter of the ruler of North City and August Flynn a Sunai Monster working for the good of South City. August doesn’t want to be a monster and Kate wants her father to see she isn’t a little girl anymore, she’s a Harker. The best thing about this book is that even though we have a male and female as our main characters we have no romance and NO LOVE TRIANGLE! Can I get a HALLELUJAH! I’m all for a cute YA romance every now and then but it seems like we get one in every book and this was a nice break. August is a monster but he doesn’t want to be. He came into existence in the wake of a monstrously violent act that killed many 4 years before our story begins. Now he lives and works with adoptive family. He feeds by doling out justice to those who have done the worst of the worst.

“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”

He is the least monstrous character I have ever read. Kate Harker has bounced around from boarding school to boarding school doing the worst she can do to get kicked out and sent home. Home to V-City and her father. She finally gets her wish a returns home to her father, his empire and all of her ghosts. Being Harker’s daughter gets her a lot of attention, some good most bad. She has perfected her tough girl exterior and wont take crap or kissing up from anyone. These characters were very well written. All of them were! The secondary characters were huge in this book. My favorites being Ilsa and their cat Allegro :)

I really really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it! I can’t wait for Our Dark Duet and I’m actually pretty pumped that this is only a duology. Normally I would love getting more of the story with a trilogy, but with the way Victory Schwab ended this story I don’t think we need 2 more books. One will suffice and I need it now please.

“I read somewhere,” said Kate, “that people are made of stardust.”

He dragged his eyes from the sky. “Really?”

“Maybe that’s what you’re made of. Just like us.”

And despite everything, August smiled.”

roseybot's review against another edition

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5.0

V.E. Schwab and I have a rocky past. I always feel like I should love her and never quite do. GUESS WHAT THE STREAK IS BROKEN, I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE.

More later maybe?

debbie2232's review against another edition

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5.0

This book was fantastic! So many twists and turns! I was immediately hooked into this story and I really need to buy the second book!!! That ending got me shook tho!!

jessicadnguyen's review against another edition

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4.0

I really loved the world she crafted in this book and that's what kept me reading (trying to learn more about the actual nuances of the world and its monsters). At times, it was predictable but it did not make the book any less enjoyable for me. Can't wait to read the next in the series.

viventrelinhas's review against another edition

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dark sad

5.0

riosrm1015's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark funny mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

orionoconnell's review against another edition

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5.0

Content warnings for lots of gore and violence.

An incredible read from beginning to end. The characters were beautifully balanced and fully fleshed out, the story unique, and the world-building spot on. This is the kind of book a potential author aspires to write.
If I dig hard enough, I might critique a couple of the characters for seeming very black-and-white, or, all evil or all good, one dimensional, but it's easy to brush over when both of the main characters in this are fully fleshed out, fully human characters that you want to follow to the ends of the Earth.
This was a 400 page book that got finished in a day, and if it wasn't 6:30 AM, you'd better believe I'd pick up the second one.
Definitely one I'll come back to, and one I hope to see adapted to the big screen in one way or another as well.

areen's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious

3.5

I liked the premise and the world but overall it was disappointing.
SpoilerI expected there to be commentary on who's the actual monster but everything was laid so simply that I felt there was such a missed opportunity. Kate's reason for hating her mother and her personality wasn't explained that well other than she just... misremembers the incident? it felt like an excuse to make her an almost unhinged unstable mc. there was no romance, but I'd dislike forced feelings more so I didn't mind how it was handled. the story also just goes over so quickly and around the same group of people that it felt too simple.