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This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab

mortalmelusina's review

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2.0

I really don't know what happened here, this book sounded great in concept and started off just fine. I'm not sure when it happened but somewhere around halfway this book just started to flounder. Have you ever read a book which had a seemingly great concept, like the setting and the background were great but for the life of you, you can't figure out why the author chose to go in the direction they did. I personally feel that's what happened here with this book.

The background to this is great, one city - divided into two halves, each side ran by one man with two entirely different strategies, both trying to keep their citizens safe from the monster that roam. The book follows two teens, he's from the south city, and she's originally from north city but returning after many years away, as they enter the same school. His task - follow her.

Right there is the start to a great book, but to me personally this novel was on a great course but Schwab took us way off road veering into oncoming traffic. (bad book joke) Toward the end the book dissolved into cliche after cliche and kind of "easy solutions" to wrap the whole thing up, I felt the ending was poor and didn't really resolve anything. It felt more like someone took this great birthday gift and started to wrap it up but got tired so they tossed it in a bag and called it a day.

This is obviously just how I personally felt about the book, I'm also very picky and I'm not the worlds best reviewer but those are just my thoughts.

liomane's review against another edition

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2.0

Overall Consensus: This book really embodied the spirit of "okay". Everything about it was not bad, but not great either. It was still relatively enjoyable, but nothing really stood out. August and Kate are decent characters. I appreciated how Kate's characterization was handled. She was given more depth than most bad bitch female protagonists, but like everything else in the book, her character wasn't explored well enough. August is a less extreme character, and quite poorly written. I kept reading monologues about how he wanted to be more human, but not enough about his actual character. The plot was quite flat for the dystopian setting, but the execution was alright. The writing is pretty fluid and easy to read. The world-building isn't super creative, but it works. Very middle-of-the-stack book for me.

blawson06's review

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5.0

This was no ADSOM, but it was still pretty phenomenal!!!!

leahsbooks's review against another edition

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4.0

Rounded up to 4.5 stars.

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TRIGGER WARNING: arson, gore, death of a parent, suicide, murder

Welcome to the future — it’s a post-apocalyptic version of the United States that’s broken into large cities that rule themselves in varying states of lawlessness. The story takes place in Verity, one of the major cities that’s held together by a tenuous truce between two ruling families, the Harkers and the Flynns.
“Twelve years since the Phenomenon, when violence started taking shape, and V-City fell apart. Six years since the truce that put it back together, not as one city, but two.”

The story centers around two morally gray characters: Kate, who is human but strives to behave like a monster, and August, who is a monster that strives to be human. They are both driven by the desire to please their parents, while fighting against factors beyond their control.

Verity in itself is a dangerous place to be. It’s populated by humans, but also by three types of monsters:

“Corsai fed on flesh and bone, Malchai on blood, and whose it was meant nothing to them. But the Sunai could feed only on sinners. That’s what set them apart.”

Kate and August cross paths, and quickly become involved in a situation that only they can see the truth of. And they are the only ones that they can solve.

The book was fast-paced and I loved the story. It was unique and intriguing right from the start. It’s told from the POV of both Kate and August, and the voice of both characters are so different that I never struggled with figuring out who was speaking. The plot twists were shocking and completely unexpected. I definitely appreciated that the book ended with a definite sense of closure, while also leaving me with the sense that there’s plenty more to the story. I’m looking forward to reading the final book in this duology to see where this story goes.

stephhreads's review against another edition

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4.0

Dark and grim, but undeniably entertaining. Full of action and monsters and the story kept me reading. I really like the concept: that violent crimes spawn physical manifestations of evil in the form of monsters, so that even unpunished crimes have real consequences. I didn't feel very emotionally invested in the characters, but I definitely felt the suspense of this dark, monstrous world.

As far as Schwab's books go, I would it put it on par with [b:A Darker Shade of Magic|22055262|A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)|V.E. Schwab|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1400322851s/22055262.jpg|40098252] in terms of entertainment value. This Savage Song has more of an immediate hook than [b:A Darker Shade of Magic|22055262|A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)|V.E. Schwab|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1400322851s/22055262.jpg|40098252], but doesn't feel quite as unique. I definitely like it more than [b:The Archived|10929432|The Archived (The Archived, #1)|Victoria Schwab|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1338729878s/10929432.jpg|15846509], but it's not as good of a story as [b:Vicious|13638125|Vicious (Villains, #1)|V.E. Schwab|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1362495700s/13638125.jpg|19250870].

daisy07x17's review

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5.0

UH HUH. YEP. THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE ONE!!!!! YEP

lisashelves's review against another edition

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5.0

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

jemimaslife's review against another edition

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4.0

Rating changed from 4.25 to 4 stars.

I read the final 161 pages in one afternoon. This never happens. I can barely read 100 pages in a day.

lauribooks's review against another edition

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4.0

Madre mía, me ha gustado mucho. No me lo esperaba porque el principio me parecía demasiado lento y me pilló un parón lector de por medio, pero al final lo he leído en tres sentadas.
Sinceramente,creo que la autora tiene una mente fantástica, me parece un mundo muy original y, sin embargo, siento que Victoria Schwab no ha querido mostrárnoslo todo en un solo libro y que en el segundo lo ampliará mucho.
Los personajes me han parecido muy completos, se mueven en una escala de grises que me llama mucho la atencion, no son ni buenos ni malos. También espero que la autora los desarrolle más en la continuación, porque siento que solo hemos visto la punta del iceberg.
Es el primer libro que leo de la autora y tengo muy claro que no va a ser el último.

quartzroses's review

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5.0

Um excuse me but if it wasn't clear after the Shades of Magic trio that I need to read everything that Victoria Schwab has written or will ever write then it is CRYSTAL now.

This is such a refreshing story with well developed characters and incredible world building. Can't wait to start the next one!