Synopsis: 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.
Eden: Ugh. This book was brilliant. I think by now most people know I am obsessed with two authors. The first is Sarah J. Maas because she is a beautiful brilliant soul that writes incredible stories. The second is my girl V.E. Schwab because she is SO talented. No joke, I’ve read four books by her now and every single one of them has been completely different not just in topic/genre but also in writing style. She’s incredibly talented and just has a knack for putting together stories that have a bit of magic about them. Note to Schwab: If you’re ever looking for someone to read your books and compliment you all day, just send me an email. I gave This Savage Song a 5/5 rating.
Caitlynn: This is my first V.E. Schwab book and boy am I glad. This Savage Song was…savage. Everything in the story was perfect and I appreciated that it introduced a whole new set of characters into the YA world. I haven’t read many books lately with actual monsters so it definitely was a nice change of pace for me. Schwab definitely knows her stuff and I can’t wait to get to Vicious which is next on my TBR list and I CANNOT wait. I gave this book an overall 4.5/5, I can’t precisely put my finger on what it was missing for that 5 mark but when I figure it out, I will let you know.
Jenn: I love V.E. Schwab, like seriously. Like Eden I’ve read quite a few of her books. This is my 4th book by her and the third YA book by her. I adored this book. That being said I didn’t give it 5 stars. I know, I know that’s sac relige. But, while the characters had all of the charm and appeal as the characters in Schwab’s other novels I didn’t get the same connection. I was as emotionally invested in this book as I was in Vicious and The Archived. That being said I am really excited for the next book in this series and I think that problem will be solved in it. I liked it a lot. Overall, it was a 4/5 star read for me.
DISCUSSION & SPOILERS AHEAD: If you haven’t read This Savage Song and plan to read it, it would be best not to read anymore.
Caitlynn: I LOVED This Savage Song.
Caitlynn: I loved it but for some reason I think I gave it 4.5 stars. I don’t know why. There was just something about it that wouldn’t allow me to give it five stars.
Eden: Oh, I five-stared the fuck out of it.
Caitlynn: I don’t know. I just felt like it was missing something. I think I may be in a reading slump.
Eden: That’s a fair rating though. For me this was really good because I love that V.E. Schwab can show us 20 different sides to her writing. Vicious is so different from A Darker Shade of Magic as A Darker Shade of Magic is so different from This Savage Song.
Jenn: I didn’t like this as much I liked Vicious, The Unbound and The Archived.
Eden: Really? Why?
Jenn: I just didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I did in the other books. I liked them and I was intrigued by them but I didn’t feel a connection emotionally towards them.
Eden: See that was the opposite for me. I always felt the characters in The Archived were a bit annoying whereas in This Savage Song I quite liked Kate and August.
Jenn: I loved them as characters but they didn’t show enough vulnerability to allow me to connect to them on the level I wish I had. We never really got inside there heads and I just wanted that. It would have made it perfect for me.
Eden: I felt the same way but then I remembered that this is a series and that maybe it was purposeful. Especially in the editing process.
Jenn: I would give it four stars even without that connection because the storyline and world building was incredible. It made up for the lack of vulnerability within the characters.
Eden: V.E. Schwab is such an amazing writing though. There isn’t a book she’s written that I’ve disliked. Also I’m really glad I didn’t have to rush through this book.
Caitlynn: It was just such a natural read. It was so easy.
Eden: The pacing was perfect. I was genuinely happy with the pacing.
Caitlynn: That’s partially why I’m so upset. I honestly can’t figure out why I gave it four stars. It’s so hard to put it into words.
Eden: How did you guys feel about Kate and August together?
Jenn: I just liked them as partners, you know?
Eden: Yeah. I was like they could get together and I would be cool with it. But I loved their pairing.
Caitlynn: They’d be a good shadowhunter pair.
Jenn: It wouldn’t hurt for them to be in a relationship. I don’t think it would make it better though. They work as they are.
Eden: I don’t think it would make it better but I also don’t think it would make it worse.
Jenn: I loved the sister — Ilsa. Also my favorite part was how they were made.
Caitlynn: I loved Ilsa!
Eden: I wanted them to go more into the backstories of the monsters.
Jenn: I just thought it was so interesting that the Sunai were created from massive tragedies like school shootings and bombings. It was so insane.
Caitlynn: Yeah. My biggest thing was how they were made. It was so ridiculous. I loved it.
Eden: Yeah, I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series.