This Savage Song by V.E Schwab

“She cracked a smile. “So what’s your poison?”

He sighed dramatically, and let the truth tumble off his tongue. “Life.”

“Ah,” she said ruefully. “That’ll kill you.”


“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.” 


HOLY MOLY, that was one heck of a ride and a brilliant story! I have never fallen in love with an author’s writing as quick as I did with V.E Schwab and This Savage Song (my first Schwab novel). This review is going to be absolutely filled with praise for this story as I honestly felt like there isn’t a single bad thing I could write about this book. I absolutely loved how creative and original the storyline to This Savage Song was, it had a fantastic, modern and dystopian vibe that really brought to life Verity City. I have never read a book about monsters before as I am more of a true crime (although they’re technically monsters aren’t they?) person along with contemporary etc. This is my first dose of a completely different genre that I really dig! Fantasy is a genre that I haven’t really had a chance to delve in while reading YA and let me tell you I am loving it! 

Kate and August were brilliant characters and I really loved the way that they interacted with each other. They developed a very strong friendship that I hope becomes something more in the next story. I am glad that they weren’t rushed into a romance straight away, it was really refreshing just to see them have a protective friendship with one another. I loved August’s compassion and his loyalty/honesty and I loved Kate’s strength, resolve and dedication to being a good person. I loved how they grew and developed alongside one another. I am really interested in seeing how they grow in This Dark Duet. I also really loved August’s sister Isla, her story sounds very intriguing and I hope to see more of her in the sequel. 

This book blew my mind, I loved it so much! I was really disappointed in myself that I didn’t also buy Our Dark Duet at the same time so I could just start it straight away. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for brilliant storytelling and character development that just warms your heart. Please give this a read!

About the Author

Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”


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