This Savage Song Book Review
4.5/ 5 Stars Synopsis: Just in case you haven't checked it out on GoodReads yet, This Savage Song is basically a duology about a world full of monsters and the war that is about to break out. The book focuses on a city called Verity. There are 3 types of monsters- the Malachi, Coursai, and the Sunai. Kate's father, Harker rules one side while August's father, Flynn, rules the other. Both teens end up at the same school. but something happens that forms an alliance, bringing a monster hunter's daughter and a monster together. That is pretty much all I can really say without giving too much away. Read to find out more!
LEAVE NOW TO AVOID THE SPOILER-ISH SECTION! WHILE THERE AREN'T HUGE SPOILERS HERE THERE ARE STILL SOME! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Wow.. this book really started off with a bang. I mean, Kate burned down a school, well more of the school's chapel to go back home to live with her father. Seriously? I laughed so much about that. What do I need to do to go live with dad? Lets burn down a chapel. Maybe he will stop sending me away then! LOL. Schwab builds such an amazing world, with beautiful characters, has amazing writing, and such a wonderful original story. She really made me feel like Verity was a second home-- one that I really wouldn't want to live in myself but still.
There were so many great action scenes, and I don't mean the ones where so-and-so punches Paco in the stomach, who barely feels the punch but has enough energy to dodge in a certain way and strike back so quickly( No, I don't know where Paco came from. It just happened). No, these scenes are super fun to read and very realistic. They keep you on your toes. In fact, I even found myself holding my breath at parts I didn't think either of the characters were going to make it through (i.e like the last 50 pages!).
I thoroughly enjoyed the themes of this book. Interpret it as you will, but I took the theme to be that monsters are born of chaos and violence. Which is SUPER COOL and very true. I think that relates to a lot of what we deal with nowadays. The book is rooted on the idea of friendships meaning more than we think they do and NOT romance, which I find incredibly refreshing. (I don't know if any of you have read my "Emmy and Oliver" book review, or even if there is any of you, but I am a bit fed up with YA romance. It seems to find it's way into every. single. story. I don't like that. Maybe it's because I am not a huge romantic person. I mean I am, but I am 21 and have only ever dated 2 guys in my lifetime. Things just don't come that easily. Okay, rant over. Back to the review)
It was great seeing August and Kate come together in the end and watch their friendship blossom. I mean Kate is a monster hunter. Her father protects most of the city and frightens most of it's people. Her family is very well-known. But she still finds a way to befriend a monster. August, a Sunai, doesnt want to be a monster. He wants to be so much more. He is literally this beautiful soul, whom i want to wrap in my arms (and bubble wrap) and keep him safe from the dangers of the world. He is tired of always being told he will be nothing more than a monster, but that doesn't keep him from longing and wanting to PROVE himself to be more.
Can we take a second to talk about how cool the Sunai are? They play music, whether that is an actual instrument or they sing like Ilsa, to lure out the red soul of sinners and merely drink them, leaving nothing behind but lifeless bodies with scorched eyes. (If I were a monster, I would totally want to be a Sunai). My heart literally broke when he went "dark". August had fought against that side so hard but amazingly, he was able to control himself and still do good. So perhaps, maybe not all monsters are bad...
Seriously, a GREAT book, an AMAZING plot, a BEAUTIFUL author. I cannot wait to dive into more books she has written. I haven't been left craving more of an authors works since I read Confess by Colleen Hoover last year. Bravo to you Ms. Schwab! I cannot say it enough, PICK UP THIS BOOK!