This Savage Song

This Savage Song[KINDLE] ✾ This Savage Song ❂ Victoria Schwab – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk 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 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 This Savage MOBI :¿ whether to become heroes or villains and friends or enemies with the future of their home at stake The first of two booksKate 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. She liked the idea that there were a hundred different Kates, living a hundred different lives Maybe in one of them, there were no monsters. 3 1 2 stars Okay, listen I feel like I shouldn t like this book Compare this world to the marvelous multiple Londons, crossdressing pirates and evil twin rulers of the author s A Darker Shade of Magic, and hell, does it pale in comparison But screw it this was dark, monstrous fun Thing is, there are those books you read and you know they are good She liked the idea that there were a hundred different Kates, living a hundred different lives Maybe in one of them, there were no monsters. 3 1 2 stars Okay, listen I feel like I shouldn t like this book Compare this world to the marvelous multiple Londons, crossdressing pirates and evil twin rulers of the author s A Darker Shade of Magic, and hell, does it pale in comparison But screw it this was dark, monstrous fun Thing is, there are those books you read and you know they are good in an objective way or as close as is possible You can t help but appreciate them This author is way smarter than me, you think But that s it You don t stay up late reading chapter after chapter because you need to know what happens You don t really care.And then there are those books you know are not actually that amazing The writing is decent, the world is not that unique, but you just can t put them down That s the difference between a good book and an enjoyable one For me, This Savage Song was the latter a pageturning paranormal thriller with creepy monster rhymes, betrayals and an evil cliffhanger at the end of most of the chapters I both love and hate when authors do that don t they understand I need to sleep Yes, this is a world of monsters the flesh eating Corsai, the blood drinking Malchai, and the rarest, most mysterious of all the soul stealing SunaiCorsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,Shadow and bone will eat you rawClassic horror movies have made my skin instantly crawl at those creepy rhymes view spoiler my old favourite beingOne, two, Freddie s coming for you three, four, better lock your doorhide spoiler In fact, I found parts of this book really scary Schwab writes some tense scenes, the terror rising in the darkness as the situation growshopeless and the monsters creep ever closer did I mention I need sleep Damn, it was thrilling.Yes, I realize I m sayingabout how this book made me feel, not what actually happens Probably because, like I said at the beginning, the story and world don t sound that unique The monsters part is interesting, but it bugs me that this book has some dystopian aspects it really should have just been a paranormal novel, instead of painting in some vague dysto US background this the male female perspectives brewing social unrest Legend by Marie Lu Fortunately, I liked both characters and the third person narrative I also liked that the book had a male and a female protagonist but with no romance I liked the ending a nice wrap up with a little bit of evil to keep us waiting for the next installment I liked that I didn t see some things coming, and I thought it was a testament to the author s characterization that I was really affected by something that happened to a minor character.But mostly I liked the storytelling This Savage Song won t be winning any originality awards It won t change the world, or even the face of YA But it was compelling, intriguing and just the right amount of creepy I need the second book.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store ETA I just did my final, final read through of this book, and I have to say, it was a messy road, and a long revision, but I am really freaking proud of the result ETA IT HAS A COVER Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.This is the strangest book I ve ever written I love it It s the story of two teens in a broken world, where violent acts breed actual monsters Some are shadows with teeth that feed on flesh and bone Some are corpses that feed on blood And some can ETA I just did my final, final read through of this book, and I have to say, it was a messy road, and a long revision, but I am really freaking proud of the result ETA IT HAS A COVER Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.This is the strangest book I ve ever written I love it It s the story of two teens in a broken world, where violent acts breed actual monsters Some are shadows with teeth that feed on flesh and bone Some are corpses that feed on blood And some can pass for human Those feed on souls It s the story of Kate Harker, the only daughter of a crime boss, and August Flynn, the son of a man trying to hold his city together She s a human who wants to be a monster, and he s a monster who wishes he were human.It s dark, and violent, and existential, and the whole thing was inspired by a line from VICIOUS Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human 8.3.15 EDITED TO ADD And the official title isTHIS SAVAGE SONG Why song Remember when I said that August was a monster He s not just any kind of monster, but one of only three soul eaters in the city And these rare creatures he wouldn t like that word use music to bring the souls of their prey to surface But it sthan that This book isn t a solo It s a duet A song played by two very different teens trying to survive a very broken world There are moments of discord, and a few of harmony, and through it all, they have to keep the melody alive Full video review can be found here went into this knowing I would love it, but I m leaving it loving it eventhan I expected to I m constantly impressed by Schwab s ability to create such unique stories The two main characters had such a fantastic dynamic I loved seeing their interactions The story itself left me wantingI m sososo happy that we get another book with August Kate Also I really want August Kate to meet up with Mackenzie Wes Full video review can be found here went into this knowing I would love it, but I m leaving it loving it eventhan I expected to I m constantly impressed by Schwab s ability to create such unique stories The two main characters had such a fantastic dynamic I loved seeing their interactions The story itself left me wantingI m sososo happy that we get another book with August Kate Also I really want August Kate to meet up with Mackenzie Wesley D For a book with such an epic setting, this one is quite generic The setting is pretty awesome, I mean, imagine a post apocalyptic world where monsters roam freeCorsai, 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 soulHell, one of our protagonists is a monster himself But outside of the setting itself, I found this book emotionless and justrather d For a book with such an epic setting, this one is quite generic The setting is pretty awesome, I mean, imagine a post apocalyptic world where monsters roam freeCorsai, 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 soulHell, one of our protagonists is a monster himself But outside of the setting itself, I found this book emotionless and justrather dull.First, the main character Kate Flynn Insert cookie cutter YA bad ass chick here Me, I would call her a bitch There is a difference between a strong, fierce female character, and one who is a rebellious jerk just for the sake of being one I disliked her from the first page, as she ruthlessly set fire to a school run by nuns for the grand, noble reason of I don t want to be here The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn t angry or drunk She was desperate.Burning down the church was really a last resort she d already broken a girl s nose, smoked in the dormitories, cheated on her first exam, and verbally harassed three of the nuns. Yeah No I want a character with inner strength I don t want a character who does whatever the fuck she wants just to get her own way.The male character isn t all that great either He s one of those emo, martyred, tortured souls that one seems to find sooooooooooo wonderful and so poetic sigh and love so much when one is 12 years old Then one grows up and realize that hearing your partner whine about how his life sucks all the time is stupid and depressing as fuck Honestly, I felt like both of the characters had no personality at all A well written character rises from the paper, make me feel connected to them, make me feeeeeeeeeeeel things JON SNOWThese characters are just flat.The storytelling was not to my tastes I have not read Schwab s books before I tried reading the acclaimed The Archive and gave up within the first chapters a few years ago Now I remember why There is nothing wrong with her writing It is quite good, in fact, it just doesn t tell a story that interested me It s not the type of narrative and storytelling that pulled me in I can only explain this as a matter of book chemistry, and her style of writing did not mesh with me Taking only 5 out of Ilsa s so many and putting them hereFull review on my Blog The Dacian She WolfPlenty of humans are monstrous and plenty of monsters know how to play at being humanThe synopsis of the book makes me feel like I am being held in a winery basement listening to a dark classical orchestra while in dystopian times and I am not complainingThis Savage Songis the first book of Victoria Schwab s duology,Monsters of VerityProbably, I would ve picked this book u Taking only 5 out of Ilsa s so many and putting them hereFull review on my Blog The Dacian She WolfPlenty of humans are monstrous and plenty of monsters know how to play at being humanThe synopsis of the book makes me feel like I am being held in a winery basement listening to a dark classical orchestra while in dystopian times and I am not complainingThis Savage Songis the first book of Victoria Schwab s duology,Monsters of VerityProbably, I would ve picked this book up by some point in life and read it, but if it wasn t for the book club I am part of, probably it would ve been much later in my life I would ve done a huge mistake.The concept of the book came to me like a slap on my cheek I wasn t expecting any of that Now I understand why there are so many humans obsessed with Schwab s works I get you, people I get you It s okay I am part of you now Let us suffer the beauty of Schwab s mind together The book is so messy and packed with action that I just have to admit that I still didn t understand it properly, but that didn t stop me from actually loving it, which is such a hypocrite thing to say, but after all, we don t understand life either, but we re still living it to the fullest every day, even if we like it or not.Now, agreeing that I didn t understand the book, but I loved it to the fullest, which is a stupid concept but you ll pardon me for that, let s get to the part where I explain to you what I felt about it What got to me.The V City is divided into two sides the North City and the South City, separated by a truce line called the Seam, each part ruled by another family in the North, there is Harker in the South, there is Flynn.I liked the way the two rulers were presented Callum Harker as a true cult leader, cold and ruthless, insensitive, a Godfather in dystopia, and Henry Flynn as a leader of the people, trying to help, trying to prevent, being there to protect, not to attack kind hearted and somehow vulnerable.The main characters of the book are the children of the two leaders Kate Harker, a girl who suffered so much in order to find her own way and August Flynn, one of the only three Sunai monsters of the Flynn family.There is a whole story about how Kate and August meet and blah I am not going to talk about that there s everything you need to know about that in the book Instead, I would like to dissect the characters of Kate and August just a bit And their beautiful friendshipI don t want to be a monster You re not, she said, the words automatic, but as she said it, Kate realised that she believed it, too I don t know and don t care, but I love Kate and somehow I relate to her badass self, not that I am any of that, but because I also tend to be a bit rude sometimes What I love most about Kate is her determination to fight until the last breath and her bright mind, restless and ready any time to make connections She s a fierce girl, but craving for a soul to be around to, to accept her and tell her she s enough She can be confident, but she s so broken that she only needs someone to reassure her of that And that someone is August Flynn August Flynn is a weird boy Maybe because he is not a boy, he s a monster, but apart from his habit of feeding himself out of sinful souls, to me, he is very human He s a thinker He s a loner He s so weird that he is sweet But he is strong and he is good and wants to do only good, but the fact that he is what he is, does not always come easy to him I can only see August as a sweet boy, sorry if I do not resonate with your opinions There is something about him that makes me feel content and make me like him as if he were real Maybe this is his burning desire to be something else, to be someone he s not But, after all, isn t this a thing we all desire at some point To be someone we re notyet Now, all I can say is that this is the first one of the Schwab s works that I read and I truly and deeply declare myself a fan She s brilliant and her style is mesmerizing And the idea of the book is something that is just selling it off I love music, everyone does It has become a thing as necessary in one s life as air and water I, for instance, cannot function on a daily basis without listening to music Because music feels like life itself.I cannot help it and I make a very obvious line between this book and my life Or life in general Maybe it would come to you a bit cheesy but it s damn true And I d be very curious to find out how many of you actually felt the same way as I did I used to make music in order to keep myself on track I used to make music in order to ease the reality I used to make music in order to fight my monstersbecause let s face it, we all have our own personalised monsters.But of course, even monsters can pass as humans It is only in the eyes of the beholder if you let them be or discard them as beings Ah, and also In case you are wondering, stop wondering Callum Harker won the prize for the lamest father in the galaxy Spread the word Book styled REREAD JUNE 2017Because one must reread the most beautiful and dark and deliciously gorgeously written and most painful books of ever because THAT S THE BOOKWORM LIFE No no I m not that deranged puddle of feels on the floor That ssomeone else.Least to say, this was even better the second time I am a ball of appreciation for how dark and bloody this book is And the gorgeous cinnamon perfection that is August, who I still relate to so much I m in such thorough appreciation for all his sen REREAD JUNE 2017Because one must reread the most beautiful and dark and deliciously gorgeously written and most painful books of ever because THAT S THE BOOKWORM LIFE No no I m not that deranged puddle of feels on the floor That ssomeone else.Least to say, this was even better the second time I am a ball of appreciation for how dark and bloody this book is And the gorgeous cinnamon perfection that is August, who I still relate to so much I m in such thorough appreciation for all his sensory overload scenes because so well written I just love him and Kate to death NOW EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO READ THE SEQUEL which is finnnnnally mine AND PROBABLY CONTINUE TO SPIRAL INTO DEEP DARK LOVE FOR SCHWAB S WORK.Monsters are my favourite Shh it s normal I swear ORIGINAL REVIEW MARCH 2016 This book was MONSTROUSLY pleasing Get it Because it s about monstersso monstrously Okaaaaay I ll stop now I m beginning to think VE Scwab can do no wrong Although I confess I think her adult books A Darker Shade of Magic and Vicious were actually better BUT THIS WAS STILL SO SO SUFFOCATINGLY GOOD Where do I even begin screams First of all it s about monsters I loooove monsters I LOVE EM It s set in this sort of Gotham inspired world, where two forces are waring against each other, and monsters are eating everyone in between It s mostly human vs monster, but also a fair bit of human vs human And, naturally, I loved the comparison of the humans beingmonsterish than the actual monsters Gah, I just love that kind of story, okay But I will fully confess I found the first 20% really confusing That is not good I actually had to stop reading and go read the blurb and only THEN did the world building start to make sense disappointed And, while we re discussing failings the story really had VERY little plot Mostly monsters running around wishing they weren t monster and humans running around being emphatically monstrous They re trying to avoid wars stay alive prove themselves worthy to family But I honestly expected WAY , plot wise.OKAY BUT ENOUGH OF THE NEGATIVES BACK TO WHAT I FREAKING ADORED Let s talk about the entirely amazing phenomenon that is VE Schwab s writing Omggg Can it get any divine She has this intensely flawless way of sucking me into the story I can honestly LOSE TIME reading this writing And the characters leap off the page, so complex and dimensional and tragic suffocates with love Plus, one thing I was REALLY fond of in this book was the representation of sensory overload OKAY IT WASN T REALLY THAT But, as a person who suffers with sensory overload, when August s monster melt downs were described I related so much I wanted to cry August cringed the overhead lights were too bright, the scraping of chairs too sharp Everything was heightened, like the volume on his life was turned up but not in an exciting way Noises were too loud and smells too strong and pain which he did feel too sharp But worse than the senses were the emotions Agitation and anger burned under his skin and in his head Every comment and every thought felt like a spark on dry wood.If you ve ever wondered what it s like to live with sensory overload that happens all the freaking timeTHAT THAT IS IT DESCRIBED SO EFFORTLESSLY I WANT TO JUST THANK THE BOOKISH HEAVENS THAT IS THIS BOOK.Also the characters were perfect little beasts I say that with much love, of course We have two alternate narrators Kate a beastly nasty girl who is daughter of a crime lord and a human and August who is a soul eating monster and adopted son of the rebels to the crime lord August ends up sort of spying on Kate at her school and then they get thrown into a run for your life adventure KATE She was so snarky and bitter and CRUEL but in a really forced way Not forced writtenforced as in she wanted to be evil but it wasn t really her IT WAS SO TRAGIC AND SAD She was awful in order to impress her awful dad I did love her AUGUST Omggg, but I loved himThis is partially because of the sensory thing But August is a monster who wishes he wasn t AND I LOVE THAT KIND OF TROPE 3 Also he is entirely adorable and sweet and plays violin and I just want to HUG HIM basically He was tragically beautiful and marvellous and okay scuse me I am raving But not even sorry But there issurprisinglyno romance August and Kate do not ONCE have romantic thoughts towards each other I am so so SO FREAKING ASTONISHED AND HAPPY A story of unlikely forbidden friendship HUZZAH I m ever so PLEASED with this book It was violent and gritty and full of blood I m still slightly disappointed in the simplicity of the plot and the ending was wildly open Not a cliffhanger, but a very very veeery curious call for a sequel I loved it and I connected to the characters and I had like 9 whole emotions while reading it A solidly fantastic story I will happily eeeep over eternally Monsters, monsters, big and small,they re gonna come and eat you all I LOVED THIS BOOK It was totally different from anything I ve read before The world was structured in a very unique way, and both main characters were so likable that reading this book was a pleasure It was a story that captured me right from the start and held my attention all the way to the end I went into this novel thinking it would be a clear cut romance, but was surprised to find that signs of it were virtually non existant If it develops into a love story in the future, I would be OV I LOVED THIS BOOK It was totally different from anything I ve read before The world was structured in a very unique way, and both main characters were so likable that reading this book was a pleasure It was a story that captured me right from the start and held my attention all the way to the end I went into this novel thinking it would be a clear cut romance, but was surprised to find that signs of it were virtually non existant If it develops into a love story in the future, I would be OVER THE MOON but it was really refreshing to read a book that wasn t built off of a love story The final few moments of this book were INSANITY, completely unexpected and left me with so many questions for how book two is going to follow up on where things left off I would recommend this book to ANYONE with a love for fantasy, monsters, dystopian ish post war settings, strong characters, unique government structure, and a thrilling tale me Victoria ten pages into this, knowing that she s about to ruin my life and I will enjoy it Okay, first of all, let me pretend to care about plot stuff First of all, this book is so tense The first half was a managable amount of stress, but during the second half, I was stressing the fuck out in a major way And second of all, the world is brilliant I genuinely found this so compelling and interesting a world in which violence breeds monsters, and those monsters take on the personaliti me Victoria ten pages into this, knowing that she s about to ruin my life and I will enjoy it Okay, first of all, let me pretend to care about plot stuff First of all, this book is so tense The first half was a managable amount of stress, but during the second half, I was stressing the fuck out in a major way And second of all, the world is brilliant I genuinely found this so compelling and interesting a world in which violence breeds monsters, and those monsters take on the personalities of the violence they ve experienced But come on, let s get to the main attraction I want to talk about how fucking great the characters are for a while Because the two leads here and their bro ship are literally the most awesome August Flynn my goddamn fucking son Clearly dealing with mental illness on page and just written so well, thank you to god and also Jesus and also Victoria Schwab the lesbian god for him Kate Harker a badass bitch but also a cinnamon roll a queen an icon an intellectual she could kill me and I would thank her for it.And as for August and Kate s brotp It k i l l e d me A book using a enemies to besties platonic friendship as its key dynamic is everything I have ever wanted This update is my constant everlasting moodLeo could turn a part of himself without losing the whole.Because there was no whole left.Nothing humanBut really, what makes this so great is the fact that the whole book, the entire thing, is based off the monster vs human conflict August is a monster who is ashamed of it and wants to be human Kate is a human who has spent so long attempting to twist herself into something monstrous that she has lost herself Do you know how much I m screaming So, yeah, a ridiculously tense book about two people dealing with their own monster v human conflicts set in a ridiculously compelling world This Savage Song was everything I ever wanted and I am so happy I read this.Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube These books were still good but I dropped my star ratings and unhauling the hardbacks I might get them on kindle some day I just don t think I m going to reread them again Mel My July 2016 Owlcrate Box Book Woot MILD SPOILERS I totally loved this book The idea of the different monsters were really cool I m not sure I understand all of it but this is what I understood about the monsters 1 Malchai Drink blood but are not vampires Formed Form from murders 2 Corsai Feed on fles These books were still good but I dropped my star ratings and unhauling the hardbacks I might get them on kindle some day I just don t think I m going to reread them again Mel My July 2016 Owlcrate Box Book Woot MILD SPOILERS I totally loved this book The idea of the different monsters were really cool I m not sure I understand all of it but this is what I understood about the monsters 1 Malchai Drink blood but are not vampires Formed Form from murders 2 Corsai Feed on flesh and bone Formed form from violent acts3 Sunai Feed on sinner souls killers etc Formed form from major catastrophes bombs etc Kate Harker is the daughter of Callum Harker He controls some of the monsters and he s pretty evil An event in his life sent him right over the edge Or maybe he was already on that edge Kate tries to be evil like her father She does some some evil things but she s really good deep down inside August Flynn is a sunai and his father that took him in is Henry Flynn He is a good guy trying to keep the bad monsters and people at bay And trying to keep a peace treaty among said monsters August also has a brother Leo and sister Ilsa that live with Henry I loved both characters of August and Kate August is a sweet person that doesn t want to be a monster, but to me he is a good kind of monster Taking the souls of those that do horrible things isn t so bad Kate is just a bad ss and gets stuff done And contrary to what she ever thought, she becomes a monsters friend instead of his enemy Together August and Kate have to fight some enemies that are trying to cause a war People and things die, things are reborn I thought it was a really cool concept in this new world I enjoyed learning about the monsters The story line was awesome and that ending What is coming next I need to know Overall the book was awesome, but that s my opinion Enjoy Happy Dance for the next book I need you soon MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List I KEEP TRYING.I keep picking up V.E Schwab books, and I justI don t get it.I read A Darker Shade of Magic and thought it was meh, but I didn t have any resounding issues with it and everyone said the sequel was excellent so I figured why not And then I picked up A Gathering of Shadows and had one of the biggest what the f ck moments of my lifetime.But we don t need to get into that opinion again.I TBRed A Conjuring of Light anyway I even bought a copy I added Vicious to my to read list I KEEP TRYING.I keep picking up V.E Schwab books, and I justI don t get it.I read A Darker Shade of Magic and thought it was meh, but I didn t have any resounding issues with it and everyone said the sequel was excellent so I figured why not And then I picked up A Gathering of Shadows and had one of the biggest what the f ck moments of my lifetime.But we don t need to get into that opinion again.I TBRed A Conjuring of Light anyway I even bought a copy I added Vicious to my to read list, and I bought this book on Book Outlet.And I just wanna know when all my effort is going to pay off When are good ol Victoria and I going to click This book was fine The writing was solid I ve never had a problem with her writing The worldbuilding was good too It was intricate and fairly wound into the text, neither info dump y nor overly confusing Which is rare in worlds this elaborate Overall, this was creative and pretty well done.But what the hell am I supposed to click with The characters were fine They were whatever, really In fact, they felt only a shade or two off from Kell and Lila of the Shades of Magic series, which makes me wonder whether Schwab really knows how to write characters who aren t flat, boring young men and spiky, antifeminist but trying to be feminist young women.There was no real plot to this, just slowness and then a sudden, out of nowhere event that seemed to fit not at all into anything else that had happened Reading it was occasionally a chore and never entirely pleasant.I didn t hate this book, but I didn t even a little bit understand how people love it.Bottom line I guess I ll keep trying But I want a goddamn medal CURRENTLY READING UPDATEhelp, i can t stop reading YA fantasy and i don t know who i am any

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    This Savage Song Kindle ☆ This Savage MOBI :¿ 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. She liked the idea that there were a hundred different Kates, living a hundred different lives Maybe in one of them, there were no monsters. 3 1 2 stars Okay, listen I feel like I shouldn t like this book Compare this world to the marvelous multiple Londons, crossdressing pirates and evil twin rulers of the author s A Darker Shade of Magic, and hell, does it pale in comparison But screw it this was dark, monstrous fun Thing is, there are those books you read and you know they are good She liked the idea that there were a hundred different Kates, living a hundred different lives Maybe in one of them, there were no monsters. 3 1 2 stars Okay, listen I feel like I shouldn t like this book Compare this world to the marvelous multiple Londons, crossdressing pirates and evil twin rulers of the author s A Darker Shade of Magic, and hell, does it pale in comparison But screw it this was dark, monstrous fun Thing is, there are those books you read and you know they are good in an objective way or as close as is possible You can t help but appreciate them This author is way smarter than me, you think But that s it You don t stay up late reading chapter after chapter because you need to know what happens You don t really care.And then there are those books you know are not actually that amazing The writing is decent, the world is not that unique, but you just can t put them down That s the difference between a good book and an enjoyable one For me, This Savage Song was the latter a pageturning paranormal thriller with creepy monster rhymes, betrayals and an evil cliffhanger at the end of most of the chapters I both love and hate when authors do that don t they understand I need to sleep Yes, this is a world of monsters the flesh eating Corsai, the blood drinking Malchai, and the rarest, most mysterious of all the soul stealing SunaiCorsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,Shadow and bone will eat you rawClassic horror movies have made my skin instantly crawl at those creepy rhymes view spoiler my old favourite beingOne, two, Freddie s coming for you three, four, better lock your doorhide spoiler In fact, I found parts of this book really scary Schwab writes some tense scenes, the terror rising in the darkness as the situation growshopeless and the monsters creep ever closer did I mention I need sleep Damn, it was thrilling.Yes, I realize I m sayingabout how this book made me feel, not what actually happens Probably because, like I said at the beginning, the story and world don t sound that unique The monsters part is interesting, but it bugs me that this book has some dystopian aspects it really should have just been a paranormal novel, instead of painting in some vague dysto US background this the male female perspectives brewing social unrest Legend by Marie Lu Fortunately, I liked both characters and the third person narrative I also liked that the book had a male and a female protagonist but with no romance I liked the ending a nice wrap up with a little bit of evil to keep us waiting for the next installment I liked that I didn t see some things coming, and I thought it was a testament to the author s characterization that I was really affected by something that happened to a minor character.But mostly I liked the storytelling This Savage Song won t be winning any originality awards It won t change the world, or even the face of YA But it was compelling, intriguing and just the right amount of creepy I need the second book.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store ETA I just did my final, final read through of this book, and I have to say, it was a messy road, and a long revision, but I am really freaking proud of the result ETA IT HAS A COVER Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.This is the strangest book I ve ever written I love it It s the story of two teens in a broken world, where violent acts breed actual monsters Some are shadows with teeth that feed on flesh and bone Some are corpses that feed on blood And some can ETA I just did my final, final read through of this book, and I have to say, it was a messy road, and a long revision, but I am really freaking proud of the result ETA IT HAS A COVER Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.This is the strangest book I ve ever written I love it It s the story of two teens in a broken world, where violent acts breed actual monsters Some are shadows with teeth that feed on flesh and bone Some are corpses that feed on blood And some can pass for human Those feed on souls It s the story of Kate Harker, the only daughter of a crime boss, and August Flynn, the son of a man trying to hold his city together She s a human who wants to be a monster, and he s a monster who wishes he were human.It s dark, and violent, and existential, and the whole thing was inspired by a line from VICIOUS Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human 8.3.15 EDITED TO ADD And the official title isTHIS SAVAGE SONG Why song Remember when I said that August was a monster He s not just any kind of monster, but one of only three soul eaters in the city And these rare creatures he wouldn t like that word use music to bring the souls of their prey to surface But it sthan that This book isn t a solo It s a duet A song played by two very different teens trying to survive a very broken world There are moments of discord, and a few of harmony, and through it all, they have to keep the melody alive Full video review can be found here went into this knowing I would love it, but I m leaving it loving it eventhan I expected to I m constantly impressed by Schwab s ability to create such unique stories The two main characters had such a fantastic dynamic I loved seeing their interactions The story itself left me wantingI m sososo happy that we get another book with August Kate Also I really want August Kate to meet up with Mackenzie Wes Full video review can be found here went into this knowing I would love it, but I m leaving it loving it eventhan I expected to I m constantly impressed by Schwab s ability to create such unique stories The two main characters had such a fantastic dynamic I loved seeing their interactions The story itself left me wantingI m sososo happy that we get another book with August Kate Also I really want August Kate to meet up with Mackenzie Wesley D For a book with such an epic setting, this one is quite generic The setting is pretty awesome, I mean, imagine a post apocalyptic world where monsters roam freeCorsai, 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 soulHell, one of our protagonists is a monster himself But outside of the setting itself, I found this book emotionless and justrather d For a book with such an epic setting, this one is quite generic The setting is pretty awesome, I mean, imagine a post apocalyptic world where monsters roam freeCorsai, 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 soulHell, one of our protagonists is a monster himself But outside of the setting itself, I found this book emotionless and justrather dull.First, the main character Kate Flynn Insert cookie cutter YA bad ass chick here Me, I would call her a bitch There is a difference between a strong, fierce female character, and one who is a rebellious jerk just for the sake of being one I disliked her from the first page, as she ruthlessly set fire to a school run by nuns for the grand, noble reason of I don t want to be here The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn t angry or drunk She was desperate.Burning down the church was really a last resort she d already broken a girl s nose, smoked in the dormitories, cheated on her first exam, and verbally harassed three of the nuns. Yeah No I want a character with inner strength I don t want a character who does whatever the fuck she wants just to get her own way.The male character isn t all that great either He s one of those emo, martyred, tortured souls that one seems to find sooooooooooo wonderful and so poetic sigh and love so much when one is 12 years old Then one grows up and realize that hearing your partner whine about how his life sucks all the time is stupid and depressing as fuck Honestly, I felt like both of the characters had no personality at all A well written character rises from the paper, make me feel connected to them, make me feeeeeeeeeeeel things JON SNOWThese characters are just flat.The storytelling was not to my tastes I have not read Schwab s books before I tried reading the acclaimed The Archive and gave up within the first chapters a few years ago Now I remember why There is nothing wrong with her writing It is quite good, in fact, it just doesn t tell a story that interested me It s not the type of narrative and storytelling that pulled me in I can only explain this as a matter of book chemistry, and her style of writing did not mesh with me Taking only 5 out of Ilsa s so many and putting them hereFull review on my Blog The Dacian She WolfPlenty of humans are monstrous and plenty of monsters know how to play at being humanThe synopsis of the book makes me feel like I am being held in a winery basement listening to a dark classical orchestra while in dystopian times and I am not complainingThis Savage Songis the first book of Victoria Schwab s duology,Monsters of VerityProbably, I would ve picked this book u Taking only 5 out of Ilsa s so many and putting them hereFull review on my Blog The Dacian She WolfPlenty of humans are monstrous and plenty of monsters know how to play at being humanThe synopsis of the book makes me feel like I am being held in a winery basement listening to a dark classical orchestra while in dystopian times and I am not complainingThis Savage Songis the first book of Victoria Schwab s duology,Monsters of VerityProbably, I would ve picked this book up by some point in life and read it, but if it wasn t for the book club I am part of, probably it would ve been much later in my life I would ve done a huge mistake.The concept of the book came to me like a slap on my cheek I wasn t expecting any of that Now I understand why there are so many humans obsessed with Schwab s works I get you, people I get you It s okay I am part of you now Let us suffer the beauty of Schwab s mind together The book is so messy and packed with action that I just have to admit that I still didn t understand it properly, but that didn t stop me from actually loving it, which is such a hypocrite thing to say, but after all, we don t understand life either, but we re still living it to the fullest every day, even if we like it or not.Now, agreeing that I didn t understand the book, but I loved it to the fullest, which is a stupid concept but you ll pardon me for that, let s get to the part where I explain to you what I felt about it What got to me.The V City is divided into two sides the North City and the South City, separated by a truce line called the Seam, each part ruled by another family in the North, there is Harker in the South, there is Flynn.I liked the way the two rulers were presented Callum Harker as a true cult leader, cold and ruthless, insensitive, a Godfather in dystopia, and Henry Flynn as a leader of the people, trying to help, trying to prevent, being there to protect, not to attack kind hearted and somehow vulnerable.The main characters of the book are the children of the two leaders Kate Harker, a girl who suffered so much in order to find her own way and August Flynn, one of the only three Sunai monsters of the Flynn family.There is a whole story about how Kate and August meet and blah I am not going to talk about that there s everything you need to know about that in the book Instead, I would like to dissect the characters of Kate and August just a bit And their beautiful friendshipI don t want to be a monster You re not, she said, the words automatic, but as she said it, Kate realised that she believed it, too I don t know and don t care, but I love Kate and somehow I relate to her badass self, not that I am any of that, but because I also tend to be a bit rude sometimes What I love most about Kate is her determination to fight until the last breath and her bright mind, restless and ready any time to make connections She s a fierce girl, but craving for a soul to be around to, to accept her and tell her she s enough She can be confident, but she s so broken that she only needs someone to reassure her of that And that someone is August Flynn August Flynn is a weird boy Maybe because he is not a boy, he s a monster, but apart from his habit of feeding himself out of sinful souls, to me, he is very human He s a thinker He s a loner He s so weird that he is sweet But he is strong and he is good and wants to do only good, but the fact that he is what he is, does not always come easy to him I can only see August as a sweet boy, sorry if I do not resonate with your opinions There is something about him that makes me feel content and make me like him as if he were real Maybe this is his burning desire to be something else, to be someone he s not But, after all, isn t this a thing we all desire at some point To be someone we re notyet Now, all I can say is that this is the first one of the Schwab s works that I read and I truly and deeply declare myself a fan She s brilliant and her style is mesmerizing And the idea of the book is something that is just selling it off I love music, everyone does It has become a thing as necessary in one s life as air and water I, for instance, cannot function on a daily basis without listening to music Because music feels like life itself.I cannot help it and I make a very obvious line between this book and my life Or life in general Maybe it would come to you a bit cheesy but it s damn true And I d be very curious to find out how many of you actually felt the same way as I did I used to make music in order to keep myself on track I used to make music in order to ease the reality I used to make music in order to fight my monstersbecause let s face it, we all have our own personalised monsters.But of course, even monsters can pass as humans It is only in the eyes of the beholder if you let them be or discard them as beings Ah, and also In case you are wondering, stop wondering Callum Harker won the prize for the lamest father in the galaxy Spread the word Book styled REREAD JUNE 2017Because one must reread the most beautiful and dark and deliciously gorgeously written and most painful books of ever because THAT S THE BOOKWORM LIFE No no I m not that deranged puddle of feels on the floor That ssomeone else.Least to say, this was even better the second time I am a ball of appreciation for how dark and bloody this book is And the gorgeous cinnamon perfection that is August, who I still relate to so much I m in such thorough appreciation for all his sen REREAD JUNE 2017Because one must reread the most beautiful and dark and deliciously gorgeously written and most painful books of ever because THAT S THE BOOKWORM LIFE No no I m not that deranged puddle of feels on the floor That ssomeone else.Least to say, this was even better the second time I am a ball of appreciation for how dark and bloody this book is And the gorgeous cinnamon perfection that is August, who I still relate to so much I m in such thorough appreciation for all his sensory overload scenes because so well written I just love him and Kate to death NOW EXCUSE ME WHILE I GO READ THE SEQUEL which is finnnnnally mine AND PROBABLY CONTINUE TO SPIRAL INTO DEEP DARK LOVE FOR SCHWAB S WORK.Monsters are my favourite Shh it s normal I swear ORIGINAL REVIEW MARCH 2016 This book was MONSTROUSLY pleasing Get it Because it s about monstersso monstrously Okaaaaay I ll stop now I m beginning to think VE Scwab can do no wrong Although I confess I think her adult books A Darker Shade of Magic and Vicious were actually better BUT THIS WAS STILL SO SO SUFFOCATINGLY GOOD Where do I even begin screams First of all it s about monsters I loooove monsters I LOVE EM It s set in this sort of Gotham inspired world, where two forces are waring against each other, and monsters are eating everyone in between It s mostly human vs monster, but also a fair bit of human vs human And, naturally, I loved the comparison of the humans beingmonsterish than the actual monsters Gah, I just love that kind of story, okay But I will fully confess I found the first 20% really confusing That is not good I actually had to stop reading and go read the blurb and only THEN did the world building start to make sense disappointed And, while we re discussing failings the story really had VERY little plot Mostly monsters running around wishing they weren t monster and humans running around being emphatically monstrous They re trying to avoid wars stay alive prove themselves worthy to family But I honestly expected WAY , plot wise.OKAY BUT ENOUGH OF THE NEGATIVES BACK TO WHAT I FREAKING ADORED Let s talk about the entirely amazing phenomenon that is VE Schwab s writing Omggg Can it get any divine She has this intensely flawless way of sucking me into the story I can honestly LOSE TIME reading this writing And the characters leap off the page, so complex and dimensional and tragic suffocates with love Plus, one thing I was REALLY fond of in this book was the representation of sensory overload OKAY IT WASN T REALLY THAT But, as a person who suffers with sensory overload, when August s monster melt downs were described I related so much I wanted to cry August cringed the overhead lights were too bright, the scraping of chairs too sharp Everything was heightened, like the volume on his life was turned up but not in an exciting way Noises were too loud and smells too strong and pain which he did feel too sharp But worse than the senses were the emotions Agitation and anger burned under his skin and in his head Every comment and every thought felt like a spark on dry wood.If you ve ever wondered what it s like to live with sensory overload that happens all the freaking timeTHAT THAT IS IT DESCRIBED SO EFFORTLESSLY I WANT TO JUST THANK THE BOOKISH HEAVENS THAT IS THIS BOOK.Also the characters were perfect little beasts I say that with much love, of course We have two alternate narrators Kate a beastly nasty girl who is daughter of a crime lord and a human and August who is a soul eating monster and adopted son of the rebels to the crime lord August ends up sort of spying on Kate at her school and then they get thrown into a run for your life adventure KATE She was so snarky and bitter and CRUEL but in a really forced way Not forced writtenforced as in she wanted to be evil but it wasn t really her IT WAS SO TRAGIC AND SAD She was awful in order to impress her awful dad I did love her AUGUST Omggg, but I loved himThis is partially because of the sensory thing But August is a monster who wishes he wasn t AND I LOVE THAT KIND OF TROPE 3 Also he is entirely adorable and sweet and plays violin and I just want to HUG HIM basically He was tragically beautiful and marvellous and okay scuse me I am raving But not even sorry But there issurprisinglyno romance August and Kate do not ONCE have romantic thoughts towards each other I am so so SO FREAKING ASTONISHED AND HAPPY A story of unlikely forbidden friendship HUZZAH I m ever so PLEASED with this book It was violent and gritty and full of blood I m still slightly disappointed in the simplicity of the plot and the ending was wildly open Not a cliffhanger, but a very very veeery curious call for a sequel I loved it and I connected to the characters and I had like 9 whole emotions while reading it A solidly fantastic story I will happily eeeep over eternally Monsters, monsters, big and small,they re gonna come and eat you all I LOVED THIS BOOK It was totally different from anything I ve read before The world was structured in a very unique way, and both main characters were so likable that reading this book was a pleasure It was a story that captured me right from the start and held my attention all the way to the end I went into this novel thinking it would be a clear cut romance, but was surprised to find that signs of it were virtually non existant If it develops into a love story in the future, I would be OV I LOVED THIS BOOK It was totally different from anything I ve read before The world was structured in a very unique way, and both main characters were so likable that reading this book was a pleasure It was a story that captured me right from the start and held my attention all the way to the end I went into this novel thinking it would be a clear cut romance, but was surprised to find that signs of it were virtually non existant If it develops into a love story in the future, I would be OVER THE MOON but it was really refreshing to read a book that wasn t built off of a love story The final few moments of this book were INSANITY, completely unexpected and left me with so many questions for how book two is going to follow up on where things left off I would recommend this book to ANYONE with a love for fantasy, monsters, dystopian ish post war settings, strong characters, unique government structure, and a thrilling tale me Victoria ten pages into this, knowing that she s about to ruin my life and I will enjoy it Okay, first of all, let me pretend to care about plot stuff First of all, this book is so tense The first half was a managable amount of stress, but during the second half, I was stressing the fuck out in a major way And second of all, the world is brilliant I genuinely found this so compelling and interesting a world in which violence breeds monsters, and those monsters take on the personaliti me Victoria ten pages into this, knowing that she s about to ruin my life and I will enjoy it Okay, first of all, let me pretend to care about plot stuff First of all, this book is so tense The first half was a managable amount of stress, but during the second half, I was stressing the fuck out in a major way And second of all, the world is brilliant I genuinely found this so compelling and interesting a world in which violence breeds monsters, and those monsters take on the personalities of the violence they ve experienced But come on, let s get to the main attraction I want to talk about how fucking great the characters are for a while Because the two leads here and their bro ship are literally the most awesome August Flynn my goddamn fucking son Clearly dealing with mental illness on page and just written so well, thank you to god and also Jesus and also Victoria Schwab the lesbian god for him Kate Harker a badass bitch but also a cinnamon roll a queen an icon an intellectual she could kill me and I would thank her for it.And as for August and Kate s brotp It k i l l e d me A book using a enemies to besties platonic friendship as its key dynamic is everything I have ever wanted This update is my constant everlasting moodLeo could turn a part of himself without losing the whole.Because there was no whole left.Nothing humanBut really, what makes this so great is the fact that the whole book, the entire thing, is based off the monster vs human conflict August is a monster who is ashamed of it and wants to be human Kate is a human who has spent so long attempting to twist herself into something monstrous that she has lost herself Do you know how much I m screaming So, yeah, a ridiculously tense book about two people dealing with their own monster v human conflicts set in a ridiculously compelling world This Savage Song was everything I ever wanted and I am so happy I read this.Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube These books were still good but I dropped my star ratings and unhauling the hardbacks I might get them on kindle some day I just don t think I m going to reread them again Mel My July 2016 Owlcrate Box Book Woot MILD SPOILERS I totally loved this book The idea of the different monsters were really cool I m not sure I understand all of it but this is what I understood about the monsters 1 Malchai Drink blood but are not vampires Formed Form from murders 2 Corsai Feed on fles These books were still good but I dropped my star ratings and unhauling the hardbacks I might get them on kindle some day I just don t think I m going to reread them again Mel My July 2016 Owlcrate Box Book Woot MILD SPOILERS I totally loved this book The idea of the different monsters were really cool I m not sure I understand all of it but this is what I understood about the monsters 1 Malchai Drink blood but are not vampires Formed Form from murders 2 Corsai Feed on flesh and bone Formed form from violent acts3 Sunai Feed on sinner souls killers etc Formed form from major catastrophes bombs etc Kate Harker is the daughter of Callum Harker He controls some of the monsters and he s pretty evil An event in his life sent him right over the edge Or maybe he was already on that edge Kate tries to be evil like her father She does some some evil things but she s really good deep down inside August Flynn is a sunai and his father that took him in is Henry Flynn He is a good guy trying to keep the bad monsters and people at bay And trying to keep a peace treaty among said monsters August also has a brother Leo and sister Ilsa that live with Henry I loved both characters of August and Kate August is a sweet person that doesn t want to be a monster, but to me he is a good kind of monster Taking the souls of those that do horrible things isn t so bad Kate is just a bad ss and gets stuff done And contrary to what she ever thought, she becomes a monsters friend instead of his enemy Together August and Kate have to fight some enemies that are trying to cause a war People and things die, things are reborn I thought it was a really cool concept in this new world I enjoyed learning about the monsters The story line was awesome and that ending What is coming next I need to know Overall the book was awesome, but that s my opinion Enjoy Happy Dance for the next book I need you soon MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List I KEEP TRYING.I keep picking up V.E Schwab books, and I justI don t get it.I read A Darker Shade of Magic and thought it was meh, but I didn t have any resounding issues with it and everyone said the sequel was excellent so I figured why not And then I picked up A Gathering of Shadows and had one of the biggest what the f ck moments of my lifetime.But we don t need to get into that opinion again.I TBRed A Conjuring of Light anyway I even bought a copy I added Vicious to my to read list I KEEP TRYING.I keep picking up V.E Schwab books, and I justI don t get it.I read A Darker Shade of Magic and thought it was meh, but I didn t have any resounding issues with it and everyone said the sequel was excellent so I figured why not And then I picked up A Gathering of Shadows and had one of the biggest what the f ck moments of my lifetime.But we don t need to get into that opinion again.I TBRed A Conjuring of Light anyway I even bought a copy I added Vicious to my to read list, and I bought this book on Book Outlet.And I just wanna know when all my effort is going to pay off When are good ol Victoria and I going to click This book was fine The writing was solid I ve never had a problem with her writing The worldbuilding was good too It was intricate and fairly wound into the text, neither info dump y nor overly confusing Which is rare in worlds this elaborate Overall, this was creative and pretty well done.But what the hell am I supposed to click with The characters were fine They were whatever, really In fact, they felt only a shade or two off from Kell and Lila of the Shades of Magic series, which makes me wonder whether Schwab really knows how to write characters who aren t flat, boring young men and spiky, antifeminist but trying to be feminist young women.There was no real plot to this, just slowness and then a sudden, out of nowhere event that seemed to fit not at all into anything else that had happened Reading it was occasionally a chore and never entirely pleasant.I didn t hate this book, but I didn t even a little bit understand how people love it.Bottom line I guess I ll keep trying But I want a goddamn medal CURRENTLY READING UPDATEhelp, i can t stop reading YA fantasy and i don t know who i am any "/>
  • ebook
  • 464 pages
  • This Savage Song
  • Victoria Schwab
  • English
  • 07 April 2019
  • 0062380877