This Savage Song – A Review

This Savage Song

Victoria Schwab

Monsters of Verity # 1

YA Fantasy


page-breakh.jpgQuotes from This Savage Song

❤“The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”

❤“He could be the monster if it kept others human.”

❤“You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”




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.


My Review

Harker and Flynn are two sides of the city at peace, or as it claims to be. Monsters and Humans live amongst each other, against each other, carefully divided into groups each ruled by a family. Family, not how Katherine would describe it, or August, but how verity has it. Lives are lost, blood is shed, monsters and humans, both at war, both on run, who would win?

There’s fight and drama, light and dark, there’s school and family and houses at war. Rage, fire, nightmares and friendship, all are promised while reading schwabs book.

Owlcrate got me This Savage Song and I took a pretty good time to come around reading it but I’m so glad that I did. Victoria built an inviting world, this was my first pick from the author and I might read more of her given a chance.

The story is pretty basic and quite predictable, to be honest. The introduction is framed in a way that you kind of see where it’s going.


There are a bit of surprise and revelations in the middle but nothing that got me really excited or really shocked. I kept hoping for some twist or unexpected plot but it turned out to be exactly how I initially thought it would which was unfortunate. I also felt there was too much description of certain actions, like writing for a movie and too less where needed, like in the case of the monsters’ appearance.


Schwab made rich characters, I liked how each was personified brilliantly, but I didn’t feel any attachment to any of it which was new and unfortunate as I (almost always) end up falling for or against one of the characters after each fictional read. I also felt (a lot of times) that the ideas and the story weren’t original like a good concept was made copying off pieces from other movies/stories. I would, however, read the sequel as I didn’t hate the book, but I wouldn’t recommend it to fictional fantasy lovers.

If you’re wondering, there wasn’t much romance but I liked the subtle teasing between the main characters, honestly, I hoped for a kiss or a loose at some point but glad it didn’t go that way. To sum it all up, This Savage Song is a light read and a good pick for passing time but leaves a little to no impact. As always, I’d leave up some questions to intrigue you in case you’re a Schwab fan and struggling whether or not to pick this one.

  • What kind of Monsters live in Verity, Vampires or Warewolves, or beyond ?
  • So much of death, Human or Monsters?
  • City of Verity, Magical or Mythical?
  • Harker or Flynn, who would survive?
  • Which side are you on, humans or monsters?

Well, Read This Savage Song to know it all!

Buy This Savage Song Now!

Hardcover     $18.16  
Paperback     $8.95

Paperback Pkr.675/-


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