review-ish-thingy: this savage song by victoria schwab


How does Victoria Schwab gets ALL THE GORGEOUS COVERS? Also, yes, that’s a sugar cookie.

This is a story about violence.

It’s about the consequences of violence. It’s about violence creating more violence. And it’s about MONSTERS.

The story takes place in a divided city where violence breeds literal monsters–shadowy creatures called Corsai, vampire-like creatures called Malchai, and the least common kind: Sunai. Sunai are monsters born of the worst violent acts, and they look human . . . but they can use music to steal your soul.

It’s about August Flynn, the youngest Sunai who is constantly at war with who he is. He’s the sweetest little monster, but he wants to be human and forget about needing to feed on souls.

And it’s about Kate Harker, daughter of the ruthless Callum Harker, who keeps trying to prove to her father that she’s worthy of her surname by being the toughest, cruelest person she can be.

Despite their differences, the two form an unlikely friendship complete with BANTER and SECRETS. But then . . . things unravel.

The distinction between good and evil is blurred, and though the characters keep trying to stick to their black-and-white ideas of what’s good and what’s bad, the dual narration provides a clear picture so that you know that neither is right.

Numerous things in this book are really well done, such as the blurred distinction between good and evil, as I mentioned. The characters and all their different views on the same things are nuanced, the characters themselves are well-developed, the atmosphere is always perfectly suited to the story.

(Also: people keep saying that Kate doesn’t have an arc in this book. She does. It’s slow and someone unnoticeable, but it is there and I have a feeling there will be more of it in book two.)

This Savage Song is not quite as fast-paced as Schwab’s other stories, but I still hated to put it down. (The only reason I did that, by the way, is so that I would have an excuse to show it off at school.)

So if you’re interested in

  • dark urban fantasy
  • Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters
  • music-playing soul-stealing broken boys
  • tough girls distancing themselves from everyone because they’re secretly broken too
  • everything by Victoria Schwab (’cause who isn’t?)
  • violence with very real, permanent consequences
  • books exploring identity and human nature . . . and I guess monster nature, too?

. . . then this is the book for you!

And if you’re still not persuaded, have some quotes.

  • “It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
  • Now, the way other people felt about food, that’s how August felt about music.
  • “Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
    In with gunfire and out with smoke.”



4 thoughts on “review-ish-thingy: this savage song by victoria schwab

  1. Ooh, fun! It sounds like a good book (and considering I really didn’t like the romance in Romeo and Juliet at all, I’d rather have the monsters). Especially the stuff about good and evil and obviously monsters because fantasy.

    But I shall read ADSOM first, though it’s still on hold, unfortunately… *waits*


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