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Book Review: This Savage Song

Monday, September 5, 2016



"There's no such thing as safe." - Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

September 5, 2016

"Corsai, Corsai, Tooth and Claw..."

Man oh man! I think I may have found a new favourite book! I had been seeing "This Savage Song" by Victoria Schwab for ages on Bookstagram and Tumblr, but never really thought about it. Then I went on my crazy ten day trip and I went into a Barnes and Noble looking for very specific books and never did think to look for this one. Then, just as I was walking up to the checkout, I spotted it. It was among a bunch of other best sellers and I almost turned away, almost. I remembered all the people that had recommended it to me and just had to get it. I picked it up and re-read the synopsis and decided to give it a try.



"Shadow and Bone Will Eat You Raw..."

I kept it on my shelf for a while and never thought that it would be my next read, and just as my hand was leaning towards "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas, it landed on this and I became engulfed. That is really the only word for it. I had been watching some Harry Potter, as one does, and it was around midnight and I was exhausted so I decided just to read the prelude. I ended up reading thirty pages that night.

"Malchai, Malchai, Sharp and Sly..."

The idea of the monsters, to me, was absolutely unique and brilliant. Basically, the three monsters, the Malchai, the Corsai, and the Sunai are all "born" from acts of violence. The Corsai are made from nonlethal acts that are brutal, the Malchai are made from murder, and the Sunai are made from large travesties like shootings, bombings, mass casualties essentially and I have never read anything like this before.

"Smile and Bite and Drink you Dry..."

The story follows two teens. They are the children of the two governors of Verity City or V-City. There is Katherine or Kate Harker. She is the daughter of Callum Harker, the ruthless governor of North City who controls monsters and makes his citizens pay for his protection against the three new additions that go bump in the night. Kate is a strong, yet at times vulnerable, young girl who can truly see what is wrong with the world. Then there is August Flynn.

"Sunai, Sunai, Eyes Like Coal..."

August Flynn is the son of Henry Flynn, the governor of South City. Oh and he's one of the monsters. August is a Sunai, a monster that can steal the soul of a sinner just with music. His weapon of choice? His trusty violin. Unlike Callum Harker, who enslaves Malchai and Corsai alike, Flynn has three Sunai and treat them as if they were his own children. Leo, Ilsa, and August have all been with Flynn for many years, but when Henry sends August off to befriend the daughter of his enemy, how will the Sunai and the human get on?

"Sing You a Song and Steal Your Soul..."

Throughout the entire novel this somewhat of a friendship grows between them as they run from the forces against them and even run from themselves. Kate is a warrior, August is a timebomb, and both of them need each other. When I read this story it really moved me in a sense that overtime Kate starts to realize that August is a monster, but he is not monstrous and that all he wants to do is change. I love stories like this, all about redemption.

"Monsters, Monsters, Big and Small..."

I give this book a 5/5 stars. It was beautifully written and the characters were so layered and the emotion was perfect. I don't usually like these type of books, you know, Dystopian type societies and all that ( ie Divergent), but this story was about more than just a city divided by a war, or about monsters and violence, it was about humanity and I thought it captured how humans are perfectly. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Maze Runner series or even the Mortal Instruments series, basically anyone that likes monsters, but also care about characters and character development. I cannot wait for book two!

Happy Reading!

- Haley

"They're Gonna Come and Eat You All..."




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