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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab eARC (3 stars)

This eARC was provided through Edelweiss for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published on June 7, 2016
Published by Greenwillow Books
Final Rating: 3 stars
The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it.

When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.

A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.

This Savage Song is an engrossing mix of Disney's Hercules meets Supernatural.

August is a superpowered kid with a big heart striving to find his place in the world. Kate is a tough girl obsessed with quashing her weaknesses and earning a place at her father's side. Add in a city split in two and teeming with vampires and murderous shadows, and you have one compelling story.

Despite liking both protagonists, I never fully connected with August or Kate, though I could empathize with their struggles and internal conflicts. Luckily, the action, danger, mystery and constant tension of the plot kept me thoroughly engaged from start to finish.

I'm definitely interested to see where Schwab takes this series next. I have a strong feeling things will get worse before they get better, and in this city, that could mean anything. Highly recommend picking this one up!


  1. The synopsis for this one sounds a bit confusing. I'm not sure I'd pick it up based on that alone. It almost sounds like it has a touch of The Others to it??

    1. Yeah, I can see the synopsis being a little confusing. It's like The Others in that there are some supernatural elements, but the monsters in this are literally born from acts of violence (they come into existence when humans commit violent acts) and they're less organized and more...obsessed with killing?

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