Book Review: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)

Posted September 15, 2016 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

book review- this savage song

Book Review: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)Title: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: July 5th 2016
Pages: 464

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

I want to start this review off with a shout out to my bestie Sierra for forcing me to read this book, aka buying it for me for my birthday! I don’t think I would’ve picked this up as soon as I did if it wasn’t for you, and I seriously am so glad I did get to reading this faster than I thought I would’ve! I. love. this. book.


Yup, I’m breaking out the Love Actually gifs again. That’s how you know it’s true love. True, and totally agonizingly painful, love.

My favorite.

It’s kind of ironic (probably using that totally wrong but whatever) that I started this review ranting about how in love I am with this book, when the entire reason I loved it so much in the first place was the lack of love within the story. Now don’t get me wrong, there is definitely some angst, and I can tell feelings will slowly develop within the books to come, but it wasn’t the base of the story.

Do you know how refreshing it is to read a YA novel that isn’t damn near solely based on love at this point?


There was an actual, solid plot, and more development to the characters than to their little love fest going on. It was beautiful, and ya know, another reason I’m literally forcing this book onto anybody I can get to stand still long enough to listen to me rant about it.

The relationship in this book though, because lets be real obviously I’m going to talk about that in my review, is so slow burning and kind of makes you think it might not actually happen at some points, that when it does happen, it’s gonna hurt a lot when shit gets bad, man.

Again, my favorite.


I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

My Rating

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  • I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this! I haven’t read anything else by this author, but it does sound like a really great read! Also, I love a slow burning relationship, so that has definitely piqued my interest! Fabulous review!

    • Olivia

      Thank you so much!
      And yeah! If you like the slow burn type of relationship, you’re definitely going to love this one! It also has a sort of love/hate component, which I love, so that made it all the more better!