This Savage Song Spoiler Free Book Review

Title: This Savage Song (Book #1)
Series: Monsters of Verity
Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

I buddy read this with my friend Lilly over at Lair of Books (check out her amazing blog)! We both had quite a ride with this book and I think neither of us can put it down. It’s just that good!! Before I get into this review I want to thank her for giving me music to listen while reading this. I placed on repeat Dark Violin Songs by Max Ablitzer

My Initial Thoughts After I Finished:


Seriously, I had to rush over Tumblr to get some sort of closure after I finished TSS. That ending had me like woah.

In This Savage Song we follow two characters Kate (human) and August (monster), their stories are told in third person which I enjoyed because although we follow their individual stories, we get told their mindset and their surroundings.

The first 50 pages were slow which I feel like is typical in Schwab fashion. However, there was building, getting to know this world that’s divided (literally, there’s a truce so you either live here or there) and getting to know the characters. Everything is so dark here, from the world to the characters to the cat.

My feelings on Kate:

crazy(but I ended up really liking her character)

My feelings on August:

shock.gif*whisper* my precious child

Sometimes the real monsters are humans and the people who are supposed to have your back, don’t. Kate trying to please her father by doing all these horrible things and August who tries to hide his monstrous ways by acting human.

I loved that we get tons of building here, nothing was rushed, and the action was on point. We have three different types of monsters in this book: Corsai, Malchai, and Sunai. The author described each one through a song:

“Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly.
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all.”

Everything takes place in Verity; North City that Kate’s father, Callum Harker runs and South City that August adopted father, Henry Flynn runs. You want protection from the monsters? Then you pretty much have to sell your soul to Harker for protection. And selling your soul always comes with consequences. The truce that’s between Harker and Flynn is about to break and a lot of stuff start spiraling out of control. We see all of this happening within this book.

I loved the writing. Have you read Schwab? She writes in this dark way that captivates you and she writes these characters with such raw personalities. Each character, even some of the side characters have an individual story to tell and I thought that was great.

My all time favorite side character that I absolutely love and would love even more if we had a book just for her is Isla. I felt like I connected with her so much.

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The plot has tons of suspense and thriller aspects in it that include monsters and humans. Following Kate and August, we also follow their fathers and what they really stand by at the end of the day. Callum Harker is just a selfish man who does what he needs to do for his own benefit, meanwhile Henry Flynn just wants peace and safety for everyone including the monsters. Although not all monsters can be saved due to their nature.

We see Kate and August both struggle with themselves and also struggle between right and wrong, good and evil, light and darkness.

I love that the author didn’t add romance here because it was not needed at all. It wouldn’t have added to the story, if anything, romance would’ve taken away from the greatness of this dark world. I definitely recommend this!!

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59 thoughts on “This Savage Song Spoiler Free Book Review

  1. OMG that book was soooo amazing!!! I can’t wait for book 2. She’s becoming my favorite author. Everything I’ve read by her is amazing. I read A Darker Shade of Magic last year. I want to reread it before moving on to A Gathering of Shadows. And I’m currently almost done with Vicious, which already is a 5/5 🌟

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    • Right?!?! I need the second book already! I read Vicious and The Archived, loved both those books. I have ADSOM but haven’t read it yet. I think I’m going to wait till the last book comes out so I can marathon them. I love her writing, it’s so good!

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  2. I’m so excited for this book after reading your review! I found a signed copy of TSS a week ago, by pure luck, at a bookshop near me. It’s always great when you have a signed copy of a bo0ok you love, so I hope I love it too!

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  3. This is such a great review, and I am so thrilled that you loved this book as well. I am a massive V.E. Schwab fan and This Savage Song is one of my favourites of hers (my ultimate favourite remains the Shades of Magic series though).
    I don’t mind that the beginning to this book was slow just because it gave time for the world and the characters to be built up as well. It’s something in all of Schwab’s books but her world building is just beyond compare.
    Also I loved Ilsa, she was definitely my favourite side character and I can’t wait to see more of her in the second book! 😀

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  4. EPIC review Gretchen!!! Gahhhhh! This BOOK sang to my soul & now what remains in anticipation & tons of silence! lol funny thing though…I think i’m the only one that forgot about Allegro the cat! when I truly enjoyed whenever he popped up lol. Does Schwab write novellas for any of her series? cuz I’ll even take an Ilsa novella cuz she’s bae! 🙂

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  5. […] Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab Genre: YA Paranormal, Fantasy Thoughts: OMG!!! MY HEART STILL HURTS!! I have yet to write a review for this book, it should be out in the next few days. But I absolutely loved it and thought it was a great heart-wrenching conclusion. If you haven’t checked the first book, This Savage Song, I have a review for it here. […]


  6. Wow– this is a really captivating review, Gretchen! The first thing I noticed is how much your writing style has changed over the past year. Changes in writing style often happen so organically we don’t even notice the change is happening. Don’t get me wrong, I love this post! It’s just so different from your current post style. 😀

    This is the first This Savage Song post I’ve read which delves into the characters so much. I adore this! I have only read Schwab’s Shades of Magic series. But it looks like her characters are always amazing driving forces in her novels. I will definitely need to pick this up soon!

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    • Oh Jackie I really hope you do pick up this one up! And thank you so much! I have also noticed how much my writing has changed and I love my new format lol.

      I am currently reading A Darker Shade of Magic and ugh, it’s amazing!! I hope you like This Savage Song. I’ve read Vicious and The Archived by Schwab and she has a way of creating these dark mysterious characters. I love her writing!

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      • Just out of curiosity– did you make a conscious change in your review formatting? Or did that happen organically over time?

        I adore Kell and Lila. But my favorite character in the trilogy doesn’t appear until book 2. I hope you love them all! I look forward to delving deeper in Schwab’s writing, for sure. Character driven novels are my weakness.

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      • It kinda changed over time but once I noticed that I preferred the section formatting, I stuck to it. Unless it’s a mini review.

        Yes!! I heard there is a character in book 2 who is super amazing. I cannot wait to get into the whole series. I love character driven novels as well, I finish those so much quicker too lol.

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