This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity book #1) by Victoria Schwab:
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.
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.
OKAY BUT CAN I JUST SAY WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE THIS BOOK IS? I mean you go into thinking it’s going to have some dystopian cliches but that’s not the case at all. The story hooks you from the start and has you turning page after page to devour all the action and thrill. The book is set in a dark, spine chilling atmosphere and the monsters are so interesting to read about! Our female protagonist is a badass and sort of rebellious too, and her character is so strong!Besides that, let’s talk about our male protagonist who somehow manages to be a badass, as well as a smol soft lost puppy (for me at least). Romance between them IS NOT the main element of the story (barely there), but to see their relationship/alliance developing was wonderful.
The idea for this book was completely unique and original and it just grasped me from the start and left me thinking wow, Victoria is a genius! It’s relatively fast paced (while simultaneously the world at that time is being described to us) and leaves your heart hammering! Also, it doesn’t show the main characters as being completely good or bad but in “shades of grey”. I loved August’s relationship with his “sister” and human parents.
My rating: 5/5
Would I recommend it? YASSSSS
Quote(s) ; “Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
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.”
“Whatever he was made of — stardust or ash or life or death — would be gone.
Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
In with gunfire and out with smoke.
And August wasn’t ready to die.
Even if surviving wasn’t simple, or easy, or fair.
Even if he could never be human.
He wanted the chance to matter.
He wanted to live.”
“You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”
Okay, this book was written beautifully and it’s just amazing SO PLEASE GO READ IT AND THANK ME LATER. I read it a couple of months ago and I want to reread. *my ever growing pile of TBR glares at me* oh well. Anyways, what are some of the books that you read whose idea took you by surprise?