This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopia, Young Adult
He wasn’t made of flesh and bone, or starlight.
He was made of darkness.
Reading a Victoria Schwab book is like taking a breath of fresh air. Comforting, refreshing, and needed.
I’ve stared at this book for years wanting to read it but never really having the motivation to pick it up. I knew it was good. It’s written by Victoria Schwab how can it not be good? I have high praises for her even though before picking up this book, I had only read the A Darker Shade of Magic series. And missing those books made me want to pick up this book. I am so glad I did.
This book is delightfully smaller than the books I have been reading over the last few months so I devoured it in days. It ended up being what I read on the subway on my way to work, but I kept hitting PONRs and downloaded the audiobook this morning from the library to finish the book while I worked.
This Savage Song has everything I love about Schwab and everything she does well: world building, character arcs, and describing scenes so vividly you feel like you’re in the room. I love the way she writes so much that a scene from ADSOM is the first to come to mind when I think of examples of excellent writing.
I am going to keep this spoiler-free to hopefully entice you to go and pick up this book. I don’t want to hype up Victoria Schwab, but everyone should at least give one of her books a chance. If monsters and splash of dystopia then this is the V Schwab book for you. (Find my glowing review for ADSOM here)
The quick run-down of the synopsis is: August Flynn is a monster who doesn’t want to be one. Kate Harker is the daughter of the most powerful and ruthless man on her side of Verity. When given the chance to leave and spy on Kate, August jumps at the chance. Things get a little tangled and dangerous when Kate learns more about August and the monsters who usually stay in the dark, attack in the light.
Schwab’s writing is like prose, especially in this book. When writing about August’s music the words flowed on the page like a song. I couldn’t put it down and found myself wanting to ride the subway end to end so I wouldn’t have to put the book down.
One thing this book has in common with ADSOM is that the first book wraps itself up enough you could walk away if you wanted to. But, Schwab gives you little nuggets to keep you intrigued on what’s to come next.
This is only a duology and I’ve already secured my e-book and audiobook. I can’t wait to see what awaits. This Savage Song had so many twists and turns, my jaw was hanging open at one point while I was working because of a plot twist I didn’t expect.
With twelve more books to finish off before the end of the year, this was exactly the restart I needed to get me going to that finish line.
Go grab this book, you won’t regret it.