This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
V.E. Schwab does it again! Schwab is the master of dark storytelling for a reason. She doesn’t mess around when torturing us with characters that you have to love and plots that never fail to surprise you! I haven’t read a V.E Schwab book that I haven’t loved and this one is no exception!
I didn’t rate this a 5 for two reasons: 1) because nothing can compare to Vicious I’m sorry that’s just how this is going to work and 2) because the beginning for me was just a little confusing. I went in completely blind so when I started to read I just felt a little lost because not all of the information was given right away (which is fine, because it kept me wanting to read more… but also, I had to go and look up the synopsis so I wasn’t completely clueless! I just felt like I was missing something that I was already supposed to know.). But that quickly changed once I figured out what was happening and from then on, I was absolutely hooked!
This book is about August, a smol cinnamon roll that really needs a hug a monster that looks like a human and Kate a kickass powerful woman who don’t need no man but also just really wants her father’s approval. With alternating chapters, Schwab tells the tale of a divided city (Verity) that is overrun by monsters and the ongoing war between the two sides. It explores the idea of a stained soul and whether one bad deed can make a good person into a sinner.
It was really interesting to see how the two stories collided. I loved the way music was incorporated into something so dark. It was such an interesting twist to something already dark and twisted! I loved the dynamic between the two characters—especially because they were so different and so similar at the same time! The banter was beautiful! And the story telling was absolutely phenomenal!
I mean, with Schwab you already know that there’s multiple layers to the whole good vs evil thing, and this book does a spectacular job with keeping you on your toes!
I would recommend this to anyone who has read Vicious and loved it (like me), loves creepy monsters, music, awesome characters, or likes to binge watch Stranger Things. If you have a thing for dark stories with twists and turns, this is for you!