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Book Review: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Book Review: This Savage Song 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.Book Review This Savage Song Victoria Schwab

My Review

There are monsters in this book! Need I say more? I have read reviews that say her other books are much better, but this is the first book I ever read so I can’t really compare.

“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.”


It was set in a world where a city is divided in two and they are at the brink of war. While they MC’s are trying to be what they are not. And, oh! monsters are killing folks all around. So, basically, it was just monsters vs humans during most of the book. Therefore, it’s safe to say the plot in the book wasn’t anything very interesting. Yet, I absolutely loved it! What I loved most though was how Schwab showcases how monstrous humans can be.

There were times in the book where I was truly scared. The flesh-eating Corsai, the blood-drinking Malchai, and the rarest, most mysterious of all: the soul-stealing Sunai. It’s enough to terrify anybody! But what scared me most, were not the monsters themselves but the act of violence that occurred BEFORE a monster is created. See, I told you I loved how she showcases how monstrous our race can be (yes, I know I am repeating myself, but I NEED you to know!).

Having said that, though, I also had a hard time understanding and grasping all the terms and the general layout of the town in the beginning of the book. But once that was done, the book flowed quite fast and kept me hooked.

Rating: 3.5/5


The writing was decent but the story was very gripping. The descriptions and details just added to the horror.I was instantly sucked into the story and couldn’t stop reading

This Savage Song By Victoria Schwab

I read this book within 5 hours. Which means, I was reading till 4.30 in the morning knowing I had to wake up at 6.30. Yes, I woke up at 6.30 and felt like a zombie the entire day. But would I trade the book for sleep? NOPE!   

Rating: 3.5/5


I loved both our MC’s. The story is narrated from both their perspective. Schwab also, effortlessly, integrated the issue of identity into this book. For instance,


Is the daughter of a crime-lord and wanted to be bitter and CRUEL. Which she was in the book, but it was forced. Because she just wasn’t that person. It broke my heart to see her try to please her father by being a person she wasn’t.


He is a soul eating Sunai but all he wanted to be was human. And gosh, I love him SO MUCH! He is more human than most humans in the book, tbh. He is adorable, sweet, beautiful and just…ugh so many things all good. So, yeah, you know I love him, right? I hope I made that clear <3

What made everything even better? There was no romance! None at all. And it worked so well guys, I cannot even begin to tell you.

Rating: 4.5/5

Overall, I was very very happy with this book. The story was just the right amount of creepy. The ending was very open and I am hoping there will be a sequel. 

Do I recommend it? Hell yeah!

Have you read the book? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks

    I’m glad to hear you liked this book so much, Sush! <3 I have read ADSOM and AGOS from Schwab so far, and I loved both. I have been meaning to pick up that one someday, hearing pretty good things about it as well. Glad to hear you loved it 🙂

    August 24, 2016 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Kat Impossible

    I am so glad you liked this one! I have read the Shades of Magic books by Schwab as well as this one and I actually prefer This Savage Song. There is still so much to explore and I cannot wait to read the other books, but my love for August is undying. He has instantly become my precious baby <3

    August 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm
    • Reply ferventlycurious

      I know right? August is perfect! ❤️ This was my first book written by her though so I am looking forward to reading other books by her

      September 15, 2016 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Amel

    Great review <3
    I've not read any books by V.S yet. Do you think this is a good place to start?

    August 24, 2016 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Boekennerd

    I bought this book last year and I’m really looking forward to reading it. Great review!

    August 24, 2016 at 10:28 pm
    • Reply Sushmita

      Hi! Sorry for such a late reply. Lost touch with blogging for a long time and then got busy trying to launch this blog. I hope you have read the book by now? What did you think about it? Did you like it?

      August 8, 2017 at 4:01 pm
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