This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.
Summary 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.
First, I though the whole idea of this book was so cool. It was so different, I’ve never read anything like it. I also love Victoria Schwab’s writing. It’s so beautiful. I’m also really excited that this is a duology, I definitely wanted more after reading this one.
Going back to the writing style, it was so amazing how Victoria was able to write so beautifully about such a non-beautiful world. The way she described everything was just breathtaking. I really love how original this story was, too.
I’m going to start discussing the story now. So you may want to leave if you haven’t read this book yet. Come back after you’ve read this! 🙂
I loved the three types of monsters in this book. The Sunai are so cool. I think it’s so beautiful the way they kill for souls with their music. It’s not violent at all.
I really love how the friendship was so strong in this. There was no romance and I felt like that fit the story perfectly. The bond Kate and August shared was strong, but not romantic and that fit their personalities well.
I kept having so many questions that it just kept me reading. I was so curious about the world and these monsters.
I really liked Isla, August’s sister. She was such a beautifully well written character.
I loved Kate’s opening scene when she burned down the church. Lol.
I thought it was so cool how in the beginning of this book Kate was totally in control. But August really developed as a character and it was more like they were supporting each other and no one was in control.
I overall just really liked August and Kate’s characters. They were so different, but the contrast really worked well in this story.
This was overall a very good book, I definitely will be reading more Victoria Schwab.
5 out of 5 stars