Monsters of Verity, Book 1
by Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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.
I am a huge fan of Victoria Schwab and will immediately gravitate towards anything that she has to write, even her grocery list. So, you can just imagine just how excited I was when THIS SAVAGE SONG got into my hands and I was finally able to read it.
The beauty of THIS SAVAGE SONG is that it is wholly unique with it's world of monsters and humans and how the lines between the two can become so very blurred at times. The city in which this world stands in is divided in two. One side is ruled by a crime lord who sells protection from the monsters while the other side is ruled by the another community that are trying to protect their kind. And did I mention that a certain class of monsters have the ability to steal souls with music. Sounds amazing! Yet, I cannot explain what happened to this story for me. I normally devour anything that this author has written but this novel just didn't sing for me.
I wanted to enjoy Kate Harker and August flynn but I could not seem to get past the fact that Kate's tough act felt too contrived from the very start and August seemed too flat a character to me. It made me sad because I so desperately wanted to like them because the concept of Kate being a crime lord's daughter and Henry being the adopted child from the monster side that her father tries to control was the storyline that I always dreamed of. Yet, I could not seem to care enough about either of them until towards the end and at that point I felt it was a bit too late.
What I did enjoy was the inception of the Monsters in THIS SAVAGE SONG, the idea that these creatures were created because of violence is genius. That is why I kept going with the story and decided to see it through till the very end, but was it enough for me to continue on with the series? I can honestly say that I am not sure, but that I would try because I love her writing.