|This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab|
pub 7/5/16 by Greenwillow Books
YA - Urban Fantasy
Received e-ARC via Edelweiss
The book alternates between Kate and August’s perspectives and it couldn’t have been a more perfect way to emphasize their differences and just why their city is so divided. Kate’s father is a ruthless man who makes humans pay for protection from the monsters he allows to roam free. And while Kate is tough, fierce and believes she wants to be just like her father, it’s clear from the get-go that there’s more to this drive than what we’re seeing. This is where August becomes the ideal foil for her character (and vice-versa). August is actually one of the monsters to be feared except he hates it. He wants to be human, has a good heart and wants to be more like his father, who struggles to keep the peace and his family safe. Kate and August paths cross when August joins her high school to keep an eye on her but as you can imagine, Kate is super paranoid and figures it out. It isn’t before long that the line between enemies and friends begins to blur and for me, that’s when the book really started to get interesting. I was impressed by the plot twists and the details that came together and I’m looking forward to seeing how Schwab will resolve it all.
(Some) reservationsAgain, I thought the introduction was a bit jarring. I was reading this with Alexa (for Friends with ARCs) and at one point I said to her, I have no idea what’s going on. Words and politics are just sort of thrown at you and I think it could’ve gone smoother. Likewise, I wish we had a better understanding of the characters at the start, namely Kate. Even though both Kate and August are the “main” characters, I did feel like this was primarily Kate’s story and I didn’t connect to her until much later.
Do I recommend?Yes! It’s made me curious about the rest of Victoria Schwab’s books and while I don’t necessarily need the sequel tomorrow, I do want to know how the conclusion of this duology will unfold.
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