There’s no such thing as safe.
SYNOPSIS: Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.
August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.
Their city is divided.
Their city is crumbling.
Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.
But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?
About the Book
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Series Monsters of Verity #1
Format Hardcover, First Edition, 427 pages
Publisher Greenwillow Books (July 5th 2016)
Read September 9, 2016
Source OwlCrate July 2016: Good vs Evil
The story is told by two different people, and I should say “people” lightly. The first person being Kate Harker, the daughter of Callum Harker who controls part of the city and most of the monsters. It is led to believe that he does not want Kate to be anywhere near him or the city for her own protection, but that is not what Kate wants. Kate wants to be able to be the daughter of a Harker. A killer of the monsters that live within Verity.
In the beginning, she burns down the school that she was at which is run by nuns. I personally thought this was a very interesting way to introduce a character. A girl that is ruthless and evil. Someone that wants to prove herself to her father. She is eventually sent back to the city which is what she wanted and is sent to a school that is within the city boarders.
Then the book introduces us to the second main character, August Flynn. However, August is no person. He is one of the Sunai, a monster of Verity, cared for by his Flynn family. He is one of 3 sunai that exist in the world. Even though he is a monster, it’s not what August wanted. He wants to be able to help the battle that rages on between the two sides of the city. He wants to be able to feel like a normal human.
When his father gives him the opportunity to help, he leaps at the chance. It’s not what he was expecting however, he didn’t know how going to a school to keep a careful eye on someone would be of any help to their cause. As the story develops, it in fact means everything to their cause.
Talking about monsters, there are three types within this world. Every monster are created in some way. The first being the Malchai. These monsters sound like your stereotypical vampire but they are not. They drink blood. They are created from murder scenes. The second monster is Corsai. These monsters feed on flesh and bone and are created from violent acts. Last but not least, there are Sunai. These monsters are the rarest. They feed on sinners. The red souls that raise to the skin of killers, rapists, people that are wrong. Out of all of the monsters in the world, my favorite has to be the sunai. Not only do they feed on SINNERS SOULS, but they do so with music.
For August, a sunai who just wants to be normal, he does not take any pleasure from feeding. In fact he tries to avoid it if he can, but in doing so only harms himself and potentially threatens the city. For if a sunai goes dark… nothing good will come from it. Another trait of the sunai is that for every day they don’t go dark, they get a mark. For August, these marks are tallies.
Eventually within the story, the most unlikely of alliances occur between Kate and August who must fight to protect themselves. Not only does this involve other monsters, but also humans. Humans seem to be just as bad as monsters, if not worse. People that Kate thought she was protected from because of her father, are now out to kill her and August.
Overall, I absolutely adored the way that this story progresses. At the beginning I was a little bit confused, however it started getting easier by the second chapter. One of the main points I adore is the fact that this is indeed a YA novel, but with NO ROMANCE. There were moments that I thought that maybe something would happen between Kate and August, but it never did.
The story is engrossing and keeps you flipping pages, and the relationship between characters is amazing. The ending also totally catches you by surprise, along with several other twists throughout the novel. I definitely recommend this to all YA fans, especially those who like books focused more on friendship.