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This Savage Song (vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Victoria Schwab (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Monsters of Verity (1)

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"As the heirs to opposing sides in a warring city, Kate Harker and Augustus Flynn should never have met. A Romeo and Juliet-esque fantasy about the difference between good and evil and the blurry gray area in between"--
Jäsen:phreadingcentre
Teoksen nimi:This Savage Song
Kirjailijat:Victoria Schwab (Tekijä)
Info:Greenwillow Books (2016), 464 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 81) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I despised the ending. The last little section, before you close the book. NO NO NO,self defense, accidents should not cause monsters to form. At least not the same type as murder. ( )
  Wanda-Gambling | Feb 18, 2021 |
In the future, America has fractured into territories, named after character traits, and values, such irony. Monsters exist in the real world, in cities and towns, brought forth by violent crime. V-City is the setting of our story, and is divided in two, each side run by a different family. The Harker side keeps its own monsters branded, and people pay for protection. The Flynn side fights monsters and patrols the streets to keep crime in check.

Kate Harker has finally come home after getting kicked out of her fifth boarding school; the daughter of the Boss, she just wants to prove herself to her father and be a family again. August Flynn goes undercover at the same school as Kate, to keep an eye on her and get information. August is not a true son, because he is a Sounai, a monster who feeds on souls of the wicked, but he just wants to be human.

So this sounds like a Romeo and Juliet set up doesn’t it? But there is no romance, and Kate and August are enemies., at least at first. It's a series starter that I like very much. I’m curious to see how this plot plays out. The ending is satisfactory but the epilogue sets up the next book nicely. ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
Series Info/Source: I borrowed this audiobook through Audible Plus. This is the first book in the Monsters of Verity duology.

Story (3/5): This was fine but definitely didn't blow me away. The concept is interesting, people create real actual monsters with their evil acts and this has led (somewhat) to the collapse of society. However, I have a huge issue that the history and concept are never well explained and filled out. The whole “monsters being created” thing sounded really cool, except for then it wasn't.

There are only three types of monsters and they are all very typical; you didn't get much explanation for why there are only three types and why they formed as one of those three types. I expected a lot more creativity around this and a lot more variety. In the end it was more of just two factions in the city duking it out for control of the city's people.

Characters (3/5): This is a very character driven novel but I never really liked the characters much. They don't have a lot of depth and don't really grow or change over the course of the story.

Setting (3/5): The city of Verity should be really awesome with its divided layout and monstrous inhabitants. However, the setting was never well built out and just seemed like any other city with maybe a few more creepy people/monsters around. You do hear a bit about cities outside of Verity but in general the setting and world-building here are pretty thin.

Writing Style (3/5): The book is decently written but in the end I found the whole thing fairly pedestrian. I didn't absolutely hate it but I won't be continuing with the series. The world-building is okay, the characters aren’t all that likable, and things weren’t very well built out. In general Scwab has been very hit or miss for me. I really love her Cassidy Blake series but thought “Vicious” was only so-so. I have not read her Shades of Magic series yet.

My Summary (3/5): Overall this was okay but not great. Unfortunately for this book I read it in between a lot of other really amazing novels. Everything about this felt a bit weak to me...the world, the characters, the story. I don’t plan on finishing up this duology. ( )
  krau0098 | Oct 9, 2020 |
Liked this one a lot. Almost gave it five stars but i wasn’t super connected to the characters. Didn’t hate them and didn’t think they were bad or underdeveloped, just ( )
  Krissxten | Oct 1, 2020 |
"Yeah. I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that."

waahh. goodbye book slump.


-- SUPER SLIGHT SPOILERS --


Victoria Schwab did not let me down.

This book is so original and unique (practically all her books are), but it's one of those books that hile you are reading it you realize "why hasn't anyone else thought of a story like this one".


Why 4 stars:
As amazing as the characters and the story were, I found myself needing more of a plot and more variety in characters and world building. I have always been a fan of complicated characters and plots when it comes to fantasy books and I guess that was the only thing I was looking for.

Aside from this, almost everything about this book blew me because I had no idea what was going to happen next and everything just kept me on my toes the whole time I was reading. It was fun let me tell you. From the plot, to the characters, the world itself, it was good.


Characters:
"I read somewhere, that people are made of stardust."
AUGUST FLYNN MY BABY and KATE!! THAT BAD ASS LITTLE GIRL. I loved the chemistry between these two. There was barely anything that said implied that they viewed each other romantically which I LOVE LOVE LOVED so much. I just wish some characters were explained more. There wasn't much of a character development but more of a character revealing I guess. The characters were explained much more towards the end but I still found that pretty lacking, but I am expecting this problem to be solved by the second book.

We are always used to those heroes saving the day and good people being the center and main characters, but everything is so subtle here that you don't even realize that you are learning to love all of these "evil" characters. I mean, our two main characters here are not exactly good people in nature.. I guess (readers you know what I mean). My point is, they are not usual heroes, and I think that was a very important aspect that I see in books.


Plot:
I actually wanted more substance in the story and more characters to be introduced and explained which was not really done here. Though, everything is so unique that it kind of makes up for it. The other weak thing here is how the world seems so compressed in the city of Verity and not any of the other territories. Although, again, everything is PRETTY UNIQUE that you probably won't care about anything else. Trust me, you aren't going to be getting your usual cliche story here, anywhere, throughout the book.


Theme:
The whole theme of this book was UH-MAI-ZING. I never thought I needed a story like this until I was reading it. All these monsters, but not monsters, in a world of humans. Some of them are losing their lives because of it while others are being their ignorant selves.

This also isn't exactly a happy book. It's quite sad if you ask me. Which I think is what adds to the originality and the uniqueness of it all.


Music Incorporation:
"the staccato of the gunshots"
Speaking as a musician, I am happy with how she added music into the story (not how someone smashed someone's head with August's violin tho, anger). I really feel like there could have been more but I am already happy to see something that I do be incorporated to a story that I love. Music here wasn't something that was just introduced into the story and then forgotten. It is in the heart of the story itself and that satisfied me a lot.


Writing Style:
I love how Victoria's writing style practically makes up for all the weak points. I don't even want to go all critic here because I just loved the book in general. I don't know how else to explain this but Victoria Schwab is someone who all fantasy book readers need to read. She has this way of writing that cannot get me to stop reading. It's so unique, beautiful, deep, realistic, all at the same time.


"He could be the monster, if that kept others human."

I don't know if I was able to complete this review properly but this is what books do to you.

This was a really great read that kept me on my toes the whole time and brought me to a whole new fandom. Fans of Victoria Schwab need to experience this. I do not want to give high expectation to anyone who is reading this review and still hasn't read the book, but just go in and enjoy the world. This should go for any book for the matter. Anyways, I am definitely starting the next book as soon as possible.


"where are you?" ( )
  themoonwholistens | Aug 31, 2020 |
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