Title: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: 2017 (2016)
Source: Borrowed from Library
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 devoured This Savage Song almost as if I were one of the monsters in the book! The premise is imaginative and well developed. The characters are captivating, especially August. And there is a terrific energy accompanying the fast-paced action and adventure. Being a music-lover, I adored the way music wove through this narrative, and, as always, Schwab's descriptive passages are perfectly balanced, telling you enough without getting in the way of the reader's own imagination. I have placed a hold on book two at my local library and I can't wait to read the conclusion to this thrilling, atmospheric tale.