This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1 of 2) by Victoria Schwab
Published Year: 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
This Savage Song was my first foray into the land of Victoria (VE) Schwab, and I was not disappointed. Well, I'm only disappointed that I can't immediately leap into the second book of this series.
I listened to this one on audiobook, and while I absolutely loved the narrator, it did leave parts that were difficult to follow. However, because music and song is so important, listening over audiobook was so cool because those parts were musical! TSS is set in a futuristic version of the United States where there are three types of monsters (that sound about the monsters would totally get stuck in my head btw), and we have two main characters: Kate and August.
Kate and August are the children of each of the leaders of the North and South sides of Verity, one of the new regions of the post-apocalyptic US. AKA their enemies. Also, one of them is a monster and one of them is a monster killer. Eek. VS has this one setup for some magic, right? Well, if I wasn't already sold, and I was, their interactions are just magic in and of themselves. I couldn't get enough of them.
Book two, Our Dark Duet, comes out in June and we can definitely add that to my TBR, right now.
4 out of 5 stars.