This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
This was by first Schwab, and it was easy to see why she’s so popular. She writes like someone who has already spent an entire lifetime honing her craft. Or like someone who found a magic lamp and wished to be made one of the best writers on the planet. Either way, I applaud her.
Okay. I see several of you stroking weapons and lighting torches. Let me just say that there’s nothing wrong with this book. It just didn’t blow me away.
The first thing that hit me was the premise of this world. Monsters are real. And they don’t come from under the bed, or from in the closet. Monsters are born out of acts of evil and violence. BAD. ASS.
Beyond that, the plot was a little more simplistic than I would have liked. The city is divided into two groups and a boy from group A is pit against a girl from group B. But instead of being the enemies they’re supposed to be, they become friends. The story certainly wasn’t bad. It was well-done. I guess I was just hoping for a little more.
Of course, the parallels to Romeo & Juliet are not lost on me. I enjoyed that.
Where this story excelled was in its characters. The story was a little slower that the other things I’ve been reading lately. It felt like I kept waiting for something to happen and it just never did.
Solid, multi-dimensional, deep, distinct. You might even know someone just like each one of these characters. Someone just like them. Well… maybe you don’t know someone who turns into a monster. Or maybe you do. Some people are pretty scary before their morning coffee.
The second book to this duology is definitely on my TBR and I hope to read it sooner than later.