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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, book 1)

by Victoria Schwab

Rated: Moderate

Violence breeds violence. Monsters roam the city of Verity and all August Flynn wants to be is human and shrink away from what he is. All Kate Harker wants is to show her father she can be just as feared as he is, that she belongs with him and not in boarding school after boarding school. August wants to do more to help the innocent, but when he’s given the assignment to keep an eye on Kate, he’s not pleased. Kate learns his secret and knows it’s her opportunity to prove herself to her father. But when monsters suddenly attack her, Kate and August are forced to work together. The two find themselves fighting for their lives as tensions in the monster-filled city escalate. They are desperate to find somewhere safe, but there’s no such thing as safe. Not in Verity.

This book started a bit slow and lost me a few times when attempting to provide some background to the setting and the situation. It did pick up later, though, and ended with a bang. The idea is creative and unique. I can’t say I’ve read anything that is quite like it. Kate and August are easy to root for and their tense relationship is one you’ll want to follow.

Rated: Moderate for some swearing, mostly mild swears but a couple stronger ones, and some gory depictions of violence, as well as some darker themes.

— Reviewed by Kristin Curtis

Kristin Curtis is an avid reader and writer. So, of course, she earned a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2014.

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  • This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, book 1)
  • by Victoria Schwab
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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