I only read one book last month (seriously, where did September go?) but I’ve already started three (at the same time) for my October reads. This brings my total read this year to 22 out of my goal of 25. You can follow along with my reading and this year’s Reading Challenge on Goodreads here.
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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
This Savage Song is the first book in the ‘Monsters of Verity’ series by Victoria Schwab, also known as V.E. Schwab, author of my favorite series, ‘Shades of Magic.’ She apparently goes by Victoria for her YA books and V.E. for her adult releases, but either way her writing and world building are delightful.
From the Goodreads blurb:
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake.
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.
Being that this was a YA release, I knew going in that it was intended for a younger audience than myself, and it did come across that way in some ways. I never let that bother me though, because I enjoy adventurous storylines and the lack of true-to-life seriousness every once in a while. I think that’s why I gravitate toward fantasy so often.
This one was absolutely fantasy, but it reminded me somewhat of a Romeo and Juliet storyline…two people from two opposing sides coming together, learning to understand each other, and wanting nothing more than for the fighting to end so they can live their lives in peace. Though unlike Romeo & Juliet, this book was not centered on some agonizing love story, which I really appreciated for a YA book. There was definitely a slow burn starting up by the end, which I’m sure we’ll see more of in book two, but I love that Schwab never makes the love stories the center of her stories. (Same with ADSOM.) Her female characters are independent and fierce, and rebellious Kate Harker of this story was no exception.
The concept of how the monsters came into existence was extremely creative and sometimes felt like a metaphor for the evil inside of us in real life. The plot moved quickly and I didn’t see the twist coming at the end, so of course I’m curious about what happens next.
The second—and final—book of this series is Our Dark Duet, which released this past June. I’ll probably pick it up at some point, but I have so many more books in line to be read sooner. Of course, Sony has already grabbed up the rights to make the movie, but these days it seems every popular book gets grabbed up with no plans in sight. There is currently little info and no casting or dates, but whenever it is produced I’m sure it will be a hit with the YA demographic. I’m still waiting for further movie news on Shades of Magic…
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For October, I’m currently reading The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (I figured why not, since I’m so obsessed with the show,) and A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke…which I am LOVING!
What are you reading right now? Anything to recommend?