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New Review! -This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab


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Teen Advisory Board Member Tiffany Reviews This Savage Song

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

by Victoria Schwab

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. The first of two books.

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.

Possibly the best things about this novel are the complex characters and their compelling dynamic.  August in a soul-sucking monster who hates himself for it and yearns to be human; Kate is a human girl who is desperate to please her father by becoming monstrously powerful.  She is willing to do whatever it takes, and her ambition shows in her snarky attitude and intimidating actions.

If you’re looking for an alluringly dark book with complex characters to get attached to, This Savage Song is just for you.