Book Review: This Savage Song ( Monsters of Verity#1) by Victoria Schwab

26074170This Savage Song ( Monsters of Verity#1) by Victoria Schwab 

Publisher: GreenWillow Books

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Pages: 464 (Hardcover)

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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.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, GreenWillow Books for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I’ve read Schwab’s other story, The Archived  and really enjoyed it so I was super pumped to read This Savage Song. But, like, no. So monotone, so unemotional, and just…sad. Pretty much, all I was thinking while reading this was:

 

Nothing matters in the book. And by this, I mean I could not have cared less if the whole city got eaten by monsters. The characters are not well-developed, are extremely flat, and annoying. An example would have to be August himself as he’s supposed to be watching Kate, understanding her tactics, and reporting everything back to his dad yet he doesn’t (or rarely ever does) report a damn thing. He just waits for her to show up. Again,

On top of this, the relationship between Kate and August is so fucking contrived which is pointless Since there is nothing to care about here.

But, I did like the setting. Schwab seems to spend ample amounts of time on world building, which is great because the setting is the best. Monsters! Crawling everywhere! No one is safe. I could completely believe it, feel the atmosphere of the things that go bump in the night, unfortunately, it quickly died because of everything else. Moreover, the only character I actually enjoyed was Ilsa because she is so strange yet cool and AHHH!! Picturing the stars all over her body is just so beautiful and perfect. But then again, maybe I don’t actually like the character, maybe I like the idea of this character. Either way, I’m giving Schwab points for it.

This Savage Song is flat-out a ‘meh’ book. The characters are shit with Leo leading the pack. When he did anything, I took it all in without hesitation or emotion. Moreover, because of this, the plot twists are shit, the writing is okay, and the world is excellent. Although I do recommend this book, I also recommend to go into it with an open mind as you will most likely be let down otherwise.

3 Mediocre Clouds

3 Mediocre Clouds

Song of the Week (Revamped) #5-Once in my Life by Stevie Wonder

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Song of the Week is a weekly meme of some of my current favourite songs or songs that I can’t get out of my head. Leave your favourite songs and I’ll be sure to check them out.

Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Lately, I’ve been listening to some motown / soul / feel good music and this one always perks me up. At work, when this song plays on my playlist, I have to dance no matter what I’m doing. Such a beautiful song that will never go out of style.

My favourite part:

For once I can touch what my heart used to dream of
Long before I knew
Someone warm like you
Would make my dreams come true

Listen to the song here

lyrics are here. 

Song of the Week (Revamped) #4-Drunk on the Mic by Mickey Shiloh

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Song of the Week is a weekly meme of some of my current favourite songs or songs that I can’t get out of my head. Leave your favourite songs and I’ll be sure to check them out.

Michaela “Mickey” Shiloh is an American songwriter and recording artist.

I have a love/ hate relationship with this song. It’s all over the place. The build-ups are completely random and geez auto-tune to the max! Yet whenever Drunk on the Mic comes on my Ipod, I’m always getting pumped up and screaming, “don’t let me get drunk on the mic”. It’s just that random badass song that you need in your life.

And no, Kylie Jenner is not the reason why I know this song. 

Favourite Part:

I told you that I fucked 3 guys when I was 16
What a fucking lie what a fucking lie
I only slept with one guy before you baby

Drunk on the mic
Don’t let me get
Drunk on the mic
Don’t let me get
Drunk, I’ll be in my crib crib crib
Drunk on the mic
Don’t let me get

Listen to the song here.

Lyrics are here. 

Book Review: True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

24485772True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Pages: 336 (Hardcover)

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If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy.

But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world–letters he never intends to send–he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s a boy who lingers in his thoughts.

He feels trapped by his parents, his teammates, and the lies they’ve helped him tell, and he has no idea how to escape. Is he destined to live a life of fiction?

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I’m really glad this got to be one of my first summer reads. It’s fairly light yet a solid novel. With great characters and a steady plot, Kenneth Logan delivers a lovely coming of age story. Although I didn’t absolutely love James, the secondary characters are the ones who really had me. Derek, Hawken, Topher, and the parents. They kept me lightly on my toes by not being the predictable supporting characters that I assumed they would be and I really enjoyed that.

Despite the high rating I’m giving it, there are some flaws. One of them being the intense info-dumping in the very beginning. During the first chapter, readers are handed an essay long description on characters that have yet been introduced. A prime example of this is with Theresa, where James explains their long history and feelings. This could have been easily handled with showing us the friction of their relationship rather than telling us because I started to quickly lose interest. The book, for that matter, is mostly telling rather than showing like from the letters and how James writes them to how he speaks and thinks of his friends. Instead of being put in his shoes, understanding his pain and struggle, I just felt as if I was reading a very personal, extremely distant essay (sorry for the contradiction but it’s the only way I could really explain it. Like a cold ‘I love you’). The whole book is surrounded by the letters and how they make him feel and transform him as a person but I felt this part of the novel was poorly executed because I couldn’t connect with it as I was being told about it instead of showed it. More is written about the letter than what is actually in them. Which is really sad as the letters are his way of expressing himself.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed True Letter from a Fictional Life. it’s straightforward plot wise, it contains plenty of twists, and holds some sad truths about the world we live in. I’m glad Logan made the characters different, especially with Derek because of course there are more issues outside of the LGBT community and just even shining a small light on those issues like race and religion is always appreciated. Moreover, I still liked the idea of writing letters, as a strong believer in this approach to dealing with anger (I’ve been writing letters to people since I was in grade two, I swear) I could connect with where James was coming from. looking past all of the telling and lengthy explanations, the writing itself is quite smooth. It’s easy to lose yourself in the story and keep on reading until everything gets resolved.

You should read this. It’s not a heavy book, definitely finish it within a day, no more than a week. The writing style although not unique, has a one-of-a-kind approach to a popular topic and I loved reading about it. There’s more to this novel than what one read will tell you.

4 Dreamy Clouds

Song of the Week (Revamped) #3-Bad Day by Darwin Deez

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Song of the Week is a weekly meme of some of my current favourite songs or songs that I can’t get out of my head. Leave your favourite songs and I’ll be sure to check them out.

Darwin Deez is an American indie band from New York City signed to music label Lucky Number.

I’ll be honest, it wasn’t love the first time I heard Bad Day. But it has been since the second. ‘Cuz everyday ought to be a bad day for you’ this song is spiteful, a true ‘fuck you’ song but with a happier beat. And wishing that the last page of their 800 paged novel went missing is my ultimate ‘fuck yourself’.

My Favourite part:

I hope that the last page of your 800 paged novel is missing. […]

Maybe you should wonder why your apartment is always so empty

I hope you get locked out of that apartment and have to call Jenny
Ohhhh!

Listen to the song here.

Lyrics are here.

Song of the Week (Revamped) #2-Fading Through by Wafia Ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic

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Song of the Week is a weekly meme of some of my current favourite songs or songs that I can’t get out of my head. Leave your favourite songs and I’ll be sure to check them out.

With a unique, versatile voice combined with lyrics that possess a powerful, universal quality that ensures audiences catch their breath, Wafia is a nineteen year old music-maker, heart-warmer and soul-pleaser. Her ability to hold a crowd and keep them captivated is attributed to her delicate and emotive stage presence; think descended hush, endemic goosebumps and a collective sigh of musical gratification.

If you’re a fan of Birdy and Daughter, well then Fading Through is definitely for you. The vocals all around from both bands are hauntingly beautiful and paint a lovely picture of romance. It’s an extremely slow song yet build ups are done to the fullest force. Easily one of my favourite songs of the year.

Favourite Part:

I’d climb on rooftops
To catch a glimpse of the moon
A fading trail of you
A mountain of effort
And a wall of prayer
But this war is to the death

Listen to the song here.

Lyrics are here. 

Song of the Week (Revamped) #1-It’s Strange by Louis the Child Ft. K. Flay

song of the week revamped

Song of the Week is a weekly meme of some of my current favourite songs or songs that I can’t get out of my head. Leave your favourite songs and I’ll be sure to check them out.

Hailing from Chicago, Louis The Child is an electronic music duo with the simple goal of creating music that makes people happy.

This is an extremely mellow song from the lyrics to the vocals to the beat. It’s your classic head-bobbing tune but with a twist once the beat drops. It’s Strange will easily get stuck in your head all day long because it’s pretty damn great.

My favourite part:

I make my rules and my own plans
I got no room for no man
That’s my way, that’s my way
Then I saw you in a dream right
I wanna call you, a kind of feeling
I can’t name, I can’t name

Listen to the song here.

Lyrics are here.