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

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Book Review: The Archived (The Archived#1) by Victoria Schwab

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The Archived (The Archived#1) by Victoria Schwab

Publisher: Hyperion

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: January 22, 2013

Pages: 328 (Hardcover)

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Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

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This isn’t a bad book. It truly isn’t, I really enjoyed reading about the Histories and the world they stay in. The problem is that The Archived didn’t really bring any emotions out of me. The funny parts didn’t make me laugh (couldn’t even crack a smile), the sad parts didn’t pull at my heart, nor did the story feel as intense as I wish it did. I just felt really… apathetic towards everything in this. And this, unfortunately was its downfall for me.

There are many things in the book that I found quite predictable and not in a fun way. One of those things being the love triangle/love interests. From the very page he entered the picture, I knew who and what he was without a doubt in my mind. Another thing that I disliked is the Archive itself because only Librarians are allowed to read Histories which shouldn’t be the case if it’s called The Archive. The ending is so disappointing, nothing feels exciting enough to get me ready to read the sequel except for Wes and his swoony-ness.

Wes is the best character in this book, flat-out! Not only is he absolutely loveable but he’s also always full of new tricks and helps Mac forget about all of her problems. Um, can I have a Wes of my own, please? There’s a lot of action going on in The Archived Mac is forced to fight Histories and send them back. While I was expecting her to fight one or two Histories with precise details, I was overly excited when Victoria Schwab told me about five Histories going wild. And the writing is so beautiful and smooth it’s like butter. I could read Schwab’s novels for the writing and boys alone because they are that well done.

The Archived has an okay world building and an okay love interest but it also has a kick ass heroine and some great Histories that have the tendency to go insane. So I have to recommend this to zombie lovers because that’s what I see the Histories as. And anyone looking for a swoon worthy character as well as beautiful writing. I have no hesitation believing that the second novel in this series, Unbound (I think?) is going to surpass this one.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

 

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#30

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Winger by Andrew Smith

11861815Favourite Quotes:

1. “You know, nothing ever goes back exactly the way it was. Things just expand and contract. Like the universe, like breathing. But you’ll never fill your lungs up with the same air twice. Sometimes, it would be cool if you could pause and rewind and do over. But I think anyone would get tired of that after one or two times.”

2. You can’t see around corners, so you just have to deal with it and try to stay afloat.

And things get tough.

And you’re supposed to grow up.

And it’s all a bunch of bullshit.

Sorry.

3. I found out something about words. There are plenty of words I can put on paper, words I can see with my eyes and scribble with my hand, that I never had the guts to say with my mouth. Sometimes, I used to think I was brave; but I don’t believe that anymore.

And then it’s always that one word that makes you so different and puts you outside the overlap of everyone else; and that word is so fucking big and loud, it’s the only thing anyone ever hears when your name is spoken.

And whenever that happens to us,  all the other words that make us the same disappear in its shadow.

The Archived (The Archived#1) by Victoria Schwab

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1. “When you lie to everyone about everything, what’s left? What’s true?”

“Nothing,” I say.

“Exactly.”

2. “Curiosity is a gateway drug to sympathy. Sympathy leads to hesitation. Hesitation will get you killed.”

3. “You are crazy,” he says. “You are a crazy, amazing girl. And you scare the hell out of me.”

4. Truths are messy and lies are messy, I don’t care what Da said, it’s impossible to cut a person into pie-like pieces, neat and tidy.

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

16238699Favourite quotes:

1. “Fuck the bullshit, it’s time to throw down.”

2. “Yeah, that’s totally badass. Not killing yourself even when you think you want to. Takes a lot of balls to stay alive, don’t you think?”

We all smiled because it was the truth: Living did take a lot more guts than giving up.