Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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

“There’s no such thing as safe.”

“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.” - taken from Goodreads.com

Kate Harker wishes that she could be a monster. August Flynn is but all he wants is to be human. Verity is filled with monsters and Verity City is divided in half after the phenomenon twelve years ago in which violence began to have very real consequences. Every act of violence in V City leads to the production of a monster, the more violent, the deadlier the monster. Callum Harker, Kate’s father, rules the northern part of the city through fear and intimidation. Citizens are only under his protection if they pay for it and the Malchai, monsters that are the product of killing, have pledged their loyalty. Henry Flynn, rules the southern half by protecting its citizens through an armed force that includes three Sunai, the rarest monsters produced from mass killings.

After burning down a chapel at her sixth boarding school, Harker finally relents to Kate returning to V City and home. She will be attending Colton Academy as a senior. Kate only wants her father to see her as his daughter and heir. August’s Sunai brother, Leo, convinces their father to allow August to leave their compound and attend Colton. His job is to get close to Kate Harker and gather information. The tenuous truce between the north and south is strained to the point of breaking and the Flynn’s think that they can use Kate as leverage. August isn’t sure that it is such a great idea.

Once at Colton, August and Kate find themselves drawn to one another. The more Kate digs for information on “Freddie Gallagher”, August’s pseudonym, and finds nothing, she realizes that August just might be Henry Flynn’s unknown third Sunai. When her plan to bring August to her father and gain his approval ends in an attempted assassination attempt on her life that is staged to look like August was behind it. Soon, August Flynn is the only “person” Kate can trust when her father doesn’t believe his trusted Malchai, Sloan, is behind everything. On the run for their lives, August and Kate learn that the boundaries between human and monster aren’t clear cut.

Who tried to kill Kate Harker? Can August keep her safe? Who can the two of them trust? Will the truce in V City break? Is Kate Harker really a “monster” and following in her father’s footsteps? Does August embrace his monster side and turn over Kate or will his humility win out?

With that chilling ending, reader will be eagerly awaiting on the conclusion with Our Dark Duet in 2017. The movie rights to the book have also been sold.

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