This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet – Victoria Schwab – Book Review


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Meet the Author:

Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”



Monsters of Verity Series





This Savage Song

& Our Dark Duet


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)



Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy





This Savage Song

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.


Our Dark Duet


KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.



Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?




This review will be about This Savage Song and The Dark Duet.

After reading the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab I was curious about Monsters of Verity, and I’m so glad I read it because I LOVED this series.

F A B U L O U S !!!

I didn’t really know what this series was all about, it was recommend to me after Shades of Magic and all I knew was that I wanted to read them. I was not disappointed. The book captured my attention from the very first page.

It was so easy to connect with August and Kate.

Both were amazingly complex characters, with interesting backgrounds and distinctive personalities. At the beginning August and Kate came from very opposite sites. They lived in different parts of the city, their families fought against each other, and Kate grew up hating what August stood for.

But when they needed each other, and had to depend on each other to survive, lines were smudged and black and white turned into grey. Suddenly what they thought they knew about each other was turned upside down. Interestingly enough August and Kate found each other on the same side, fighting to survive and realizing that they were not as different as they thought.

The storyline was captivating and fascinating.

Monsters vs Humans. That’s a plot that always gets me. But this time the monsters weren’t as clearly defined and suddenly the plot was so much more complex and layered. Nothing was as it seemed. Twists and revelations throughout the book kept me guessing. And fascinating characters on both sides drew me in until the very end.

The end broke my heart!!!!!

But still, this series was fascinating from beginning to end.

The audiobook was a fantastic experience. It had one narrator, Therese Plummer, which did an amazing job giving August and Kate distinctive voices as well as keeping me glued to my phone. Two thumps up!!



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9 thoughts on “This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet – Victoria Schwab – Book Review

        1. I think so. Shades was incredibly layered and complex. It took me too long to feel invested in the characters. ;-( I think I would have needed a few more books. But I really liked book 3. So if she ever goes back to that world I’ll be right there.

  1. Dude, you really hit the nail on the head with that review: Monsters versus Humans, but suddenly you don’t really know which is which, or which is Good/Evil, etc. It was such an interesting world, and Icontinue being impressed with Schwab’s worldbuilding, because she makes you feel immersed in a whole different world but with remarkably little description/infodumps, it all feels so natural. And yeah, heartbroken 🙁

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