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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
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This Savage Song (edition 2020)

by Victoria Schwab (Author)

Series: Monsters of Verity (1)

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#1 New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year There's no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed 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, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor. 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. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side--including the monsters within.… (more)
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Title:This Savage Song
Authors:Victoria Schwab (Author)
Info:Greenwillow Books (2020), Edition: Revised, 480 pages
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This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

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    passion4reading: Urban fantasy that explores the difference between monsters born and monsters made.
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Really interesting premise and superb world building. I want more information about August's final transformation and why he suddenly had so much control...

I can't wait for the sequel. ( )
  brittaniethekid | Jul 7, 2022 |
Recensione: http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2017/07/recensione-117-questo-canto-selvaggio.h...



« Avrebbe potuto andarle peggio – la perdita dell’udito era solo parziale – ma era troppo furba per permettere che altri le vedessero. Erano un segno di debolezza, comunque, e la debolezza non si doveva mai mostrare: glielo aveva insegnato Harker a dodici anni, quando le cicatrici erano ancora recenti. "Perché?" gli aveva chiesto, siccome era giovane e stupida. "Ogni debolezza espone la carne" le aveva risposto. "E la carne invita il coltello." »


Questo Canto Selvaggio è un libro che mi ha attirato fin dalla sua uscita in lingua e che purtroppo a suo tempo non ho potuto comprare. Sullo sfondo di una città divisa in due fazioni a causa di una guerra di potere tra Haker, uomo potente e spietato che ha conquistato la parte Nord, ed Henry Flynn, che è riuscito a tenersi la parte Sud, due ragazzi si incontrano. E non sono due ragazzi qualsiasi.
Katie è la figlia di Callum Haker. Fin da subito questo personaggio mi ha attratto per la sua particolarità. Combatte la sua vera essenza per dimostrarsi una degna erede di suo padre, per dimostrargli di appartenere a V-City quanto lui. Il suo passato, la morte della madre, le aspettative del padre, nulla la lascia in pace, tanto che alcuni personaggi le dicono spesso che pare tesa, nervosa, ansiosa. Il desiderio di piacere al padre le fa adottare un comportamento piuttosto duro, a volte spietato nei confronti di chi le si para davanti.
August, invece, è un Sunai. Un mostro. È stato adottato da Flynn assieme a due altri Sunai e parteggia per lui in questa guerra, tanto da essere inserito in una scuola nella parte Nord della città per tenere d'occhio Katie. Fin da subito ci rendiamo conto che è un personaggio molto particolare. Anche lui, come Katie, combatte contro la sua vera essenza. Vorrebbe essere normale, umano, ma non lo è. Si nutre di cose molto diverse dal cibo che mangiamo noi.
Il rapporto tra i due personaggi, i segreti tra loro, tutto è fondamentale per la storia e per la guerra tra le due fazioni. Non c'è spazio per amore o altre dolcezze: V-City è una città spietata e senza cuore, e mentre nella parte Nord c'è un velo di finzione che illude gli abitanti, la parte Sud ne è totalmente priva e li espone alla realtà oggettiva delle cose.
Per questo libro ho sentito solo cose positive, e mi rendo conto del perché. Tutto, dai personaggi all'ambientazione, attrae il lettore. Lo stile di scrittura, poi, rende tutto talmente fluido che si arriva alla fine del libro senza neanche essersene accorti! Si ha proprio l'impressione che la storia ti scorra davanti agli occhi, un'immersione totale che ho apprezzato.
Haker e Flynn paiono molto diversi, ma non so fino a che punto, davvero. Haker ha come obiettivo solo la scalata verso il potere. Instilla la paura nelle persone che gli stanno attorno, si arricchisce sui loro bisogni. Flynn, invece, cerca di tenere stretto il potere che Haker sta cercando di toglierli, e non si ferma neanche davanti a conseguenze catastrofiche.
Entrambi i contendenti usano i mostri di cui le persone normali hanno paura, ma in modo molto diverso. Haker sfrutta i due tipi di creature più spietati: Malchai e Corsai. Di loro tutti hanno paura, ed è per questo che Haker li utilizza, li rende sue proprietà, tanto da marchiarli. I bambini cantano persino una canzoncina inquietantissima sui tre tipi di mostri.
I Sunai, ovvero i mostri come August, hanno scelto di stare dalla parte di Flynn. Sono mostri diversi, che si nutrono di anime corrotte. Ed è questo che li rende così diversi. I Sunai hanno anche una relazione molto particolare con la musica, tanto che una delle cose più preziose per August è il suo violino. È una cosa che ho trovato interessante perché non credo di aver mai letto una cosa del genere in un romanzo, mi è parso nuovo, "fresco".
Tutto si lega alla perfezione, creando un ottimo romanzo con personaggi e ambientazioni interessanti e raccontato in uno stile che accalappia e non lascia andare.
Io personalmente l'ho trovato un ottimo libro e ve lo consiglio! ( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
FIVE STARS 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD WHEN DOES THE NEXT ONE COME OUT I NEED IT RIGHT NOW ( )
  alexisxnicole | May 12, 2022 |
Cover: Beautiful!
Rating: 4 Stars
Overall: Beautifully written
Characters: Well Written
Plot: What happens when a human and a monster who, from the start, are sworn enemies, are forced to rely on each other if they wish to live?
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Source: Library

Short Review:
Again I seem to have a thing for dark fantasies! I wasn't sure I would like this book going in, and maybe that's why it seemed to start slow, but as soon as things started to unravel for the two main characters I was instantly hooked! I loved how the author used both the two main characters, and each of the side characters to both set the tone, and the pace of this book. In Verity there are two sides, the North owned my rich, selfish, human Harker, and the South controlled by the FTF military force who in some ways are seen as the 'heros' who fight for good and peace. The catch? Both have ties to the 'monsters' but in very different ways.

For my full review, and others visit my blog: Adventures Thru Wonderland
http://adventuresthruwonderland.blogspot.com/

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  Bookslesstravelled | Apr 15, 2022 |
Quite dark, but really good. Interesting commentary on monsters and humans and who is truly capable of evil. Looking forward to the next one. ( )
  KimZoot | Jan 2, 2022 |
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Plenty of humans are monstrous, and plenty of monsters know how to play at being human.
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To the strange, and the mad, and the monstrous
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The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn't angry or drunk.
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#1 New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year There's no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed 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, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor. 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. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side--including the monsters within.

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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.
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Urban fantasy
explores the difference between
monsters born and made.
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