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This Savage Song
This Savage Song | V.E Schwab
Kate Harker and August Flynn's families rule opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where violent acts summon real monsters: bloodsucking Malchai; clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai. The truce that keeps the families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker's men try to kill her and pin it on the Flynns, August and Kate find themselves running from both sides, in a city where monsters are real...
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Nessavamusic
This Savage Song | Victoria Schwab
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I really like V.E. Schwab‘s adult books, and I‘ve had this one on my shelf for a while so I finally got to it. This is a well crafted YA Urban fantasy with horror elements. In this world monsters are created through trauma - different types depending on the trauma. Our protagonists are the children of two powerful antagonists, so a small Romeo & Juliet vibe. I liked it, but didn‘t love it, mainly I think I am done with YA. 4⭐️ ⬇️

Nessavamusic If you like darker YA, this duology is definitely for you. Triggers - loss of a parent, a hint at school violence. 3w
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Sharv_Sona
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I don‘t know what to say about this book. It is so well written, and I feel as if V.E. Schwab is turning into my favourite author. This book was really heartbreaking, wholesome, and brilliant all at the same time, and I think that when an author can do that, they truly deserve a medal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
In gunfire and out with smoke.
And August wasn‘t ready to die.
Even if surviving wasn‘t simple, or easy, or fair.
Even if he could never be human.
He wanted the chance to matter.
He wanted to live.

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Sharv_Sona
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“Why are there so many shadows in the world, Kate? Shouldn‘t there be just as much light?”

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I know it‘s a horrible picture but there‘s only so much I can do when it‘s dark 🤷🏻‍♀️

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“Why do you even want to be human? We‘re fragile. We die.”
“You also live. You don‘t spend every day wondering why you exist, but don‘t feel real, why you look human but can‘t be. You don‘t do everything you can to be a good person only to have it constantly thrown in your face that you‘re not a person at all.”

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Sharv_Sona
This Savage Song | V.E Schwab

A gust of wind rustled the branches overhead, sending down a shower of dying leaves, and between the fruit in his hand and his colourless eyes and the golden leaf stuck in his black curls, Freddie Gallagher looked more like a painting than a boy.

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Sharv_Sona
This Savage Song | V.E Schwab

People are users. It‘s a universal truth. Use them, or they‘ll use you.

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“Every weakness exposes flesh,” he‘d said, “and flesh invites s knife.”

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Violence breeds violence.

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Lovelylottereader
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I don‘t even know what to say. This book had me on the edge of my seat from the start.
VE Schwab has done it again.
I loved the characters in this book and was so invested in the plot line that, now, my family is worried about the kind of books I read, since I could not shut up about it. 5⭐️

P.S. I know I‘m foolish, hoping for happy endings in these kinds of books but let me tell you, this ending, I did not see coming.

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Lovelylottereader
This Savage Song | V.E Schwab

He could be the monster, if that kept others human.

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And he would be gone.
Whatever he was made of—stardust or ash or life or death—would be gone.
Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
In with gunfire and out with smoke.
And August wasn‘t ready to die.
Even if surviving wasn‘t simple, or easy, or fair.
Even if he could never be human.
He wanted the chance to matter.
He wanted to live.

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Lovelylottereader
This Savage Song | V.E Schwab

"It hurts," he whispered.
"What does?" asked Kate.
"Being. Not being. Giving in. Holding out. No matter what I do, it hurts."
Kate tipped her head back against the tub. "That's life. August," she said. "You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn't matter if you're monster or human. Living hurts."

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Lovelylottereader
This Savage Song | V.E Schwab

“Why are there so many shadows in the world, Kate? Shouldn‘t there be just as much light?”

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“Okay, August,” she said, trying to keep her voice calm and even. “I won‘t let you fall.”

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“I read somewhere,” said Kate, “that people are made of stardust.”
He dragged his eyes from the sky. “Really?”
“Maybe that‘s what you‘re made of. Just like us.”
And despite everything, August smiled.

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Lovelylottereader
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“Why would you ever want to be human? We‘re fragile. We die.”
“You also live. You don‘t spend every day wondering why you exist, but don‘t feel real, why you look human, but can‘t be. You don‘t do everything you can to be a good person only to have it constantly thrown in your face that you‘re not a person at all.”

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Lovelylottereader
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“You‘re a really shitty monster, August Flynn.”

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It was like the cusp between waking and sleep, where you couldn‘t hold on to your thoughts. Couldn‘t hold on to anything.
But she held on to him.

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Lovelylottereader
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Don‘t push her away, said one voice, while another warned, Don‘t get too close. How was he supposed to do both?

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Lovelylottereader
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It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he felt human only after doing something monstrous.

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“What is this?” hissed the Malchai in chains. “You send a child to dispatch me?”
“I send my daughter,” replied Harker coolly. “And if you think that‘s a mercy, you don‘t know her.”

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Lovelylottereader
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“We are not servants. We are not slaves. We are wolves among sheep. Monsters among men. And we will rise.”

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Even monsters feared death.

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“We are the darkest acts made light.”

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“We are not Corsai, swarming like insects. We are not Malchai, feeding like beasts. Sunai are justice. Sunai are balance. Sunai are—“
“Self-righteous and prone to speaking in third person?” cut in August before he could stop himself.

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Lovelylottereader
This Savage Song | V.E Schwab

She gestured to the patch of pavement, the border of grass. “What brings you to my office?”
He looked around, confused, as if he‘d actually intruded. Then he looked up and said, “The view.”
Kate flashed a crooked grin. “Oh really?”
His face went red. “I didn‘t mean you,” he said quickly. “I was talking about the trees.”
“Wow,” she said dryly. “Thanks. How am I supposed to compete with pine and oak?”

Lovelylottereader “I don‘t know,” said Freddie, cocking his head. Stray dog again. “They‘re pretty great.” 3mo
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Lovelylottereader
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He‘d been talking about monsters, not teenagers, but they had a lot in common.

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He was determined to keep her “safe.” Which meant out of the way, since there was no such thing as safe in this place, no matter which half you called home.

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“Monsters, monsters, big and small…”

This is so wonderfully creepy, I love it!

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Lovelylottereader
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Good and bad were weak words.

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Lovelylottereader
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Kate had no pretensions—she knew her father was a bad man—but this city didn‘t need a good one.

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Lovelylottereader
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Truth wasn‘t the same thing as fact. It was personal.

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Lovelylottereader
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“Which am I?” asked August, pulling away. “Your weakness, or your strength?”
Emily‘s warm brown eyes went wide and flat as the word spilled out. “Both.”

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Where are you, Kate?

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Lovelylottereader
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Is this a Vicious reference?! I love it.

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Lovelylottereader
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The dedications on all of VE Schwab‘s books are always great!

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Eggs
This Savage Song | Victoria Schwab
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Tagged (and its sequel Our Dark Duet) are dark urban fantasy, not my cup of tea, but they were so compelling!

Favorite genre 📜🗝🪦⚖️🪖👵🏻 wow this is hard

BC it‘s based on true events

Cover art!!!

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

DHill Same for tagged and sequel! 3mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for the tag! 3mo
Dragon Thanks for the tag 💚🐉 3mo
Clwojick Agreed! I loved This Savage Song and (edited) 3mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
This Savage Song | Victoria Schwab
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#MusicRelated 🎶🎻 #BookMoods 😊📚

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Eggs Loved both of these ❤️🎶💙 3mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
This Savage Song | V.E Schwab
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#TBRPile 📚 “The night Kate Harker decided to burn down the school chapel, she wasn‘t angry or drunk. She was desperate.”

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lumbricuslibri
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I don't know what I expected but this wasn't it. It was a pleasant surprise.

I'm terrified and excited for Our Dark Duet.

GondorGirl Terrified and excited is exactly how you should feel. I found the second book to be completely surprising. 7mo
lumbricuslibri Oh, no! 🙈🙉🙊 Now I'm really terrified. Haha. 7mo
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Trying something new.

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Why did everyone have to ruin the quiet by asking questions? The truth was a disastrous thing.

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I'm not someone who always look for romance in a book. Schwab herself described this book (series) as Romeo & Juliet minus the romance. But, that's awfully romantic - in a twisted way? Lol.

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[She was cut off by a scream. August tensed, and Kate's hand went straight for her backpack, but it was just some student on the field faux-tackling his girlfriend. She squealed again, beaming even as she fled.
August let out a low breath.] He would never understand why people screamed for fun.