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This Savage Song, Zakky’s Review

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Where are you, Kate? she asked herself.
It was a game she sometimes played, ever since she learned about the theory of infinite parallels, the idea that a person’s path through life wasn’t really a line, but a tree, every decision a divergent branch, resulting in a divergent you. She liked the idea that there were a hundred different Kates, living a hundred different lives.
Maybe in one of them, there were no monsters.
Maybe her family was still whole.
Maybe she and her mother had never left home.
Maybe they’d never come back.
Maybe, maybe, maybe—and if there were a hundred lives, a hundred Kates, then shewas only one of them, and that one was exactly who she was supposed to be. And in the end, it was easier to do what she had to if she could believe that somewhere else, another version of her got to make another choice. Got to live a better—or at least simpler—life. Maybe she was even sparing them. Allowing another Kate to stay sane and safe.
Where are you? she wondered.
Lying in a field. Staring up at stars.
The night is warm. The air is clean.
The grass is cool beneath my back.
There are no monsters in the dark.
How nice, thought Kate as, in front of her, the chapel caved in, sending up a wave of embers.
Sirens wailed in the distance, and she straightened up on the bench.
Here we go.
Within minutes girls came pouring out of the dormitories, and Mother Alice appeared in a robe, pale face painted red by the light of the still-burning church. Kate had the pleasure of hearing the prestigious old nun let out a string of colorful words before the fire trucks pulled up and the sirens drowned out everything.

I’m a pinch disappointed.

I’ve been hyped to get my greedy little hands on this highly recommended book of V.E Schwab for like two years. And it was kind of boring.

I’ve seen several reviews that say the characters Kate and August are super bland and flat. And I wouldn’t agree, but I wouldn’t disagree. They’re kind of okay.

Kate had a lot of potential from the start, but she ended up sucking balls hard core.

And the big golden question for me is: was August and Kate going to school really neccessary? Like come on, they only attend it for like 3 days and then boom! That’s it. I feel like they could have met and spied on each other – or whatever – and been pushed into meeting through some other institution or activity or something.

My favorite character is definitely Kate’s father, Harker. He’s the only one of the characters who inspires me to read more. He seems to be the only character I want to figure out, and see more of his dark side. His flaws are probably the best part about the book.

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