For the past few days I’ve been trying to reread Throne of Glass. I read it first January last year and now that I’ve acquired the following books I wanted to refresh my memory of the events of Throne of Glass. I only manage to read about a third of it, though until I realized I couldn’t do it. I love this book. I love the characters, the writing but I just couldn’t sit down and read it for some reason. It was making the act of reading something like a chore. (I’ve been thinking about it a lot though and details of what transpired in Throne of Glass have been coming to me, so I will post a review of it relatively soon. )
So I thought why not just read a different book – especially since I have so many unread, interesting books in my shelves? So I decided to read This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab.
(To be honest, I wanted the other cover, the black and red one but this one is pretty nice as well).
I’ve read about a third of it already and it has very interesting concepts. It’s a city divided in two: in the North Side, people have to pay for their safety but there is a certain quality of life that comes with it. A sort of ease, I’d say, that allows them to be happy (as happy as one can be knowing that there are literally monsters living in the city, that is). In the South Side, there is a task force to keep people safe and hunt down monsters, but it’s a bit like a war zone with monsters running loose and pretty much everyone carrying a weapon (it’s a bit like a war zone in terms of appearance as well).
The main characters aren’t at all what I expected but fascinating. In a way, they’re both trying to be someone they’re not. I don’ think I have favorites yet (except maybe Ilsa, she’s kind of adorable).
I’ve been reading since a bit before lunch but I’m taking a break because my neck’s hurting, my hands are cold and also because I don’t want to finish it in a day. I want to enjoy it, to ‘savor’ it. (Oh and that’s my progress thing from goodreads. Add me!)
I’m really excited to know what happens in the second part – which is where I am at: Verse 2: monster see, monster do.
Go check it out!
This Savage Song (Goodreads): 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.