Review: THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab


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THIS SAVAGE SONG
Victoria Schwab

SeriesMonsters of Verity #1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 427
Release date: July 5th 2016

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.


Sing you a song
And steal your soul.


This Savage Song is a fantastic beginning to a new Fantasy series that promises to delight and creep readers out. The world-building is unique and very well-developed, with characters that are interesting and layered. The pace is steady throughout the novel, with some action scenes to spice things up, but the story really shines during moments of tension between characters.

Victoria Schwab continues to be a favorite. The refreshing concept of this novel is very well done and the writing is beautiful. The beginning packs quite a punch and hooks you in, and the plot starts developing a few chapters later. And the ending? Oh my.

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WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (23)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

1. As Mentiras de Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Fantasy! Still reading this one. The pace is still incredibly slow, but it picked up a bit with a few plot twists as the plot developed. It’s an interesting story, but I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

2. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Another Fantasy novel! I’m only… what? Two chapters in? 😛 The prologue is actually super intriguing and sets up what seems to be a great story. It’s still too soon to tell, though. I’ll keep at it.


What did you recently finish reading?

    1. Warcross by Marie Lu: YA Sci-Fi! I loved this so much! The world-building was amazing and it was super fast-paced.
    2. Force of Nature by Jane Harper: Mystery! Great addition to the series and I still love Aaron to death. A bit more predictable than the first book, though.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco


Historical… Mystery? Horror? Who knows! It’s near Halloween time, so this seems appropriate.

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.


What are books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
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Book Tag: Chocolate Brands

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Bringing over this Instagram tag. I was tagged by the lovely @hturningpages

1. Kitkat: a quick read

The Dry by Jane Harper

Sometimes you come across a Mystery book that just sweeps you off your feet. This was definitely it for me. I was hooked right from the start and couldnt put down Falk’s book. I pretty much read it all in one sitting, only taking a break to sleep 😛

2. Twix: book you thought you’d love, but didn’t

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

This novel had suuuch a promising beginning. I was really into the fantasy setting and the main character, but things went downhill so fast after the first handful of chapters. And to me, it never really did get better.

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Review: THE GHOSTWRITER by Alessandra Torre


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 TRIGGER WARNING (HIGHLIGHT BELOW):
TERMINAL ILLNESS. CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. MAJOR CHARACTER DEATH.


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THE GHOSTWRITER
Alessandra Torre

Genre: Suspense, Fiction
Publisher: DCA
Pages: 356
Release date: October 2nd 2017

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance, no Happily Ever After in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It’s my confession.


“Dear Reader…”


The Ghostwriter is an engrossing and emotional novel, with a fast pace and complex characters. Told in multiple POVs, this story hooks you right from the beginning and keeps you guessing, and the twists and turns the plot takes equal parts surprise and disgust. The atmosphere is heavy and filled with sadness, which makes this an incredible read.

Alessandra Torre delivers a powerful story with this book. Unlikeable characters are difficult to write, but Torre does so very well. Helena’s humanity shines through her struggles and harsh personality. There is so much emotion in each page, which builds up to an ending that is heartbreaking and, well… unhappy.

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WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (22)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

1. Warcross by Marie Lu

YA Sci-Fi! I finally got my hardcopy in the email and dived right into it. I’m a little over halfway through now and I just love this so much. The world-building is incredible the characters are so great!

2. As Mentiras de Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Fantasy! Yes, I’m reading in Portuguese. It’s come to the point where I need the practice 😛 So what better way to do that than to read The Lies of Locke Lamora? I’m still reading the first half, and the pace is a bit too slow for me. The story does seem interesting, so I’ll keep going.


What did you recently finish reading?

    1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: YA Fantasy! Had a bit of a struggle with the beginning, but the world-building and plot turned out to be amazing.
    2. IT by Stephen King: Horror! I’d say the first half was brilliant, but the last part was just… I don’t even know, but some of it made me really angry.
    3. The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso: YA Fantasy ARC! Really not for me. One-dimensional characters, instalove, and underdeveloped world-building.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire


Urban Fantasy! I actually read this about 3 years ago and… was not a fan. But since everyone raves about the series and I am craving some UBF, I’m gonna give it another chance.

 

October “Toby” Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas…

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world.


What are books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
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Top 10 Tuesday: Fall Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Fall Covers.

Another Fall Top 10! This time, it’s all about the covers 😀

31145148The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for. Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

22840421The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

30233110The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

18189606Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire


Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

27883214Moon Called by Patricia Briggs


Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

23299512The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman


From the beginning their mother Susanna knew they were unique: Franny with her skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, who could commune with birds; Jet as shy as she is beautiful, who knows what others are thinking, and Vincent so charismatic that he was built for trouble. Susanna needed to set some rules of magic: no walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles and certainly, absolutely, no books about magic… But the Owens siblings are desperate to uncover who they really are.

24485589Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen


The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago. At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

23592235Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa


Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear. Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want… at a price.

30095464Destiny Binds by Tammy Blackwell


Scout Donovan is a girl who believes in rules, logic, and her lifelong love of Charlie Hagan. Alex Cole believes in destiny, magic, and Scout. When Alex introduces Scout to the world of Shifters, men who change into wolves or coyotes during the full moon and Seers, women who can see your most private thoughts and emotions with a mere touch, the knowledge changes everything and everyone Scout thought she knew.

25733660The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski


Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart. Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.


What are some book covers that remind you of Fall? Any recommendations for me?
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Review: CITY OF STAIRS by Robert Jackson Bennett


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CITY OF STAIRS
Robert Jackson Bennett

SeriesThe Divine Cities #1
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 452
Release date: September 9th 2014

The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions — until its divine protectors were killed. Now, Bulikov’s history has been censored and erased, its citizens subjugated. But the surreal landscape of the city itself, forever altered by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it, stands as a haunting reminder of its former supremacy.

Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country’s most accomplished spies, dispatched — along with her terrifying “secretary”, Sigrud — to solve a murder.

But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem, and that Bulikov’s cruel reign may not yet be over.


“Forgetting… is a beautiful thing.”


City of Stairs is a slow paced and action filled Fantasy novel. It has an incredibly complex world-building, developed characters, and a creative take on religion. The beginning is a little dense and it does take some time for the plot to pick up, but the story is interesting and engaging for the most part.

Robert Jackson Bennett has created a phenomenal world with this series. The care and development of the world-building is amazing and it adds so much depth to the story. The twists and reveals are all surprising and catch readers off guard. As this is told in multiple POVs, all the characters have very unique voices and are all a delight to read about.

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