In the past I’ve done my favourite fantasy series and standalones but I don’t think I’ve done my favourite duologies! I think duologies are vey underappreciated and I personally love them, so these are my current favourites!
Dance of Thieves duology by Mary E. Pearson
Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
Warcross duology by Marie Lu
This Savage Song duology by V.E. Schwab
Flame in the Mist duology by Renee Ahdieh
The Crown’s Game duology by Evelyn Skye
The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh
The Devouring Gray duology by Christine Lynn Herman
Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor
Fable duology by Adrienne Young
I am super stoked with what I’ve managed to accomplish this month reading wise! I ended up completing nine of the ten books that I had on my TBR for this month as well as one extra from last month that I didn’t end up finishing, which comes to 10 books! And I also completed my Good Reads Reading Goal for the year…so yay me! I have reviews on all the books I’ve read this month so feel free to click on the titles and check them out!
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater – ⭐️4/5 stars
Fire Study by Maria V Snyder – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
The Dream Theives by Maggie Steifvater – ⭐️4/5 stars
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater – ⭐️4/5 stars
Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson – ⭐️3/5 stars
This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab – ⭐️4/5 stars
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – ⭐️4/5 Stars
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – ⭐️4/5 stars
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – ⭐️5/5 stars
*Careful, some spoilers…*
I loved this!
The start was a little slower paced for me and it kind of took me a minute to really get invested in the storyline but once I did I was hooked!
This Savage Song is essentially about a city that is divided by humans and monsters. We follow two perspectives of Kate Harker and August Flynn. Kate is the daughter of the kind of leader of the human side and August is a monster that is adopted into a family that is the leaders of the monster side of the city.
August was so different than the usual kind of male protagonists we see in YA fantasy. The fact that he is a monster but is trying so hard to abstain from that side of him and try to be more human and how he yearns for peace is so captivating.
Kate is kind of a badass. To start I didn’t really find her to be very likeable but as her story progressed throughout the book I started to be really empathetic and feel for the situation she’s in. All she’s really ever wanted to do was to live up to her family name and show the world and her father that she is worthy. To be feared and respected like him and show that she isn’t little Katherine anymore, she is grown up and can handle this life.
The premise of the book really blew me away. I don’t typically find myself picking up a lot of urban fantasy, I’m much more of a high fantasy kind of girl but I was super engrossed the more I read. The idea that monsters are literally birthed from violence and the different kinds of violence committed creates different breeds of monsters is so originally and creative. I liked hearing the history of Verity and kind of how the whole war began and the causes behind the division of the city and how August and Kate and their families are linked into all of it.
As I said the start and introduction into the story was a little slow at first and it took me a little while to get situated with the story, but after about the first 100 pages or so it really pulled me in. The action sequences were amazing and seeing the differing styles of attacks from the different monsters was so interesting and gripping.
I also really enjoyed the fact that the relationship between August and Kate was very organic and natural, it didn’t feel forced or contrived in any way. I like that there is also room for their relationship to grow and broaden especially after everything that happened!
⭐️4/5 stars highly enjoyed, super unique can’t wait to continue on in this duology!
Thought I would give a quick update! Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to really sit down and get stuck in to this book yet! I’ve read only around 20 pages and so far the premise seems promising. I’ve been having a few issues with headaches over the last week or so and that has really put me off doing a whole lot of binge reading like I usually would. So I figure I would take my time with this book and really take it in and enjoy it as I read! I will definitely be getting back to you with a review when I am done!
I love Victoria Schwab as a writer! I’m pretty sure all of the books I’ve read so far of hers I have given a 4/5 stars or higher. But I have realised recently that I haven’t read any of her YA novels yet. I figured I would go ahead and start with the Monsters of Verity series. This is a duology and the first book is This Savage Song. I don’t know a lot about this series, I believe its set in New York and there is something about monsters involved? Regardless I’m excited to get stuck in and see what these books are about.