This was fantastic!
This is a retelling of the classic A Christmas Tale but with a bit of a modern twist. Holly is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future however she does not heed their warning and she dies. But she is brought back to life and is chosen to work in a top secret company called Project Scrooge as the new ghost of Christmas past and visits others like herself once a year to try and change them for the better.
I loved Holly’s character and the development that she undertakes throughout the course of the story line. She really is the true epitome of a scrooge and I loved the way she has resigned herself to her new role as the GOCP and how she had to deal with how unpampered her life is now in comparison to what it was. She has a subtle transformation and when she is given that second chance I like that she goes for it and is able to change so many lives.
I thought the plot was cleverly written and each character played a major role in the story line. They were all distinct, diverse and necessary in the grand scope of the tale. One of my favorites was definitely Stephanie. She seems unassuming but was a key factor in terms of Holly’s transformation.
I honestly couldn’t predict anything that was going to happen. As the story went on I had my thoughts on which direction the plot would go and I was never right which definitely kept me engaged. I thought all of the twists were perfectly timed and highly entertaining.
I am surprised really how much I enjoyed this book. I’ve been putting it off for a while now and I really regret just how long it took me to pick it up.
⭐️4.5/5 stars A perfect Christmas Read!
That ending had me shook!
Oh my goodness this was fantastic. The continuation of the storyline was spectacular. The introduction of the new characters as well as the growth of the existing characters, it was all woven together wonderfully!
Our Dark Duet continues on 6 months after This Savage Song ended. Kate is now in Prosperity hunting and killing monsters and August is back in Verity taking up the role of commander of the FTF a role that became vacant after he reaped Leo’s soul. Kate has managed to integrate herself into an established group of people called the Wardens of Prosperity who monitor and track down monsters. Kate is in the middle of a mission when she comes across a new monster she has never seen before and she makes her priority to hunt it down and kill it, thus leading her back to the place she was running from, Verity.
August is definitely one of my favourite characters from this duology. I love that we see how he’s changed in the last 6 months he’s been at the forefront of the FTF and how that responsibility weighs on him. I love that internal struggle we witness throughout the plot of how he thinks he should be and act as a monster and discarding that human aspect of himself and how eventually he makes his way back to who he truly is.
Again I just think that Kate is such a badass. She has become so much more focused and driven in this book compared to the first. We see her passion to rid the world of these monsters and try to save her city that she loves so much. She was really the one to give August that reality check and had the balls to say ‘what happened to you’. I also like that she took responsibility for her actions and when Alice finally caught up with her she knew she had to be the one to kill her.
This book was a very fast paced, entertaining and interesting read. I like how not all the characters are safe by any means; I think that gave it a bit of an edge. There was an element of danger and uncertainty that is laced throughout the storyline and I felt that really drove the plot forward.
The ending kind of broke my heart. I sort of wanted Kate and August to have the fairytale ending I think they deserve after what they’ve been through. But also the fact that it wasn’t all wrapped up nicely with a shiny bow and a happy ending made it more endearing and real.
I’m still kind of left wanting more though…
⭐️4/5 stars, adrenaline rushing, tear-jerking finale!
Kind of hit a little bit of a speed bump in relation to my reading … haven’t really been in the mood or I’ve just been too tired but I have tried to push through and continue on in the Monsters of Verity duology with Our Dark Duet. I’m just a little over 150 pages so far and really enjoying the continuation of the storyline! I’m going to continue over the weekend and I’ll definitely be getting back to you with a review when I’m done!
I have just finished This Savage Song and oh my goodness was that a ride from start to finish! I totally enjoyed my time reading it, the premise is super original and unique which was kind of refreshing to read. The characters are all so different and interesting and I have found myself completely invested in them and what is going to happen next! I kind of have little ideas of what I think might happen next in Our Dark Duet and honestly this year most of my predictions for books have been way off so I’m just excited to get stuck in to this and see what else Victoria Schwab has up her sleeve!
*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!