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.
Victoria Schwab was an author on my TBR list for a while now, and last week when I was at the library I picked up this book and decided to read it, and I really liked it.
Let’s talk about the characters. Kate is kinda your “F the world” type girls who always acts out and puts up a tough girl act. Even though her character may seem cliched at first, but as the book went on her character began to develop, and you got to see more her than just the spoiled daughter who likes to get into trouble.
August, while he may be the poor-tortured emo soul, which sort of reminded me of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer; in that he is a monster who has a “soul”. I also liked his character in the book. He was very closed off and it wasn’t until he met Kate that is where he came out of his shell. I also liked his relationship with his family, and even though his adoptive parents are human, he wants to be like them.
I liked the relationship between them. I also liked that it wasn’t a romantic relationship and that’s what made the book stronger. Most times when authors write characters of opposite genders it seems like they have to be forced in a romantic relationship. The lack of romance between them made their character arcs a lot stronger and focused on their development.
I also liked the plot. It dealt with a shaky truce between the “monsters” and the humans, and how Kate and August are caught in the middle. While the first half of the book did sort of dragged on, but the second half is where the book picked up and did not stop. I also liked how the powers were used with musical instruments like with August and his violin and would take people’s souls. Also the book takes a lot of twists and turns, while some were kinda of obvious, other plots I really didn’t see coming.
In the end, this book was very good and Victoria Schwab is an author that lives up her hype and I am ready to read her other books.