Goodreads: 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.
“Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.”
“Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.”
This was my first Victoria/V.E. Schwab book. I’ve seen her name and raving reviews for her books all over Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, WordPress, etc.
It took me three tries to get into this book. The main female character Kate is such an annoying and rebellious brat. Her first chapter was so off-putting. Once I got past my dislike for her, the first half of the book was really enjoyable. At one point I thought maybe it would be a 4-star read… Then the second half happened.
During the second half, I started getting bored because it started to feel like every other YA book. And the ending? Huge cliffhanger, but not enough to make me want to read the second book.
What I liked:
– Multiple points of view, which is always a good thing.
– The whole monster thing was pretty unique, but poorly executed IMO.
– No romance, but potential for it. The author called it Romeo and Juliet without the romance.
What I didn’t like:
– Kate is your typical YA cookie cutter protagonist, and a huge brat.
– August is your mysterious tall, dark, and handsome artist cliché.
– Lack of world building.
– Lack of character development and zero personalities.
– I’m not a huge fan of third person POV, but that’s just a preference .
– Dystopian aspects, again that’s just a preference. Things get overused.
– Lots of people said this was creepy… I didn’t get creeped out once?
– It wasn’t dark and gritty like I was hoping it would be. 😦
Victoria Schwab is a good storyteller, and I for sure plan on reading some of her other books. From what I’ve read, this seems to be her weakest book so far?