Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
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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.
I am always in complete awe of Victoria Schwab. The first of her books that I read was A Darker Shade of Magic, and I should have known how amazing all of her work would keep being! As always, with books I love, this review will be short – AND I will do my best to limit my gushing and use 0f all caps….
To begin, the premise of this book was so interesting. There are three different kinds of monsters that are explained easily through a song that the characters reference multiple times throughout the book. The world they live in is basically ours with a few easy twists to understand, and it builds itself. Literally – Schwab hardly hard to do any heavy lifting – both of the main characters build the world for you instantly. It’s amazing, and terrifying.
I loved the two main characters, Kate and August. They were both so different, with believable quirks and easy chemistry. I think one of my favorite aspects of this book was that Scwab did not feel the need to make the two characters have romantic interest in each other simply because they were a boy and girl in close proximity to one another. Their relationship was complicated, and gut wrenching, and intimate in it’s own right. This allowed for so much more deep individual character exploration and action to take place around the central plot, as opposed to a few different unrelated subplots to keep the romance aspect going. (This also kept the dreaded insta-love no where to be found!)
Overall, the writing is fantastic. Schwab is AMAZING at setting the tone for an story. Her writing is so musical, and her characters immediately come to life from the first few chapters. I really enjoyed how she doesn’t over do the “quirk” factor, as well as keeps them human (if you’ve read this book please give me props for that pun :D) I listened to the audiobook for this one, and I literally sat in my car while parked in my drive way for three hours just because I wanted to keep listening to it. As usual, Schwab kills you at practically every page, and you can’t even be mad because it’s just so damn good. Go read this!! Or listen, because the narrator did a fantastic job giving Kate and August their own voices – literally :D.