“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 may have found my favorite read of 2017. I love reading fantasy and dark novel and i have found everything i love in this novel. After only seeing and hearing great reviews of Schwab’s books, I’ve finally caved in and chose this duology.
I can’t really express what I felt reading this one. I couldn’t put the book down and I found myself flying through it. It was a phenomenal read, from the world building to the characters to the darkness that was surrounding the book.
Our two protagonists live in Verity, a city that was divided into North and South because of a war. Kate Harker, a human teenager, is the daughter of the ruthless Callum Harker who has found a way to control the monsters and use them as weapons. Kate wants to be like her father and is ready to do whatever it takes to please him. August Flynn wants to be human so bad. He is the son of Henry Flynn who is running the South. He’s one of the rare monsters (there’s only 3 sunai and he’s one of them) and he’s helping his father protect the city from the other monsters (corsai and malchai) and from the North. He’s gentle, sweet and doesn’t like to hurt people.
Even though Kate and August are from opposite sides, they become friends and complete each other. They became a duo to fight the monsters and everything that has been happening in the North with her father. The thing that i also loved is that the author didn’t make Kate and August fall in love from the first moment they say each other. They stayed friends. I don’t know what the author will have in store for them in the next book.
I highly recommend it.
“That’s life August. You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re a monster or a human. Living hurts.”