Why You Should Read 'This Savage Song' By Victoria Schwab

Why You Should Read 'This Savage Song' By Victoria Schwab

I devoured this delightfully dark book, full of monstrous fun, and will do the same with the rest of her books.
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"The Savage Song" by Victoria Schwab was the first time I’ve read her work, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this. What I did know was that I was promised a lot of strange darkness — a dark urban fantasy set in a city overrun with monsters. In retrospect, I was already in love with this book before I even started it. The readers follow the perspective of two leads, Kate Harker and August Flynn, as they must make important distinctions on being heroes and villains, and human and monsters.

The two leads are characterized in vastly different ways with conflicting goals but are drawn together as they must flee for their lives. Kate Harker is the daughter of a man who lets monsters go free and makes people pay for his protection — August Flynn wants to have a big heart and protect innocent, but he’s a monster. He’s one of the rarest breeds of monsters, to boot: the rarest, and most mysterious, the soul-stealing Sunai. Having their personalities almost mimic what I would expect of the other character allows readers to sympathize with the struggle of existing outside of expectations.

This book, while not taking too many leaps with dramatic tension, subverted my expectations. Perhaps one of my favorite aspects of the book is Victoria Schwab’s own description: ‘Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.” In most young adult novels, romance is almost expected any time the two leads of the story are male and female. It was a breath of fresh air seeing two complicated and rich characters follow each other in a storyline without a forced romance ruining their development. It showed that complex characters and plots do not need romance to be strange and satisfying.

Another intriguing aspect of this book is that, while there’s tension between monsters and humans, it also analyses the tensions of human relationships. In comparison, the humans can be much more monster-ish than the actual monsters. The truths behind this are hard hitting — the most terrifying monsters in our lives can be human.

One thing I must commend Victoria Schwab for, if not anything else, is her beautiful writing ability. The language used throughout this piece is both haunting and beautiful, leaving me ready for the second book in the Monsters of Verity duology, "Our Dark Duet." I devoured this delightfully dark book, full of monstrous fun, and will do the same with the rest of her books.

Cover Image Credit: Modified from HarperCollins

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10 Must-See Shots From Down In Coachella Valley

These will make you regret that you weren't there; or make you irritated that you just can't afford tickets
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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is arguably one of the most hyped up music festivals of all time. Certainly festival classics like Woodstock make Coachella look like a mere millennial blowout, but the fashion, music, and art on display over these three weekends in Indio, California is unlike any other. Many say that the beloved annual festival is all about social media status and the killer photos that come with the desert experience, so here are some of my favorite shots from weekend two.

1. @lindsaymariebrewer


2. @graysondolan

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3.@helenowen

Another year here with you 🎡🎵 @zackkalter #REVOLVEfestival @revolve
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4. @lizakoshy

gotta run to see beyoncé. ill cardi b there.
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5. @jamescharles

COACHELLA NINJA 🗡
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6. @laurenelizabeth

Aaaaand we’re out 🌵 #RevolveFestival @revolve
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7. @bryant

Day 3 at Coachella ✅ Had a blast meeting so many new people this weekend!
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8. @kercardoso

QUE #SquadUnico é esse Brasil? 😱❤️ que orgulho de ter todas vocês com a @unicobr na #UnicoHouseCoachella! sem palavras para a nossa sintonia, profissionalismo e autenticidade, cada uma com sua identidade ⭐️💖⭐️ @brenda @liviabrasilc @agatha @marinaferrarig click @karinecamposs
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9. @bryant

Day 1 at Coachella ✅ Gonna be shooting again saturday + sunday- find me! 📸
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10. @claudiasulewski

the guy in the top right corner is a big mood🤸🏻♂️ #revolvefestival wearing @lpa @revolve
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Living vicariously through these festival goers can get us through this Monday, right? I sure hope so.

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Top 5 Favorite Childhood Cartoons

"What's up, Doc?"
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Do you remember watching cartoons when you were young? You would wake up on Saturdays and eat your breakfast while watching your favorite toon. I remember quite well because I would wake up super early to catch my favorite cartoon before I went to school or even the weekends. Well, if you remember that feeling of watching the opening of your favorite cartoon(s), then get ready to go down memory lane and feel that feeling again. I am about to list some of my favorite cartoons and maybe you will relate.

1)Tom and Jerry – It is the classic cat and mouse cartoon. Tom, the cat trying to catch and make a meal out of Jerry, the clever mouse. It will never get old and will remain a classic for a long, long time.If you ask anyone what their favorite cartoon was or is, it will most likely be this one.

2)Looney Toons – “What’s up, Doc?” This is the most popular phrase of all time and associated with this series, spoken by Bugs Bunny. Let’s not forget Daffy, Tweety, Tasmanian Devil, Porky Pig, and more. These characters will have you laughing until your stomach hurts. If you are a true fan of cartoons, then you will never forget this. This animated series has even though funny but they did portray some societal issues through their characters in a clever way.

3)Courage the Cowardly Dog – Who can forget the pink dog who is paranoid and lands himself in weird situations on the farm he lives on with his owners, Eustace and Muriel. He is always saving them from freaky creatures on the farm. If you were young and watched this, you were surely scared because the creatures were very freaky looking but you cheered Courage on to save his owners.

4)Arthur – You remember this show because you probably did not have cable. So one of the channels you could access was PBS Kids. This boy dealt with everything a child his age dealt with like: homework, friends, school, and annoying little sisters. This series aired in the morning and afternoon so you know you were skipping doing your homework to watch what Arthur and his friends were up to this episode.

5)The Powerpuff Girls – The trio sisters with super powers, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles who were created by Professor Utonium in a lab. They save Townsville from villains like Mojo Jojo, Him, and Gangreen Gang. Also, you and friends argued over who was Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, Personally, I loved Bubbles!

Well, there you go! These are my top 5 favorite animated series, which make me happy everytime, I watched them. I still do when they air on their respective channels like PBS Kids, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.

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