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.

"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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75 Last-Minute College Halloween Costume Ideas

To all the procrastinators out there: I got you.

Halloween is only a few days away and is a time to have fun getting dressed up as practically anything you want to be. This year, the college gods have blessed us by putting Halloween on a Saturday and if you’re not a freshman, you know what that means: two nights of fun and two different costumes!

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Now if you obsess over Halloween like I do, you probably plan your costume months in advance and wait around until it’s finally time to wear it. Kudos to your crafty self for not procrastinating! But maybe you’re more of a last-minute type of person who scrambles to find a costume the day before Halloween. Or maybe you’re the type of person who wears normal street clothes when you go out on Halloween because you “couldn’t think of anything.” Here are 70 worthy costume options I’ve seen throughout this year's picking process that I would love to see people sporting on Saturday. Feel free to adapt any of these ideas and make them your own!

1. Ginger Bread Man

If you're a red head and I see you dressed like this, I'm buying you a drink.

2. Brawny Man

Nothing's manlier than paper towels.

3. Rosie The Riveter

Girl power.

4. Elmer’s Glue

People will be stuck on you all night!

5. Ned Flanders

6. Ceiling Fan

7. Laziest of the Lazy

Even this is better than wearing no costume at all.

8. Regina George

9. Beanie Baby

How to do it: dress up as any animal you want and wear a paper TY sign around your neck. Easy!

10. Heisenberg

Or, even better, if you happen to own a burger suit, wear it with the hat and glasses and be Heisenburger.

11. When Life Hands You Lemons

Lazy, cheap, and clever. What can be better?

12. Dancing Twins Emoji

13. Bank Emoji

14. Nudist On Strike

Nothing says lazy and last-minute like this!

15. Margarita

16. Franzia

And yes, that is me sophomore year.

17. Sim Getting Out of the Shower

18. Strawberry

Red dress + paper cutouts = this sweet costume!

19. Pineapple

A yellow dress and green paper is all you need!

20. M&Ms

21. Wayne & Garth

Party time! Excellent!

22. Blue & Steve

23. Dora the Explorer

Just please don't make it slutty.

24. Hot Rod

25. Game Boy

26. Reggie Rocket

27. Ace Ventura

28. Energizer Bunny

Keep the party going!

29. Crayon

30. Sriracha

Add a little spice to everyone's night.

31. Dilbert

32. Dexter and His Victim

33. Spice Rack

At least one person might think it's funny?

34. Bamm Bamm & Pebbles

35. Curious George & The Man in the Yellow Hat

AKA one of the cutest things I've seen in a while.

36. Ice Cream Cone

37. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy

What's better than wearing slippers all night?

38. Lilo and Stitch

39. Kermit the Frog

40. Blair and Serena

XOXO, Gossip Girl.

41. Cat & Dog

For you and your inseparable friend.

42. Spongebob & Patrick

43. Damien from Mean Girls

44. Teletubbies

45. Deviled Egg

46. Pacman Ghost

47. Clueless

48. Miss Universe

Just wear galaxy print and a homemade sash!

49. Cereal Killer

50. Almond Joy and Mounds

Relationship goals amirite?

51. Tom Hanks and Wilson from Castaway

52. Most Interesting Man in the World and Dos Equis

53. Bud Light Year

54. Drunk 1 and Drunk 2

Just be honest with everyone.

55. Pinata

I wouldn't recommend wearing this if it's supposed to rain. I learned that lesson the hard way freshman year.

56. Ash and Pikachu

57. Cruella De Ville and Dalmatian

58. Loofah

Bonus: it doubles as something to sleep on in case you don't make it to your bed.

59. Beer

60. Troll Doll

Your childhood nightmares turned into a costume.

61. Garth & Kat from SNL

62. Target Lady from SNL

63. Moaning Myrtle

64. Death Eater

65. Napoleon Dynamite Characters

66. Taco Bell Sauce Packets

67. Candy Corn

68. Solo Cup

69. Gum Ball Machine

70. Skeleton

71. Cuzco from Emperor's New Groove

72. Darla from Finding Nemo

73. T.J. and Spinelli from Recess

74. Kim Possible

Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.

75. Russell & Mr. Fredrickson from "Up"

There you go! Now you have 75 potential costume options, so if you still go out in normal clothes, you'll have to tell people the real reason you're not dressed up: you're lazy. I hope these inspire at least someone and I'd love to see these being rocked this weekend!

Happy Halloween!

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18 'Mrs. Doubtfire' GIFs Still Relevant For Any Situation Life Throws At You In 2018

"Help is on the way, dear!"


Mrs. Doubtfire is definitely one of my favorite movies of all time. Robin Williams did a terrific job bringing this quirky old nanny to life. There are several moments in the film that have made us all laugh out loud, and some are captured in the gifs below. I've enjoyed taking these gifs and using them to describe some sticky situations I'm sure we've all been in.

1. When someone roasts you, but you gotta recover quickly. 


2. When someone walks in on you doing some weird stuff. 


3. When you're at the bar and you see a creep hitting on your best friend. 


4. When you decide to cook up something special...and it succeeds. 


5. When you see someone you hate, but you have to be polite. 


6. And when the same person turns around. 


7. When you got chores to do and there's no one else home. 

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8. When you spy bullsh*t and point it out to your friend. 


9. When someone asks you what your greatest strength is. 


10.When you eavesdrop on a convo that you're likely not supposed to hear. 


11. When you try to convince your friends not to drink too much at the party. 


12. When someone tries to be all negative and ruin your good mood. 


13. When you attempt to apply for job, but you're a tad nervous. 

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14. When someone attempts to rob you, but you showed them who's the real boss. 


15. When you go to the beauty salon and get the works done. 


16. When you struggle with depression and someone tells you to "cheer up." 


17. When someone you hate has the nerve to lay their hands on you. 


18. And when you see someone being rude to your BFF. 


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