Wow, it’s Wednesday yet again (wasn’t it just Wednesday???). And of course this means time for Shelf Control!!! Shelf Control is a feature that is hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies,and is all about celebrating the books waiting to be read on tour TBR. This is my nineteenth time participating. If you want to participate, simply pick a book from your TBR pile and write a post on it. (and of course, do link it to Bookshelf Fantasies).

So this week, I chose to write about not one book, but two, a duology which I very recently acquired on kindle. This is the Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab, comprising This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet.

What these books are all about: This series, described as urban fantasy, is set in a grisly metropolis, Verity, opposite ends of which are ruled by the families of Kate Harker and August Flynn. This is a place where violence has begun to breed actual monsters. The two main characters are opposites, each trying to take after their respective fathers, Kate wanting to be ruthless, and August human and kind hearted. The truce that keeps their families at peace is crumbling, and August has been sent to spy on Kate. But an attempt on Kate’s life and to fasten the blame on August’s family has them running from both sides. In book 2, the war between monsters and humans has begun and Kate sees herself facing demons that she had never dreamed of, and August becoming the leader that he didn’t think he would.

Where and when I bought it: Just last week, these are once again among my latest acquisitions. There was a good deal on kindle and so I picked these up.

A Little about the Author: Schwab is an American fantasy author of several series, and writes both as Victoria Schwab and VE Schwab. She has written the Shades of Magic Series, and Villains series, among others.

Why I want to read them: I’ve been hearing a lot about the author who I’ve never read before and also about these books, on booktube (on a Clockwork Reader) as well as from one bookgroup on facebook. So I’ve decided to give them a try. Plus it does have some basis in Shakespeare, so should be interesting.

Time to ask the usual questions–have you read these (or either) before? What did you make of them (it), and of Schwab? Any others by her or in this genre that you’d like to recommend? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

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5 thoughts on “Shelf Control #19

  1. I’ve not read any Schwab, but the premise you outline here definitely looks promising! I’d certainly like to read more urban fantasy, though the only author I can think of off the top of my head is China Mieville’s, especially his The City and the City which mixes fantasy with noir.

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