Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Do you ever read a book and just think “meh”? This is one of those books for me. Like, don’t get me wrong, Victoria’s writing is stunning, but I’m yet to read a book of hers that’s blown me away. I just feel like there’s something missing. Not really from the plot or writing, but from the characters.
Our main characters are Kate (incidentally, I have never read a book where the main character shared my name. It’s nice, I like it) and August. August is a monster who wants to be human like his “dad”; Kate is a human who wants to be as monstrous as her dad. Kate sets fire to a chapel
(Cue singing “I set fire to the chapel” to the tune of Adele’s I Set Fire to the Rain)
and she gets sent to a new school; August is sent to spy on her.
Now, I like characters that reach out and hit me so hard they give me a black eye, you know? I want to FEEL SOMETHING about them so intensely that I dream about them and think about them at work. But all I felt at Kate was the slightest bit of irritation (yes, Kate, you’re far worse than your dad) and with August I just “awww”ed at him a few times. Yeah, it was nice reading about Kate and August’s friendship but other than that? Indifferent. That was my main problem with A Darker Shade of Magic; I just didn’t care about the characters.
I really liked the idea of monsters being born from humans’ sins; I really do love the idea that humans are so terrified of monsters when in actual fact they’re the ones creating monsters.
Like with A Darker Shade of Magic, I really love the idea of this book. I felt so sure I was going to love it, that it was going to own my soul, but I just didn’t. And, to be honest, I’m only continuing this series because I accidentally ordered Our Dark Duet before This Savage Song so when life gives you books, you gotta read them!