wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be.


wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster that can steal soils with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.



Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something.

But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which?”


I think this book is worth the hype that it has been getting since its release 2 years ago.

This was the first book that I had ever read by this author and I was certainly not let down at all.

Starting off with the characters, I couldn’t honestly tell you who I liked the best: Kate or August. With Kate, we the readers get the perspective of someone who has both a light side and a darker side. She is a good person even though she is trying to be this evil, villain-like character that we aren’t supposed to be routing for. Then with August, I felt very sympathetic toward his character. He is the complete opposite of Kate where as we are not supposed to like him (due to the fact that he is a monster) but end up loving his character. We got 2 kind of unlikable protagonists and that’s really made this story compelling for me.

As far as the romance aspects, I loved how we didn’t get one. I will say that I can kind of see a slight romance forming between Kate and August but it wasn’t overly barring and put right in front of us. I feel like that if a romance does develop between these two in the second book in those duology, its going to be a good one and one that I really enjoy.

And then wrapping it up with the plot, I liked it but it wasn’t my favorite thing in the book. It was definitely original and I have never seen this idea done before. My gripes are with the world building. I wanted to know how this world came to be and why it is the way it is. I also wanted to know how the other kinds of monsters are formed. We learned how the Sunai develop but what about the Corsai and Malchai? Hopefully those gripes will be resolved in the next book.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story that Schwab was telling. Her writing style is great and I will definitely be checking out more of her work in the future. I am eager to see where Kate and August’s story goes from here.