Today, I have the great pleasure to be part of the blog tour for V. Schwab’s newest novel, This Savage Song. This is the first novel in her new fantasy series, Monsters of Verity and is published by Titan Books on 7th June 2016. Read below for a sneak peak of this really promising series entitled NOT A LOVE and look out for my review in the near future
EXCERPT –“NOT A LOVE”
He looked up, startled, and she recognized him. Frederick Gallagher. The new junior. Up close, he looked more like a stray dog than a student. He had wide gray eyes beneath a mop of messy black hair, and a starved look about him, bones pressing against his skin.
She watched him open his mouth, close it, open it again, only to offer a single word. “Yeah.”
Kate tapped ash off the cigarette and pushed herself up to her full height. “You’re the new kid, right?”
One black brow lifted, just a fraction. “So are you,” he shot back.
The answer caught her off guard. She’d expected him to be a mumbler, or maybe a groveler. Instead he looked straight at her when he spoke, and his voice, though soft, was steady. Maybe not a stray dog, then.
“It’s Katherine, right?”
“Kate,” she said. “Frederick?”
“Freddie,” he corrected.
She took a drag on her cigarette. Frowned. “You don’t look like a Freddie.”
He shrugged, and for a second they stood there, sizing each other up, the moment stretching, the gaze growing uncomfortable until his gray eyes finally broke free, escaping to the ground. Kate smiled, victorious. She gestured to the patch of pavement, the border of grass. “What brings you to my office?”
He looked around, confused, as if he’d actually intruded.
Then he looked up and said, “The view.”
Kate flashed a crooked grin. “Oh really?”
His face went red. “I didn’t mean you,” he said quickly. “I was talking about the trees.”
“Wow,” she said dryly. “Thanks. How am I supposed to compete with pine and oak?”
“I don’t know,” said Freddie, cocking his head. Stray dog again. “They’re pretty great.”
She tucked her hair behind her ear and caught Freddie’s glance. It didn’t linger. There was a flush in his cheeks, but it wasn’t all embarrassment. He really did look ill. “I’d offer you a chair,” she said, tapping ash on the pavement.
“It’s all right,” he said, slumping back against the adjacent wall. “I just needed some air.”
She watched his chest empty and fill and empty again, gray eyes leveled on a low bank of clouds. There was something about those eyes, something present and distant at the same time.
Where are you? She wondered, the question on the tip of her tongue. “Here.” She held out the cigarette. “You look like you could use one.”
But Freddie waved his hand. “No thanks,” he said. “Those things’ll kill you.”
She laughed, soft, soundless. “So will lots of things around here.”
A rueful smile. “True.”
THIS SAVAGE SONG
(Monsters of Verity #1)
by V. E Schwab
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
ABOUT V. E.Schawb
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and traveled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies.
Many thanks to V. E. Scwab for this wonderful except and make sure to check out the other stops on the tour.