Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #2)
Published by Greenwillow Books on June 13th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.
KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.
AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.
THE WAR HAS BEGUN.
THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.
Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.
Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?
** SPOILER WARNING **
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This Savage Song – Book #1
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is the sequel and finale to the Monsters of Verity Duology. Last year I read my first Schwab book, This Savage Song. I was absolutely blown away with the storytelling and writing. So much so, I will pretty much read anything she puts out now. I don’t want to spoil the series too much so I might be a little vague with my review. But let’s get started anyway.
Our Dark Duet picks up a few months into the future after the end of This Savage Song. Kate has escaped to a new city and is helping a group of vigilantes take down their own monsters. August is now leading his own task force in Verity to keep the monsters at bay. But there is an uprising coming. New monsters and new threats are on the horizon and that could mean trouble for our heroes. Kate and August must team up one last time to take them down!
I loved the pacing of the story this time around. It’s a pretty big book; over 500 pages. That can get a little daunting. Our Dark Duet was so well thought out and plotted that there was never a dull moment in my opinion. I thought the story knew where it was going and it took off running. Schwab blew me away with an ending I definitely was not expecting; an ending I’ve heard others didn’t like though. In my opinion, Our Dark Duet couldn’t have ended any other way than it did.
The characters were a huge highlight for me. August is such a sweetie. I just want to put him in my pocket and take him everywhere I go. His internal turmoil boosts his character growth tenfold. I feel like he went through a natural progression over the duology. Kate really grew on me too. I wasn’t a huge fan of her by the end of This Savage Song, so she definitely redeems herself this time around.
Schwab also introduces new monsters this time around. One is the splitting image of Kate. She was created after a particular event that occurs in the first book. She was cunning, conniving, and ruthless. I really enjoyed her addition to the story. BUT, the biggest highlight was the new monster and class of monster that was the big baddie this time around. It was such an enigma the whole time that I couldn’t help being more and more interested as the story went on.
Overall, the plot, the ending, and the characters are what set this series apart from the countless other YA books out there right now. If you haven’t picked up a Schwab novel by now, you’re probably living under a rock. Say hi to Patrick for me. No seriously. GO READ THIS SERIES.
I highly recommend this one if you like monsters, badass characters, and an epic ending. Let me know what you guys thought of Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song.
Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film.
The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”