Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab | REVIEW

 

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Our Dark DuetOur Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #2)
Published by Greenwillow Books on June 13th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 510
Format: Hardcover

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1) | REVIEW

This Savage SongThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1)
Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

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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.

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4 Stars

First Line:

No one must suspect what I plan to do tonight.


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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

The Good

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab is a fantastic story about what it means to be human. It follows two protagonists, Kate and August. One is a monster and one is human. If we didn’t already know right off the bat who was who, I would say the roles could have been reversed. After a the start of a conflict between two sides of the city, Kate and August must run away together to escape, but ultimately to live. What a wild ride that was.

I loved Schwab’s writing. It was lyrical and raw. When a book can question your own humanity and what it means to be so, you know it has to be fantastic writing. Structurally I thought it flowed really nicely and I felt the pacing was perfect for a story like this. Schwab took her time telling the story and fleshing out her characters. Definitely one of the highlights of the story.

If there is one thing you take away from this review, it’s that August is probably one of my favorite characters ever written. He may be a monster, but he is more human then any of us will ever be. Throughout This Savage Song we see him in struggle after struggle. He fights his monstrosity all the way through. All he wants to be is a normal human being, but I think he embodies all the characteristics it takes to be one. He is flawed and real and that is what I loved about him.

Kate on the other hand was a tad annoying. But that is not because of bad storytelling or writing, it is because of her father. For a human, she acts more like a monster then August, but that is only because she believes she has something to prove. She grows exponentially throughout the story, going back on what she was raised to think and do. She makes decisions for herself and doesn’t let her father run her life.

One other highlight of This Savage Song is the world that was created. I love the idea of a world filled with real monsters. Schwab did a fantastic job bringing it to life and making it realistic too. Even with the creations of the different types of monsters I thought was quite creative.

Even if surviving wasn’t simple, or easy, or fair.
Even if he could never be human.
He wanted the chance to matter.
He wanted to live.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

The Bad

There wasn’t too much that bothered me about This Savage Song. Which I guess is a good thing. There were only two small things that irked me a bit. One being the romance between Kate and August, and the plot itself.

For the romance I don’t feel like Kate and August are a good match. I’m not quite sure if it’s even going down the romance road either. But I literally felt nothing from their chemistry together. And as for the plot, you don’t really know what the endgame is or which direction it might be heading until maybe 70% into it. Which I guess is a good thing. It sets itself up for a good sequel to take what This Savage Song brought to the table and run with it.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out what happens in Book 2!

You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

I quite enjoyed what I read, this being my first Schwab book. Let me know what you guys thought of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Victoria SchwabVictoria Schwab is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine | REVIEW

Triad BloodTriad Blood by Nathan Burgoine
Published by Bold Strokes Books on May 1st 2016
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, M/M Romance
Pages: 240
Format: E-ARC

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The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.

But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.

Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.

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3 Stars

** Received an ARC from Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley for a honest review**

First Line:

“A vampire, a demon, and a wizard walk into a bar,” Anders said.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        SEX 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Good

  • Let me start off by saying that I quite liked this book. It  was neither the best book I’ve read nor the worst book. It was however the first erotic book I have read. I have read other M / M books before but with mild sexual scenes. So I was definitely not used to what this one had to offer!
  • I thought the characters were the best part of the book. We follow a Wizard (Curtis), Vampire (Luc), and Demon (Anders) as they try to navigate their new life as a Triad. Things don’t seem to go as planned though. Being a Triad makes them the strongest clan among the rest of the under world. They begin to be targeted to break up their bond. But they don’t give up which is what I liked. Their strong bond goes beyond their powers. They each share a more emotional bond with each other.
  • The sex scenes were definitely steamy. I believe it only took one chapter into the book for them to start! I had to take breaks in between reading them to cool down. I loved it!

The more words you use, the more untruths sneak in.

Triad Blood -Nathan Burgoine

The Bad

  • There was nothing quintessentially bad with this book. But there were a few areas I thought were lacking a bit.
  • The plot was a bit slow going, the romance fell flat, and the writing didn’t really draw me in.
  • I felt like the plot could have been a little more exciting if there was more action packed scenes. They spent too much time playing detectives instead of overcoming their troubles.
  • Don’t get me wrong, they have a special bond. But I felt their romance level apart from their sexual acts were bit off. I didn’t feel their undying love which was a bit disappointing.

Over all, I liked this book. It was a great start to enter the adult paranormal erotica genre! Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Nathan BurgoineNathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was “Heart” in the collection Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction. Since then, he has had over two dozen short stories published, including This is How You Die (the second Machine of Death anthology).

His first novel, Light, is available from Bold Strokes Books and was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror, and the BOTYA 2013 Gay & Lesbian (Adult Fiction) ForeWord award. His second novel, Triad Blood, is available now from Bold Strokes Books. His first novella-length work, “In Memoriam,” is included in the collection On the Run, by Wilde City Press.

A cat lover, ‘Nathan managed to fall in love and marry Daniel, who is a confirmed dog person. Their ongoing “cat or dog?” détente ended with the adoption of Coach, a six-year old husky. They live in Ottawa, Canada, where socialized health care and gay marriage have yet to cause the sky to cave in.