Our Dark Duet – Book Review

Author: Victoria Schwab
Published: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Monsters
Rating: ★★★★✰

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.OurDarkDuet
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?


“Monsters,” he said slowly, “all want the same thing: to feed. They are united by that common goal, while you are all divided by your morals and your pride. What do I think? I think that if you cannot come together, you cannot win.”

I loved This Savage Song. It was the first Victoria Schwab book I had ever read and I knew before I even finished that I had to read her other works. The way she write is just amazing. And the way, the style in which she wrote this beautiful soul crushing book was just perfect. She definitely is not afraid to mess with our feelings and strike right for the feels. Our Dark Duet picks up a few months after the ending of This Savage Song. Kate is now living in Prosperity hunting the few monsters that are there. August has stayed behind to take Leo’s place in the Flynn Task Force with his dead brother haunting his thoughts. While hunting monsters Kate comes across a monster no one has ever seen before. Not a Malchai, Corsai, or a Sunai, but something else entirely. She tracks it back to Verity. And thats where things really start getting good. or really bad. depending upon how you look at it.

August Flynn. He is an amazingly well rounded character. A monster that only wants to be human forced to do monstrous things to save humans. He is seriously messed up in this book. Killing his brother and Kate leaving and the city going to hell in a hand basket and having to reap more and more souls is just taking its toll on him. He struggles with what to do, hearing Leo’s voice in his head telling him to let go and let the monster loose but not wanting to lose what little “humanity” he has.

Kate Harker. I love my blondies. There really aren’t that many out there so I am biased towards them. Kate has started over, she has a new name and a new identity. She tries to cover up her pain and loneliness with monster hunting. She meets new friends  colleagues  fellow monster hunters in Prosperity and fills her life with that. All in, the only way Kate knows how to. But Verity is always in the back of her mind.

I don’t feel like I can say much more without spoiling. The book starts out a bit slow but then as soon as it picks up you are hurled full force into that heart wrenching ending. Oh that ending. I have to say I knew part of it was coming but that still doesn’t prepare you for it! Ugh. I loved it though, I don’t know how she could have ended it any better while getting the point across.

“People were messy. They were defined not only by what they’d done, but by what they would have done, under different circumstances, molded as much by their regrets as their actions, choices they stood by and those they wished they could undo. Of course, there was no going back—time only moved forward—but people could change.
For worse.
And for better.”

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Happy Book Birthday!- Our Dark Duet

 

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Today is the release day for Victoria Schwab’s Our Dark Duet! It is the conclusion for the Monsters of Verity dulogy and the sequle to This Savage Song!

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own. (goodreads summary)


I received This Savage Song in last year’s July Owlcrate and LOVED IT! I really love anything V-Schwab writes. (if you haven’t read her A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy you best get on that ASAP!) It was such a different type of world with monsters and humans living together with the evil acts of humans creating the monsters that we see. We met August, a monster who doesn’t want to be a monster or do monsters things, and Kate who is the daughter of the biggest monster in Verity, a human who runs one side of the city and has taught her to be as ruthless as he is. It’s somewhat hard to even explain but I just couldn’t put it down! Thank God it didn’t end on a cliff hanger, it made it a little easier to wait for Our Dark Duet. I am so excited to read this, it will be the second ending to a series of her’s that I will have read this year. (Way to be productive V-Schwab!) I pre-ordered this baby so it should be on my front porch when I get home if Amazon isn’t lying to me. I can’t wait to start reading it!

I highly recommend reading this series as well as the Shades of Magic series I mentioned earlier and pretty much anything else with Victoria Schwab/V.E. Schwab name on it. She is a fantastic writer with intriguing fantasy worlds. I know I haven’t read this second and final installment yet but that just it, her writing is so good I don’t have to read first recommend later. I can just recommend. But of course I will read, I will ALWAYS read!