Title: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publish Date: June 13, 2017
# of Pages: 510
(From Goodreads) 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?
Rating (1-10, 10 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 8
Pace – 8
Plot Development – 6
Ending – 9
Characters – 7
Enjoyability – 9
Ease of Reading – 8
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab jumps forward in time 6 months from where This Savage Song left off. You get to follow Kate Harper as she becomes a monster hunter and August as he struggles to fight the monster within. In the end, Kate and August both become a little possessed by darkness, and this book follows their fall.
As with This Savage Song, the writing in Our Dark Duet is a joy. The writing is witty and quick-paced and always has you catching you breath in a “oh gosh, what happens next?” kind of way.
While I enjoyed reading Our Dark Duet, I can’t help feel somewhat unfulfilled. Questions I had from the first book never got answered in this book. I wanted to learn more about the world, the war, and what caused the monsters to run rampant. I never really got a feel for why Verity is the way it is. Any answers given were cursory overviews and didn’t give me the details I craved. Now, if you don’t care about the why and the backstory, the Monsters of Verity duology is a real treat.
The plot escalation in Our Dark Duet was heart-pounding, and I couldn’t have guessed how it would end. I really liked the ending. The book is dark, so it’s fitting that the ending was equally dark. I like that it didn’t end on a “puppies and rainbows” high note. I thought it was fitting.
As I said in my review for This Savage Song, the character development was decent, though I still would have liked to see additional development of Kate and August. I wanted to get to know them better.
So would I recommend the Monsters of Verity duology? Absolutely! There were just a couple things about the series that I struggled with, but all-in-all, the books were a pleasure to read.
“Mourning was its own kind of music–the sound of so many hearts, of so many breaths, of so many standing together.”
What did you think of the Monsters of Verity duology? Did you want more backstory, or were you satisfied with the information given?
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