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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab | Book Review

Title: Our Dark Duet

Author: Victoria Schwab

Series: Monsters of Verity #2

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopia

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Publication date: June 13th, 2017

Pages: 510

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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?

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“Because she knew a secret: there were two kinds of monsters, the kind that hunted the streets and the kind that lived in your head. She could fight the firt, but the second was more dangerous. It was always, always, always a step ahead.”

OH, MY GOD, I’M WRECKED. I can’t believe how amazing this book was and how emotionally broken I am right now. I didn’t expect it to be that good, or for it to surprised me as much as it did.

I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I finished This Savage Song last year, but I’m the worst at finishing series, so I basically pushed myself to read it while mentally saying I wouldn’t regret reading it. And turns out I was so right. Somehow this book made me love the duology even more, and that’s saying something, because I really enjoyed the first installment. But this one was so much better.

“Could they see the light of the souls he’d reaped, the monsters he’d slain? Could they feel the darkness in the lives he’d taken, the hate and violence wicking off his skin?”

It was a very fast paced book, which surprised me quite much because it took me a few days last year to finish This Savage Song, so that was a plus to me (especially since this one had more than 500 pages). And something new that was introduced in this installment was some chapters told from the perspective of a monster, but in verse. Maybe that’s why I flew through it, or finished it so fast, but I really enjoyed that aspect of the story.

I loved being back to the world and to those characters again. In this book you could see the world expand a little bit, but mostly what’s very intricate was the monsters. Somehow Victoria Schwab created something very unique of the monsters we all know (vampires, zombies…), and that was one of my favourite parts of the book. The book kept that eery and dark atmosphere, just like the first one, but you could feel something bad coming (boy, oh, boy, wasn’t I right).

And I love those characters. okay? Even the villains. I adored the whole cast and their interactions throughout the story. Mostly the frienship between August and Kate, but I also enjoyed the way the developed in this book after all the events that happened in the first novel. Kate became one of my favourite characters in this one, maybe because we got to know her without all those layers she had in TSS, but I really loved her part of the story and how she mentally grew in this installment. Ilsa was still my favourite person, and I would have loved to see her more in the story (even though she was quite important in the end).

“Her mother, who doesn’t seem to care what a mess she made.

Her mother, who isn’t even there to make it right.

Her mother, who left her alone with monsters…”

There was a certain moment between the two main characters that I can’t really talk about because of spoilers, but I didn’t really like that. I feel it was completely unnecesary and it didn’t add anything to the story, and it was a bit cringy because THE STORY WAS GOOD AS IT WAS. But hopefully it wasn’t mentioned again and was forgotten by more important things going on.

But I would say what surprised me the most was THAT ENDING. HOLY CRAP I didn’t see that coming. Somehow I could feel something while I was reading the book that something was going to happen and it would destroy me, but I did not expect it to be THAT. It was well executed, that’s for sure. BUT STILL. Nope. I stared at the wall for hours after finishing the book! (well… maybe not for HOURS, but you know what I meant).

It was a very great conclusion to the story, in my opinion, and even though I am really sad the story has ended and we won’t have more books about those characters or world, I’m pretty satisfied with everything.

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