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Review: Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab (Monsters of Verity #2)

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.

What I thought:

Please note: Just this once there’s a small spoiler after the second quote. If you don’t want spoilers, ignore the bit I’ve marked 🙂

Friends. This opening was everything :O Usually, I’m a little torn about Schwab’s books; I like them but they don’t wow me like they wow everyone else. This opening wowed me. I’ve even made a note of it for future instant inspiration <3

She had never owned a pet–the closest she’d come was walking the school mascot at her third prep school–but she’d always liked animals more than people. Then again, that might have been a reflection on people more than on her.

One of my favourite things in This Savage Song was how Kate wanted to be more monstrous, and how August wanted to be more human. In Our Dark Duet, I loved how they both slowly turned dark. The parts where Kate got closer to the monster inside her were really clever, I’ve never read anything quite like it. Between that and the opening, this book has two of my favourite parts in any book, ever.

Another thing I loved was that this book doesn’t have a perfectly happy ending. Someone dies, and I won’t tell you who ^-^ You can just sit on that while you read it. You’re welcome. *ahem*

Despite all that, I still didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else does. I like Schwab’s books, but there’s always something missing for me and I don’t know what it is. I get the hype; the hype train just hasn’t run me over.

I spent a long time playing that game,” she said. “Pretending there were other versions of this world, where other versions of me got to live, and be happy, even if I didn’t, and you know what? It’s lonely as hell. Maybe there are other versions, other lives, but this one’s ours. It’s all we’ve got.”

[spoiler] One thing I’m confused about is what happened to the wardens. They seemed important in the beginning, but after Kate leaves we don’t see them again. I kept expecting them to show up and save the day (or at least help save the day, anyway), especially because Kate thought about them occasionally. I thought that was done on purpose, so we’d remember who they were when they showed up again, but they didn’t. It was nice that Kate had their friendship in the very beginning, but beyond that I’m not sure why they were there. I expected to see them more, you know? It just felt odd to me that they just kind of disappeared from the story.[/spoiler]

I’m excited to see what’s next. Schwab has hinted at a few things on Twitter, and I’ll look forward to seeing more. If you’ve loved her Shades of Magic series, you’ll love this duology, too!

(It’s occurred to me that I’ve read both books in August now…)


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