Review: “Our Dark Duet” – Victoria Schwab

August 9, 2017 Book Review 2

Review: “Our Dark Duet” – Victoria SchwabOur Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
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Published on: June 13th 2017
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 528
Series: Monsters of Verity #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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The Story
 .(summary 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?


My Thoughts

I’ve never been one for duologies. Two books in a series just sounds weird to me plus there is never enough in two books. I always need more. Three is a much better number…a trilogy. I was surprised when I heard that Monster’s of Verity was only going to be two books. For me, a fantasy world this amazing deserved a trilogy and I was really worried that I was going to get to the end feeling very unsatisfied.

Well, I can happily say that I was wrong!

I know it hurts,” she said. “So make it worth the pain.

Kate and August have got to be one of my favourite set of characters in YA. Mostly because they don’t follow the typical arc that most other YA fantasy characters do. There is this wonderful kind of tension between the two of them and there’s always that “will they? wont they?” in regards to a potential romance between them. At the end of my review for This Savage Song I mentioned that I didn’t mind which way it went and felt the same in this book but still found myself waiting for it. Did it eventually happen? I’m not going to tell you, but the way that it did end between them was just PERFECT!

“Every weakness is a place to slide a knife.

The book picks up 6 months after the events of TSS. We find August in Verity reaping the souls of anyone who has committed a violent act, meanwhile Kate is in Prosperity kicking ass and killing monsters. But August is struggling between his duty and what he believes is the right thing to do and Kate is battling the monsters not just in the world but the ones in her head too.

Schwab’s world of monsters was just as awe inspiring as it had been in TSS and I couldn’t get enough of all the little details we were gifted about the history and mythology of both the world and it’s monsters. We get some interesting new characters in this book, Soro especially is one to check out, and the story is told from multiple POVs which gives us a full view of all sides of the war. Schwab controls the flow of the book perfectly and we get this delicious build up through the first half of the book and then the story just explodes into a fast paced, action filled dramatic conclusion that left me breathless and just about destroyed me!

I’m willing to walk in darkness if it keeps humans in the light.

I was lucky enough to be at YALC when I finished reading this book and so actually got to speak to Schwab the following day whilst still in maybe hangover mode. I had big thoughts about the way Schwab had ended the book and it was so cool to be able to discuss all my thoughts and feelings about it with the author rather than my usual rambling word vomit style phone call with my bookish friends. View Spoiler »

“There were two kinds of monsters, the kind that hunted the streets and the kind that lived in your head. She could fight the first, but the second was more dangerous. It was always, always, always a step ahead.”

One thing I especially loved (and we chatted about) was that this book only gives us a small glimpse into this world and the war that is taking place. It’s so typical nowadays for book like this to have a conclusion; they win the war/loose the war, they all live happily ever after/they all die. Look at the Hunger Games, Divergent, the Lunar Chronicles. They all end with the war ending. But we don’t get that this one. This book is about one battle that takes place in the middle of a war and when we get to the end of that battle the characters remaining have to continue to fight. And that’s what I loved. That feeling that even though the series is over, the characters story goes on. How cool is that!

“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.”


Final Thoughts

A-MAZ-ING. The world, the characters, the story this book had it all. Beautifully written my imagination was taken on a waild adventure and one that I would definitely be happy to go on again. Massive recommendations for this one!

Re-Readability: Yes!

My Rating: Beyond Loved

I would recommend this book to fans of: Schwab, fantasy worlds, monsters, inner demons, forbidden friendships, dystopian worlds, books with war


Have you read Our Dark Duet? What did you think?

What did you think of the way Schwab ended it?

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2 Responses to “Review: “Our Dark Duet” – Victoria Schwab”

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    YESSS SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS DUOLOGY. It also sort of broke my heart but like…nice. That’s what good books do. *goes to sob in the corner* Also totally love what you said about how it’s in the middle of a war. It’s actually inspiring that they’re keeping on fighting. ❤️? I have endless love for how Schwab tells stories!!

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Books that break hearts are the best kind of books! I hate it when I read a book which is all nice and fluffy and makes me feel absolutely nothing. I need to read her Shades of Magic trilogy now. I wanted to wait until the last book had been released so then I could just binge on them all! 🙂