Our Dark Duet by VE Schwab
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Synopsis 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?
Well, hell. That was one bumpy ride to Verity.
I’ve never finished a VE Schwab series before, so I blindly jumped into her Monsters of Verity duology in the hopes of getting a taste of her style. I really enjoyed book one, This Savage Song (you can check out my review here). I didn’t expect book two to rip my heart out and shred it to ribbons.
This book is pretty hard to review without the spoilers, but here’s one thing I liked about it: it’s gritty. Gritty as all hell. It kind of makes the first book look like vanilla. I’ve never been a huge fan of YA mystery/thrillers but this book actually kept me reading because I thought it had a lot of depth. It’s more than just killing and gore and monsters.
I loved how the characters changed, for better or worse. Loved how they questioned their principles or lived and died by them.
Our Dark Duet was a raw and wonderful read.
The only thing that I didn’t get was why I couldn’t feel anything between Kate and August. I really don’t know why. I was rooting for them. Different as they were, I was rooting for them. But…I just didn’t feel anything. Is it me? It maybe is me. I think I’ve read one too many romance novels that I really was hoping for a spark from the two of them. There were scenes that might
I really don’t know why. I was rooting for them. Different as they were, I was rooting for them. But…I just didn’t feel anything. Is it me? It maybe is me. I think I’ve read one too many romance novels that I really was hoping for a spark from the two of them. There were scenes that might have lead up to said spark, but I really didn’t feel anything…sparky. Even until the end. Wonderfully written, but for some reason, it really didn’t evoke any emotion from me.
But that part’s a tiny drop in the ocean for a book this good, I guess. After all, there’s just so much more to the world than romance.
If you’re looking for a romantic novel, this is definitely not it. But if you want great fight scenes, morally gray characters, a world that needed saving from monsters of all forms, heroes and villains in the most unlikely places…then this book is for you.
A lovely 4/5 for this sequel.