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

821B25F1-8CAD-4267-B26F-38310B7A432DTitle: Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab
Pages: 470
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 13th June 2017
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

Kate Harker is a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a 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–Kate must face a monster she thought she’d killed, a boy she thought she knew and a demon all her own…

My review:

I was a bit disappointed with This Savage Song but good news! I thought Our Dark Duet was much better and I really enjoyed it. Even though Monsters of Verity wasn’t my favourite Schwab series, I’m still glad I read it and I can’t deny that it was a very unique series.

Our Dark Duet picks up six months after the events that happened in This Savage Song. We are introduced to some new characters, mainly a group of monster hunters in Prosperity which Kate becomes part of. I loved the new characters and wished we could have seen more of them because they were such a fun, quirky group of people. Kate, on the other hand, doesn’t feel like she belongs and struggles with her inner demons and the loneliness she feels. What’s getting her through each day is every new monster that crops up.

Back in Verity, August is now running an army and battling to keep South City safe from North City, which is now ruled by Sloan. His character development since book one was astounding. The recent events have hardened him and he has had to embrace his monstrous side but at the cost of his humanity. To protect South City, he feeds on the souls of everyone who has committed a violent act and you can tell it’s really taking a toll on him. He was like a completely different character and I was begging for Kate to come back and remind him of how good he is because it seemed like he was letting his monstrous side eat him up.

We also had Sloan’s POV and I actually liked being inside his head. I thought he was such a fascinating character. Everyone thought the bad guys were defeated but nope. Sloan was on the brink of death but then he was brought back and he became the new villain they had to defeat. It was awesome because it was like kill or be killed. Sloan was a constant threat and he was always scheming about how to gain control of South City. He was absolutely psychotic.

There was so much happening in this book but I really liked the new monster that was introduced, this one even more deadly. It was completely different to the other monsters as it fed on chaos and brought out people’s inner demons. It pitched friends against one another and was the ultimate weapon. However, unless I missed it, there didn’t seem to be any explanation for how this monster came to be. It just turned up and then lured Kate back to Verity. I would have liked to know more about its origin and such but maybe there was no way to explain it? I’m not sure.

The trouble I had with the first book was that I thought it was boring but Schwab really ramped it up in the second book. It felt like there was so much more at stake compared to the first book. They were racing against the clock to save everyone but also battling their own inner demons . It was a constant war against doing what was necessary or doing what was right and ultimately, what they believed in. I truly loved the change in August’s character and how he was forced to adapt to protect those he loved but at the cost of his own humanity. It was so fascinating and Schwab did such a great job.

Our Dark Duet is definitely a lot darker than the first book and the ending is probably the most shocking part of the story. Even though I didn’t like these characters as much, they really grew on me in the second book and the ending was so heartbreaking. If, like me, you didn’t enjoy This Savage Song, please don’t give up because this book makes it all worth it.

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