Oh. My. Life. How did I wait months to read this?! Our Dark Duet is the second (and final) book in the Monsters of Verity duology and it was a brilliant finale to a brilliant series. I can’t wait to read more of Victoria’ Schwab’s work because this was just fantastic!
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?
I’m guessing that if you’re reading this review, you’ve read the perfection that is This Savage Song. It pains me so much to say this but honestly? I don’t think Our Dark Duet was as good as the first one, but it was still good enough to earn five stars so it’s all good! Don’t come at me with your pitchforks! Our Dark Duet had more badass fighting from Kate which made me so proud because she just wanted to make her city a safe place. We were also introduced to a new monster that’s like a shadow, but when it feeds on chaos, it starts to become more and more solid. This new monster is scary. I know that the Malachai are vicious and bloodthirsty, but this new monster is pure fear. I was scared of it just by reading about it.
“People were messy. They were defined not only by what they’d done, but by what they would have done, under different circumstances, moulded 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.
And for better.
It wasn’t easy. The world was complicated. Life was hard. And so often, living hurt.
So make it worth the pain.”
― Victoria Schwab,
The let down of this book? Again, it absolutely kills me to say this… August. I love him. I really do. He was amazing and my little smol bean in the first book, but in Our Dark Duet, I didn’t even recognise him. He could have been a completely different character. If was hard-faced and NOTHING LIKE OUR AUGUST AT ALL… You saw glimpses of him now and then again (mainly towards the end), but it just wasn’t enough. Even Kate was getting angry, yelling at him for being so blank about everything. GO KATE!
I can’t talk about this book without mentioning how amazing V.E Schwab’s writing style is. She’s got it bang on. Every word just flowed into the other with perfection and I was hooked… I couldn’t bring myself to stop reading so I ended up reading it in a couple of hours. I was absolutely addicted to the writing, the description, the dialogue, the poetry… Everything.
AND THAT ENDING! <—- that’s all I can say about the ending because of spoilers, but just know that it was worth putting it at the end in capital letters because OH MY GOD!
Overall, this was a brilliant finale to the Monsters of Verity duology, and I would happily read the series over and over and over again. Even though the character of August slightly let this book down for me, it was still an amazing read and has a storyline that I will never forget.