Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)by Victoria Schwab
Published on June 13, 2017
by Greenwillow Books
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Archived, Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)
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?
After falling under the spell of This Savage Song, I was ready for the next Monsters of Verity novel. Victoria Schwab’s writing is, of course, poetic and magnetic. The idea is creative and engaging. The characters are well thought out. I adored August, monster and musician. I thought Kate, tough-as-nails, was fascinating. The questions about what makes a monster and what makes a human were well explored. And even though there was no way these two were getting together, I wanted them to get together.
I was not expecting to feel so…average… about Our Dark Duet.
Our Dark Duet takes its time to build up to its climax, like an opera. Kate is now a monster hunter in another part of the state. She’s teamed up with others who don’t know her past. She’s still reserved, but her knack for monster hunting is kind of what brings her closer to the new people in her life. This is huge considering, when we first meet her in This Savage Song, View Spoiler »she’s burned a church down to get her dad to take her home « Hide Spoiler. But when a new monster arrives on the scene, glimmers of the Kate from before come back. I appreciate the construction of her character more when this happens, because she shows she’s more than her tough persona.
Then there’s August. This boy is brooding and tortured now. He’s taken his Sunai nature and uses it, not only for the safety of his adoptive father’s army, but like a vigilante on the streets. While August’s inner demons are understandable, this transformation does stretch thin. I prefer the thought August over superhero August.
Found throughout Kate’s and August’s segments are glimpses of monsters in the city, all including lots of blood and gore. These parts slowed down the pace for me; some parts feel like they’re there for shock value only. But when Kate and August meet again though, the book picks up immensely. They have great chemistry, and View Spoiler »the kiss I never thought would ever happen, does! « Hide Spoiler. Seeing them back together to fight for the greater good brings Our Dark Duet to a heart-racing crescendo.
When the crescendo reaches its resolution, I had mixed feelings. Some subplots wrap up nice and neat, other parts, particularly for our main characters, were surprising. I’m torn.
Our Dark Duet left me wanting, but I’m reading Victoria Schwab’s next books!