10 July, 2018

REVIEW: OUR DARK DUET by Victoria Schwab

Title: Our Dark Duet
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #2
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Publisher: Titan Books
Release: June 13th, 2017
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 533

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BLURB: The sequel - and conclusion - to Victoria Schwab's instant #1 New York Times bestseller, This Savage Song. Kate Harker is a girl who isn't afraid of the dark. She's a girl who hunts monsters. And she's good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost. 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 - it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She'll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

EXPECTATIONS: Being a Schwab book of course expectations were through the roof! And I loved the first book so this one had to be just as good.

THE WORLD: Same world as in the last book. Monsters seem to run free in two cities at least though, instead of just V-city.

CHARACTERS: Verity, V-city, is now controlled by the FTF and Henry FlynnAugust is now a commander and is trying to combat Sloan. That one Malchai that got away. We have a new character (monster) called Alice which serves Sloan. Meanwhile, Kate had run away to another city and hunts monsters there until she realizes something is going on and decides to come back to V-city. There are some new secondary characters like Soro (August's new sibling) and Kate's friends in the other city but to be honest their presentations are so rushed that I didn't have time to memorize their names and bond with them... I simply couldn't care less about them. Oops.

ROMANCE: There's some romance for a second but not much. I wish it would have stayed as a friendship.

GOOD: Hmm I think the plot, the theme. The idea of the monsters and humans and who is who is amazing. I like those kind of dark themes. I also enjoyed August and Kate as characters dealing with their struggles but as much as it pains me to say this... that was about it.

BAD: You don't know how hard it is to say this because I have always loved all of Victoria's books but this one just doesn't do it for me. Sad. The book is long but it's incredibly slow for at least half the book, then finally some things start to happen, then some romance is thrown out of the blue, and then when we have the "epic battle" you know, the ending one, it happens so fast that you must not miss a single phrase because I swear it is all over in like two phrases.

Also, the secondary characters were all flat as a pancake and I couldn't care for any of them.

OVERALL: 3 stars. I am so baffled... I won't hold it against Victoria because this is the first disappointment like ever but... I'm in pain writing this review. I can see why some people might love this book and others hate it. I'll stay neutral.

What do you think about OUR DARK DUET?


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