Sunday 23 June 2019

Book Review: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab (YA/Fantasy)

Title: Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Greenwillow Books

Publication Date: 2017
Borrowed from Library


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.

I loved this conclusion to the Monsters of Verity series. Our Dark Duet picks up shortly after This Savage Song left off, with Kate and August in separate cities. It took me a little longer to get into this one than the first book, but once I did I was hooked again. I enjoyed how Schwab developed Kate and August, building on their experiences in book one and how they had changed them. I also admire Schwab's bravery in eschewing a traditional happy ending in favour of something hopeful but bittersweet. The world building and imagination of this series was awesome and I highly recommend it to YA fantasy fans. I am keen to buy a copy of these two books to keep on my shelf for a future reread.

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