Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is the conclusion to a monster-filled duology. I love the horror genre, so I really enjoyed the first book in the series, This Savage Song. Our Dark Duet was one of my most anticipated novels of 2017, and while I enjoyed it on the whole, there were a few minor things that didn’t quite add up for me.
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #2
Published by Greenwillow Books on January 1st 1970
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal
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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?
What I liked:
1. THE MONSTERS!! Hands down this will always be my favorite part of this series. I just love the monsters that Schwab created. I love how they’re created, what they do, and why they do it. They are some of the coolest things I’ve come across in fiction in a really long time.
2. The cities, Verity and Prosperity. Going along with the monsters, I love the run-down, corrupt world that these people and monsters live in. Schwab did such an awesome job crafting these bleak, amoral societies. They’re delicious to read about!
3. The potential of the Chaos Eater, the new monster in this series. It was creepy AF, and I loved the anticipation of what we were going to find out about it. Where did it come from? What does it do? How do we defeat it?!? View Spoiler »And I really wanted to know how it’s connection with Kate would play out! « Hide Spoiler
What fell a little flat:
1. The Chaos Eater. It didn’t have some crazy twist that I was hoping for View Spoiler »And its connection with Kate never went beyond what it was: a connection. 🙁 « Hide Spoiler. It just seemed to appear, give us a good ride, and then promptly View Spoiler »disappear. Its demise seemed really quick to me? « Hide Spoiler
2. The ending just felt rushed. There was hundreds of pages of build up, and then the ending just seemed crazy fast. View Spoiler »The deaths of some of our most-hated villains seemed easy and quick almost? « Hide Spoiler I wish the ending had been dragged out more and allowed me to teeter on the edge a little longer.
3. Kate’s conclusion. This is a major spoiler so don’t click if you don’t want it! –> View Spoiler »Her death also felt rushed. Like the final scene with her and August could have been more drawn out and torturous for the reader. Instead it was like, here’s Kate lying terminally injured. Now Kate dies. The End. So I wasn’t as upset about it as I would have hoped to be. That being said, Kate seemed like she needed to be done as a character. There wasn’t much left for her in this world, and maybe that’s why I wasn’t so sad about it? « Hide Spoiler
Ultimately I enjoyed the book quite a bit. The ending wasn’t quite what I hoped for, so when I finished, instead of feeling all these flurry of emotions like I would want, I kind of shrugged and was like, okay, that was a fun book.