Our Dark Duet

Our Dark Duet

A Monsters of Verity Novel

Book - 2017
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The sequel--and conclusion--to Victoria Schwab's 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780062380883
0062380885
Branch Call Number: YA SERIES MON V.2
Characteristics: ii, 510 pages ; 22 cm

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List - 5 Finds Teens: June 2017
alaude Jun 10, 2017

Victoria Schwab's follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller, "This Savage Song", picks up shortly after the first book left off. The war has begun, and Kate Harker has been separated from her monster ally, August Flynn, but when a new monster emerges, she is thrown back into the mon... Read More »


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heavenne
Dec 13, 2017

***Possible spoilers below. You’ve been warned***

The plot was off to a pretty slow start in this one. Before I start, I’d have to recommend you read This Savage Song before going to this book. You would need the foundation that was set up in This Savage Song to really benefit and enjoy reading Our Dark Duet.

As mentioned before, the plot was off to a slow start. Kate and August are on both different ends of the spectrum but have changed drastically. They’ve definitely ‘grown up’ so to speak. Kate becomes monster hunter extraordinaire. August leads his own squad in the FTF. Kate’s part of the story was definitely more interesting. Despite trying hard not to warm up to people she manages to have her small group of friends (but of course, shuns them anyway despite one of them trying to reach out to her numerous times). I love this quality in Kate. It makes her so much more realistic and puts her way from the group of those ‘stone cold butt kickers that apparently have no soul’.

That being said about Kate. Oh. Lord. That ending. Kate dying with August nearby got my stomach into knots and twists. I can’t believe it. It was beautifully written though and a suitable ending for her. Kate was pretty much a pariah and a lone wolf. August was one of the few that was able to get to know Kate at a more deeper level. It was only fitting that she meets her end with that one person by her side. Beautifully done.

I didn’t really think the romance scene between Kate and August was necessary. It was a minor filler that didn’t need to be added. I never saw August and Kate that way. They were too different and didn’t have that nice ongoing chemistry together. Fighting partners, yes. Partners in love? No I don’t think so.

So more about characters dying. Am I the only one that felt a punch to the gut when Ilsa died? Ilsa was a character I really loved in these two books. She went down in a blaze of glory though (albeit, a shocked blaze of glory.)

You have to admit, Sloan is one of the better villains I have read in a long while. I like him teaming up with Alice even though villains they are, they are looking out for themselves. He’s creepy, malicious, calculating, and cunning. He’s a perfect villain.

The last half of the book, which was filled with action, blood, explosions and all the good stuff set the pace for the great ending to a wonderfully written duology. I know fans out there are asking for more, as it’s not the end of the adventures for August and Soro. For me, it’s just enough and it’s a perfect ending. Well done Ms Schwab! Now I’m off to read your other works!

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MyrtleLouise
Oct 25, 2017

Monsters and monster hunters. This book has a Walking Dead feel to it. Strangely interesting.

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susan_findlay
Oct 19, 2017

This book is very dark. More violent than I usually like, but I think it was necessary given the story it was telling.

Schwab does an excellent job of developing a strong flawed heroine fighting her inner demons. Kate isn't necessarily somebody you want to be, but she's definitely somebody you want to learn about.

I wasn't as interested in August in this book as I was in This Savage Song. He definitely takes a back seat to Kate in Our Dark Duet, and he has changed quite dramatically in the interim.

I can't exactly say I loved reading this book, but I was fascinated by it and it kept me turning the pages. Definitely for more mature readers though.

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alwaysthere
Sep 22, 2017

I genuinely cry every time I finish this book. A true masterpiece, it throws almost everything Victoria Schwab has written in the past straight out of the water.

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chippy13_0
Jul 13, 2017

I waited so long for it and I'm not lying when I say it was worth the wait

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Kyanite
Jul 10, 2017

I enjoyed the first book a lot more. The idea is interesting, and I can't point to any specific things that are really wrong with this, but I just did not get emotionally engaged.

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Grace2004
Aug 26, 2017

"I'm willing to walk in darkness if it keeps humans in the light." -August Flynn

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