“Mourning was its own kind of music—the sound of so many hearts, of so many breaths, of so many standing together.”
― Victoria Schwab,
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?
Eden: Everyone knows my love for V.E. Schwab at this point, but I don’t think you really understand. She writes stories that never have a truly right or wrong answer. The worlds that Schwab writes are these over-the-top elevated versions of the world we’re in. With the Monsters of Verity duology it’s a world that was once what we have now that becomes overrun by monsters created by the sins of it’s people. It’s a premise that is likely easy to talk about, but practically impossible to execute well, and Schwab manages to execute it to near perfection. 5/5 stars. I’m still obsessed with all books by Schwab.
Caitlynn: Schwab can create a world and characters like no other author I have ever read. She has such a lyrical style to everything that she does and it comes across so beautifully. I’m glad that we are closing the chapter on August and Kate, but I so hope that Schwab gives us more of Verity and the rest of this great world. 5/5 stars!
Jenn: I adored this book. This entire world enraptured me in the storyline and the characters. Victoria Schwab really understands the line of morality and how grey it can be. This unique premise did not disappoint in this second and final book in the series. 5 out of 5 stars.
Eden: What were everybody’s ratings of Our Dark Duet?
Jenn: I gave it a 5 out of 5.
Caitlynn: I gave it a 5 as well.
Eden: I also gave it a 5.
Jenn: How do we feel about this being a duology rather than a trilogy or series?
Caitlynn: You know, I couldn’t remember whether this was going to be a series or if it was going to be the last book. But, I was hoping that it wouldn’t be a series, because I think it ended so well.
Eden: Yeah I think if it was a series that it would be harmful to the overall impact. Whereas leaving off on the second book where it did leaves you so that you’re still in it but you can handle it leaving off there.
Jenn: I agree. However, I would like if she did a Leigh Bardugo Grisha-esque thing where she picked up with the world. Maybe she could pick up at a different time or with a different cast so that we could see more of the monsters. Because, honestly I really loved the concepts of the monsters and how they were created.
Caitlynn: Yeah, I’m not done with the world by any means. I’m done with August and Kate’s story. But, I would definitely like to see more of the world.
Eden: Yeah, I would definitely like to get more of a look on Soro.
Caitlynn: Or seeing Flynn starting FTF.
Jenn: I would like a whole new story. So, either jumping back to the first monster, or jumping forward a bunch of years with completely different people to see where they’re at now.
Eden: I’d like that it’d be good. I would love a novella for Soro. That would be great.
Jenn: Yeah, I don’t really want another full book with this cast. Because, the problem is if you have a book of anybody in this cast it would have to include other people, like August. So, I don’t know that I want that. But, I would like to see more storyline from the supporting characters so a novella would be great.
Eden: How do we feel about the duology as a whole?
Caitlynn: I gave both books a 5 out of 5. So, I loved it.
Jenn: Yeah, I think that the story arcs really hit where they needed to. The first book was great about building connections to the characters where the second book was really good at developing the plotline. The set up of the dual book narrative worked out really well.
Eden: I really appreciated that we had three perspectives, two of which were Kate and August. I liked having the three perspectives because during action scenes Schwab did an amazing job cutting from one action scene to the next in chapters. It never felt like one of those long drawn out fights. It always felt like it was moving really really fast.
Jenn: I felt like the first book was much more musically inclined than this book. But, I think this book went more lyrical with the inclusion of the poetry. How did you guys feel about that?
Eden: I liked the poetry. I was happy that Schwab got to do some poetry because that’s the format she started with when she started writing. So, I was really excited to see what she could really do. At first I thought it was a little jarring, but once we got into the point of the poetry I thought it really worked.
Caitlynn: I liked it because it wasn’t poetry that I had to read too deeply into. I could just enjoy it for what it was.
Jenn: I liked it. But, I’m a fan of any spoken word or narrative poetry. It felt like a true free verse poem. I felt like the progression through it and the rhythm of it added to what she was going through at those parts. I feel as though the pacing helped with it. Because, a long narrative isn’t as quick and doesn’t feel as intense. The poetry really added to the tension of though scenes.
Eden: That was the second time that pace has been mentioned. But, I think that pace was really important in this book. Schwab did amazingly with the pace. I love Schwab. I’m always going to love her as a writer. This book reminded me what it is about her writing that makes me really remember why I love it. It’s that she understands what the reader is thinking in that moment. She knows how fast it needs to be to make it feel real and make it right.
Jenn: I think that what helps is that it’s not the same pace throughotu. She does a lot of slow builds into quick declines. Then she may flip that pattern. So, you never bored of what is going on and you are anticipating what’s going to happen. Rather than it reading as the same level she changes it up through the book. So, you don’t really know where it’s going from that point.
Eden: I don’t know if you guys felt the same way, but I loved Alice’s character. What’s more I really appreciated Kate’s interactions with Alice. The back and forth dialogue was really fun. I think that Alice was an interesting character as it was.
Caitlynn: I really liked the darkness of this book.
Jenn: I liked that it didn’t feel like it was trying to make a dark situation pretty. A lot of the time YA author’s can soften the edges of intense moments or details. I like that Scwab highlighted those jagged edges and made them sharper. You couldn’t ignore what was happening. She wasn’t trying to avert your attention from the horrible things that were happening. She was really highlighting them.
Caitlynn: I agree.