Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2) by Victoria Schwab
My rating: five stars
Genre: YA, fantasy, dystopian
Goodreads summary: 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?
I can’t believe it took this long to read this book after the first one, but I finally did! I wish I had read this duology a long time ago, because it is now one of my favorites! I honestly wish that it was a full long series instead of a duology. However, I am happy how it turned out.
Likes: The change in personalities Kate and August have gone through since the first book was so realistic and is something that most books are missing. So many tragic events happened in the first book, it makes complete sense that they would be different people. They were stronger in some ways, but in others they were haunted by their past. They were forced to be people they didn’t want to be in an effort to help humanity. It was a painful but beautiful thing to read about. I liked how we got to learn more about other characters in this story – mainly August’s family. We also got to learn more about how their army works and how the city is functioning now that Kate’s father is gone. The new monster in this story is awesome. Of course, it is bad, but how it works is interesting. This book was so complex and deep – even more so than the first one – that I would love to read it over and over just to see if I missed anything.
Dislikes: I am wracking my brain trying to think of something that I did not like, and I honestly can’t think of anything. The ending broke me, but in a good way, so I can’t really say that’s a dislike. Sorry, I don’t have one, I guess.
Overall, this book was incredibly intricate, on a level I haven’t seen in many books. It had me laughing, gasping, and sobbing. Victoria has a way of writing that brings emotions straight to the surface. I was so invested in this story, I would recommend this book to everyone and it is towards the top, if not at the top, of my favorite books of all time. Though I wish the series was longer, it wrapped up well and in a way that I think a continuation would ruin the beauty of the story.