Our Dark Duet

Our Dark Duet

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...

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Title:Our Dark Duet
Author:Victoria Schwab
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Our Dark Duet Reviews

  • C.G. Drews

    No wait. I also want to say:

    and I'm so so pleased. Also devastated. ALSO PLEASED. Part of me knew how it'd end, though, and I was right and I'm currently c r y i n g ... but it was good. It was a good and perfect book.

    I don't want calm feelings anyway.

    I also don't want this to be over because August and Kate are two very very very precious characters to me. And

    No wait. I also want to say:

    and I'm so so pleased. Also devastated. ALSO PLEASED. Part of me knew how it'd end, though, and I was right and I'm currently c r y i n g ... but it was good. It was a good and perfect book.

    I don't want calm feelings anyway.

    I also don't want this to be over because August and Kate are two very very very precious characters to me. And

    . I'm kind of crumbling into a gasping hole of appreciation for it. I LOVE IT. I DO.

    It's too hard to review so I'll just give you a nice list:

    • it is so so so entirely bloody and dark

    • SUPER DARK BOOK IS SUPER DARK

    • it reminds me of Batman Begins, if Gotham was Verity

    • August is the sweetest most tortured monster of ever and my heart bleeds for him

    • Kate is so powerful and sharp and wondrous and i am so pleased with how she developed in this book

    • the monsters are wickedly dark

    • and complex

    • everything about the writing was gorgeous and visual and sensory and every word was perfectly chosen

    • I loved the addition of bits of verse in this one!! It just made the story so much richer and bursting with feeling

    • AUGUST <3 <3 <3

    • there are battles and scars and death and darkness and

    and I love how it asks questions about sinners and right vs wrong and what truly makes a monster

    I CAN'T EVEN WITH MY LOVE FOR IT. EVERY WORD WAS PERFECT. I'M OFFICIALLY A MESS. THAT ENDING THOUGH. These characters. This story. <3

  • emi

    I'm so dead.

    Victoria Schwab has killed me one too many times that I'm all out of lives.

    I just can't.

    The fact that this series is only two books and I'll never get to see my children again makes me so mad. I'm currently saving up for a lawyer so I can sue Victoria for emotional distress.

    Also sorry, this review is a complete mess, much like myself right now. I've been trying to write it for three

    I'm so dead.

    Victoria Schwab has killed me one too many times that I'm all out of lives.

    I just can't.

    The fact that this series is only two books and I'll never get to see my children again makes me so mad. I'm currently saving up for a lawyer so I can sue Victoria for emotional distress.

    Also sorry, this review is a complete mess, much like myself right now. I've been trying to write it for three days now and I just don't know what to day. Everything I want to say is so spoilerly and I just can't.

    If you read

    and was like "it's good but not my favorite"

    then you are gonna die even more than I did because this book wasn't even on the same level as TSS. I can't believe they are even the same series.

    We start off 6 months after TSS and holy f*ck shit has gone down in between books. Kate's off ignoring her responsibilities and monster hunting in a different city and being a bamf. August is in Verity running an army and slowly dying inside and every time he is sad I am sad and I don't like it.

    Then there's this creepy monster that feeds off chaos that goes to Verity to create chaos and Kate has to return home and reunite with her bff August to take down this monster down

    And that's when everythign goes to shit

    First of all, someone please teach me to kill people with a violin like August does. I honestly want to be that badass.

    August is one of the most interesting characters to ever exist. This may be just a duology but his character development in these two book spanned a entire ten book series. It was just so spot on? He was so cute and naive in TSS and he still in in ODD but he's also strong and capable and thoughtful and acts so much older than his age.

    Also can we talk about fascinating he is as a person/monster/species. He was born from the ashes of a mass killing, gets tally mark tattoos on his body for not being a monster, can steal someone's soul using just a violin. I am so intrigued by him. I kinda wanna be him.

    Kate is literally human goals. She doesn't take anyone's shit. She does her own thing. There are big bad monsters that are intimidated by her. I love her so much.

    I love how she became this monster hunter in the city of Prosperity at the beginning and she made this great group of friends and she was starting to get to a point in her life where she could finally be happy.

    As you can tell, I'm still haven't' found a way out of hell yet.

    I don't think I'll ever be able to read a book as good as this again.

    August Flynn is my baby and I love him so much.

    This book was dark af and I love it.

    Both Victoria Schwab series ended this year and now I don't know what I am going to do with my life until her next book comes out.

    This review is the worst. I'm sorry. I'm too dead to care.

  • Kai

    4.5 Stars

    This was so good. Much better than the first book. If you've read my review of

    you might know that I only rated it three stars. I struggled with the characters - especially Kate - and the predictability. Overall it just wasn't as spectacular as Schwab's previous novels. This one, however, was a huge improvement.

    Where do I start? The plot was much more exciting and fast-paced. The characters felt more real and were more relatable, be

    4.5 Stars

    This was so good. Much better than the first book. If you've read my review of

    you might know that I only rated it three stars. I struggled with the characters - especially Kate - and the predictability. Overall it just wasn't as spectacular as Schwab's previous novels. This one, however, was a huge improvement.

    Where do I start? The plot was much more exciting and fast-paced. The characters felt more real and were more relatable, because of the character development they went through. And while August's and Kate's arch-enemies were a little washed up - the typical cruel and smart villains - they served their purpose. My favourite character is Ilsa. I honestly love everything about her, her grace, her wisdom, her trust in her brother and Kate.

    And the writing! Don't even get me started. I wish I could write like this amazing and very talented woman. She keeps taking my breath away with her words and I'm so glad for every story she creates.

    This is one of my favourite quotes from the book:

    I still have so many questions about the Chaos Eater, though. Where did he come from? What cruel act created such a destructive and powerful monster? How exactly can he be killed? I wish there would have been more of a backstory to this.

    The ending was on point. I think that is one of the most important things an author needs to do: keeping things real. With all these monsters, superpowers and other paranormal activities, it's easy to lose your head in the clouds. That's where many authors become distracted and the plot slips into absurdity (yes, I'm talking about you, Sarah J. Maas). This was also my problem with

    . But this time, Victoria nailed it.

    One thing that bothered me is something that I can only talk about in another hidden spoiler section.

    In a nutshell: A spectacular and nearly perfect conclusion to this amazing series. Highly recommended!

  • Kat O'Keeffe

    wow, what a ride! this was a fantastic conclusion to the duology! there was laughter and pain and explosions and it made for a very satisfying finale to august & kate's story.

    ...but we're not done with the world yet, are we?? it's just SO COOL and i still have so many questions. like i definitely need more books set in this world please thank you.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I loved this book so much but it damn well broke my heart. I'm almost at a loss for words. =(

    The thing is, I had this documentary on low that I had watched before on Netflix and it has this really deep music on it. So, here I am reading through the book with this music and it's so perfect and the things that broke my heart with that music playing made it ten fold.

    I need something fluffy and goofy to read now.

    Victoria Schwab knows how to write a damn good book and they can get right under your

    I loved this book so much but it damn well broke my heart. I'm almost at a loss for words. =(

    The thing is, I had this documentary on low that I had watched before on Netflix and it has this really deep music on it. So, here I am reading through the book with this music and it's so perfect and the things that broke my heart with that music playing made it ten fold.

    I need something fluffy and goofy to read now.

    Victoria Schwab knows how to write a damn good book and they can get right under your skin and then break you into a million pieces.

    Sorry, I just keep sitting here at a loss for words.

    Kate Harker is living in Prosperity taking out monsters. She has a ragtag crew of people that help, not with the monster killing but with other stuff.

    August Flynn lives in Verity with his own crew and they are fighting monsters as well and reaping them.

    Kate and August didn't think they would see each other again but there is a new monster on the loose they need to eradicate because it's a big baddie. Not to mention trying to take care of the other jerks.

    But things don't always go as planned in Verity. And people and monsters die.

    That's all your getting.

    I love you Victoria Schwab for writing awesome books and breaking my heart ♥

    Play on August Flynn . . .

    Fin

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  • Hannah

    I WILL NEVER RECOVER

  • Emily May

    Oh shiiiiit. Schwab was

    playing nice with our feelings when she wrote this book. I suspect she might be a bit evil, but, you know, in a good way.

    picks up several months after the events of

    . August is busy fulfilling his monstr

    Oh shiiiiit. Schwab was

    playing nice with our feelings when she wrote this book. I suspect she might be a bit evil, but, you know, in a good way.

    picks up several months after the events of

    . August is busy fulfilling his monstrous duty in Verity - reaping the souls of those who have committed violent acts - and Kate is now part of a monster-fighting gang in Prosperity.

    The book starts slowly with some introspection. August struggles between his duty and what he believes, deep down, is right. He hears the voice of his dead brother instructing him in his head. Kate, on the other hand, is now battling her own inner and outer demons. She hunts monsters to ignore the sadness and loneliness she feels. This all seems fairly innocuous.

    I'll let you find out the details for yourself, but this monster is unlike anything Kate or August have seen before. Not a Corsai, not a Malchai, and not a Sunai, but

    . Kate trails it back to the place that has been calling her for months - Verity.

    When I started the book I didn't have a clear memory of

    and wondered if I would have to do a reread, but a couple of chapters in and it all came flooding back to me. I figured out somewhere along the way what this series reminds me of, and that's Kagawa's

    .

    and I get a similar vibe from them.

    New and interesting characters emerge, such as the genderless Soro, who it's just a shame we won't get to see more of.

    . In fact, the whole latter half of the story just explodes. Breakneck pacing leading towards a fittingly dramatic conclusion that pretty much destroyed me.

    I will end with my favourite quote:

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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    this was the most incredibly disappointing thing I have read in my life, I feel like I need to climb into a hole and cry and hide from my followers

    Okay. You really want to hear it? Because I have thoughts.

    First of all, I was not invested in the plot like, at all, and it is due to a fundamental structural flaw. In a series that is structured with each book playing into the next, as this one is, a good second book should be about the fallout of book one. But here, while the repurcussions of book o

    this was the most incredibly disappointing thing I have read in my life, I feel like I need to climb into a hole and cry and hide from my followers

    Okay. You really want to hear it? Because I have thoughts.

    First of all, I was not invested in the plot like, at all, and it is due to a fundamental structural flaw. In a series that is structured with each book playing into the next, as this one is, a good second book should be about the fallout of book one. But here, while the repurcussions of book one are

    of the plot – Verity and August are both now a mess, how do we deal with that – a random new monster is the cause of 80% of the book’s plot points. It is not the result of any occurence in book one. In fact, it really isn’t a result of anything in particular. It just fucking shows up and somehow manages to cause Kate to go back to Verity [i.e. the setup for the whole book] and then, as if that weren’t enough, directly causes around 80% of the plot.

    So basically, because none of the plot is a result of character action, all the plot points feel kind of…

    Like they’re happening

    the characters rather than the characters happening to the plot.

    This random plot point thing is actually a general problem - as this book begins, we’re thrown into a lot of really cool new plot points, including a larger world context, a hunting team for Kate, an attack team for August, a character shift for Ilsa, a

    character shift for August, a character shift for Kate, a new reign in Verity, a new big bad Malchai, a brand new automatic supersonic hypnotic funky fresh new Sunai, and a brand new automatic supersonic hypnotic funky fresh monster. And we have gotten no context for

    of these things from book one.

    Most of these new details don’t even get an explanation here!! The outside-of-Verity stuff is actually badass, but it has no depth - the monsters aren’t well-explained, and Kate’s random squad of friends barely get introductions [besides Riley. I love Riley.] Kate’s entire outside-of-Verity life gets dropped in like, two pages, and Schwab tries to get us to care, and I only care a tiny tiny bit and I am forcing most of it and at least 50% of it is because I'm pretty sure Kate left Verity and immediately fell in with a band of gays and it's excellent evidence for bi Kate theory. Perhaps more annoyingly, my favorite part of the worldbuilding in book one was the backstories for the monsters; the fact that Ilsa & Leo & August were all similar to the events that caused them was just fucking brilliant, my favorite thing ever, etc. What caused Soro? And perhaps more plot relevant, what caused the Chaos Eater? Because that’s a really big worldbuilding point that I don’t have an answer for. I’m waaaaaiting.

    I also think in doing this fast change, Schwab really lost the thread on August. Seriously, what the fuck happened to August. August’s character here doesn’t make sense – not because he feels out of character, because he doesn’t, but because

    . When we see August in

    he is an anxiety-ridden kid who wants to do his best, and through his arc he gains more confidence in himself and loses some of his self-hatred. When we see him here, he has totally and seemingly randomly lost his sense of humanity. And that’s a really interesting character arc, don’t get me wrong, but when it happens off page it feels so abrupt and random and just…

    He also… kind of barely feels like the same human being? August reads very clearly as mentally ill in book one, and that just goes missing here.

    [Full disclosure, I think this trend where books start with “two months later” is bullshit and I want a refund.]

    But even if August’s character shift had made sense or felt authentic, the fact remains that Kate and August, as characters, feel more like vehicles

    the story than influences

    the story. Victoria Schwab has never in her life been good at character motivation driving the plot, but come on, we don’t even get as much motivation as in book one. I don’t feel why August is doing what he’s doing or why Kate is doing what she’s doing.

    All the characters in this book are underutilized, honestly. Soro is so underutilized. Ilsa is so, so, so underutilized. All three of the villains are kind of underutilized, because, ya know, there are three of them. So much underutilization.

    Oh, and beyond that, I’m going to try and make this quick, because it’s a little bit spoilery, but I love these two characters so much, and I think these characters were way more compelling for me in book one. Kate’s arc here is all about fighting her demons, in literal form, which is an arc I happen to love. But the tension to her meetup with Alice isn’t really built well enough for this arc to feel meaningful. [She also does a significantly smaller amount of ass-kicking. I’m gay and I would read an entire book about her kicking ass.] Oh, and August’s new arc wraps up in about one singular page, which doesn’t quite feel finished, but the main problem is that I just wasn’t invested in him in this book. Which is actually really sad, because book one August is my son and the light of my life and I would die for him. I also kind of feel that the entire red / white soul blend thing is a really lazy way of getting Soro and August to admit that things aren’t black and white.

    This has been a rant, but I think the general problem for me is this is just not the type of character-focused story I like.

    Oh, and spoilers ahead: I don’t like major character death ever but I think the fact that I knew it was going to happen really just made me go “okay” and close the book, mad and disappointed that the Kate & August platonic wedding will never happen.

    petition for Schwab to stop writing conclusions she’s not as good at it as she is at anything else ever lmao. Please don’t unfollow me.

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  • Victoria Schwab

    Now that this book is written and edited and out in 2 months, I guess it's time to finally mark it as read <3

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