Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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32075662It’s been six months since Kate Harker arrived in Prosperity, leaving behind Verity and the monsters that live there. But when she runs into a new monster—one that feeds on violence and chaos—she’s forced to return to Verity before it destroys the city and those she still cares about. But in Verity things have changed. North City and South City are warring against one another, and Sloan will stop at nothing to win. August has also changed, and Kate needs to find a way to bring back the monster who once wished to be human.

Our Dark Duet is the sequel and final installment of the Verity series and is just as amazing and beautiful as the first, This Savage Song. I’ve said it before and I will say it always: Victoria Schwab has a beautiful way with words. Her world building and characters are unique bringing on a life of their own. Once I picked up this book, I couldn’t put it down and was not disappointed when I was done. From beginning to end the story was satisfying and tied up the plots that still remained from the first book as well as the newly formed plots.

One thing I especially appreciated with this series is (*spoiler warning*) that the two main characters, Kate and August, did not end up in a relationship. I feel that it’s kind of standard that the two main characters who start off as enemies somehow fall in love with one another. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if it’s done in a way that works well with the rest of the story, I did appreciate that we had a male and female main character who could remain friends.

I highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy Young Adult Fantasy. I promise you will not be disappointed!

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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23299512Kate Harker has been kicked out of enough boarding schools that her father finally gives in to her biggest wish: to come home to the city of Verity, a city divided between humans and monsters. Although desperate to be human, August Flynn is one of those monsters—a monster who only has to play a song on his violin to steal a human’s soul. With the truce keeping the peace between humans and monsters strained, August—pretending to be human—is sent to Kate’s new school to keep an eye on her. Kate soon discovers August’s secret and decides to capture him and bring him to her father to show just how ruthless she can be. But a failed assassination attempt sets off a chain of events that could finally break the already fragile truce in Verity.

I’ve been trying (and failing miserably) to not buy a lot of books this year, because my library is already full of books that I haven’t read yet (current count is 82). But when I saw the ebook version of This Savage Song was on sale on Amazon for $2, I knew I had to go for it. This is actually the first book I’ve read by Victoria Schwab, but I’ve been pumped about reading her work for a while. I began to follow her on Twitter after I read a blog post she wrote about the struggles of getting published and how aspiring writer’s should not give up, but continue on with the knowledge that it will be a struggle. The post was inspirational, and I knew I had to read more of her advice. Between her tweets and the tweets of her fans (who are also amazing), I knew I had to get my hands on her work.

Anyway, it probably took me about one-third of This Savage Song to really get into the story. Schwab’s writing is well done, but the way she started this book was a bit disjointed, but not to the point where I wanted to give up. In fact, it made me want to keep going because I wanted to find out what it all meant. It wasn’t until after the reader begins to find out exactly what kind of monster August is that I got sucked in. From that point on, I felt that the story was better paced and the reader really gets a feel for the characters. While the majority of the ending was surprising and heart racing, there was one scene that I was able to guess prior to it occurring. However, Schwab has a way with words that captures the imagination and the ending of the book made me excited for the release of the sequel, Our Dark Duet