Kaya Reviews: Our Dark Duet

Synopsis: 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?

My Rating:

5/5 stars

My Review:

Schwab never fails to bring me out of reading slumps with her novels. Her world building, her characters, the drama, it’s all electric and it pulls me into the book in a heartbeat. Our Dark Duet was on my list of most anticipated books of 2017. I was not let down.

Schwab’s characters always steal my heart, even the most despicable of them. Schwab has a way of writing evil that almost makes it irresistible. It is another reason why I love her novels so deeply.

One of my favorite characters that Schwab has created is Kate Harker. I love how badass she is even after all the pain she has faced. Kate Harker is the type of female character we need more representation of. Someone strong in the face of adversity, loyal to a fault, but still soft enough to care about others. Schwab has her develop beautifully through This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet. She creates a strong, complex character that makes me wish that she could be real.

Schwab’s development of August Flynn during Our Dark Duet blew me away as well. The changes that we see in August’s character between This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet is so gritty and realistic it’s almost painful. He becomes the leader he must be to win a war, and in the process, must make sacrifices. Reading about the emotional toll this takes on August makes his character more relatable in general. Reading about the challenges he faces and the internal battles he has makes you really feel for August. In general, it is brilliant character development on Schwab’s part.

The heart gripping, wild ride that Our Dark Duet was still has me reeling. From the first page Schwab managed to trap you in the web of characters and their stories. She builds on the drama and suspense of This Savage Song beautifully and keeps you just as enraptured at the first novel did. Reading about the characters struggles both with the war and their internal demons is one of the driving forces of Our Dark Duet. The world Schwab creates adds to the beauty of her novel. She never fails to create a unique world that is beautiful and captivating. Verity city is the perfect setting for this gritty, dark novel. It couldn’t be more perfect.

Reading this book took me longer than I wish it had, life unfortunately got in the way, but when I did have time to read I devoured every word. Schwab is so good at building that tension that leaves you hanging on every word. There is the drama wild anticipation that something is going to happen. That things are brewing and ready to erupt. That keeps you hooked. Schwab is good at that, keeping you hooked in her words. It is the type of writing I aspire to do someday.

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