Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Published by Greenwillow Books on June 13, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopia, Young Adult
“There were two kinds of monsters, the kind that hunted the streets and the kind that lived in your head. She could fight the first, but the second was more dangerous. It was always, always, always a step ahead.”
2020 is off to a really good start. I finally finished Our Dark Duet, which I started in October, and it really caught me in all of the emotions.
This is the first (fiction) book that I listened to completely through audiobook. Well, I read the first half back in October then didn’t continue. Does that still count?
Our Dark Duet was my least favorite out of the two until I reached the end of the book. It is definitely a quintessential Victoria Schwab sequel. More enemies were introduced and it started somehow as its own separate story from the first book (note: A Gathering of Shadows). However, Schwab’s ability to write a book that can stand alone if needed is one of my favorite things about her writing. She leaves enough to get you intrigued to read more, but you don’t have to. You can walk away with a solid story because she consistently puts out solid stories.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Schwab’s worlds are some of the most concrete and realistic ones you can read. It’s why I’ll trust her books and most of them end up on my TBR.
Like I said before, this was my least favorite out of the two. The first in the duology caught my attention more and was able to keep it better. Kate was pulled more into the world and she really was able to use her abilities to her advantage versus her being the bitter estranged daughter that she was in the first book. August was a little more unbearable to read about because he was less like himself, but I was waiting for his usual character to shine through.
The last bit of the book is where it hooked me and caused me to nearly cry on my commute home. I will not spoil, but this series did not end how I thought it would. It was gut wrenching, high stakes, and honestly perfect. Maybe it wasn’t how I would’ve wanted it to end but when I look back at the story as a whole, it makes sense.
If you like V Schwab and enjoyed the first book, this is definitely for you. I highly recommend any of her books even though I’ve barely scratched the surface of her backlog.