Our Dark Duet, Victoria Schwab Book Review

Hello Humans! Remember when I reviewed This Savage Song and was pretty much obsessed? No? Well feel free to head back and read that review before you proceed with this one if you like! I was so happy to finally get round to reading my copy of Our Dark Duet and I’m also thrilled to get to share my thoughts with you all!

Goodreads Summary:

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.



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?

How does this human produce such phenomenal novels? Seriously can anyone tell me? Because I’m almost certain she has made a deal with a Witch. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But I want to meet that Witch and make the same deal.

Can you tell I liked this book?

Is there less world building than one might perhaps desire? You could say that. For me, however, I find that I like the sort of claustrophobic world Kate and August live in. We know as much about the world as they do and it is quite limiting. At the same time that just draws you into the closeness of this story. In the scope of the whole world we don’t know that much about the significance of these two characters choices and actions but for this story they are the driving force of the action.

Am I reading too much into this? Probably. But I wanted to explain why the so-called lack of world building doesn’t concern me.

I love how both of these books (but perhaps this one even more so) tackles human nature and the ideas of guilt, along with the consequences of our darker actions. This is the perfect example of ‘I want to examine this quite complex idea through the lense of an alternative universe and I’m going to kick ass while I do it’.

I was dubious at the end of book one as to how Schwab was going to pull these two characters back together again and whether it would just feel contrived. I should not have doubted. Everything in this story however nonsensical (paradoxically) makes sense.

But let’s look at this in a more detailed way. The plot: amazing, more developed than book one with even bigger, badder, more complicated villains. The characters: able to grow even more with the new challenges set upon them. The romance: does not overshadow all of the plot, it’s just dropped in alongside it so you could ignore it if you wanted to or you can let it consume you if that’s how you like to read. The writing: phenomenal.

As I say, I have yet to make a deal with a witch so I cannot fully articulate all the things I loved about this book. It’s sort of the opposite of a fairytale and I loved it for that.

What say you? Have you read these books? If not please let me know so I can pester you to read them for the rest of eternity!


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