Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Scwab
Published June 13, 2017 by Greenwillow Books
Genres YA Fantasy
“Because she knew a secret: there were two kinds of monsters, the kind that hunted the streets and the kind that lived in your head.”
“I know it hurt,” she said. “So make it worth the pain.” “How?” “By not letting go,” she sad softly. “Bo holding on, to anger, or hope, or whatever it is that keeps you fighting.”
I was so excited for this book because I really loved This Savage Song, which I was a bit surprised by as it has no romance in it and I really enjoy a little romance. Anyway, in Our Dark Duet we meet both Kate and August about 6 months after Our Savage Song ends. Kate is in Prosperity hunting down and killing monsters, with the help of a group of techies she linked up with. August is in Verity, also fighting monsters and helping to run the FTF. After a new kind of monster, something different from the monsters they are used to, that feeds on chaos emerges and begins wreaking havoc on humans, Kate decides to follow back to Verity. Kate has a connection to this monster and is determined to hunt it down.
I really like the characters in this books, in addition to Kate and August, I really like Ilsa. We see how the FTF has changed August and how some of the things he previously wanted, like becoming human, have shifted a bit in the last 6 months. Kate always seems like she is running away from something or chasing after something. Of course I expected that the events in This Savage Song would have an effect on her. Although she is working with a group of techies in Prosperity who help her track the monsters she hunts, she never really allows those people in or considers them friends. She does still have a connection with August and although they have a bit of an odd relationship, it is interesting to see the direction it heads in this book. I don’t want to post any spoilers, but I really did enjoy the plot in this book, along with the monster filled world that the author has created. I really love the main characters in this book, as well as the way they interact with one another. This book is told from both August and Kate’s perspectives, as well as short chapters from Sloan’s perspective as well. Although I obviously don’t like Sloan as a character, it was interesting to hear part of the story from the other side.
I have to say when I first finished this book, I wasn’t thrilled with the ending, but now looking at it, I think it was pretty well done. I kept trying to figure out how the author was going to end the book and although it didn’t go the way I had hoped, it was a good ending. The ending is a bit open ended, which isn’t my favorite but it also gives readers room to think about how the characters might go on from there. The concept of this world, where 3 different types of monsters are made by different types of violent crimes that humans create, it was a really interesting concept. The cause and effect of this world is quite intriguing and the characters themselves often find themselves thinking about it as well. A great sequel to This Savage Song.