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Our Dark Duet

Our Dark Duet

Book - 2017
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When a new monster, who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim's inner demon, emerges from the shadows, Kate finds herself lured home to face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.
August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, and in Verity he has become the leader he never wished to be. Kate Harker is a girl who hunts monsters, and in Prosperity she has become a ruthless hunter. When a new monster emerges, feeding on chaos and bringing out its victim's inner demons, Kate must face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062380883
0062380885
Branch Call Number: FICTION SCHWAB
Characteristics: ii, 510 pages ; 22 cm.

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fantasyqueen
Apr 30, 2021

Sequel to This Savage Song, continues the story of August and Kate.

Since this story is based in the future at an unspecified time, it was actually poignant to what is going on in today's world, minus the non-human monsters. Divisions are not good and have the capacity to become more and more violent when challenged.

This is an exceptionally good read.

WPL_JessB Mar 16, 2021

In turns hopeful, creepy, and tragic, this book was packed with action and high emotion, and was the perfect follow up to the first book! Victoria Schwab wasn't lying when she described this duology as Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters, and that's exactly what they delivered. A solid pair of books!

lgmosher Aug 06, 2020

Violence breeds violence.
Just trying to keep you safe...
Haven't you heard, there's no such thing?

Explains this book in a nutshell, one hundred percent the slogan for this book.

Schwab upped her game with this one. Badass monster hunters, now that's something I could get behind. The first one was just two teenagers running around trying not to die but this time they became so much more! Schwab didn't care about our emotions in this book. She broke down and got under the skin of every last emotion that she possibly could.

We felt terror, desperation, heart broken, anguish, love, hope, praise... and the ever present violence of everything going on. This sequel was so much better than the first book. I enjoyed the first one but Schwab brought home August in this book. He embraced what he was and what he had to do. He learned how to be himself while embracing what he was made for.

Not gunna lie.... It was a bit disappointing that we had to wait till chapter 6 to get a glance at August. He is the one I care for, the one I want to know more about.... And she took her sweet time giving me the goods

Sloan is the perfect, creepy, terrifying monster.
He gets the fear and Respect that he deserves. He earned so much more than he was given in this book. Yes, we all knew that with his cunning mind and the desperate addiction to Kate that he was going to go at some point. He was, in fact, the originl villian of the series. It was never Harker... it was always Sloan... a worthy apponent for not Kate. Oh no, she can go back to the wardens and fight heart monsters... no he was a worthy apponent for August.

That's not to say that everything was peachy. The ending seemed a little rush. Bad was taken care of, good spiked with hope despite the chaos and devistation that laid around them. But what really btohered me was that in the last thirty pages everything was wrapped up.

Suddenly everything was happening. .... and most of it consisted of going back and forth between North and south, south and north, and back again. It started to wear on you.

Also.... I didn't quite understand that point of the "chaos eater". It didn't do anything useful. It fulfilled no purposes whatsoever. It didn't strengthen Kate, it didn't give the bad guys victory, it didn't take to some agenda of its own. It was a highly played up part that fizzled out and died when everything else did. Utterly pointless and I was sadly dissapointed because there was so much weight placed on it. We were intruged to know what it was, where it came from, and what its agenda was.... but did we get any of that?

No.

We got a black shadow, trying to turn itself solid and then just . . . . . nothing. Thats rgiht NOTHING.

It was a major plot hole: no, hole isn't the right word.
It was a major plot CATER that was left forgotten.

It wasn't the possitive happy hopeful ending that we all secretly long for. But it was the ending that best fit life in Verity.

Monsters, mobsters, and the dream of safety.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 25, 2018

This sequel breaks the scale. Schwab is not playing nice in this book, but it was brutally amazing! Our Dark Duet begins six months after the end of the first book, with Kate in Prosperity fighting monsters and August doing his rightful duty, reaping sinners, with his FTF crew. North City has been overtaken by monsters and Harker’s Malchai, Sloan alongside his eerie accomplice Alice; Kate’s monster. Kate and August are like a closed saga- two characters that aren’t expecting to ever meet again despite the time they shared together in which they slayed monsters and ran from civilization. But when war presses on both sides and the fight is humans against monsters, will the scales ever tip in their favours? This book was fast paced and thrilling, the perfect combination for this creepy and yet somehow heartwarming novel. Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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heavenne
Dec 13, 2017

***Possible spoilers below. You’ve been warned***

The plot was off to a pretty slow start in this one. Before I start, I’d have to recommend you read This Savage Song before going to this book. You would need the foundation that was set up in This Savage Song to really benefit and enjoy reading Our Dark Duet.

As mentioned before, the plot was off to a slow start. Kate and August are on both different ends of the spectrum but have changed drastically. They’ve definitely ‘grown up’ so to speak. Kate becomes monster hunter extraordinaire. August leads his own squad in the FTF. Kate’s part of the story was definitely more interesting. Despite trying hard not to warm up to people she manages to have her small group of friends (but of course, shuns them anyway despite one of them trying to reach out to her numerous times). I love this quality in Kate. It makes her so much more realistic and puts her way from the group of those ‘stone cold butt kickers that apparently have no soul’.

That being said about Kate. Oh. Lord. That ending. Kate dying with August nearby got my stomach into knots and twists. I can’t believe it. It was beautifully written though and a suitable ending for her. Kate was pretty much a pariah and a lone wolf. August was one of the few that was able to get to know Kate at a more deeper level. It was only fitting that she meets her end with that one person by her side. Beautifully done.

I didn’t really think the romance scene between Kate and August was necessary. It was a minor filler that didn’t need to be added. I never saw August and Kate that way. They were too different and didn’t have that nice ongoing chemistry together. Fighting partners, yes. Partners in love? No I don’t think so.

So more about characters dying. Am I the only one that felt a punch to the gut when Ilsa died? Ilsa was a character I really loved in these two books. She went down in a blaze of glory though (albeit, a shocked blaze of glory.)

You have to admit, Sloan is one of the better villains I have read in a long while. I like him teaming up with Alice even though villains they are, they are looking out for themselves. He’s creepy, malicious, calculating, and cunning. He’s a perfect villain.

The last half of the book, which was filled with action, blood, explosions and all the good stuff set the pace for the great ending to a wonderfully written duology. I know fans out there are asking for more, as it’s not the end of the adventures for August and Soro. For me, it’s just enough and it’s a perfect ending. Well done Ms Schwab! Now I’m off to read your other works!

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MyrtleLouise
Oct 25, 2017

Monsters and monster hunters. This book has a Walking Dead feel to it. Strangely interesting.

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susan_findlay
Oct 19, 2017

This book is very dark. More violent than I usually like, but I think it was necessary given the story it was telling.

Schwab does an excellent job of developing a strong flawed heroine fighting her inner demons. Kate isn't necessarily somebody you want to be, but she's definitely somebody you want to learn about.

I wasn't as interested in August in this book as I was in This Savage Song. He definitely takes a back seat to Kate in Our Dark Duet, and he has changed quite dramatically in the interim.

I can't exactly say I loved reading this book, but I was fascinated by it and it kept me turning the pages. Definitely for more mature readers though.

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chippy13_0
Jul 13, 2017

I waited so long for it and I'm not lying when I say it was worth the wait

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Kyanite
Jul 10, 2017

I enjoyed the first book a lot more. The idea is interesting, and I can't point to any specific things that are really wrong with this, but I just did not get emotionally engaged.

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Apr 13, 2019

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Grace2004
Aug 26, 2017

"I'm willing to walk in darkness if it keeps humans in the light." -August Flynn

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