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"Our Dark Duet" by Victoria Schwab

I very rarely read a series in order, but this one was too good to read out of order. I listened to both This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet on audiobook. Every single aspect of this duology is perfect. The world-building, characters, plot, and more are exceptionally done. 

The world-building is completely original. Violent acts breed violent monsters. So when there is a murder, a monster is born to cause more destruction. This concept continues into Our Dark Duet perfectly. I don't want to say too much because I think you should experience it for yourself. But this book is so much more than that. The buildings, subways, and cities are all constructed in a unique and intriguing way. 

The characters are absolutely everything in this book. They both have tragic backstories, without it being a cliche. And you also don't get the stereotypical male-female lead romance. I loved that. It showed that their friendship was so much more. I thought it was beautiful, and I wish I could read more books with a similar dynamic. The only other book that I can think of like it is Schwab's adult fantasy series, A Darker Shade of Magic

And the writing. Oh, the writing is absolutely beautiful. It is poetic yet descriptive. I could picture everything as if it was happening right before my eyes. 

I can't say more positive things about this duology. This pair of books is worth every ounce of the hype, and I highly recommend them to everyone, young and old. 

5 stars

+1 Plot

+1 Characters

+1 Writing

+1 Organization

+1 World-building

About the book:


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?" (Goodreads)

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