Our Dark Duet – Review!

Oh my. The feels! Just the actual feels!

Kate is an ordinary girl, who fights monsters, August is a monster who endlessly longs for humanity. Both stuck in a world on the breach of war. A war to divide humans and monsters begins, August becomes the leader he never wanted to be, whilst Kate becomes the monster hunter she always dreamed off, until they are forced back together in a bid to end this war.
Our Dark Duet, is the second novel in the monsters of Verity series by V.E. Schwab. This book just had everything you could have asked for, it wrapped up the series beautifully, whilst also leaving the reader with thoughts and feelings towards the characters, wondering what else to happen, without there being any plot holes within the story.

I loved how the world had been progressed, the readers were given further information as to the world and the surrounding cities. The new characters that were introduced such as the Wardens from Prosperity I loved, however do wish that they were involved more throughout the novel. My current love for Kate and August never changed, I felt more strongly towards Kate and August as the book developed, seeing both these characters change and progress was beautiful. V.E. Schwab has a way of writing that allows the reader to love passionately and hate vengefully the good characters and the bad. The last 50 pages of Our Dark Duet had me at the edge of my seat, and my heart in my mouth with the action packed scenes and the tense and totally unpredictable ending. Another aspect of the novel that I thought was a nice touch was how poems were used to express the sensations that Kate was feeling as she lost control, it allowed for the pace of the novel to quicken and keep the reader engulfed in the world.

Overall I rate this book 4*. I absolutely loved every moment of the story and wish to be back in that world that was just so fascinating.

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This Savage Song- Review!

This Savage Song – V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab has become one of my new favourite authors, I’ve read four of her books the latest one being ‘This Savage Song’. I’ve read Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows, and every book of hers that I’ve read I had never failed to rate them anything lower than four stars! V.E. Schwab has such a unique take on typically over-used story narratives of monsters and magic however adds her own magic touch to it. This Savage song is one of those books, it focuses around Verity a city divided in two, one half owned by Harker, who controls the North and the South control by Flynn. Harker promises protection from the monsters to those of pay, and Flynn protects the innocent from sinners. The novel focuses on Kate and August, both raised either side of the country, Kate is trying to prove that she is her father’s daughter and that she isn’t weak, whilst August is trying to prove that he isn’t a monster. I love how the reader is given two perspectives, it allows for the reader to understand the pain August feels as he tries to hide who he really is, and the pain Kate feels trying to prove that she is strong and not weak. Through the use of these perspective the reader is conflicted between who the enemy is and who isn’t. To begin with I personally found it hard to agree and find a connection with Kate, to begin with she annoyed me with her elite view of herself. However as the events of the novel progress Kate becomes relatable and I found myself warming to her, August I loved from the beginning, I felt his pain of wanting to be normal throughout the story, and he was just a loveable character that I just wanted to wrap in a blanket and give him a cuddle. The overall first book in this duology was a fantastic beginning, it left me on the edge of my seat wanting to know more, gasping at certain scenes and couldn’t wait to see how it was going to play out, I cannot wait to delve into the next instalment of this world and see how it’s going to be wrapped up. If you haven’t read any V.E. Schwab I would highly recommend her, she is a fantastic author, who has such a unique view of monsters it’s fantastic.     I gave this book 4*

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