BOOK REVIEW: Our Dark Duet – by Victoria Schwab @veschwab

Title: Our Dark Duet
(Monsters Of Verity #2)
Author: Victoria Schwab

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
First published: June 13th 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Finished reading: September 12th 2017
Pages: 533

“The world was complicated. Life was hard. And so often, living hurt. So make it worth the pain.”

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It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Victoria Schwab‘s books and my review might sound a bit biased or like a typical fangirl blabbering about how awesome this particular book was. Because I’m not going to lie and say that even though I finished Our Dark Duet quite a few days ago, I still haven’t recovered. I read the first book of this duology, This Savage Song, last year and completely fell in love with the worldbuilding, writing and characters. It’s true nothing can quite replace or outshine the Shades Of Magic series, but I like to see them as two completely separate stories and worlds to love and cherish. I reread the first book before starting the sequel, and this has definitely reconfirmed my love for this duology. The worldbuilding is actually quite simple and the strength of this story is in both the brilliant writing, the main characters and the constant threat of danger and monsters hiding in dark corners as well as on the next page. Our Dark Duet adds a whole different level and a new monster to the equation, and I quite liked this addition. I just loved seeing my favorite characters evolve and react to the dangerous situations they find themselves in… And even though the ending crushed me, I realy admire Victoria Schwab for her courage to do what she did. This story set in a dystopian world where monsters are real has never been a happy story, and by no means can be called just another sappy YA fantasy story. Because Monsters Of Verity is anything but. Sure, there is a dash of romance included, but there’s no love triangle, no cheesy romance scenes, no all-consuming romantic plot. No, instead you get a double dose of suspense, action, monsters and a whole lot of awesomeness in general. To say that the writing is excellent is an understatement, but then again it is Victoria Schwab we are talking about. Don’t compare this duology to Shades Of Magic, because you will most likely end up being disappointed. Instead, see Monsters Of Verity as something new and completely different, and let the characters and their dystopian world full of monsters enchant you.

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WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the first book of this duology yet. I’ll keep the summary super short but it’s impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

There is no way back after what happened… Nearly six months after Kate and August first met, the war between monsters and humans has become very real. August Flynn has always wanted to be human, but knows he will always be a monster in the end. He will have to make some difficult choices now he is seen as a leader during the battle agains the other monsters. Kate Harker on the other hand is far away in Prosperity hunting the monsters the people living there don’t even know that exist… Doing what she does best until a new monster shows up and messes up everything. What will happen to the two characters and Verity in general? Will the monsters finally win?

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Error, page not found… Excuse me while my mind recovers from the blow. Because WOW. Victoria Schwab wasn’t kidding when she said this wasn’t a happy story; I admire her all the more for it even though this book kind of broke my heart… Bulldozer or not, I loved this story and how things developed after the first book ended. I’m not saying this Monsters Of Verity duology can compete with the Shades Of Magic trilogy, but I like to see them as two completely separate series that both deserve all the love. Because both have deserved a well earned place among my other all time favorite books and characters. I’m having a feeling Kate, August, Kell and Lila would make a very interesting group indeed! 😉


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BOOK REVIEW: Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley

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Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Genre: Classics, Fiction, Horror
First published: 1818
Finished reading: June 16th 2015
Pages: 273
Rating 4

“If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free; but now we are moved by every wind that blows and a chance word or scene that that word may convey to us.”

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I haven’t been too lucky with my choices in classics lately, but Frankenstein surely is an exception. I really enjoyed this classic horror story written by Mary Shelley back in 1818. The prose is beautifully written and I like the way she described the psychological reactions of both Dr. Frankenstein and his creation. It shows that the creature has a conscience as well and wants to be accepted like any other human being… Sure, his feelings and actions are extreme, but it is easy to understand the hidden meaning behind this story. I don’t know why I haven’t read this classic before, but I will definitely revisit this story by Mary Shelley at some point in the future. Definitely better than some modern Frankenstein adaptations!

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Victor Frankenstein has loved science ever since he was little, and he is currently obsessed by discovering how to generate life and animate lifeless matter. His father and college professors alike think he is wasting his time, but Victor never gives up on his experiments. Frankenstein starts putting a human being together from stolen body parts. His creature is bigger than a normal human being to make his work easier and he turns out to be quite hideous. When Frankenstein actually succeeds in bringing his creation to life, he recoils from it and the creature escapes. At first this creature doesn’t understand his own existence, but he slowly learns more about it and is starting to feel tormented by his loneliness. He blames his creator Frankenstein and starts looking for revenge…

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Frankenstein is not just another classic; it’s a brilliant horror story where Mary Shelley uses her characters to show the deeper meaning of life, creation and the necessity of belonging somewhere. It reads easily even though it was written almost two centuries ago and the questions the novel raises are still relevant today. Definitely recommended if you like a good horror story!