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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times bestseller

The bestselling sequel—and conclusion—to Victoria Schwab’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller This Savage Song. 

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost. 

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

A gorgeously written dark fantasy from New York Times–bestselling author Victoria Schwab, and one to hand to fans of Holly Black, Laini Taylor, and Maggie Stiefvater.   

“Explosive.”—Brightly

©2017 Victoria Schwab (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Why Kate!

August is still tortured but stronger. Kate is still a badass but even more so. Ilsa is still alive!!!!! (yay! 😁) And this piece of shit Sloan hasn't died off yet (ugh!) . . . At least when the story begins. I didn't like the outcome for a few important characters but I can admit their outcomes made it a better story.

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Amazing

This book has the most heart wrenching ending but it is so worth the read. Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors. Beautiful, amazing.

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Amazing end to the duology

Amazing performance by the narrator that just pulled me into the story. This is a great duology and I can't wait to read more from this author! <3

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Dragged down by complete lack of light, fun, hope

What a downer. Kate and August travel separate paths in separate lands for the first half of this book, surrounded by forgettable supporting characters. Meanwhile the big bad and his number two are ridiculously evil to the point where it’s not credible to think any humans would join them. For that matter, there’s never a satisfying rationale as to why humans ally with August and the other Sunai. There are only one-note characters …and that note is darkness. There’s no humor, no sweetness, no light. And, when the basic premise is that monsters are born when humans kill, there’s no hope for humanity either.

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Not as enjoyable as the first book for me

I can’t get into it much without spoiling it but I’ll just say I didn’t enjoy the plot of this book as much as I enjoyed the first book. The pacing was a bit slow for me and I had a few problems with the way it ended. Overall, it was still a good listen.

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Amazing Finish!

These books are so special! They are sad, action packed, terrifying, and brutally honest. The narrator was amazing! She held the sharpness and sarcasm, it really made the story better! Our Dark Duet was even better than the first! Despite breaking my heart into tiny pieces, I enjoyed this! Both August and Kate grew so much! The ending was hear wrenching but final. Even the sad stuff was done so well, I wasn’t mad. My only complaint is the ending let some doors wide open. However, I’m so glad I finally finished this series!

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Unenticing start spirals to a biting grip mid-book

The beginning of Our Dark Duet left me struggling to get through, and thinking the magic had been lost in Schwab's tight storytelling. However, the shallow storytelling and slow plot pick up around the middle of the book and keeps you hooked until the end, fleshing out what felt missing in the beginning section and bringing more understanding and lore. Worthwhile read and great narrator.

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What The . . . . Just Happened ?

Victoria Schwab is one of the most amaZing writers. I love everything she puts out. But I will admit that this particular story, Killed Me. Never has she made me cry, so saddened by the out come. This book has it all and if you don't fall in love with most of the characters, you're heartless yourself. I hate spoilers , just know this was minimal in romance, but heavy on the heart and does tug on your heart strings - it rips your heart out and devours it with one bite. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Frustrated.

I really liked the 1st book in this series. Was so excited for the second.......
I really felt that the author just took the most difficult route to finish the book. It took so long for the meeting, then it was so anticlimactic. I really wish she would have wrote this story a lot differently. Not sure if she was in a hurry or what, but it was very disappointing.

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Excellent Continuation

Spoilers for This Savage Song but not this book:

This second book has a lot to offer in terms of character exploration. It continues to explore the motif of who we want to be versus who we are. It stays interesting by seriously developing Kate and August in some (potentially) unexpected ways. I love them even more in this book because their struggles are more nuanced and their choices more meaningful. There's always room to grow and this book does an excellent job going into that.

I rate this book highly because I consider Kate and August the core of this book, and they were handled well. However, I'm not a fan of YA in general, so I could nitpick a lot of things that made the story weaker for me. Like how uninteresting the villains are. There's an interesting chaotic element that the villains and heroes are both looking for, which is fun, and I would've enjoyed seeing that develop a lot more instead of all the time we spend with Mr. Evil McEvilson. But still, I think the protagonists are compelling enough that it's not a deal breaker for me.

This story is less structured than the first, so I can understand why some don't like it. But I think that loosens the story up enough for some interesting concept exploration. So, I definitely recommend giving this book a try.