A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Raises questions about the proper use of political power and whether people have free will in designing their own destinies.
People who have done terrible deeds can still find redemption. Loyalty and friendship are powerful forces for good.
Positive Role Models
In the face of great loss, August has shut down emotionally. Through Kate's sacrifice, he's able to find new reasons for hope.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of bloody violence, from beginning to the end. Monsters feed on humans, humans fight each other for survival, and hundred of innocents die. Gunfights, knife fights, bombings, hand-to-claw combat, people are impaled with iron rods.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
August and Kate share a passionate embrace, but their physicality is too intense to last very long before they pull away.
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Occasional rough language, including a half dozen uses of "s--t" and its variants, one or two uses of "f--k." "Damn" and "hell" are used a few times each.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Victoria Schwab's Our Dark Duet: Monsters of Verity, Book 2 is the second half of an action-packed urban fantasy begun in This Savage Song. It features main characters who struggle against their respective dark sides. The language is occasionally rough: a half dozen uses of "s--t" and its variants; one or two uses of "f--k," and a handful of "damn" and "hell." Frequent violent scenes feature stabbings, gunfights, impalements, and magic. There's a spark between August and Kate, but little time to pursue romance in this installment.
Is It Any Good?
Readers who like take-no-prisoners urban fantasy will enjoy this intense showdown between humankind and various monsters who haunt the darkness. In Kate and August, the two main characters of Our Dark Duet, author Victoria Schwab has created protagonists worth following to hell and back, as they fight for survival and salvation.
Sometimes the action gets a little repetitive, with Kate being told not to do something dangerous, resisting, and then learning why everyone was trying to warn her. It's an effective gambit once or twice, but the pattern wears out its welcome. Otherwise, this is another stellar effort from a writer supremely comfortable with both YA and adult audiences.
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