August has been an awesome month for me book wise I read 3 new favorites, including I'll Meet You There (phenomenal btw), Gemina and Daughter of the Pirate King. I also listened (re-read but on audio) to a fav from a while ago with Angelfall. I only read one e-ARC from Netgalley, and that's disappointing...I just haven't wanted to read those, lately.
(Audiobook) Till Death by Jennifer L Armentrout
Finish Date: 08/04
3.7 STARS - Grade=B
(e-ARC) Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
Finish Date: 08/05
3.8 STARS - Grade=B
(Both Hardcover/eBook) Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Finish Date: 08/09
5+ STARS - A+
(Audiobook) Bounce by Noelle August
Finish Date: 08/10
4.2 STARS - Grade=B+
(Audiobook) Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Finish Date: 08/16
3.5 STARS - Grade=B-
(Audiobook) Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Finish Date: 08/18
5/5 STARS - A+
(eBook) The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow
Finish Date: 08/19
3.7/5 STARS - B
(eBook) I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Finish Date: 08/23
5+/5 STARS - A+
(Audiobook) Angelfall by Susan Ee
Finish Date: 08/23
5+/5 STARS - A+
(Audiobook) Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
Finish Date: 08/29
4/5 STARS - B+
10 Books Total 4,093 Pages (including Audio's)
6 Audiobooks, 1 Hardcover/eBook, 2 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley eARC.
Title: Our Dark Duet
Author: Victoria Schwab
Narration: Therese Plummer
Series: This Savage Song #2
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, YA
Setting: Verity & Prosperity
Source: Audible Audiobook
Main Characters: 4/5
Secondary Characters: 3/5
The Feels: 3/5
Theme or Tone: 4/5
Flow (Writing Style): 3/5
Backdrop (World Building): 3.5/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Ending: 3/5 Cliffhanger: Nope
Total: 3.5/5 STARS
I loved and devoured This Savage Song, and I wanted to love this too…but…I just couldn't do so. Too many characters to keep track of and a less than stellar plotline bogged this down. It just ended up leaving me confused I even tried rewinding and relistening and I still couldn't stay in the story...and don't even get me started on that ending.
⇝Will I read more from this Author⇜ Since I already own some of her stuff, I'm sure that I will…
Thought I was done with YA because (I think) I’m a little bit old for that, but something deep inside me nagged me to not give up, so that was what I did. I chose Victoria Schwab’s (one of my favorite authors) “This Savage Song” since it’s only a duo logy and just recently concluded.
This Savage Song follows the story of the two main characters August Flynn (South Verity) and Kate Harker (North Verity). Their families have been on truce for a couple of years now but that seems coming to an end. August is a Sunai, one of the three kinds of Monsters in Verity, who wants to live like humans. Kate Harker is a human who desperately wanted to prove to her father that she is a worthy “Harker” and that means she needs to show that she is capable of ruling monsters just like her father.
The world where this story was set was dark and cruel. Human violent acts will result in the appearance of monsters (Malchai= bloodsucker; Corsai= monsters with sharp teeth and claws; Sunai= steal souls through music). In this place, people fight or pay for their safety.
I don’t know why other people say this book contains zero romance, but to me August and Kate’s chemistry is so palpable. It is not obvious but it is there and I love it just the way it is.
One of the reasons Ms. Schwab became one of my favorite authors was because of the unique plots of her novels. It is a wonder to me how she came up with those ideas. Each of her novels is unique and unpredictable. They don’t usually focus on romance. They are like a breath of fresh air considering most YA novels today have same ideas and focus on romance. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against romance but sometimes it becomes the center of the whole story in most YA.
I like the writing style, the book cover (so lovely), the perspective and a couple of characters of this book. I enjoyed this book immensely for sure I will read the last installment as soon as I could get my hands on it.
Dark, cruel and brutal world, likable and charming hero, kickass heroine and (almost) no romance, go ahead and try this one if these things I mentioned strikes your fancy.
#I’m back with reviews hope this will continue
#Just because I don’t post reviews doesn’t mean I stop reading….no…I don’t think I would ever stop reading…ever
If I had nothing else do to the day I started reading this I would have definitely finished this book in one sitting. Our Dark Duet is everything that I wanted from the first book and so much more. Honestly, I have no issues with this book. Nothing bugged me about the story or the characters. It was just such a perfect conclusion.
For me, the first book lacked that extra something that makes me absolutely love it, so I was really hoping that this one would have what I was looking for. Oh boy, did this book blow my expectations out of the water. Where I thought the first book lacked originality with the school setting, this book more than made up for that. I loved the two different stories at the beginning of the book and I kept wondering how they would end up connecting.
I really enjoyed the monster aspects of the book. It's dark and kept me glued to this book because now there are two forces that Kate and August have to worry about, one is the Malachi and the other is a new monster. The way that the Chaos Eater is described throughout the book is eerie and intriguing. It's never entirely clear what the monster is, but I think it's better that way.
Honestly, I can't get enough of August and I ended up really liking Kate in this book. I was kind of neutral about her for the first book, but her character definitely grew on me. I love her friendship with August and how they seem to be so good for each other. I also really enjoyed Kate's new friendship with the Wardens, maybe my only complaint was that they didn't play a more significant role, but honestly I don't really mind that much.
The ending of this book was by far the best part. It was action packed, bloody, and dark, but also leaves you with hope for the future of Verity. It was definitely a satisfying ending, but I'm really sad to see this world go so soon. I will definitely be picking up the author's other books.