Monsters of Verity Duo Review
Is there anything V.E. Schwab can't do? I've turned into a fangirl for all of her works, but I don't feel bad about it. The woman is a genius. Since I love ADSOM with every fiber of my bookworm soul, I decided to buy not one, not two, but 6 of her books. I bought the two books in the Monsters of Verity duo, the two books in the Archived series (may it rest in peace), Vicious, and the preorder for Vengeful. I'm going to wax poetic on her full literary collection sometime soon, but today I'm writing about Monsters of Verity.
There are two books in this book-verse: This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet. They're written under Victoria Schwab so they are considered YA, however they deal with some serious adult thoughts. I never once thought the writing was too simple or the plot to childish. I drank these books up like a malchai at midnight (read the books and you'll get the reference!). I don't feel like it's right to review books in a series separately from each other if it can be avoided, so here are my thoughts of both:
Reading these two books I realized that Schwab has a talent for characterization. Each important character in these books, whether monster or human, has distinct thoughts, wants, needs, and even feelings. She casts them all in such clear light that you almost forget that there are some writers who struggle with this very thing. You forget that her mastery of words is impressive because it all feels so natural and understandable. Her tone is never hoity-toity or unnecessarily fragrant. It simply is. And that is proof of true art.
These are fast paced books with weaving threads that you, as the reader, are allowed to follow as the characters are trying to piece things together. It's enjoyable and miserable at the same time: all I wanted was to scream at Kate and August so they could avoid the trouble I saw coming. Of course, that's also what's so fun about these books. You can see enough of the threads to know something is coming, but not enough to predict every single outcome.
Kate and August were so fun to get to know as well. They drive each other nuts, but they care for each other at the same time. And while they're trying to figure themselves out and answer their own capital letter Questions, they also understand the other person so perfectly. And yet none of it is this fairytale friendship or teen romance. Calling it a romance isn't even doing it justice. The seriousness of the situation in Verity gives everything a much deeper tone and purpose. They're stronger together, but they would rather protect the other and fight alone.
I could go on and on and on about them. I wish there had been more books in this world so I could have spent more time getting to know them both.
Essentially I'm saying these are two books I deeply enjoyed and highly recommend. The world Schwab constructed was unlike other books I've read - particularly YA books, and I appreciated the change in pace and tone.