Seems like I'm rating everything four stars or higher these days, and OUR DARK DUET is no exception. I'm still in love with Kate and August, and I was really looking forward to seeing what happened next for them after THIS SAVAGE SONG. I expected pain, and I was not disappointed.
I loved Prosperity's differences to Verity; I loved that each city had their own ways of dealing with the violence and monsters in the dark. I liked Kate's network of sources of information for the attacks, and where she could find monsters. I loved her attempts to keep them distant with them still worming their way into her affections. I really would have liked to see more of them, but the bits and pieces we did see of them were nice.
Meanwhile, the situation in Verity is dire. One side filled to the brim with monsters ruling and humans being herded like cattle, and the other filled with in-fighting and judgements. It was nice to see more characters outside of the Flynn family on the South Side of Verity in this one, and it was interesting to see how much had changed and how much had stayed the same after the events in THIS SAVAGE SONG.
I really, really liked the new characters. I loved Soro, and their initial distrust of Kate. I liked their interactions a lot, and August's reactions to them. I loved August's conversations with Soro and the two of them trying to figure out where they fit. Soro's so sure of their purpose, but August still feels like an imposter.
August was fun in this one; he's so deep into what he feels like he should be that Kate's return just throws him. I love them and their interactions so much♡ They have some really great moments, and even their arguments are great. August still does his best to protect Kate, especially because of the reasons why she came back to Verity and because of what's been going on while she's been gone.
Kate is still stubborn and reckless as hell, and she's ready to take matters into her own hands. She knows how to work things to try to get what she wants, and she's ready to take control of her own life and stop wondering about another Kate's.
She pushes August a lot in this one to stop playing a role, while Kate falls back into her own masks at times as well, August is the one insisting he's changed too much. Kate is a lot more sure of herself in this one and I love it and her subsequent interactions with August about who they both are and their motivations.
The villains in this one were great, and I adored the new monster. I loved that monsters are born out of the violence, and death, and chaos. It's really interesting to see what is spawned from where and how each tragedy brings different personalities or feelings about things within them. I liked how the new monster worked, and the differences and similarities it had to the others as well.
I loved the ending. I do want to read more, and I'm a little sad that it ended the way it did (ugh, crying everywhere), but I really do like how it ended. I don't think it would have worked for the series to end any other way. It was definitely worth the pain.
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