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The spellbinding conclusion to the New York Times and IndieBound bestselling trilogy Serpent & Dove. This stunning fantasy take on French witches and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas. Evil always seeks a foothold. We must not give it one. After a heartbreaking loss, Lou, Reid, Beau, and Coco are bent on vengeance more than ever before—and none more so than The spellbinding conclusion to the New York Times and IndieBound bestselling trilogy Serpent & Dove. This stunning fantasy take on French witches and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas. Evil always seeks a foothold. We must not give it one. After a heartbreaking loss, Lou, Reid, Beau, and Coco are bent on vengeance more than ever before—and none more so than Lou. But this is no longer the Lou they thought they knew. No longer the Lou that captured a chasseur’s heart. A darkness has settled over her, and this time it will take more than love to drive it out.


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The spellbinding conclusion to the New York Times and IndieBound bestselling trilogy Serpent & Dove. This stunning fantasy take on French witches and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas. Evil always seeks a foothold. We must not give it one. After a heartbreaking loss, Lou, Reid, Beau, and Coco are bent on vengeance more than ever before—and none more so than The spellbinding conclusion to the New York Times and IndieBound bestselling trilogy Serpent & Dove. This stunning fantasy take on French witches and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas. Evil always seeks a foothold. We must not give it one. After a heartbreaking loss, Lou, Reid, Beau, and Coco are bent on vengeance more than ever before—and none more so than Lou. But this is no longer the Lou they thought they knew. No longer the Lou that captured a chasseur’s heart. A darkness has settled over her, and this time it will take more than love to drive it out.

30 review for Gods & Monsters

  1. 5 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Shelby better fix what she did to us at the end of blood and honey. I want reassurance that my babies are going to be okay and unharmed This titles is making me nervous tho Find Me: Ko-Fi • Blog • Instagram • Twitter • Tiktok ____ My reviews of: Book 1 - Serpent and Dove Book 2 - Blood and Honey Shelby better fix what she did to us at the end of blood and honey. I want reassurance that my babies are going to be okay and unharmed This titles is making me nervous tho Find Me: Ko-Fi • Blog • Instagram • Twitter • Tiktok ____ My reviews of: Book 1 - Serpent and Dove Book 2 - Blood and Honey

  2. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    this series has been a roller coaster. the first book was amazing, a real high point, followed by a somewhat surprising (disappointing for many readers) filler of a sequel. but i was optimistic that this conclusion would pull the story back together again. i cant technically say this is also a filler because its the last book, but it definitely has that feel for the bulk of it. i honestly dont know why this series wasnt kept as a duology. adding another book made the last two feel stretched out this series has been a roller coaster. the first book was amazing, a real high point, followed by a somewhat surprising (disappointing for many readers) filler of a sequel. but i was optimistic that this conclusion would pull the story back together again. i cant technically say this is also a filler because its the last book, but it definitely has that feel for the bulk of it. i honestly dont know why this series wasnt kept as a duology. adding another book made the last two feel stretched out too thin and suffer content-wise. how it should have been: the last 1/3 of ‘blood & honey’ plus the first 1/3 and last 1/3 of ‘gods & monsters.’ it would have been a great conclusion like that! i think readers who are fan of the story just for the story/world/characters sake wont mind another journey book though. i also think readers who were upset with how things were left at the end of the previous book will find some closure and relief - i know i did! i think thats why im not rating this a lot lower, because i was quite satisfied with how the story does resolve. overall, this isnt a bad book. i just feel the story unfortunately suffered in general for being drawn out too long. ↠ 3.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teodora

    O M G Is this a fucking trilogy??? My heart has just been reanimated AND WE HAVE A COVER!!! O M G Is this a fucking trilogy??? My heart has just been reanimated AND WE HAVE A COVER!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    *cries in disappointment* RTC _____ plz be the book to get me out of my slump😭 buddy read with my demon bestie lucyy <33 _____ Update: Feb.5th, 2021: That cover is absolutely gorgeous. It's definitely redeemed itself after B&H's cover *shudder* But it's scaring me. Please don't break my heart again, Shelby. Reviews for: Serpent & Dove : ★★★★★ Blood & Honey : ★★★★★ ------- Update (Oct.16, 2020) WE HAVE A TITLE!!! GODS & MONSTERS GODS & MONSTERS Although is it just me or does this title kinda no *cries in disappointment* RTC _____ plz be the book to get me out of my slump😭 buddy read with my demon bestie lucyy <33 _____ Update: Feb.5th, 2021: That cover is absolutely gorgeous. It's definitely redeemed itself after B&H's cover *shudder* But it's scaring me. Please don't break my heart again, Shelby. Reviews for: Serpent & Dove : ★★★★★ Blood & Honey : ★★★★★ ------- Update (Oct.16, 2020) WE HAVE A TITLE!!! GODS & MONSTERS GODS & MONSTERS Although is it just me or does this title kinda not match with the other titles? It sounds cool, but like Blood & Honey and Serpent & Dove had a nice ring to it. This however......hmmmm

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    ✅ Hate-to-love (kind of) / Romance ✅ Characters and relationships ✅ Kickass female characters 💪 ✅ Plot ✅ Pace and action ✅ Funny and cute moments ✅ Witches Strong 4.5 stars Well, I like this one much more than Blood & Honey! I was afraid to be disappointed, but hoping that it would be awesome at the same time because the ending of Blood & Honey was quite promising... Well, I was not disappointed at all, I am still reeling from the last stretch of this book. So many things happened! Gods & Monsters is ✅ Hate-to-love (kind of) / Romance ✅ Characters and relationships ✅ Kickass female characters 💪 ✅ Plot ✅ Pace and action ✅ Funny and cute moments ✅ Witches Strong 4.5 stars Well, I like this one much more than Blood & Honey! I was afraid to be disappointed, but hoping that it would be awesome at the same time because the ending of Blood & Honey was quite promising... Well, I was not disappointed at all, I am still reeling from the last stretch of this book. So many things happened! Gods & Monsters is a perfect ending to the series. It is full of action, funny and cute moments, love, and friendship, and it was a very entertaining and satisfactory ending to the series. There is always something happening in this book: fights, travels, parlay, thieving, scheming. The pace is great and so is the plot. I read this whole book in a day and a half and I just couldn't stop because there was ALWAYS something going on! The last 20% of the book is so intense, I had to take breaks to fully appreciate and understand everything that was happening. My heart was pounding and I think my hands were shaking at one point. The final confrontation between Lou and Morgane was epic, and everything that I hoped for. “Hope isn’t the sickness. It’s the cure.” Speaking of hope, it was definitely a recurring theme in the book. Gods & Monsters is all about the importance of clinging to hope even when you feel like you have nothing to hold on to. How to push through grief and heartbreak to take another step forward, and then another. Lou's ragtag group is quite aware of the odds against them, and the fact that most of their plan ends up being completely ruined, sending everything to hell, does not help, but they hold onto each other and they help each other to continue the journey because they know that this is the right path. There are two "new characters" joining the group. They are not new to the story, but they were not that important or present in the previous books. Let's just say that the unlikely friendship that bloomed in this book was so satisfying and sweet. I really like how all the main female characters in this series are strong in their own way. They are resilient, brave, strong and they do not hesitate to kick some asses. They are not cowering behind strong men, they take matters into their own hands and they do not hesitate to tell the men to go for a walk if they try to shelter them or keep them out of harm's way. Deep down, I’d known how this would end all along. I’d sensed it from the moment we’d first met, from the time I’d first glimpsed the Balisarda in his bandolier—two star-crossed lovers brought together by fate or providence. By life and by death. By gods, or perhaps monsters. We would end with a stake and a match. Lou and Reid's emotional journey was not an easy one, but they managed to have their happy ending... After going through a few obstacles of course. After the delightful snark and banter in Serpent & Dove, I was disappointed by the lack of funny moments between Lou and Reid in Blood & Honey. Now, there is not as much banter in this book as there was in the first one, but there is a twist nonetheless that adds drama and complication to their relationship while keeping it hot and intense, and the angst/drama-lover in me LOVED IT. There are also new important characters and magical creatures, which is awesome because the world-building keeps expanding even though it's the last book of the series. Some characters change and grow a lot in this book, and I have to say that Beau calling Reid "little brother" and Lou "sister mine" was perfection. Beau was perfection. It felt so wholesome to see them become a family that love, protect, respect and cherish each other. ❤️ There are a few mentions of Ansel too that brought some tears into my eyes, and the fact that he is included in the epilogue (I will not say how though) actually made me cry. I miss him. Serpent & Dove ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Blood & Honey ⭐⭐⭐.5

  6. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    In the name of all that is holy, I AM UNWELL!!!!! Emotionally, I am all over the place right now, so I know everything I say is going to come across as hyperbolic, but seriously, y’all… I cannot emphasize enough how much I absolutely LOVED Gods & Monsters. As this book has yet to come out, no need to worry about spoilers in this review! If ever there was a textbook on how to write the perfect finale to a series, Gods & Monsters would, in my mind, indisputably be the perfect example to cite. It was In the name of all that is holy, I AM UNWELL!!!!! Emotionally, I am all over the place right now, so I know everything I say is going to come across as hyperbolic, but seriously, y’all… I cannot emphasize enough how much I absolutely LOVED Gods & Monsters. As this book has yet to come out, no need to worry about spoilers in this review! If ever there was a textbook on how to write the perfect finale to a series, Gods & Monsters would, in my mind, indisputably be the perfect example to cite. It wasn’t until finishing Gods & Monsters that I realized, wow, I haven’t read any final books in a series that I truly and throughly enjoyed. Somehow, Shelby Mahurin wove a book that is not only full of action, romance, and laughs, but she also somehow wrapped it and the entire series up in such a tidy and satisfactory way that I’m actually wondering if witchcraft is a side-hustle of hers. Okay, but wait, let’s talk about all that action, romance, and funniness for a minute. By habit, I sort of dread the final books in series. Usually, I find that these final books have very slow pacing and are often too serious and grim to have fun while reading. But Gods & Monsters is fun. The action was nonstop throughout this book which caught me entirely by surprise because I felt like there was so much that happened in Blood & Honey that was going to weigh down the action and plot progression in Gods & Monsters, but that truly wasn’t the case. I actually found the pacing to be stronger in Gods & Monsters than it was in either of the previous two books, and I caught myself having to pause every so often while reading because so much was happening that I would just need a breather for a second! Especially toward the end, my heart felt like it was in my stomach for seriously the entirety of the last twenty percent of the story. So yes, the action is amazing, but there’s still the intensity of the high stakes our babies have to work to combat, as well as their own interpersonal struggles. And, somehow, Shelby is able keep the action and tension coming, but still bring the funny?! I read a good portion of this book while on vacation, and I truly had to cover my mouth to hide my laughter and grins in public because there was just so much amazing banter in this book, not to mention some seriously cute moments that had me smiling like a fool. I suppose I should also mention that I cried three separate times during the epilogue of this book. So do with that information what you will! And that’s all I can really say, because anything else would just be spoiling it for y’all, but please just know how FANTASTIC Gods & Monsters is, and that you absolutely need to not miss out on reading it once it hits shelves. Shelby has truly set a precedent I’m not sure another author can match anytime soon in writing such a perfectly satisfying and balanced finale while not losing an iota of the magic, romance, and humor that makes her writing so damn addicting and superb!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

    #1 Serpent & Dove — 4 Stars #2 Blood & Honey — 2.5 Stars #3 Gods & Monsters — 1.5 Stars Recaps of Book 1 & 2: SEE HERE. I’ve managed to survive 2021 without rating a book 1 star UNTIL NOW. So, thank you Shelby Mahurin for taking that away and ruining my year. There wasn’t anything that I enjoyed in this installment. And that’s saying something considering I had no expectation at all going into it. NONE, except that I was ready for the worst. Now, it’s verified. Not even the romance made me feel anyt #1 Serpent & Dove — 4 Stars #2 Blood & Honey — 2.5 Stars #3 Gods & Monsters — 1.5 Stars Recaps of Book 1 & 2: SEE HERE. I’ve managed to survive 2021 without rating a book 1 star UNTIL NOW. So, thank you Shelby Mahurin for taking that away and ruining my year. There wasn’t anything that I enjoyed in this installment. And that’s saying something considering I had no expectation at all going into it. NONE, except that I was ready for the worst. Now, it’s verified. Not even the romance made me feel anything—because, CAN YOU EVEN TELL ME WHERE IT’S AT? I understand that characters needed to show some growth and the world building to expand, but why did the story have to be drawn out THIS much, THIS long. All it did was make me lose my care for everything altogether because I couldn’t find the things that made me fall in love with the first book; regardless that you finally get the ending you’ve been waiting for, and you find closure in this book. Ugh. I’m not disappointed. I’m unreservedly bitter. If there’s anything worse than Covid-19 in the last two years, it’s the last two books in this series. Yes, I said it. No further comment, but this: Serpent & Dove IS a standalone as far as I’m concerned. And may whoever responsible for turning this into a trilogy burn in hell! It’s been real, y’all. (Read as an Audiobook)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Tonks

    ”You've lived in fear too long.” “Fear has helped me survive.” “Fear has kept you from living.” I went into it with no expectations, yet I'm disappointed. From now on, in my heart, Serpent and Dove is a standalone. The sequels don't actually exist as they did this series so dirty. I've come from loving the first book to just hating both books that we got after. After the heartbreaking events of Blood and Honey, our cast of characters are even more determined to seek vengence, but to do that the ”You've lived in fear too long.” “Fear has helped me survive.” “Fear has kept you from living.” I went into it with no expectations, yet I'm disappointed. From now on, in my heart, Serpent and Dove is a standalone. The sequels don't actually exist as they did this series so dirty. I've come from loving the first book to just hating both books that we got after. After the heartbreaking events of Blood and Honey, our cast of characters are even more determined to seek vengence, but to do that they will first have to learn how to handle their grief. Lou is different. A darkness has settle over her and it will take a lot more than expected to drive it out. This darkness might actually ruin everything. The plot dragged so much. I thought the second book was bad, but this was somehow even worse. At least some of the stuff in B&H made sense. In this one, it felt like Shelby Mahurin was throwing into the novel every shit that came to mind just so this could be called a book. The pacing was very weird. As I said the plot dragged and then everything was cramed into the last 20% percent, and from that point on everything was just way too rushed. A lot of what happened in this one could have been cut out. So much of what we have to call “plot” was unnecessary. The subplot with Isla and the oracle thing felt very unnecessary and I can't say I actually remember half of what happened although I finished this book a couple of days ago. I just didn't care enough to be bothered. To me, it felt like she was a bitch that was added to the book just to make things harder for Lou. No other reason that could have actually benefited the plot. Nope, the book needed more stuff to happen and make the characters's journeys more complicated for the sake of having more pages and the book to be longer. Why not add an oracle and mermaids? Not completely random at all. The characters weren't any better either. I did not care about Lou and Reid at all in this book. Their character development was nowhere in sight. It was just gone. In the first book you can see this nice development, in Reid's case in the second book too, but in this one it's like someone cast a spell on it to make it disappear. Reid was so obnoxious at one point and if you read the book you know which part I mean. That 30% of the book felt so unecessary and was there just so Lou could be more desperate. In a way it just felt like a repeat of book one. Nothing original. And when everything went back to normal it didn't feel endearing or romantic at all. My reaction wasCool, are we done with this shit? I know I'm being very vague and annoying but I'm trying very hard not to spoil anything. I cared so much more about the side characters rather than the main characters. I wanted to see more of them instead of Lou and Reid. It was interesting seeing the way Coco and Beau dealt with the grief cause by the events of the previous book and how Beau was trying to be there for Coco in any way he could. Any scene they were in was automatically better, but also I hated Lou and Reid so much in this one that they could only to this much for my overall enjoyment. Who would have thought I would actually come to care for Celie. In Gods and Monsters, we've come to see a part of her we hadn't before and this unlike so many other things in the book felt necessary to the plot. Without this, the book would have felt somewhat incomplete. Considering how much she's gone through and she was caught so many times in the middle of a conflict, that sooner or later this was bound to happen. Also Jean Luc was a decent human being. How the hell did that happen? On occassions he was more pleasant that Lou. I could have done without the romance. I know this is a romance fantasy series, but it does not deserve to be called that when the romance becomes this bad. Lou and Reid's relationship started declining since book two, but here it's where it actually hit the mark. I was hoping that Shelby Mahurin will save it one way or another, but nope, she made it even worse. During most of teh romantic scenes between the two, I was just zoning out because of how little I actually cared. I was so over the shitty drama. Wanna add drama to your book? Good for you, I love drama. But please, for the love of god, make it interesting, not whatever this was. Coco and Beau's relatioship was better, but because of how much the author decided to focus on the main characters' one, it was underdeveloped. I wanted too see more of them, but no of course we couldn't get more of it when we really need to focus on the two idiots we have as main characters. Let me end thsi section of my review with this. In a good book all relationships are well developed, even when it's between two side characters. I actually liked the little bits of the relationship between Lou and Beau that we got. I loved the sibling relationship they formed over this series. It's one of the sweetest things in this series and it's honestly one of the few things I wanted more of. I'm also happy that Lou and Celie actually became friends in this one. I hated the girl on girl hate that we got from them. It's 2021, please stop that. It was nice seeing them getting along and actually being there to help eachother. But sadly a couple of scenes here and there in this 600 page monster cannot redeem this novel in any way. The book was extremely predictable. I don't think there was anything that surprised me. It wasn't even that the foreshdowing was obvious or bad. The thing is there was no foreshadowing. Nothing. It just felt obvious from the start. It wouldn't take a genius to guess what happenes in more than 75% of the book. Usually something bad happens, they have to fix said bad thing, but oh no something gets in their way that they conveniently fix in less than five minutes. The ending was pretty anticlimatic. They've gone to so much pain and shit. I went through so much just to finish this series and hoping the end will save it, but no sir that did not happen. Everything was super convinient. The villains were all handled extremely easily, like they are not the most powerful man and woman in this world and some even the oldest. They've lived for centuries and this is how they are defeated really? Morgane is supposed to be this super evil and smart villain and this is how it ends for her. Really? Disappointing is an understatement. The ending was so rushed that the author didn't really bothered to make it satisfying. Everything wraps up? That seems to be good enough. No need for it to actually be a great ending. The epilogue was the only thing that I actually really loved. It is told from my favourite character's perspective and for the first time in the whole book those scenes actually felt like they were part of the same series as Serpent and Dove. It simply had the same feeling as it. And that chapter was just so wholesome I loved it so much. I started crying while reading it. It was so emotionalIf the whole book was told from their perspective my rating would have been higher no question. It probably wouldn't have made sense for the plot, but I don't care. Nothing made remotely any sense to the plot in this one. To avoid killing main characters, Shelby Mahurin started killing as many side characters as she wanted jsut so we could have some death suring the war. Again with the unecessary things. She killed them just because it was expected for someone to die and the author couldn't kill anyone more important at this point. I'm happy that those characters managed to survived, don't get me wrong. But there's a death that I'm thinking in particular that was just a poor attempt to make some of the characters feel more grief and be hit harder with the actual consequences of the war. Maybe I'm complaining too much, but after reading so many great fantasy series, I have the tendency to just be more and more critical of even the little stuff. Through out the book, I couldn't help but notice some similarities to Sarah J. Maas's books. I know from some interviews that Shelby Mahurin is a big fan of her works and I'm pretty sure the first book is even blurbed by SJM. I don't mind that the author took some inspiration from an author she admires. What bothers me is that she somehow manages to only take the bad stuff. At the end of the book something happens taht's oddly similar towhat Elain ended up doing in A Court of Wings and Ruin. Take from this statement what you will. I think the only reason as to how I managed to finish this mess was the audiobook. It wasn't a great audiobook by any means, I can't say I liked the narrators (both Lou and Reid had their own narrators) and the performance wasn't the best either. I've listened to quite a few audiobooks at this point and I can see this is close to the bottom of my list from favourites to least favourites. But at least it helped me get through the novel. I usually listened while also reading along, but I have to admit there were times when I just didn't really care enough to bother understanding what I was listening to. I just wanna say I hate these covers. The first one I like. Black makes 95% of the times things more beautiful. But honestly when the cover for Blood and Honey was revealed I thought it was the same design as the first one but in red. It took me months to realise that they were actually different. And the silver of the cover for G&M still pains me. It looks horrible. There were so many colors they could have gone to, but instead they chose that silver. This book is really forgettable. I finished it just a couple of days ago, but I already forgot more than half of what happened. I really wanted this series to stick with me. Hell, after the first book it had so much potential to be an all time favourite book of mine. All of that, ruined. The sequels ruined everything. Dear future me, I really hope only the first book will stick with you as it actually deserves love. This should have been a duology. I don't know what the people who made the decision for it to be a trilogy were thinking. It was a shitty decision. Both B&H and G&M dragged so much and had some many scenes that could have been cut. Those should have been just one books. I don't really care what you think about this, if you wanted more books in this world, but I eieve in quality over quantity. I read this book hoping it will be better than the second one. But i was wrong. Very wrong. It was even worse. I originally rated it 2 stars, but I'm actually gonna lower it to 1 cosideirng how much I hated it. As much as I loved a couple of things, it cannot save it from thsi rating. It just cannot. I was miserable while reading it. I do not recommend this series. You can go for the first book. But consider it a standalone. ”It doesn't end in death. It ends in hope.'' ___________________________________________ I went into it with no expectations, yet I'm disappointed. From now on, in my heart, Serpent & Dove is a standalone. The sequels don't actually exist as they did this series so dirty. RTC. ___________________________________________ Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of Blood & Honey, I am still interested enough in the story that I actually want to know how it ends and I really hope this one will be better. I'm going in with no expectations really, I just wish to know the end. Buddy read with Liaa as I need the support to be able to finish this trilogy

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Well, here I am! I loved the first book. I fell so hard! And at the second book, I fell out so hard. I hated it! I didn't like what the author has done to those amazing characters. I thought I'm done with this series. But...Look at this cover! Isn't it alluring? It's literally calling me. Crossing my finger, giving a second chance. I hope I don't hate it! Please... please...please... Well, here I am! I loved the first book. I fell so hard! And at the second book, I fell out so hard. I hated it! I didn't like what the author has done to those amazing characters. I thought I'm done with this series. But...Look at this cover! Isn't it alluring? It's literally calling me. Crossing my finger, giving a second chance. I hope I don't hate it! Please... please...please...

  10. 5 out of 5

    booksNpenguins

    me: hasn't read blood & and honey yet me: OMG I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK me: hasn't read blood & and honey yet me: OMG I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK

  11. 4 out of 5

    demi. ♡

    I thought Serpent & Dove would be just a duology but now we’ll get a trilogy???? However, that’s fine. I’m here for it anyway. 😂

  12. 4 out of 5

    alana ♡

    Rating: 2.5 stars Loved Serpent & Dove. Hated Blood & Honey. As for Gods & Monsters? 600+ pages of pure average-ness. After how bad of a time I had reading Blood & Honey I seriously debating picking this up but of course my nosey ass needed to know how this series would end. While this wasn't as disappointing as the second book it certainly wasn't redeeming for the series either which makes me so, so sad because I adored Serpent & Dove. I stand with everyone who agrees that this should have never Rating: 2.5 stars Loved Serpent & Dove. Hated Blood & Honey. As for Gods & Monsters? 600+ pages of pure average-ness. After how bad of a time I had reading Blood & Honey I seriously debating picking this up but of course my nosey ass needed to know how this series would end. While this wasn't as disappointing as the second book it certainly wasn't redeeming for the series either which makes me so, so sad because I adored Serpent & Dove. I stand with everyone who agrees that this should have never been a trilogy because....holy filler there's just so much unnecessary plot points going on. If you're like me and don't like rereading books then my advice is to find a recap on what happens in the first two books because the author does nothing to remind you. Much like the second book I struggled remembering some of the details of who was who and what it was that the characters were talking about because you get thrown right back into it with no refresher. As for what else went wrong with this book for me it was pretty similar to the last book. It was entirely too long for no reason, seriously, why was this over 600 pages? I definitely wanted to quit reading this more than once. A lot of this could have been cut out and the book would have been just as effective. And the ending was so painfully average in terms of who lives and who dies. As for what I did like it was basically the banter between the characters, the fact that Reid wasn't a whiny emo boy anymore, and that we got a little bit of the Serpent & Dove Reid and Lou dynamic that I loved. Otherwise that's it, 600+ of pure averageness and a series that went from being one I loved to one I could easily forget.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bridey Morris

    If you’re expecting a professional, well-written review, turn back now because this thing is as much of a hot mess as I was reading Gods & Monsters. I really did try to make it nice but honestly my notes are all over the place and this review is going to be so much more fun if it’s not elegant. First of all, Shelby Mahurin is both the god AND the monster in this book. I have literally never been more stressed out in my entire life. I stress ate half a family sized bag of M&Ms. I devoured the enti If you’re expecting a professional, well-written review, turn back now because this thing is as much of a hot mess as I was reading Gods & Monsters. I really did try to make it nice but honestly my notes are all over the place and this review is going to be so much more fun if it’s not elegant. First of all, Shelby Mahurin is both the god AND the monster in this book. I have literally never been more stressed out in my entire life. I stress ate half a family sized bag of M&Ms. I devoured the entire book in almost a day because it DOESN’T STOP. Like you think you’re safe and you relax and then something else sucker punches you and you have no choice but to keep reading. Basically what I’m trying to say is that the pacing in this book is the BEST. Yes, we have some nice, tender moments with the squad and with Reid and Lou but it’s mostly going to be panic all around which is exactly what I want in a third and final book. If Shelby Mahurin could please write me my own love story that would be fantastic because I WANT WHAT LOU AND REID HAVE. Gods & Monsters was one of those books where I squealed a lot at the cute parts, screamed a lot at the “WHAT DID YOU DO TO THEM SHELBY” parts, and swooned at the flirting parts. There were so many tender and funny moments and moments of chemistry between Reid and Lou that effect their relationship together, their inner conflicts, and the external plot. Honestly masterful work there, like Shelby really managed to hit ALL THOSE POINTS and made it GOOD and let’s be real, a lot of authors don’t. And to all the thirsty fans I know are out there because I am one of them: Yes. There are steamy scenes. And they are STEAMY. If there is one thing I love more than romance, it’s unlikely female friendships. We all love Coco and Lou because let’s be real, they’re the best and I would sell a kidney to be friends with them. But, but, BUT there is a NEW ADDITION that I can’t talk about but I want to say I LOVED the dynamic. Without spoilers, there’s a lot of power and encouragement between them and talk about being happy with yourself and flipping off anyone who tells you what you can be and y’all I CRIED. Anyways, speaking of this new character, I did not expect to love her going into this but coming out of it, SHE IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER. Absolute QUEEN. I want to talk about the scenes so badly. Look, I am the type of person who can watch a horror movie at 11pm and then immediately go to sleep with no nightmares or the “oh my God something is under my bed” thoughts. But the new POV? Nicholina? That made my skin CRAWL. The way she talks and acts is so eerie and makes me just a little bit scared of Shelby’s mind. But it was exquisitely disturbing and I both hated and loved it. BEAU. That’s it, that’s the paragraph. If you’ve read Serpent & Dove and Blood & Honey, which I’m assuming you have or this review isn’t going to be very entertaining for you, then you know Shelby likes to do this thing where she puts her characters in the absolute worst situations she can think of and the reader is like “oh no! how will they ever escape!” and then BOOM suddenly things blow up in your face in a really awesome way. And I love those scenes because they’re always really epic, but I especially love the scenes right before everything blows up. In this whole book, there is a recurring them about how hard it is to cling to hope when the world has given you nothing but despair––and taking another step anyways. Yes there is heartbreak and grief and rock bottom for all these characters, but I love that every book Shelby writes always has that element of hope. These characters know their odds but they all help each other take that next step, fight that next monster, or face that next obstacle. Gods & Monsters especially deals with those themes, and how difficult it is when all of them are weighed down by grief and guilt. And now I am crying. Similarly, this is the paragraph I didn’t want to write because it HURTS but I have to write it because it’s very important. Shelby does a fantastic job of dealing with grief in Gods & Monsters. It’s difficult to tackle a topic like that in the first place, but to write about the pain, the guilt, the temptation to just give up when the world seems like it’ll never be the same without that person… Wow. I mean Shelby hit the nail on the head. I won’t say much more because I don’t want to spoil and I want you all to discover some of my favorite scenes by yourselves, but I suggest grabbing your tissues. This one hit me hard. I like to think I’m a calm reader in the sense that I don’t like, throw a book at the wall. There was a moment in this book where I absolutely threw the book at the wall (it was actually my e-reader and it hit a pillow thank God BUT STILL). There were a lot of moments in this where I just…AH. I screamed. I would like to take a moment to share with you actual notes from my readthrough: FDSKLAFDJS ;******* WHAT THE EVER LIVING **** JUST HAPPENED SHELBY NO BAD SHELBY WHAT THE HELL STOP IT I SWEAR TO **** SHELBY I SWEAR TO **** To be fair, most of my notes were like that. I was having a crisis the entire time. Let’s talk about my favorite thing in any book: WORLDBUILDING. There are NEW CREATURES GUYS. I love them. They’re the best. I guess I can’t actually talk about this much without spoiling? But know there are some new worldbuildilng elements in G&M that really add to the magic of the story. Lastly, I would like to talk about writing for a moment. Shelby’s writing is so fantastic on all accounts. From her descriptions to her action scenes to the steamy scenes, she is a FANTASTIC writer. Like action scenes and steamy scenes are so hard to write and she nailed them? Legendary. There were some epic quotes in there too and I want them tattooed on my forehead. If you’ve reached the end of this review, I am impressed! If you have already called a therapist on my behalf, you’re valid but I already have one so I'm good. Or, if you jumped down to the bottom to hear my final thoughts, here they are: Gods & Monsters was the best ending to the Serpent & Dove series I could have hoped for. It is intense, emotional, romantic, and epic and readers everywhere are going to be talking about this conclusion for a long, long time. I laughed, cried, yelled, swooned, and experienced every emotion known to humankind and would do it all again. These characters are so close to my heart for so many reasons and while I am saddened that this is the final chapter in their story, I am thrilled they got such a fantastic end. I eagerly await whatever Shelby Mahurin has in store for us in her future works and until then, maybe it’s time for a reread…

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    Serpent and Dove: One of the best YA fantasy books I have read in quite some time Blood and Honey:: Bit of a letdown in my opinion... Gods and Monsters: Serpent and Dove: One of the best YA fantasy books I have read in quite some time Blood and Honey:: Bit of a letdown in my opinion... Gods and Monsters:

  15. 4 out of 5

    Evi

    "Hope isn't the sickness. It's the cure." ❗❗Spoilers ahead. Proceed at your own risk.❗❗ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ What an absolutely incredible conclusion to an absolutely incredible series. A vast improvement to the underwhelming Blood & Honey . I loved every single moment of it. Reid sacrificing his memories of Lou to save her life. Lou making him fall in love with her again in the blink of an eye. (My girl's got game XD) Ansel being a beautiful, sweet guardian angel. Warning everyone whenever there's "Hope isn't the sickness. It's the cure." ❗❗Spoilers ahead. Proceed at your own risk.❗❗ Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ What an absolutely incredible conclusion to an absolutely incredible series. A vast improvement to the underwhelming Blood & Honey . I loved every single moment of it. Reid sacrificing his memories of Lou to save her life. Lou making him fall in love with her again in the blink of an eye. (My girl's got game XD) Ansel being a beautiful, sweet guardian angel. Warning everyone whenever there's was danger. Guiding Lou and Coco back to their lives. Watching over them in their happiest moments. We do not deserve him!!! 😍😭😍😭 I cannot belive Shelby Mahurin managed to make me like and sympathise with freaking Nicholina. Her!! The person who possessed Lou and planned on killing her and all her loved ones. I CRIED WHEN SHE DIED, YOU GUYS!! Beau was an absolute delight. AS ALWAYS!! His kiss with Coco was 🔥, funny, and romantic as hell. Hands down my top 3 favourite moments in the book. Reid and Lou were...💜😍💜😍💜😍 ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! Their love is so strong it literally defied magic, guys. Even though Reid sacrificed ALL his memories of Lou to save her from her crap of a mother, he fell in love with her all over again despite his returned, deep hatred of witches. Now, that's love. Morgane admitting that she COULDN'T kill Lou the moment she was born because she grabbed her finger in her little fist was 💔💔. It did nothing to absolve her from her terrible parenting but I'd be lying if I said I didn't tear up a little. Gods & Monsters was the conclusion we deserved, especially, after the disaster that was Blood & Honey and it definitely measures up to the greatness that was Serpent & Dove

  16. 5 out of 5

    aly ☆彡

    Since the disappointment from the last instalment, I started the book without any expectations, though I did hope it wouldn't be a letdown. And I guess it helps because the book ends up being passable. Gods and Monsters started weakly. I couldn't put past the first half of the book because the plot drew out into unnecessary parts, or that I believe it could be cut short into the major event. And I am not sure if I recall it correctly, but I can't seem to keep up with the shift in the storyline; f Since the disappointment from the last instalment, I started the book without any expectations, though I did hope it wouldn't be a letdown. And I guess it helps because the book ends up being passable. Gods and Monsters started weakly. I couldn't put past the first half of the book because the plot drew out into unnecessary parts, or that I believe it could be cut short into the major event. And I am not sure if I recall it correctly, but I can't seem to keep up with the shift in the storyline; from confronting and taking arms with Morgane le Blanc to saving a possessed Lou and (view spoiler)[helping to remember a memory loss Reid. (hide spoiler)] Lou and Reid take up to the masses of making me continuing the series. Even when (sadly) the romance has still not become the focus in the book as it did in Serpent and Dove, I still find myself enjoying seeing the character's arc in both of them; where they feel more like themselves than they did in Blood and Honey. Lou is who I remember her to be, and this book managed to remind me why I love her in the first place. She remains selfless, protective and proved to have the biggest heart of all. And their love story still left me in awe. The soulmate narration was written beautifully and despite the hiccup, Lou and Reid are still one of my top favourites YA couples. Nevertheless, the major highlight of the book is definitely, its sublime ending. Shelby Mahurin gives us a breathless conclusion to the series that I think might be, if not the best, one of the best epilogues I have ever read. It's healing, emotional, and heartbreaking all the same. I can't believe I'll be saying this looking at how the last book turns out and how the start of this book is heading, but I am actually sad the series has ended. In another world, where the original plan for Serpent and Dove to stay a duology became a reality, the series may easily become one of my favourites. ~~~ [Pre-Review] From initially planning to rate this two stars to three stars and now contemplating to four stars (but I'll sort this dilemma later) AND ALL BECAUSE OF THE FREAKING EPILOGUE?? Probably one of the best and well-deserved epilogues I’ve read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Party Poison [Disco Freak Show]

    Having read Blood and Honey, I’m suspicious that I should not subject myself to this book. I guess if it gets absolutely amazing reviews, I’ll read it. Otherwise, probably not.

  18. 5 out of 5

    A C

    Guys, it's coming. I can feel it in my bones. The sheer horror and hatred, looming on the horizon like a beast from hell. I'm counting down. Not out of excitement, but out of sheer dread. Dec. 14 2020: I put this on my tbr because of the ending of the second book. Will I hate this one? Probably. Do I hate myself? Probably. Am I masochistic for adding this to my tbr? Yes Guys, it's coming. I can feel it in my bones. The sheer horror and hatred, looming on the horizon like a beast from hell. I'm counting down. Not out of excitement, but out of sheer dread. Dec. 14 2020: I put this on my tbr because of the ending of the second book. Will I hate this one? Probably. Do I hate myself? Probably. Am I masochistic for adding this to my tbr? Yes

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela Reads

    3.75 ★★★★☆ “Hope isn’t the sickness. It’s the cure.” The truth is that I have no idea how to write a review for this book, so let's see how this will turn out. First of all, the pace was very strange. The first 150-200 pages were very difficult for me to read. Although I wasn’t getting bored, I also wasn’t encouraged to continue reading. It was easy for me to put the book aside and read others, which didn’t happen with the previous two. It wasn't until after struggling for over a week to read t 3.75 ★★★★☆ “Hope isn’t the sickness. It’s the cure.” The truth is that I have no idea how to write a review for this book, so let's see how this will turn out. First of all, the pace was very strange. The first 150-200 pages were very difficult for me to read. Although I wasn’t getting bored, I also wasn’t encouraged to continue reading. It was easy for me to put the book aside and read others, which didn’t happen with the previous two. It wasn't until after struggling for over a week to read those pages that we finally got to the interesting and everything starts to move a little more, but oh surprise: Shelby destroyed the entire evolution of a character. No, no and no. This doesn't work for me, and it was one of the things that disappointed me. The positive thing that made me enjoy this book and saved it from being a complete disaster was the development of the side characters (especially two who had a greater participation compared to Serpent & Dove and Blood & Honey). I also liked the way the final battle was written, the closing of a certain matter from the sequel and how the magic system was expanded. P.S. Beau was one of the best characters in this book. AGAIN. I declare myself his official fan 🤣 ━━━━━•❃°•°•°•°❃•━━━━━ SPOILERS BELOW: 1. Nicholina's background story: It didn't add much to the plot, but I liked learning a little more about what led her to take the path she took and discover the true story of the witches. 2. Ansel’s return: This was very special and gave the closure that many of us needed. I’m glad that his participation wasn’t forced and that he actually had a purpose. 3. Reid's amnesia: I didn't like it at all. We literally waited two whole books for him to finally get to the point where he accepted the witches, magic, and himself, after a lifetime of prejudice. It all falls apart in ONE single chapter 🤦‍♀️ I understand the point the author was trying to make (that Reid would love Lou despite all), but I didn't like this way of proving it. It felt completely forced. 4. The banter between Lou and Reid: Even though I didn't like Reid's memory loss, I loved the banter between the two of them. Blood & Honey made their relationship go downhill for me, so it was nice to see them act more like themselves again and see the romance unfolding once more. It made me laugh a lot. “Truth or dare.” Butterflies erupted in my belly as he stepped closer still. Heat washed across every inch of my skin. “Truth.” He shook his head slowly. I swallowed hard. “Dare.” “Kiss me.” Me pretending not to be screaming inside: 5. Célie and Jean Luc joining the scene: At first, I felt like they were there just for the plot’s sake (and to some extent they were), but I ended up enjoying seeing the development they had. Célie was no longer the character that only existed to create tension between the protagonists, and Jean Luc stopped being the envious friend. They both showed personality and I liked the roles they played in everything. 6. The connection to Blood & Honey: I don't know how much was planned and what wasn't, but Shelby Mahurin connected points that didn't seem so important in the second book and that played important roles in this book. For example, the tree that swallowed Reid's balisarda and ended up being their prison, or the song Zenna sang about the chain and what happened to Claud. It was all pretty clever. 7. The friendship between Beau and Lou: In general, I loved Beau throughout the entire book, but something especially remarkable is the beautiful relationship between these two characters. I loved that they were always there for each other and their mutual understanding. Beau knew exactly the right words to say to keep Lou from collapsing! He’s amazing. “I do find you extraordinary. Perhaps not extraordinarily brave or just or true, but extraordinary nonetheless.” When I rolled my eyes, politely skeptical, he stepped in front of me, forcing us both to a halt. “Who else would have accepted the spoiled son of a king? The misused aristocrat? The sacrilegious huntsman? In the eyes of the kingdom, we are nothing.” His voice dropped lower still. “You’ve given us all a place, a purpose, when before we didn’t have one. You are the reason we’re here, Lou. And I don’t care about the waters’ truth—you are my sister. Never forget it.” 8. Angelica and the mermaids: The visit there was a bit unnecessary, but I really enjoyed reading about the Undersea. I didn't expect Angelica to be Coco's mother at all, but that actually makes sense. P.S. The participation of the mermaids was phenomenal. 9. The ending wasn't that great: This disappointed me a bit because the book was finally getting back on track. As I said before, the final battle was very well narrated and even ingenious (many things had already happened that were creating more and more tension), but the ending was a bit disastrous. It's unrealistic (even in a fantasy book) for chasseurs and witches to suddenly accept each other, sing songs of peace while holding hands, and forget about an enmity that has led them to fight for decades. Is it solved just like that? Have the witches already forgotten all their burned relatives? Have humans already forgiven the mess Morgane caused in their lives and their city? Nope, this doesn’t work. 10. Lou and Reid's wedding: This was very nice, and I liked that it was narrated by Ansel. Nothing more to say. ━━━━━•❃°•°•°•°❃•━━━━━ To sum it all up, this is a trilogy that I recommend (especially if you haven't read too much fantasy or are looking for something addictive to read). Maybe the first one is the best of the three, but I still have a good memory of this story. I adored Lou, Reid, Coco, Beau and Ansel 🙌🏻

  20. 5 out of 5

    Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court)

    🎉This review is finalized! 🎉 *1.5 star! SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES MISSED! 🤯 Let me tell you my villain origin story, something that this book series did not even bother to have. I want to classify this series as plastic Fantasy Romance. Yes, plastic Fantasy Romance. Serpent & Dove: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 Blood & Honey: ⭐️⭐️ out 5 Gods & Monsters: ⭐️.5 out of 5 In 2019, I bought and loved Serpent & Dove. It was not perfect by any means, but it was the Fantasy Romance I was anticipating and it lived up to its p 🎉This review is finalized! 🎉 *1.5 star! SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES MISSED! 🤯 Let me tell you my villain origin story, something that this book series did not even bother to have. I want to classify this series as plastic Fantasy Romance. Yes, plastic Fantasy Romance. Serpent & Dove: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 Blood & Honey: ⭐️⭐️ out 5 Gods & Monsters: ⭐️.5 out of 5 In 2019, I bought and loved Serpent & Dove. It was not perfect by any means, but it was the Fantasy Romance I was anticipating and it lived up to its premise of a witch/witch hunter romance and banter. The book was super fun and I was ecstatic about the sequel conclusion to what I thought was going to be a duology. The year after, the series was announced as a trilogy and I got the chance to read Blood & Honey right when it came out. Let me tell you that I rarely buy YA Fantasy sequels when they come out. I usually wait for reviews. Again, I did an exception because I was so ready to love it. Sadly, the book dragged for way too long, Lou was so slut-shamy to other people and nothing super relevant happened until the last 140 pages of a 528-page novel. Plus, Shelby Mahurin really misused French vocabulary with dozens of syntax and grammatical errors. Mrs. Mahurin, if you cannot do French, don't do it. That’s fine. As a francophone, it really ruined my reading experience. It is astonishing to me that the big publishing business that is Harper Collins did not even bother hiring readers whose first language is French to correct mistakes that EASILY could have been fixed. Especially when you can get in touch with them with simple finger moves on their keyboards. Come on, Digital Age. Next came Gods & Monsters, which I still highly anticipated! I feel foolish for that… I thought that after the disappointment that the second book was, the third and final book could not be any less good. On the contrary, this book proved me wrong. The start is not bad at all. The plot is not the most inventive, but it is readable and I am glad to meet the characters again. But, past the 150-ish pages, literally nothing relevant happened until page 450. The in-between part was a such slog to get through! I felt like even the author did not know what to write next, so Mahurin wandered us around for hundreds of pages of characters TALKING and TALKING instead of getting their acts together to defeat Morgane. The vilain had no purpose and no backstory is given to deepen her character! She is just plain evil and this is it! May I mention that this book is 612 pages, and not any info about the vilain is provided?! The side characters are so undeveloped and so not different from each other. Plus, you barely got time to know them. Thus, when a random person randomly shows up, I was like "Who’s this?!". The side characters are so insignificant and only serves to make situations convenient for the main characters out of the blue… THE FRENCH GRAMMAR & SYNTAX MISTAKES Here, I am going to play the French teacher and correct every single one of them. There are so many that I spotted while reading that it hurts my eyes! Feel free to skip to the next paragraphs if you are not interested. Shelby Mahurin writes French like she writes English, which is wrong because both languages are so different in so many ways, so are the sentence structure and grammar. 1. "Cathédral" (on the map/p.1) ❌ → My Correction= Cathédrale ✔︎ 2. "Beau inclined his head in Célie's direction. [...] 'My apologies, ' madame ' (p.71) ❌ → My Correction= ' mademoiselle ' ✔︎ *Okay, here there is a problem. throughout the rest of the book, the author uses the word "mademoiselle" a lot. It seems super inconsistent to me that she did not changed madame for mademoiselle when the characters talks to Célie. Mademoiselle is used to address to unmarried young women while madame is for older women (even if unmarried) and married women. Célie is unmarried, so it must be mademoiselle instead of madame. 3. "Good luck, frère. Be careful" (p.128) ❌ → My Correction= mon frère ✔︎ *This is the mistake I notice the most: the absence of the possessive article while talking to someone. In English, you may address someone by calling them "brother". However, in French you have to say the equivalent of "my brother", which is «mon frère». Same goes for any form or relations you have with the person (cousin, friend, lover, siblings, aunt, uncle, etc.) you are speaking to. The only way that you are not required to use the possessive article is to designate your OWN parents. 4. Same rule broken as #3 You can find the same mistake on page 232, 248, 250, 252, 253, 254, 255, 261, 263, 430, 488, 492, and 604. Coco speaking to her aunt: "Morgane is responsible, tante " (p. 235). ❌ → My Correction= ma tante ✔︎ Other examples: " Soeur "(p.252) ❌ → My Correction= Ma soeur ✔︎ "Fille" (p.252) ❌ → My Correction= Ma fille ✔︎ 5. "Mathieu le Claire" (p.193) ❌ → My Correction= Clair ✔︎ *«Le» is a masculine article, so the noun must be so accordingly. Therefore, considering that the «e» is added only when it is feminine, it must be removed. 6. The Overuse and Inconsistent Use of Italics Mahurin abuses italics so much. She tries to make them her aesthetic or something. They are present in every page, which is not normal! Most of the time she writes French words in italics, but sometimes ,she doesn't and it is super weird. E.G. "Will I become a wraith too, maman?" (p.199) Also, the next one is not really an error, but an eye-rolling writing choice. Let me explain: some words in French and English are practically the same, like princess. Shelby Mahurin only adds French to appear stylish and elegant in her writing, (which is quite useless when does not apply grammar rules properly) . For "princess", there is no need to switch back to French because the word is the same, just with an "e" in the end. It screams "Oh look! I know some French word and grammar from Google Traduction" 🙄. Proof: "The dress of a true princesse" (p.295). There would be no difference if she choose English for "princesse". 7. "Bonjour, mes demoiselles" (p.296) ❌ → My Correction= mesdemoiselles ✔︎ 8. A Verb Not Correctly Conjugated " Je vous voir , Louise" (p.300) ❌ → My Correction= Je vous vois ✔︎ * You cannot say that in French, whether dialect your are speaking, it does not work. «Voir» (to see) is the infinite form. For each pronoun, the conjugated form is different that the infinitive. In the third verb group, the singular first person's must end with an "s". The "r" for <> must be switched for an "s". 9. Wrong article employed "Do you understand now, mon pouffiasse? (p.310) ❌ → My Correction= ma pouffiasse ✔︎ *To be honest, the word «pouffiasse» was not even the good word to use for this context. It is like a less vulgar variation of the word "slut". It is more a word used by people gossiping about someone, not during an interaction with the person in question. THE PLOT? On the whole, the pain is to defeat Morgane, right? And establish some peace between the two parties: the Church and the witches. Well there was literally no attempt at eliminating Morgane. This huge band of character just run away from a place to another instead of scheming and using their so called intelligence. They just let everything fall on their should, and their mouths just open like an O when an enemy shows up while they are fucking playing "Truth of Dare" or chilling in fancy mermaid gowns... Shaking my head. Seriously, Beau is a fucking prince. He did not even move his ass to his advantage to gather allies. He was just a clown without any purpose! I would have LOVED to read Coco's point of view though because she had the potential to do so many cool stuff, but she was so wasted. The magic has no limits and no rules exists. Even the witches do not even know, which is odd because their use and knowledge of magic makes them witches. How, them, witches, do not even know their own magical rules?! I know they are 2 groups of witches, but still? Shouldn't they know the magic rules of their respective rival camp? 🤡 In this excerpt, Lou and Coco are discussing magic. " 'How did you do that?' Coco asked suspiciously. 'I melted the snow.' 'I thought nature demanded sacrifice?' 'How is melting snow a sacrifice? 'I am the snow.' " (p.452-453) WHAT. AN. EXPLANATION. WOW. THE CLIMAX The only interesting part of the book was when the characters were imprisoned and brought at the stake. AT PAGE 490. It was very well done. It actually saved the book a little, but it is not reasonable to wait 300+ pages to get to a relevant plot point. I am done with books like this. It is filler and should not take as much space. This is poor writing. Although I really disliked the turn this series has took, I liked that the author did not reduce Célie to a basic bitch ex-girlfriend like it is the case for many books. Her participation in the final part was good. THE ENDING Shelby Mahurin engaged in writing a Fantasy Romance. There is a fantastical conflict taken place in Césarine: Church versus witches. The romance part of the story was indeed wrapped up: our characters get their happily ever after. But what about the stakes faced in Serpent & Dove? All historical conflicts were left out in the background. In what ways defeating Morgane will bring a better political climate? What is the Church's views of witches now and then? Is there a concession between both parties? Are other magical creatures facing the same prejudices as the witches? Are Chasseurs still going to witch-hunt? Was this conflict ever meant to be resolved to some degree? Are we ever going to know? The Fantasy part of the book was very superficial and glossed over! Only the main romance was resolved. It felt very pointless to have brought magic into the story. If you engage in writing Fantasy Romance, both romantic and fantastical plot should be given proper page time to wrap up in a way that makes justice to readers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I will always love this world and these characters, but I wish the series had stayed a duology. I feel like so much could have been cut out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bryce Rocks My Socks

    HELP NEEDED: someone please explain the pear trees to me and why A got butterflies (iykyk) no spoilers in the comments pls but PM me if you can help a girl out THAT EPILOGUE THOUGH THIS IS WHAT I CAME FOR THIS IS WHY I READ THREE BOOKS SOMEONE COME AND FREAK OUT WITH ME PLEASE Thank you Queen Mahurin for always coming thru (well not so much for blood & honey but girl u made up for it and made up for it and made up for it- so this got weird imma go now)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Athena of Velaris

    Perfection. I might get around to writing a proper review once I've stopped crying, but there is nothing I could say that would give this book the justice it deserves. Please read this trilogy if you haven't already. You won't regret it. Perfection. I might get around to writing a proper review once I've stopped crying, but there is nothing I could say that would give this book the justice it deserves. Please read this trilogy if you haven't already. You won't regret it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sylvie

    3 out of 5 stars! I picked up this last installement of the trilogy without having any hopes from it whatsoever. Fortunately it didn't turn out as bad as I was expecting to traumatic flashbacks to the second book I still think the entire trilogy would've been better if it were only a long standalone. ***************************************** OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG A new cover y'all!!!!!! I had no idea when the cover reveal would've happened. I literally came upon this coincidentally. Unlike the 2nd book 3 out of 5 stars! I picked up this last installement of the trilogy without having any hopes from it whatsoever. Fortunately it didn't turn out as bad as I was expecting to traumatic flashbacks to the second book I still think the entire trilogy would've been better if it were only a long standalone. ***************************************** OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG A new cover y'all!!!!!! I had no idea when the cover reveal would've happened. I literally came upon this coincidentally. Unlike the 2nd book's cover this one is very pretty. AAAAHHHHHH the cover design is making me very anxious yet excited for the last book. ------------------------------- I literally just found out about this op Epic Reads and um... what!? I ADORED the first book, and I'm looking forward to the 2nd book but I haven't had the best experiences with series that got extended. That's why I'm worried about this one. :/

  25. 5 out of 5

    NReads

    this story is too entertaining to end as a duology.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dorian Haviliard♕

    That cover is destroying me it is gorgeous. GORGEOUS

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    One epic, romantic, magic finale. I’m in my feels.

  28. 5 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I'm honestly not sure what to write. Was this book better than Blood & Honey? Yes. But did it grip me like Serpent & Dove? No. I don't think I changed my mind when I said S&D would've done well as a standalone than turning it into a trilogy. The pacing in this one was must better and I felt the plot was moving forward but I wasn't invested. The second book made me dislike the characters and I didn't warm up to them in the third book. I don't know about you but I felt like the plot was unnec 3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I'm honestly not sure what to write. Was this book better than Blood & Honey? Yes. But did it grip me like Serpent & Dove? No. I don't think I changed my mind when I said S&D would've done well as a standalone than turning it into a trilogy. The pacing in this one was must better and I felt the plot was moving forward but I wasn't invested. The second book made me dislike the characters and I didn't warm up to them in the third book. I don't know about you but I felt like the plot was unnecessarily stretched to fit in two more books and I didn't like where the plot was going. I wasn't flying through the pages because I wanted to know what happens next, I wanted to see how the trilogy concludes and leave it behind. And it saddens me to say this because book one was fun.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    I am still processing that this is the end of one of my favorite worlds, full of my favorite characters, so this review is going to be a mess. Did this end up being what I wanted it to be? Yes. While Blood & Honey was a real let down from Serpent & Dove, I had faith that Mahurin was going to give me a fabulous ending. I laughed, cried, held back anger, and was really just feeling all the feels while reading Gods & Monsters. Mahurin really gave me the ending I didn’t know I needed and that epilog I am still processing that this is the end of one of my favorite worlds, full of my favorite characters, so this review is going to be a mess. Did this end up being what I wanted it to be? Yes. While Blood & Honey was a real let down from Serpent & Dove, I had faith that Mahurin was going to give me a fabulous ending. I laughed, cried, held back anger, and was really just feeling all the feels while reading Gods & Monsters. Mahurin really gave me the ending I didn’t know I needed and that epilogue still has me tearing up just thinking about it. Of course, I don’t think I really need to explain what happens in this series because I think everyone under the sun has at least heard about it. I fell in love with this series because of the characters. In the first book I became attached to Lou, Coco, Ansel, Beau, and Reid. Even the side characters we meet throughout this trilogy I became attached to. I think in this last installment we really get to learn SO much more about the side characters and I truly loved it. All the characters felt important and completely fleshed out in this series, this is probably why I cried at least four times reading G&M. I loved how G&M had so much action which may have felt strange to some seeing as how it’s the last book in a trilogy, but I loved it. Mahurin not only gave us plot twist after plot twist, but by the end everything was wrapped up so perfectly that I realized I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved how even though this was the last book, we met so many new characters that played such an important role in this story. I truly felt the same amount of love as I did reading Serpent & Dove the first time. I am going to be sad for a while knowing this series is done, but those characters really do hold a special place in my heart.

  30. 5 out of 5

    franzi

    Rating: 1.5 stars. Yeah no. I had hopes for this book - Lou’s villain/corruption arc in book 2 was fun, and I was hoping this book would go further down that route. In some way it did, but not in the way I had hoped it would. I definitely like Lou as a character, her development throughout the series is the only thing I truly enjoyed, and I wasn’t necessarily unhappy with how her character progressed through this book, at least until the first half was over. After that, the book just went more d Rating: 1.5 stars. Yeah no. I had hopes for this book - Lou’s villain/corruption arc in book 2 was fun, and I was hoping this book would go further down that route. In some way it did, but not in the way I had hoped it would. I definitely like Lou as a character, her development throughout the series is the only thing I truly enjoyed, and I wasn’t necessarily unhappy with how her character progressed through this book, at least until the first half was over. After that, the book just went more downhill anyway. However, the other characters. I really hate Reid, especially because he didn’t get any real character development throughout the entire series and any little he got was dramatically inconsistent. He’s constantly going through the same issues, and his POVs are just so boring. The author also never showed him making up for his past actions, or trying to redeem himself in any way. The other characters introduced are honestly all very flat and I couldn’t even tell most of them apart after Blood & Honey, because the author just keeps introducing more for no reason. Secondly, the plot. The plot and worldbuilding have been inconsistent and messy throughout the entire trilogy, but this last book just proved again how Serpent & Dove should have been a standalone. There was absolutely no point to this entire book, I stopped trying to make sense of the plot somewhere during Blood & Honey and I never got back on track. Whenever one problem is solved the author just creates three new ones as if to make sure the series will never end. The second half of this book was just a mess. It genuinely seemed like the author had just run out of ideas, and was now doing everything to keep adding more pages. The (view spoiler)[memory loss (hide spoiler)] storyline was so unnecessary and also a really lazy way to fix all the problems the romance had. The worldbuilding is also really shaky and the author just changes things whenever it fits the plot. There are seemingly no rules, the magic system is fun but not explained or developed and it just feels completely inconsistent at all times. This book was also way too long. The other books also dragged, but I feel like this last one was especially unnecessary. The entire first half was just so boring, I didn’t understand what the characters were doing most of the time and the confusing writing style didn’t help. And then the second half just made no sense and although this was over 500 pages, the ending still managed to feel rushed and uneventful. After three books of unnecessary build-up, you would think the ending would be exciting. Sadly it wasn’t, but I think that sums up my experience with this series pretty well.

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