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Gods & Monsters

By: Shelby Mahurin
Narrated by: Holter Graham,Saskia Maarleveld
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Evil always seeks a foothold. We must not give it one.

The electrifying conclusion to the New York Times and Indiebound best-selling Serpent & Dove trilogy is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Kendare Blake.

Lou has spent her whole life running. Now, after a crushing blow from Morgane, the time has come to go home - and claim what is rightfully hers.

But this is no longer the Lou her friends knew. No longer the Lou who captured a chasseur’s heart. A darkness has settled over her, and this time it will take more than love to drive it out.

From Serpent & Dove to Blood & Honey and concluding with Gods & Monsters, Shelby Mahurin's stunning fantasy trilogy delivers thrills and romance.

©2021 Shelby Mahurin (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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A Decently Satisfying End to the Series

I’ll admit that after the 2nd book(which I thought was pretty bad) I didn’t have very high hopes for this one but I was decently surprised. I don’t think it’s as good as the 1st book but it is miles better than the 2nd.

The main story arcs with Lou and Reid have definitely been done before and I’ll say that I didn’t like what the author did with Reid’s character in this book. It does all come back together in the end but still it felt like going backwards and I would have much rather seen Reid’s character moving forward for once. Book 2’s cliffhanger for Lou takes up about the first 3rd of this book and after that till the near end, Reid’s story takes over. However, despite that I still enjoyed this book and I thought Reid and Lou had some great scenes together(especially the steamy scenes 🔥).

The side characters don’t feel as prominent in this one but I still enjoyed them, even the new additions. Without spoiling who the new ones are I will say that I didn’t except to like them but I actually did and thought they rounded out the group quite nicely.

The main plot line is still the same. Trying to unite the kingdom to defeat Lou’s mom and such. However, it didn’t drag as much in this book as in the 2nd and because of their side quests it felt like things kept moving. The final battle wasn’t anything great but it was good enough to kept me interested and I thought it brought a decently satisfying end to the overall story.

In the end I’m glad I listened to this series and would definitely be interested in checking out more from this author. 🖤

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Narration was tough.

I enjoyed this book more than I expected to after book two kind of let me down. I have other books by Holter Graham and I'm really not a fan. The story I enjoyed, but I found myself grumbling every time the narration switched back to Reid's perspective.

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Love love love

I absolutely adore Holter Graham's narration in this series. Usually I'm not a fan of male narration, but I am just in awe of his voice and inflection.

The story took unexpected turns, and I usually get annoyed by some of the turns this one takes but I really enjoyed it in this book.

The female protagonist is also a character that is so starkly different from what I'm like or what I vibe with and I was worried in the first book if I would like her, but I really do. I think the backstory was important in that case.

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Wow

Absolutely amazing. Emotional, action packed, nonstop from start to finish. The narrators did character voices so well, and this was a perfect ending to the series. ❤️

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I loved this book.

Great story great characters.
This book list an overall star because I think calling this a ya/teen book is very misleading.

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Best book in the series??

This book was so well written I loved it from beginning to end. I can’t recommend it enough. A strong A and B plot and a Fantastic epilogue

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Just Alright

I really liked book 1, but the story seemed to drag in the last two books. Wrapped up nicely, though. Male narrator's voice of Beau was awful and seemed to get worse as the chapters progressed. I could overlook that, but it was still annoying.

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Beginning dragged but got much better.

The storyline for the series was really good. But there were sections of it that just dragged. I appreciate inner thoughts when a story is being told. But this one just told way too much at times. The second half of the book was much better and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The ending was really good.

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Captivating!

What a roller coaster I have been through with this series!!!!!! I was invested in the first, did not care for the second one but it was a necessary evil to create this one. I was absolutely invested and captivated from the beginning. Awesome series!! The descriptive language was my absolute favorite.

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Wonderful story!

I loved the romance in this story throughout the series and this was a perfect ending

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-22

The book is bad, and the narration is even worse

DNFed at the end of part 1.
I could not stand the story, and the narration made it even worse. I repeatedly had to go back and listen to the same sentence multiple times to understand what the narrarators were saying, even though it was English. They act out the scenes to the point were its about as easy to understand the words, as it is to understand the lyrics when listening to opera music.

The book is bad, and there is no way around it. After blood and honey I was hopeful that this book would be better.. Oh, how I was mistaken. Most of the time it feels like a fever dream - nothing makes sense, and you know you'll forget it in 5 minutes. Also, why use French words and phrases, and not translate them? I don't know French, which it exactly why I am reading this book in English...

Honestly, this book is not worth your money. Consider serpent and dove a stand-alone and move on with your life. You'll be better of that way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-22

my absolute favourite

my favourite book of the series. presented so beautifully and had so much emotion. I have to admit I did cry at the end. loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-21

I am SOOO disappointed!

I absolutely hate doing reviews like this. I really wanted to love this book. Also, after Blood and Honey, I was hoping we would get a strong and solid finale. That, unfortunately, is not the case here. I wasn´t too happy when I learned that S&D would be made into a trilogy in the first place. It is very rare for a series that is expanded while the story is already on the way to maintain the quality it would have had using the original outline.

Serpent & Dove is one of my favourite YA fantasy books. It is a bit tropey, but the clichés in it work perfectly, the characters are loveable, and the overall story makes sense. While I quite liked Blood and Honey as I read it, none of the actions and plotlines in it contributed to the story in any significant way, and the characters basically wandered around without accomplishing anything. I genuinely thought it would all change in Gods & Monsters; the storylines would merge and it would all start to make sense as the bigger picture would emerge. I was so very wrong about that. The whole book feels like someone turned on the shuffle function. It just proves that there is a finite amount of ingredients one can use before a delicious dish turns into one hot mess. The author threw everything into the final book, and even though it´s a chunky one, not one of the elements is explored properly. We barely skim the surface of this world and its peoples. Most of it should have been introduced in the second book or cut out altogether, and it would probably not have been as confusing and exhausting.

To be a bit more specific, here are some of the things I couldn´t get past:
1. The plot armour was incredibly thick in this one. It reached the point when there was no logic to some of the events whatsoever.
2. The sheer amount of new information was simply overwhelming and almost none of it went beyond the surface level.
3. The individual plotlines played virtually no role in the overall story and therefore felt like padding.
4. The humour. I loved the humour in S&D. However, it felt completely misplaced here. The situations where it was used were far too serious to add a comic relief element. It made no sense.
5. THE LANGUAGE! I don´t mind cursing in books at all. I love feisty characters with foul mouths. But this just wasn´t consistent with the previous books, I´m sorry. The cursing in S&D had a purpose and was used very well. Here, it was overused by everyone, and therefore very jarring.

I really am heartbroken because I loved the original premise. The characters are very dear to my heart and the world is lush and magical, but when you don´t have a plot, the story has no heart. And without a heart, there is no story, no matter how beautiful the shell is. Were it not for a fact that I simply don´t DNF books (especially if it´s a series finale), I would have given up within the first 150 pages. I got to the end only through sheer willpower, and I had a distinct feeling both narrators felt the same way because they were overdoing some of the scenes horribly, which is very unlike either of their other performances.

I honestly hope others will love this book. For me, Serpent & Dove will remain a standalone I will always love to revisit.

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  • MellyLal
  • 09-20-23

What a roller coaster

Up, down and all around. I loved the epilogue to finish the story off. Beautiful.

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  • Shez
  • 06-30-23

Enjoyable minus one tone

Enjoyed the book, good read. Could have easily been a duet instead of a trilogy though.

Only narrator critic is that Holter Graham's voice for Lou changed and made her sound like an evil old creepy crone in Reid's POV. Not sure if that was intentional but it was weird and messed around with what I was hearing vs what was being read. Eg. Lou's being seductive but the voice makes it sound like she's being manipulative & creepy. Realised it was tarnishing my view of Lou & taking enjoyment out of the story but thankfully I realised and could move past it. At the end he went back to his usual softer voice for her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-22

Trope heavy

bit trope heavy but vibey. slightly dissapointed but better than the second one. all in all, it's okay.

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  • 09-15-21

Love a book which finishes without leaving anything untied!!!!

Get ready for the roller coaster ride!!! Many times I found myself wanting to race ahead and see what’s coming next. So many twists and turns but a fabulous, complete ending to the series. Another book to add to the collection to read again later. I loved it

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