Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin

Gods & Monsters

by Shelby Mahurin

Published by HarperTeen

Book 3 in the Serpent & Dove Trilogy

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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Gods & Monsters is the third and final book in Shelby Mahurin's Serpent & Dove trilogy, and centers mostly on Louise - Lou - who is possessed by a very powerful, enemy witch. After the heart-wrenching loss of the group's youngest and sweetest member, Ansel, everyone wants revenge. But before that happens, they need Lou back. And Lou is acting strange. When they finally realize what is going on, they are going to need more than the love of her life, and the love of her friends, to get her back. And if she comes back, will she be strong enough to go to war?

Such high hopes. I honestly did I have high hopes that Shelby could bring us a finale worthy of Serpent & Dove, and we could all forget the ... awfulness of Blood & Honey. Sadly, it didn't happen. At least for me, it didn't. Serpent & Dove had a simple plot - Lou in hiding from her mother who was trying to sacrifice her for some prophecy, eventually finds herself in a tough spot, and forced to marry Reid, captain of the Chausseurs (Witch-Hunters), forcing her to hide her identity from him, or be burned at the stake. Lou and Reid's chemistry was INSANE in Serpent & Dove, and when they finally succumb to their feelings, its amazing. Serpent & Dove was AMAZING. And then something happened. Blood & Honey happened.

Blood & Honey was boring filler, and just ... a mess. All of a sudden, the simple, clean plot of Serpent & Dove was pushed aside, and other magical beings were introduced. With barely a word in Serpent & Dove that there was other beings, it felt like it came out of left field. And a whole bunch more characters, that I couldn't get attached to. Reid's character becomes insufferable, with his refusal to acknowledge his heritage, and often putting other's in danger because of it. And the romance - all the chemistry, the delightful banter, and magic between Reid and Lou, was gone.

I have a point talking about the last two books. I swear. Despite Blood & Honey, I truly hoped Shelby Mahurin would reign in her story, go back to a cleaner plot, less characters, less magical creatures, and bring back the MAGIC that was Lou and Reid. But no. Instead she does Blood & Honey 2.0, with the gang taking WAY too long to realize Lou was Lou, and the only way to get her back, leads them to ... surprise, surprise ... looking for allies. Again. ------spoiler-------->A totally new being. Mermaids. Freaking mermaids. Ugh. Oh, and we can't forget Reid casting a spell, and his sacrifice was him forgetting Lou and all the growth he made in the last two books. I think she was trying to recapture the enemies to lovers magic she had in Serpent & Dove, but it didn't work this time. Reid seemed even more insufferable, and it took way too long for him to remember. <----------end of spoiler----------

So sadly, Gods & Monsters was a disappointment for me. But I'm sure it wasn't for everyone. I mean, as of August 5th, it has a 4.31 on Goodreads. I think if you were one of the readers who enjoyed Blood & Honey, you will enjoy this one too. It just wasn't for me. It was a weird mix of trying to bring back what made Serpent & Dove good, while still repeating the mistakes of Blood & Honey. But let me know - what did you think?