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Compulsive writing with a long winded plot but a decent conclusion
Reviewed in India on 25 October 2021
Shelby Mahurin has been often compared with Sarah J Mass and for a good reason: they both know how to write compulsive fantasy, completely sucking in the readers into their inked worlds.
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French witches, witch hunters, magic, magical creatures, forbidden love, enemy to lovers and mommy issues- mon dieu. The trilogy had it all. With a mighty strong start followed by the 2nd book being a bit of a disaster, ngl, I'd low expectations from the 3rd one. Turned out, it was more focused on decimating the hearts of the readers! All in all, Gods & Monsters turned out to be a pretty decent end to this series.
Basic gist- Lou takes the final stand against her mother and her ex coven but to reach that stage, she and her found family will have to jump through a few hoops, exploring the underwater world in search for allies and battle their own “viruses”. Ifykyk 😌. It also focuses on other characters and their romantic entanglements!
Both the 2nd and 3rd instalments were more or less fillers. I could feel my interest wavering in parts while reading these, switching to autopilot mode, as the story took a long-winded route.
What I did like though were the array of characters introduced and visual treats rendered by Mahurin's words, especially while exploring the world under the sea and its creatures. But at the same time, I feel there were too many characters for no good reason 😭.
Expect surprise appearances, infuriating twists, complicated relationships and unexpected allies.
I've said this before and I'll say it again- this could have been a duology. Too much filler content in the last 2 books and less sassy banter between Lou and Reid along with severe miscommunication in the case of Blood & Honey just grated upon me.