Serpent & Dove Trilogy Reviews
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My final thoughts on The Serpent & Dove Trilogy by Shelby Mahurin
Gods & Monsters Shelby Mahurin
I wish I had liked this trilogy more than I did, the story had great potential, but it just didn’t do it for me. I kept wanting the story to get better, but the ending came, and I was just glad it was over. Personally, I only started to read this series because of how fucking gorgeous the cover of Serpent & Dove is. Truthfully though, if Blood & Honey hadn’t been available to me directly after completing S&D, I would not have kept on reading. After B&H, well, I was just committed. I had to read Gods & Monsters.
Do I regret it? Kinda, yes. Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda and all that.
I expected more out of this trilogy than I received.
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I had hoped that the magic system would have been a bit more developed by the time book three was completed—something beyond close your eyes and pull a string anyways. But it never really happens. Even while teaching Reid to use magic in B&H, you would assume some explanation to take place – nope. Just close your eyes and pull a string, mother fucker.
& don’t get me wrong, I understand the magic – it’s just underwhelming?
Maybe things would be different if I could visualize all this string-pulling nonsense, but I can’t, so the whole thing was just eh. Maybe I’m trying to overcomplicate the whole thing. Really, the magic is only a small part of the story.
Great ideas throughout the whole series, just not executed the best.
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Nicholina is by far my favourite thing about the whole trilogy. Every scene she was in was wonderfully creepy. I loved in G&M when she took over Lou’s body. I wish it had lasted a bit longer; the girl gave herself away too quickly. In my opinion, though, she truly was one of the best things about the series. Nicholina and Coco – I barely even liked Lou. Beau probably grew on me the most throughout the series. In the beginning, he was nothing more than a spoiled pompous brat to me. In the end, I appreciated him.
I wish there had been a third POV in this series. A prologue or epilogue would have been beneficial to the storyline. Especially if it was from someone who was not in our main crew. Morgane ideally. Josephine would work as well. Someone outside of Lou & Co perspectives. Even Celie would have been cool.
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