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Garden of Dreams and Desires (Crescent City) Paperback – April 7, 2015
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"Urban fantasy fans will enjoy entering Painter's vividly drawn world."―Library Journal on City of Eternal Night
"I tore through Painter's new series. Best new urban fantasy out there!"―Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author on the Crescent City series
"With the Crescent City series, Painter proves herself a master of Urban Fantasy, creating a darkly gorgeous new world, richly drawn characters, and nonstop action."―Kristen Callihan on the Crescent City series
About the Author
Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books.
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Garden of Dreams & Desires picks up where Kristen Painter left the characters off at in the previous book. Yes…I was one of those readers that didn't handle the cliffhanger well. Seriously, how would you react to an evil spirit taking over the female lead like that? I couldn't. I was shocked with the ending. Kristen threw me in a loop after the second book, so I was anxious to read the last book in the trilogy. Of course, Kristen has to throw in another loop with the evil spirit and what it's evil plans are. Ahhhh!!! There's also the issue of what is happening in NOLA with the Fae and the humans. The Guardian has his work cut out for him, especially with an important person gone missing and the Fae being held accountable for it. Augustine will do anything to find out what really happened. He gets put into situations that I'm surprised he survived in.
Let's not forget the crazy witches. Yup… I said it the crazy witches. They have a BIGGER plan that is going to change everything in NOLA. The Fae and everyone that gets in the way of the witches will be in trouble. I really didn't like the witches. Grrr!
I won't go into anymore details of the story because I'm afraid I'll give something away and I hate spoilers.
What I liked most about this book is how Harlow grew into a stronger character in this one. Don't get me wrong, I was mad what she did in the previous book, but she made up for it in this book. She still made iffy decisions, but she made up for it, darn it!
Augustine finally became a changed guy and realized what he wanted. He became a stronger Guardian too in this book. Although, he got caught up in certain things that prevented him on doing what he was supposed to.
I also enjoyed how the evil spirit was handled. I was hoping it would end the way it did.
The only things that did bother me was how fast everything went and how much was put in such a small portion. This book could have been easily broke into two books to tell the story, but I understand why it couldn't be. I just wish I could know exactly what happened to the bad guys in the story fully. They deserved a lot more coming to them, after what they did. Grrrr!! I also would've loved to find out what happens to certain secondary characters. Cy being one of them. ****hint, hint*** =)
Thank goodness for Kristen writing another series though, after this one because her next characters should fill that gap I have of losing Augustine and Harlow so soon. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed reading the last book in the trilogy, but I'm going to miss these characters. I was just getting to know them. =*(
I give this book 3.5 stars and I do recommend it to Urban Fantasy readers out there and readers that enjoyed Kristen Painter's other UF series, House of Comarre.
Although, this is not my favorite of the trilogy, I still enjoyed reading how it all ended. Seriously...I'm really going to miss Auggie…my sexy smoky Guardian.
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