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Garden of Dreams and Desires

(Crescent City #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  536 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Magic and mystery collide in this thrilling conclusion to the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter.

Tourists are disappearing at an alarming rate. While Augustine and his lieutenants attempt to find them, Harlow and the evil spirit possessing her remain Augustine's true focus. Freeing her from the spirit's grasp is all he can think about, esp
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Orbit
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

I don’t know if it was the writing, Kristen Painter’s personal style, the characters, or what, but I’ve come to the conclusion that this trilogy just wasn’t my thing. CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT showed the most promise out of all of the books (except for the ending); however this finale felt more like the author was going down a checklist than delivering Harlow & Augustine’s story in all its messy glory. Boy gets the girl: Check. Deal with the senator: Check. Usurp the prime:
Douglas Meeks
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, kinda made up for the frustration I felt at the end of the last book. Harlow and Augustine made an awesome couple and the romantic parts of this novel were never really in question.

The fact that she leads readers along making them think that things are about to wrap up and suddenly your realize (as I did) that you have about half the book left, this can't be good. That means something bad is gonna happen and it does :)

This story had a bit of Fae political strategy (means high
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The final book in the Crescent City trilogy, readers familiar with Kristen Painter's work and new readers alike will definitely enjoy this book.

To those following the series already, Garden picks up where we left off with our beloved heroine in a rather sticky situation. With Augie focused on the events surrounding Harlow and Ava Mae, nefarious schemes abound in the background with the witches and voodoo communities both crawling out of the shadows.

I believe Painter has commented on other revi
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this from the publisher.

Well the wait is finally over and the thrilling conclusion to the Crescent City series is here and it was totally worth the wait.

After that pesky little cliffhanger at the end of book 2 I couldn't wait to see where things were going to go and all in all I was a happy girl.

Kristen has an amazing ability to take what you think should happen and then throw you a total curve ball. There were several moments where I literally could not b
Vikki Love
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Garden of Dreams & Desires.
Even though it was a perfect ending to the series, it makes me sad that this is the end of Augustine and Harlow. Maybe there could be a story for Dulcinea?

I love all of Kristen's books.

For readers that have read the House of Comarré books, when we where first introduced to Augie he seemed self-centred and flaky and I loved the way this series has shown us his true self, how he has had to grow up and how much of a kick-ass alpha male he actually is.

I loved how H
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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****Excellent ~ Review to follow****
Tyler Babcock
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
he's back and better than ever. Augustine the guardian hero of the haven city has return to save the day once again. will he be able to save the love of his life and the entire city?
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

While this isn’t exactly what I had in mind for an ending, I have to say Garden of Dreams & Desires concludes the Crescent City trilogy nicely. What’s great is that this novel boasts its own story arc but still manages to resolve everything from the previous two installments, tying up any and all loose ends. That being said, there’s obviously a lot to pack into a little more than 300 pages or so, and I felt like I was bein
**I received this book for free from (Hachette/Orbit) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review**

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*MY Thoughts*

Garden of Dreams and Desires brings the Crescent City trilogy to a close. Kristen Painter has created a world where 40 years from now, othernaturals have come out into the open, and live among humans. In New Orleans, Fae Guardian Augustine (Augie) Robelias watches
Leslie Wolf
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to get an early copy of this book!!! The twists and turns in this book were amazing!

Who doesn't want to read more about a sexy fae? Augustine is desperate to save the women he loves and Harlow is desperately trying to hold on to herself and fight for the love of Augustine. It's a race against time for Augustine and Harlow to figure out just what the witches are up to and Harlow's sort of dead twin sister! Lots of twists and turns in this final book of the Crescent Series. I'm sa
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

It is so hard to say goodbye to favorites, worlds and characters we’ve grown to love and admire. Garden of Dreams and Desires is a worthy conclusion to a beloved trilogy, despite being far from perfect. Painter continues in her usual style, with multiple perspectives and several plotlines, but she pushes it a bit farther in this book, unintentionally alienating us from our two heroes.

Being familiar with her work, I always expect wonderful, nuanced villains from Kristen Painter, but she’s re
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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* I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. *

Author Kristen Painter wows and amazes me again with this book! Just when you think she can't top the previous book, she does and she does it in a huge way!! My first thought after reading this book was - This is the last book in the series?!?!? It can't be!!! I NEED more! I am not ready for my friends Harlow, Olivia, Auggie and Lally to leave me! I fell in love with the characters, the location of New Orleans and the storyline o
Ashleigh Smith
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

I absolutely love all of Kristen Painters books to date and this is by far my favourite series. I am totally sad it has come to an end now but it is such a great series that I recommend everyone to read.

Very well written and it was so easy to fall into the story and just lose yourself amongst the pages. I love the characters so much. I'm definitely missing them now that their story has been told!
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to receive an ARC of this book and I have to admit that I plowed right through it. Readers of the previous two books in the series will be pleased with how all the elements tied together. There were some surprises along the way that made this a quick, enjoyable read. If you're looking for a fun series with unique, colorful characters, then this is for you.
Kathy Davie
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Third and last in the Crescent City arcanepunk fantasy series and revolving around Augustine Robelais, the fae Guardian of New Orleans in 2068.

My Take
It's a lesson in why betrayal doesn't work, why politicians are the scum of the earth…and that your karma will catch up with you. Bwa-ha-ha… Now, helping others is a whole 'nother thing.

I had thought Garden of Dreams & Desires was third-person subjective (from Augustine's point-of-view), but I suspect it's more third-person omniscient since we do g
Amanda Shelley-Masters
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow! Kristen does it again with her captivating storytelling and and her amazing and wonderful characters! I couldn't put the book down for the story was breathtaking as Kristens stories tend to be.

After reading the first two books I was on pins and needles waiting this one to see what was to happen next! Harlow and Augustine are such a wonderful and powerful couple and I love to see them work problems out together. Much like
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again you're immersed in the world of New Orleans where all supernatural creatures exist and the Fae are the ones who look after the city and all its inhabitants. The despicable witches want all the power to themselves and are tired of being under the Fae's thumb. So they plot and scheme. Its once again up to Auggie and his team to stop disaster from happening.

This book made me have the feels, I literally spent all
the book hating Giselle and Ava Mae with a passion. I still love Auggie even
Literati Literature Lovers
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars Painter wraps up this story arc wonderfully. As always Painter is an urban fantasy writer that is more about the world building, story plot and relationships of the characters, than explicit sexual content. The eluded to passion is mild in content. Painter can sizzle more with a well written kiss than some author do with full on sex scenes. Full review to come closer to release.
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Augustine needs to figure out how to help Harlow while also dealing with a crazy senator who wants him dead as well as a group of witches who want the same thing. Life is never easy . . .

Opening Sentence: One witch to rule them all.

The Review:

Harlow has a problem. Her dead twin sister has taken possession of her body and refuses to give it up. Augustine is doing everything he can to figure out how to help Harlow, but he also has a lot on his pla
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
"May fate fight with you." This was my favorite quote and should be the official chant of this book. Soon after receiving this book, I found that people were reading it in in a day or two, and thought wow, am I behind. But once I opened the first page up, I got it, this book is the type that keeps the page turning. It is the last of three books that take place in New Orleans and tells the story of the power struggle between the Fae and Witches for power over the city. Add some shape-shifters, va ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

Not realizing until I picked up THE GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES that it was the final book in the Crescent City Trilogy, I was mildly disappointed to be done with the world. While I felt like THE GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES did a good job of wrapping up a lot of the unsolved questions in the trilogy, I still wish there could be more books in this fun and action-packed series.

THE GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES deals mostly with Harlow trying to get her
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Garden of Dreams and Desires brings the trilogy begun in House of the Rising Sun to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion.

Augustine is settled in his role of Guardian, but he cannot rest. Ava Mae, Harlow's dead twin, has taken control of Harlow's body leaving her a prisoner in her own body. Eager to find a way to remove Ava Mae, Augustine agrees to help Detective Grantham, in exchange for his grandmother, Voodoo Queen Jewelia's assistance.

Tourists have been going missing in New Orleans and a
David  Vise
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Kristen Painter's books for a few years now and was waiting for this latest release with great anticipation having really enjoyed the previous two books in the Crescent City series....And overall this was a fast paced and thoroughly engaging final installment.
The pace seems faster than the last book (no bad thing), the plot thicker and the characters more developed. I love Kristen's writing style and the way it has matured over the years. With this series I particularly like t
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Upon finishing this book my most prevalent feeling is that I'm really sad this series is ending. Everything wrapped up nicely with this one, but there is so much potential still. We got the kick ass Harlow I've suspected was in there from the beginning, one who embraces her Fae side and accepts her role in the Fae NOLA world. It's great to see. Augustine was as fantastic as we've come to expect, although he is rescued more in this book than being the rescuer. But it's refreshing to see a hero tr ...more
Talk Supe
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
All good, just not the fantasy, and series ender, I was expecting. I love the world building, the dystopic element is light and creative. The pace is fast & the novel was an easy read. That said, there wasn't enough tension, and though it wasn't predictable, I wasnt surprised by the turn of events either. This lacked oomph IMO. ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

Kristen Painter closes the book on the Crescent City trilogy with Garden of Dreams and Desires. I truly enjoyed seeing the story arc come to a complete close. We thought things were wrapped up for the most part with City of Eternal Night, but we were oh so wrong. For in fact, Ava Mae's spirit had taken possession over Harlow.

It's weird, I wouldn't call it a pet peev
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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A few days have passed since the end of City of Eternal Night and Augustine’s main objective remains freeing Harlow from possession by her dead twin Ava Mae. But his Guardian duties are threatening to interfere as tourists start disappearing and the NOPD needs his help. One of the missing is the son of a senator with strong anti-othernatural views who can make life miserable for the Fae. Meanwhile, new coven leader Giselle and her sister are working on a chaos spell that would allow them to take ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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With the release of this book, the Crescent City series has come to an end. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this series ending. I’ll admit I stumbled across this series on netgalley and I have been a stalker ever since. Painter’s unique PNR tale has enthralled me with every book. Harlow and Augustine have become some of my favorite characters. After the cliffhanger in Book 2, I was a little nervous to start Garden Of Dreams and Desires because I honestly wasn’t sure how P
Carrie Baumbach
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm pretty sure this is the last book in the Crescent City series, so I'm gonna go ahead and give it an overall rating... 4.5/5.

With that said...

I'm glad that all the cliffhangers from the previous books were solved, but things seemed to be on fast forward. While I loved the story, some parts left me wondering if I had accidentally skipped a page. I feel like getting rid of Ava Mae should have been more time consuming than just a *poof* into a piece of the lightning tree, as well as Giselle just
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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 paranormal romance and cozy mysteries. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at where she loves to intera ...more

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