Updated: May 2, 2020
I'm so nervous and excited about the fact that we're a couple of weeks away from the end of the year–and the decade!
I'm excited because I'm going on my trip to Africa and I have many plans and hopes for next year, and I'm nervous because I'm so behind my reading challenge. I've (kind of) accepted the fact that I won't reach it, and so now I will try to just get caught up with my book reviews, and continue to dive into the revision of my novel.
Anyways, it is finally time to review Serpent & Dove, which is yet another book I looked forward to that exceeded my expectations.
Continue reading to find out why.
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou's most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
I first read about Serpent & Dove while doing research about this year's books. The cover, the title, the use of French language (because it was my minor in college), and the description totally drew me in. I couldn't wait to find out the fate of the dangerous match a witch and a chasseur would be.
At the beginning I put it off because the size of the book intimidated me, but my friend, Ashley, read it and had great things to say about the book and Lou. I was hyped enough to go home and pick it up.
S&D is engaging from the first page Told from a first person POV, the insight to the worldview of each character really made me understand their world. The magic system was totally interesting, how there are two different types of witches: Dames Blanches, who draw power from their ancestors and see patters of magic that require balance and sacrifice in one way or another; and Dames Rouges, whose magic depends a lot on blood.
The use of French was mild and I need to say that I learned a couple of curse words thanks to Lou, who was fierce, stubborn, smart, and knew how to always put up a fight. I love her!
Now, Reid is a total opposite, he was honorable, respectful and as innocent as he was ignorant because of his religious upbringing. Read was adorable, but at times utterly dumb–he does redeem himself, which is why I love him too.
S&D focuses mostly on Lou and Reid, but the supporting characters are amazing as well. I have a feeling we'll be closer to them in Blood & Honey.
Overall, the story was packed with the enemy to lovers feels, which makes a perfect transition. There are a few bumps on the road, but oh man. I do need to warn of a certain *explicit* rooftop scene, which totally gave me a NA instead of YA feel.
Do I recommend it, absolutely! Serpent & Dove definitely makes it to the list of the best books I've read this year, and I'm confident Mahurin will not disappoint with the sequel.
Here is the info for Serpent & Dove :
Reading Challenge No.: 30/45
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Length: 513 pages.
POV: First Person POV through Lou and Reid
Series or Standalone? First in what I believe is a duo logy. Second book Blood & Honey will come next year, although there isn't a date for it.
"There's something haunting about a body touched by magic."
Favorite Character: Definitely Lou! I love Reid too, but he is dumb, which is what dethroned him.
Add Serpent & Dove to your Goodreads shelf, here.
Thank you so much for reading my review. Comment your thoughts on it: did you love it as much as I did? Lets talk about it!
If you haven't read it, please do...I hope you do.
I have one book left to review to be all caught up: American Royals! I will give myself a little room and publish it next Tuesday.
I'm currently reading Shadow & Bone and Cardcaptor Sakura book 2. I have been reding way more slowly, but I feel like I shouldn't rush myself, since this is not a race and some books take more time than others. It is all about enjoying the ride.