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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 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. This is a previously published edition of ISBN 9780062878021. An alternate cover edition can be found here.


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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 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. This is a previously published edition of ISBN 9780062878021. An alternate cover edition can be found here.

30 review for Serpent & Dove

  1. 4 out of 5

    Regan

    sooooo much fun!

  2. 5 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Few things compare to that feeling you get after finishing a book that lived up to your expectations. Ever since I read the blurb of this book I knew I was going to love this and I WAS NOT DISSAPOINTED. It had everything I adore: • addictive; easy writing • enemies-to-lovers • marriage of convenience • witch/witch hunter romance • slow burn • intricate magical system • heart warming female friendship • morally gradore:• Few things compare to that feeling you get after finishing a book that lived up to your expectations. Ever since I read the blurb of this book I knew I was going to love this and I WAS NOT DISSAPOINTED. It had everything I adore: • addictive; easy writing • enemies-to-lovers • marriage of convenience • witch/witch hunter romance • slow burn • intricate magical system • heart warming female friendship • morally grey characters • inner battle of right and wrong In the land of Belterra witches are burned at the stake and the Chasseur (Witchhunters), with the Archbishop as their leader, are ruthless. Their number one rule: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Two years ago Lou left her coven (for reasons I shan't go into) and was forced to live a life of suppressing her magical nature and living in constant vigilence. She has to do what she can to survive. That being: lie, steal and kill if necessary. For life is hard in the city of Cesarine, especially for a woman. She's managed to live for two years undetected. She was careful... up until one burglary (gone wrong) set the wheels in motion. With the Chasseur on her tail and enemies of her past close on her heels, Lou slips up again and ends up in a compromising position with the Caption of the Chasseur. The Archbishop comes up with a solution: Lou can either go to prison for the rest of her life or she can marry the Captain and save his virtuous reputation. Lou, being the smart girl she is, chooses marriage to the handsome Captain Diggory ; ). Being married to a Chasseur also grants her the protection she desperately needs from those who (also) hunt her. Reid Diggory is a dedicated witch hunter. Despite his views on witches, he is honorable and loyal. It was such a pleasure reading about him. He is so set in his ways and it was amazing to see him loosen up and change. The beginning was really funny as neither of them trusted the other and they were always bickering. Watching as Reid and Lou's relationship slowly blossomed, how they opened up and became more than two people stuck in an unwanted marriage was so beautiful. I knew who you were. I knew what you believed . . . and I fell in love with you anyway. Their relationship reminded me so much of Matthias and Nina from Six of Crows. So if you loved those two, you're gonna love this!!! I'd actually tag this as more of a New Adult than YA. A warning for the youngins or for anyone not comfortable with it: there is an explicit sex scene. Kinda like ACOMAF. The romance is a big part of this story but Lou has a part to play in the war between humans and witches and we're always made aware of what could happen if Lou's enemies were to find her. This whole story revolves around the Church against the Witches. I liked that neither side was portrayed as comepletly good or comepletly bad. Each side despicable—a twisted perversion of what should’ve been. Each side suffering. Each side capable of great evil. And then there was me. I looked around at the worshippers once more—the men and women who pleaded for mercy and cried for my blood on the same breath. How could both be in their hearts? One of the most important things for me when reading is whether I connect with the characters. And I feel like the author did a fantastic job in that regard. I felt their joy and their inner turmoil and by the end I would give an organ for any of these precious characters. They might’ve all been hypocrites, but I was the biggest of all. I just loved everything about this book. The romance; the action; the plot twists — IT WAS BRILLIANTLY DONE. I could go on and on about how much I love this book but I think I'll stop now. Publication Date: 3 September 2019 Quotes might change after final publication Many thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for this ARC

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    “Now move, or I swear to God, I will strip naked right here and dance the bourree!” I thrust my hands on my hips and looked at him expectantly. He didn’t even glance at the people around us. […] Instead, he kept his eyes trained on mine, a slow smirk spreading across his face. “Do it.” Don't judge me! I can feel your judgement! I know, I know, I liked a YA fantasy, not even in spite of the romance but because of it. What is the world coming to? I gotta say this right because “Now move, or I swear to God, I will strip naked right here and dance the bourree!” I thrust my hands on my hips and looked at him expectantly. He didn’t even glance at the people around us. […] Instead, he kept his eyes trained on mine, a slow smirk spreading across his face. “Do it.” Don't judge me! I can feel your judgement! I know, I know, I liked a YA fantasy, not even in spite of the romance but because of it. What is the world coming to? I gotta say this right because many people I interact with on Goodreads will not like this book and under different circumstances I would probably be one of them. I really don't want any more of those "I read this because of you and it sucks" comments. So let me just say that this book was sold to me as a paranormal romance, not a fantasy, and I think it was pretty damn thrilling on that front. I got what I went in expecting. This kind of love/hate sexy banter romance works really well for me. I especially liked Lou, which I think helped the whole thing, to be honest. Her witty comebacks and refusal to sit down and behave made the story even more fun. I am fairly certain the main issue for most people will be the world of the novel. I'm not even sure what it's supposed to be. It’s some sorta like France fantasy world where people speak French, but it’s not exactly France-France. Yes, I know, I describe things so well. But I don't know what else to say. It's a made-up world and I don't think we're supposed to say it's France, but like, psst, it's also basically France. And it mixes some medieval views on women with more modern attitudes just in case you weren't confused enough. But, you know what? I didn't really care. I had a lot of fun reading it. The banter, the steaminess, even the whole witches vs witch hunters plot held my attention. That's the central story line. I won't give away how it happens, but Reid is a witch hunter and he is forced by the archbishop to marry Lou who is, unbeknownst to him, a witch. The two of them hate each other, but of course things are about to change. It's exciting! I knew what came next. I recognized the faint brush of energy against my skin, the familiar thrumming in my ears. Magic. Then came the screams. I do find myself wondering if the sequel can possibly be as good. This book drags out the tension through 500+ pages (which is too long) and by the end it's kinda been played out. While the witch aspect is somewhat interesting, I do not think I want to read another 500-page novel about just that. I guess I'll see. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma Giordano

    4.5 Stars! Such a beautifully rich fantasy debut. I was so pleasantly surprised to find how attached I became to the characters and overall story. This is not a book you are going to want to miss! Full review to come. I received a copy of this book from Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    2.5*? Undecided.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I wasn’t attending to the star giving auctions for too long but finally I FOUND A… ( oh no I couldn’t find an adjective to express my feelings about this book. Fantastic! No! Too weak! Extraordinary! No! Not emphasizing my emotions enough! Okay let’s get over this auction as I resume my brain storming to find the right words!) One zillion stars… Did I hear three zillion! What the hell! Five gazillion! What! One jillion, one jillion! Okay two, three jillion! Oh the read head crazy lady I wasn’t attending to the star giving auctions for too long but finally I FOUND A… ( oh no I couldn’t find an adjective to express my feelings about this book. Fantastic! No! Too weak! Extraordinary! No! Not emphasizing my emotions enough! Okay let’s get over this auction as I resume my brain storming to find the right words!) One zillion stars… Did I hear three zillion! What the hell! Five gazillion! What! One jillion, one jillion! Okay two, three jillion! Oh the read head crazy lady already wrote 5 squillion starred review check! SOLD! I still haven’t found an adjective to describe how I fell in love with this book and it will need to be removed from my hands with an operation at the hospital because I accidentally glued my fingers as an answer to my husband tried too hard to pull it back and force me to sleep. Sorry pal, too many books not enough time is motto of my life! The reasons for a passionate real reader to fall in love with this book are: -Amazing story telling, fast-pacing progression, heartbreakingly enjoyable, likable, adorable characterizations, satisfyingly well rounded improvisations! -Main character Lou is a freaking WITCH falls in love with her own hunter, chausseur Reid! Yes, there is flaming, undeniable chemistry, forbidden, impossible, heart-wrecking, angsty, edgy love story! The enemies to lovers and becoming every adorable thing of each other kind of heart throbbing, sweet stories are always my big winners! Lou is witty, brave, tough, badass witch you want to choose to be on your side because she is more dangerous than she looks. And my dear Reid Diggory, charming, sweet chivalry in his shining fitting armor is one of the most loyal and genuine men in the earth. He still wants to protect Lou which is so noble intention as you consider the woman is already trained enough to protect herself as well. This is amazing journey took place in 18th century France! Do I need another reason to add for liking this book? O lala! Now I’m sipping my Sancerre that I saved for special occasions (I know my husband will kill me not wait for his birthday to change the bottle with cheap grape juice!) and absorbing each words slowly by touching the pages gently (I bought its ten hardcover copies to share it my friends but I decided I love this book so much and I’ll keep all copies with me! Please don’t tell my husband, I used his credit card that I borrowed to buy him plane tickets for his business trip which I didn’t! Shh!) This book makes you clap your hands with joy! It makes you smile, gives your soul a genuine laughter, brushes your heart gently and also makes you eat all your nails at the edgy parts and finally makes you jump up and down at your seat with its emotional turmoil. Oh I felt like non-stop talking PR person and exhausted already to find better words to describe my love about this book but I’m not good at talking. I’m a mediocre writer but I’m a quite lover of reading extra-amazing-fantastic books. THIS IS ONE of THEM AND SO FAR THIS YEAR’S BEST FANTASY BOOK I’VE EVER READ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED NOT ONLY FOR GENRE FANS BUT ALSO FOR ALL GOOD READERS!

  7. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    for the first time ever, i picked up a book without knowing anything about it. i didnt read the synopsis, not the back cover, nothing. and i have no idea if thats why im rating this so highly - because everything was such an exciting surprise - or what, but wow. this had me hooked! the first thing that i noticed right away was the writing. my gosh, this does not read like a debut novel. this feels as if its written by a seasoned fantasy author. its utterly divine. and the content is s for the first time ever, i picked up a book without knowing anything about it. i didnt read the synopsis, not the back cover, nothing. and i have no idea if thats why im rating this so highly - because everything was such an exciting surprise - or what, but wow. this had me hooked! the first thing that i noticed right away was the writing. my gosh, this does not read like a debut novel. this feels as if its written by a seasoned fantasy author. its utterly divine. and the content is sooo magical. its totally giving off massive salem witch trial vibes, but set in old france. there are some moments where the religion aspect of the anti-witch stance gets to be a bit much, but i understand why its included. it helps with some character arcs, so i get it. but overall, this surprised and excited me at every turn. i definitely need to start picking up books and going into them blind, because it proved to be such a wonderful reading experience! 10/10 would recommend! ↠ 4.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    Holy Fuck. *deceased*. Full review to come.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cardan Greenbriar

    EDIT: SO EFFING PROUD TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE GOT THE NINA AND MATTHIAS RELEVANCE THIS BOOK FUCKING CURED MY NINA AND MATTHIAS DEFICIENCY IT'S LIKE -- A MARRIAGE BETWEEN MANORIAN AND NITTHIAS MINAAEMIC PATIENTS WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! WITCH BLOOD DESCENDENTS WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU WAITING FOR? DO NOT DISGRACE YOUR ANCESTORS!!! insert Ellie Goulding quote OH AND PLEASE TAKE THIS IN HIGH DOSES -- 49 TIMES A DAY P.S. i ha/>insert EDIT: SO EFFING PROUD TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE GOT THE NINA AND MATTHIAS RELEVANCE THIS BOOK FUCKING CURED MY NINA AND MATTHIAS DEFICIENCY IT'S LIKE -- A MARRIAGE BETWEEN MANORIAN AND NITTHIAS MINAAEMIC PATIENTS WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! WITCH BLOOD DESCENDENTS WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU WAITING FOR? DO NOT DISGRACE YOUR ANCESTORS!!! insert Ellie Goulding quote OH AND PLEASE TAKE THIS IN HIGH DOSES -- 49 TIMES A DAY P.S. i have a weird satisfaction saying these words witch's blood

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    September Fairyloot Unboxing! As usual, click on the GOODIES LINK under the pic to see the Goodies! THE GOODIES LINK She said, "You broke my ass bone!" I can’t 🤣😂 Sorry y’all everything is funny and good at the moment! I passed my cancer check up today!! 10/14/19 Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  11. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    A perfectly, adequate YA fantasy story about witches and witch hunters that left me feeling lukewarm. I went in with low expectations and came out of it not completely blown away by the story, which I expected. It was enjoyable, adorable, had its hilarious moments and the pacing was great. I got out of it what I wanted. Even though the story lacked for me when it came to the world building and character development, I feel like the groundwork has been laid and I hope it’s build upon in the seque A perfectly, adequate YA fantasy story about witches and witch hunters that left me feeling lukewarm. I went in with low expectations and came out of it not completely blown away by the story, which I expected. It was enjoyable, adorable, had its hilarious moments and the pacing was great. I got out of it what I wanted. Even though the story lacked for me when it came to the world building and character development, I feel like the groundwork has been laid and I hope it’s build upon in the sequel. There is so much more I would like to find out about the witches and some of the covens, of Morgane, more about Lou’s background and Reid’s journey to becoming a witch hunter. I just need more. YA fantasy stories have tendencies to be more plot focused. Character development scenes as well as world-building aspects are sprinkled into the story every now and again and that’s never enough for me to latch on. I guess this all comes down to my taste preferences. I much rather read character driven stories than plot. But I appreciated the romance, Lou’s feistiness, Reid’s devotion and loyalty to his faith and his grumpiness and story the author told about alluding to how women/witches were treated. I’m most likely going to pick up the sequel. I really did enjoy the characters and I want to join them on this journey they will now be undertaking. ——————————— Let’s be clear here: I’m in it for the romance. So that way if the fantastical aspect flops (since I’m not really all that into YA Fantasy anymore) I won’t be disappointed. Buddy-reading with Asmaa! We’re so ready to fangirl! 😍 Reading for the #TomeTopple readathon!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "A witch and a witch hunter bound in holy matrimony. There was only one way such a story could end-a stake and a match." I don't know about you, but I find it is a rare day that the hype beast lives up to it's nature, and what a glorious feeling it is when a book lives up to the promises doled out by publishers and early reviewers alike. Serpent & Dove deserves every bit of praise that has been heaped upon it's name, and it will be a most excruciating wait for the second installment. If you hav "A witch and a witch hunter bound in holy matrimony. There was only one way such a story could end-a stake and a match." I don't know about you, but I find it is a rare day that the hype beast lives up to it's nature, and what a glorious feeling it is when a book lives up to the promises doled out by publishers and early reviewers alike. Serpent & Dove deserves every bit of praise that has been heaped upon it's name, and it will be a most excruciating wait for the second installment. If you have become jaded by the seemingly carbon copied YA fantasies released over the past year, please do not harden your heart to this precious gem. Give me a moment of your time, and I'll try my hardest to convince you to take a chance on this scorching, twisty, romantic historical fantasy. "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you." He trailed his fingers down my arm in slow, tortuous strokes. My head fell back on his shoulder, my eyes fluttering closed, as his lips continued to move against my neck. "Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay." Whatever I expected this story to be, it was not. How a book can be over 500 pages and not long enough, I'll never be able to explain, but something about the mixture of immersive atmosphere, jam packed action, and tender balance of emotion and secrets made this a winning combination. The narrative flips back and forth between Louise (a witch) and Reid (a witch hunter, or Chasseur), and the setting is a fantasy alternative to the 1700's era, though I will say the language felt very modern, which could be a hit or miss for some readers who are picky about these details. We are also introduced to a wonderful set of secondary characters, and if anyone tries to hurt my precious peach Ansel in this lifetime or the next, you'd better be prepared to hold my earrings. Serpent & Dove is the kind of fantasy novel where we are dropped right in the middle of the action, and pieces of the magic system and setting are revealed as the story progresses, while also leaving other aspects to be expounded on in the sequel. Again, this may be a dealbreaker for some readers, but I found myself in tune with just enough knowledge to make the reading experience enjoyable, while also yearning to uncover more as the plot thickens. Also, I am pleased beyond words that the romance in this book is dreamy, steamy, and slow burning; in lieu of the popular instalove trope, this tale takes the route of swoon-worthy intimacy that is tested by time and trials. Did I mention it's super sexy with a strong message of consent? Totally here for it! Without diving into spoiler territory, you should know that there are twists, and then there are more twists, and then there are twists that we just have to think about until August of 2020 because HOW DARE THE SEQUEL NOT BE AVAILABLE YET?! Seriously, our group was mad texting upon finishing because we had SO many things to unpack from this read. Most of us are currently in a reading slump because this book was just that good. We talked about potential theories along the way, and we were all completely wrong with every guess. My emotions were off the charts, and my knee-jerk reaction was to start at the beginning and reread this book immediately upon finishing; it was that good. Captivating. Refreshing. Serpent & Dove has irrevocably restored my faith in the YA fantasy. If you're a lover of hate-to-love romance with a side of tense action and vivd imagination, please do yourself a favor and pick this one up. PS- the Barnes and Noble edition has an exclusive bonus scene featuring my baby Ansel, just saying.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    WOWWW!!! This was amazing! What a stunning début! I did NOT think, going into this, that it would be earning itself a place on my favourites shelf! If uni hadn't been such a hindrance (lol whyyy), I'd have absolutely torn through this in one sitting! If this is what Shelby Mahurin has to offer, I'm excited for what's to come in the future! This was an enemies-to-lovers romance, reminiscent of Matthias and Nina from Six of Crows (aka my OTP of the seri WOWWW!!! This was amazing! What a stunning début! I did NOT think, going into this, that it would be earning itself a place on my favourites shelf! If uni hadn't been such a hindrance (lol whyyy), I'd have absolutely torn through this in one sitting! If this is what Shelby Mahurin has to offer, I'm excited for what's to come in the future! This was an enemies-to-lovers romance, reminiscent of Matthias and Nina from Six of Crows (aka my OTP of the series), but instead of Grisha, Lou was a witch and Reid was a witch hunter. Setting the book in a 17th century Frenchesque world (as in the Loudun Witch Trials) really added to the atmosphere of the story. Also, the French student in me really enjoyed the smattering of French words throughout the book, hehe. This forbidden love story was so compelling and addicting! However, I will say that this book is definitely upper-YA, as there is an explicit sex scene and tonnes of profanity, so be forewarned. In this new world of Belterra, witches are hunted by order of the king. The Chasseurs are responsible for hunting them down and burning them at the stake. After fleeing her coven, Les Dames Blanches, Lou resorts to a life of thievery on the streets. Unfortunately, one bad event leads to another and she finds herself forced into marriage to the Chasseur, Reid. From then on, she struggles to hide her identity from her husband -- a man who would see her dead if he knew what she was -- while also coming to terms with her growing feelings for him. This pagan witchcraft novel was so well done and perfect for this time of year, so I can't wait for the sequel to be released next year. I'd recommend it to fans of Uprooted, Strange Grace, and The Near Witch.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    the people who dislike this book are wrong, and that's just facts. (i'm kidding--i love u and your reading tastes very much. muah.) I'll preface this review by saying I typically don't enjoy books about witchcraft, so I was nervous going into this one. For me, books about magic walk a fine line of being too silly, which really takes me out of the world and makes it seem more childish instead of its intended intensity. But this book, its writing, and its world COMPLETELY cap the people who dislike this book are wrong, and that's just facts. (i'm kidding--i love u and your reading tastes very much. muah.) I'll preface this review by saying I typically don't enjoy books about witchcraft, so I was nervous going into this one. For me, books about magic walk a fine line of being too silly, which really takes me out of the world and makes it seem more childish instead of its intended intensity. But this book, its writing, and its world COMPLETELY captured me. My favorite part of this book by far was the main character, Lou. If you loved Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic, you will absolutely love this book. Lou is crass and vulgar and charismatic and brave and doesn't care what other people think. Juxtaposed with a love interest and a world who are subdued and reserved, it made the narration so much fun. Lou was smart and talented and fun to learn about, which made her story that much more addicting. I also relate to using humor as a distraction technique, and the way Lou was written was so relatable. On top of that, the writing in this book was stunning. The world is French-inspired, and I love that I could see the corsets in my mind and the cobblestones and smog. This author is also great at detailing out the characters and their interactions, which makes me feel like I'm in the room with them when they're conversing. Though this book is written in first person dual POV, there's a distinct difference between the voices of the two characters, and I never had to double check to see who I was reading from. I for sure want to read everything Shelby writes in the future. Another interesting facet of this book (I could go on forever) is the whole conflict of witches vs the church. The conversations this book evokes about religion and corruption and fear are so nuanced and subtle, which I really applauded. Both from an external perspective and seeing how the characters develop and learn more about one another and shift their points of views to be more understanding and tolerant was so beautiful. I was actually crying for the whole middle section of this book because it was sad and touching and made me think a lot more than I had anticipated. Although this book is a definite far stars from me, I did find myself a little bit more impressed with the first half of this book than the last. Don't get me wrong, I devoured this 500 page book in nearly two sittings, but it felt like the first half was full of funny and cute and angsty moments, and then the last half of this book was a bit more subdued. The reveals weren't as shocking, the progression of the relationship wasn't as special, but I still like the direction it went. I wish the enemies to lovers plotline was fraught with a little bit more tension in the end, but that's more of a personal preference than an actual flaw of the book. But this book was glorious and I'm highly anticipating book two and that's that on that.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Irina

    this is definetly one of the best books that i've read this year

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zainab

    My dudes, this book was....something. Okay so the only time I actually like romance in a book is if it starts off with hate. Dude I love hate. So obviously I was very excited for this book and it did not disappoint- well at least the first 300 pages didn't. The thing is, I really liked Reid at first because I thought he was chivalrous and all but there's a difference between chivalry and being a dumbass and our beloved Reid is a cringey dumbass. The romance was sudden and cringey and made me wawas.....

  17. 5 out of 5

    arini

    #1 serpent & dove ★★★★★ #2 blood & honey (tbr) ahh i love this book so freaking much!! and i've been walking on air since i finished it. this is an impressive debut novel that doesnt feel like one at all bcs of how outstanding the author’s writing craftsmanship is. im not good with summarizing, but basically this book is about two sworn enemies who, after a stunt gone wrong, are forced into a matrimony. however, there’s more to this book than just the slow burn enemies to lovers blooming romance. it has a distinct magicis.★★★★★#2 #1 serpent & dove ★★★★★ #2 blood & honey (tbr) ahh i love this book so freaking much!! and i've been walking on air since i finished it. this is an impressive debut novel that doesnt feel like one at all bcs of how outstanding the author’s writing craftsmanship is. im not good with summarizing, but basically this book is about two sworn enemies who, after a stunt gone wrong, are forced into a matrimony. however, there’s more to this book than just the slow burn enemies to lovers blooming romance. it has a distinct magic system, bloody action sequences, constant dilemmas between right and wrong, a strong female friendship, heart jolting plot twists, an unlikely alliance among different sets of characters, an alluring 17th century french inspired setting, and so much more. reading this book had been a living on cloud nine kind of experience. you know that stinging sensation you get in your chest when you feel excited and touched by something?? well this book gave me lots and lots of that zap in my chest. i am now obsessed!! i would strongly recommend you to READ THIS BOOK!! but please don’t let the hype get to you. i would hate for it to ruin the surprise for you. just start the book with an open mind, and let it do its job to wow you. ___________ 【CHARACTERS】 ___________ LOUISE le BLANC is the REAL FUCKING DEAL!! i love her to the moon and back. she’s sassy, spunky, clever, strong, independent. with the threat of her terrorizing past looming over her head and the chasseur incessantly hunting down for witches to burn, lou’s safety hangs in the balance. i love seeing her inner turmoil and how she slowly learns to view things from different perspectives, including that of her enemies. she’s so relentless in her pursuit to stay alive that she’s willing to do whatever it takes to survive. and i really admire this about her. REID DIGGORY is a SWOON WORTHY IDIOT!! that’s an insult laced with flattery if you ever heard one. his character lacks complexity, but i still like him nonetheless. i mean, even i am not immune to pompous jerks with anger management issues. i found reid’s hatred towards the witches to be a little unconvincing. a lot of his reasons come from what he saw being done to other people instead of his own personal traumatic experience. he was also raised to hate them, which i can admit is understandable but also really judgemental on his part. _____________ 【RELATIONSHIPS】 _____________ I LIVE FOR THIS SHIP!! - the romance between lou and reid is everything!! i love every single moment they have together. their banter is off the charts and super entertaining. their tension and emotional complexity could use some improvement. also, reid’s inner turmoil when he found out lou was a witch lasted too short. i think it’s because the author decided to reveal this detail to his character a little too late nearing the ending phase that reid didnt have enough time to be conflicted and reprocessed his shattered belief. regardless, their dynamic is satisfying. WHERE CAN I GET A BEST FRIEND LIKE COCO?? - she’s such a confident badass!! i love seeing her friendship with lou. she’s always so supportive and resourceful. seeing these two teaming up and doing all kinds of shenanigans together really warmed my heart. we need more of this strong female friendship portrayal in books. they’re seriously bffs goals!! also, since the next book is going to explore more about coco’s type of magic and her aunt’s coven, i hope to learn more about coco and her past. im still undecided which one of ansel and beau i ship her with more. ______________________ 【STORY AND OTHER ELEMENTS】 ______________________ i would say that the first ⅓ of the book, the plot is relatively weak due to lou and reid’s new relationship and living arrangement. after hitting the halfway mark, the plot quickly arises during the climax of the story which marks the crack in lou and reid’s relationship as well as signals the coming war between the witches and the church. the ending phase is filled with action sequences. ultimately the book finishes with a somewhat solid ending that’s not entirely a cliffhanger but still holds a series of unanswered lingering questions. it’s enough to give us the anticipation for the sequel. i also have to give credits to the writing bcs the author’s brilliance really shone through. it’s easy to read and highly addictive. i feel like even if the other elements of the story were poorly done, i wouldve still kept reading bcs of the writing. the other thing i'd like to mention is the 17th century french inspired setting. idk much about french, its history and culture. but what little of this book has shown really captivated me. i can only hope that the french ambiance will get more prominent and atmospheric in the next installment. (4.5)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

    3.5 Stars I picked this up because I saw it being touted in some places around GR and booktube as a "racy" YA romance that was (perhaps) edgy enough for some people to feel it should have been classified more as New Adult a la ACOTAR. And because I had a Barnes and Noble gift card burning a hole in my pocket. So I picked up this and Ninth House. And perhaps a couple other things. It also felt very season appropriate to read about witches and buy black books with snakes on the covers. Very Halloween/October o 3.5 Stars I picked this up because I saw it being touted in some places around GR and booktube as a "racy" YA romance that was (perhaps) edgy enough for some people to feel it should have been classified more as New Adult a la ACOTAR. And because I had a Barnes and Noble gift card burning a hole in my pocket. So I picked up this and Ninth House. And perhaps a couple other things. It also felt very season appropriate to read about witches and buy black books with snakes on the covers. Very Halloween/October of me, no? But I digress. As I was saying, I picked this up because I love me some racy. And because I also loved the premise of a witch marrying what amounts to a witch hunter. And while I will say this book definitely had more swearing, "racy" language (for a YA), and a somewhat lukewarm sex scene, it didn't feel like anything I hadn't read before...but keep in mind, I'm also very forgetful these days. And not the target audience here. So take that as you will. Regardless. I thought the story itself was solidly entertaining, although nothing super extraordinary. The pacing was good and the world-building was decent. I will say that some of the characters felt slightly two-dimensional at times. Most notably though, the relationship between Lou and Reid felt very groundless to me. They went from meeting and hating each other...to spending a week basically occupying the same room whilst doing their best to ignore each other...to being in love and boinking within a very short time period. It felt very sudden and shallow and I think Mahurin could have done a better job at laying the groundwork for their romance - and thus what amounts to the main focal point of this book. Their "love" just didn't feel like it was palpable enough for me to believe that either one would feel the way they supposedly did during the events that occurred toward the end of the book. Keeping in mind this is a debut series by a debut author, however, I have a good feeling about the potential for the next book in the series. This was definitely a strong debut and I look forward to more from this author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    I DARE ANYONE TO NOT LOVE THIS BOOK! ❤ Being stubborn as I am, I was hesitant about letting myself love this book because I saw how much others loved it (I am stupid like that!). So when I started I was hard at work trying to find flaws with it. And sure, it find one or two, but soon they fled my mind completely I was just swept up in this story! This is the first time since I was a teenager that I have stayed up waaaay past midnight because I couldn't stop reading! ❤ "I promised to love and pro I DARE ANYONE TO NOT LOVE THIS BOOK! ❤️ Being stubborn as I am, I was hesitant about letting myself love this book because I saw how much others loved it (I am stupid like that!). So when I started I was hard at work trying to find flaws with it. And sure, it find one or two, but soon they fled my mind completely I was just swept up in this story! This is the first time since I was a teenager that I have stayed up waaaay past midnight because I couldn't stop reading! ❤️ "I promised to love and protect you" "And I promised to love and obey you. We're both such pretty liars." - Reid and Lou ❤️ THE THINGS I LOVED ❤️ Lou: The first thing that started to break my resolve was Lou! She was the perfect heroine - cocky, brass and vulnerable. And I was really drawn to the fact that she was neither good nor bad, she was this 'gray' character, who was just trying to survive a war, that set 'black' against 'white'. Reid: Secondly, Reid started to get under my skin in the best of ways. At first I wasn't into his holy exterior, but as he softened up to Lou, so did I soften up to him! Lou and Reid: Yes, they do deserve a section on their own, because their relationship was just the cutest! It was so well-crafted and nicely developed, actually one of the best I have read in a long time. I especially loved the hate-turned-love aspect. Wonderful! Transportation: Books that have the power to transport me away from wherever I am while I am reading are the very, very best. This was one of those books! Plot: Though a bit thin at times (sorry), the plot was still, overall, very engaging and riveting! I especially loved how you are unsure of who the bad guys and who the good guys are! Universe: What fascinated me most about the world, this book was set in, was how closely it resembled 17th century France. That was actually a very interesting take on a YA fantasy novel. The magic was, sadly, a little confusing and lacking in explanation at times, but that is easily overlooked when combined with all the other goodness! Follow me for more book goodness: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you, (...) Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 “For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: A sacrificial altar, A ritual knife And a wicked scar.” That was the description I read when I first saw this book on Goodreads and boooooooy I was so hooked. And then when it reappeared on my dashboard there was another thing that caught my interest. A witch and witch hunter hate-to-love-trope. And what can I say? It Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you, (...) Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 “For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: A sacrificial altar, A ritual knife And a wicked scar.” That was the description I read when I first saw this book on Goodreads and boooooooy I was so hooked. And then when it reappeared on my dashboard there was another thing that caught my interest. A witch and witch hunter hate-to-love-trope. And what can I say? It was so freakin good. So so so so good. I’m in love. It was so dark, but also funny and so entertaining. I could literally reread it right now... even though I finished it a minute ago. Character 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ”How can you still be hungry?” He asked, incredulous. “You are three helpings at breakfast this morning.” I made a face. “That was tuna. I have a second stomach for dessert.” You will probably hear this a lot of times: Lou and Reid remind me so much of Matthias and Nina from six of crows. And they made it to my favorite character list in no time. Especially Lou. Lou was this absolute cool, strong, witty and clever girl that knew how to fight, how to defend herself, how to give the best answers to everything and she also knew how to survive. She was absolutely lovable and I fell in love with her in just a few minutes. And Reid - our strong willed witch hunter with a big heart. He was this mean looking tall captain, but when he was forced to marry a really wild girl who drove him nuts, he behaved, he treated her kind and good and never touched her without her permission. I’m absolutely in love. But I love Lou more, sorry not sorry. Then there were the side characters- Coco, the archbishop, Madame Labelle etc. they all had their own personality, their own faults and talents and it was so thoughtful. So perfectly written. World 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Witches and the crown with their Chasseurs are in war since centuries. The Chausseurs catch witches and burn them at the stake. But now the witches are fighting back, attacking the king and his family. But magic in this world has its price. Everything is balanced out perfectly. For example If you want someone to forget something, you need to forget something. If you want to resurrect someone you love, you need to kill someone you love. A life for a life. It’s so refreshing, that there is a cost for the magic the witches use. And the main character isn’t this special snowflake that has this big powers that she don’t even need to train. She wasn’t strong without training. There were even some festivities. Also I loved the french touch the world had. The names, the places, they were all called so beautiful. And Lou sometimes even used French words. So amazing 😍 Relationships 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 When Louise was small she always thought the world was black and white. The witches were good and the Chasseurs and the royals are bad. But then her mother tried to kill her and Lou knew something was wrong. And then she met Reid, Captain of the Chasseurs and after an accident her husband. But even though Lou was uncertain what would happen to her, Reid proved to be an absolute gentleman. Yes, he had his tempers and yes, he tried to give her a leash by putting Ansel to her side, but he protected her when necessary and they laughed with each other and had fun with each other. They were so cute and so so funny. Writing style 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 For a debut this was really really good. It was written in two POVs - Reid and Lou. We saw all their thoughts, worries and what happened to them in their past and present. It was written in a really entertaining way. And I had so much fun reading it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Langford

    I LOVED THIS!!! All the stars for this witchy goodness!!! 🧙♀ A witch and a witch hunter bound in holy matrimony. There was only one way such a story could end- a stake and a match. The war between the witches and the church is ancient and ongoing. Louise is a witch who has runaway from her coven and takes cover in the city of Cesarine. She made the decision to forsake all magic and live off whatever she could steal. In the city of Cesarine it is dangerous to be a witch. They are hunted and the I LOVED THIS!!! All the stars for this witchy goodness!!! 🧙‍♀️ A witch and a witch hunter bound in holy matrimony. There was only one way such a story could end- a stake and a match. The war between the witches and the church is ancient and ongoing. Louise is a witch who has runaway from her coven and takes cover in the city of Cesarine. She made the decision to forsake all magic and live off whatever she could steal. In the city of Cesarine it is dangerous to be a witch. They are hunted and they are feared. Those with magical powers, or even those who are friends with witches, are at risk of being tortured and burned at the stake. However, there are worse enemies for Lou other than the Church and it seems that these enemies are getting closer to finding Lou than she would like. Reid is a Chasseur- and a Captain at that. He is tasked as a witch hunter to hunt and find them, gain information from them and to burn them to death at the stake. The one principle all Chasseur's follow is: THOU SHALT NOT SUFFER A WITCH TO LIVE. He has grown up in the Church and holds their views above anything else. When Lou's and Reid's paths cross in unexpected ways which could mean dishonour for Reid, it leads them into holy matrimony- an event which neither Lou nor Reid want to be part of. Living in close quarters with Reid and therefore being near other Chasseurs, Lou has to be careful with her magic lest she be detected and ultimately burned. This book had so many things that I enjoyed in it: a funny and fully realised heroine, evil witches, a jarring belief system in need of some changes, a deeply fascinating system of magic (especially used in a dark way), strong female friendships and scenes of humour. Lou was unapologetic in her ways, she was crass and loud and playful. From the start you know she is hiding from an enemy, you just don't know who, and this kept me deeply intrigued in her story. On the other hand, Reid was "proper" and follows duty, never swearing and abiding by the churches rules. It was great to see these two characters interact witch each other in their jarring ways. In addition, as Lou is a witch and Reid is a witch hunter, it was brilliant to see how their two mind sets were completely opposing and how these changed through out the book. Shelby Mahurin has done an excellent job at describing a world where the church is seen as the head of the state, with their views of witches and especially women are rigid and highly misogynistic. She also did a great job at describing the magic system as unique to this book (and sometimes among the witches!). One of the greatest things that I loved about this book was that most of the witches were malevolent and afflicted some of the strangest curses to the people of the city- the weirdness was fantastic. While this book does have romance in it, it is not the thing that kept me drawn to this book (I didn't mind the romance- its just not much of a genre that interests me). I mostly enjoyed how Reid and Lou would bicker and make fun of each other and I especially enjoyed the supportive friendship between Lou and Coco. While some of the magic was used for juvenile matters, I fully enjoyed the other aspects of this book (my rating is more a 4.75 because of this). Overall, I need to read more books about witches as I fell in love with this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡

    ❥ 5 / 5 stars Hey, Shelby Mahurin. I think you made a great mistake. In the book, it stated that Lou is a criminal, right? But nah, I don’t think she is. Because the true criminal is YOU! YOU YOU YOU YOU and ONLY YOU! You are accused of killing me and other readers who’re in love with this book. How can I live without having book 2 to read after finishing this? I have to wait for 324 DAYS FROM NOW to read Blood & Honey. it’s almost one year and that’s totally CRUELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. If you’re hesitant whether to read this boototally ❥ 5 / 5 stars Hey, Shelby Mahurin. I think you made a great mistake. In the book, it stated that Lou is a criminal, right? But nah, I don’t think she is. Because the true criminal is YOU! YOU YOU YOU YOU and ONLY YOU! You are accused of killing me and other readers who’re in love with this book. How can I live without having book 2 to read after finishing this? I have to wait for 324 DAYS FROM NOW to read Blood & Honey. it’s almost one year and that’s totally CRUELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. If you’re hesitant whether to read this book or not, all I can say and suggest is don’t. Don’t hesitate. Just read it and you’ll understand why everyone seems to love this book including me. This review-not-review might sound exaggerated but trust me, it’s not overhyped at all. Note : One of my favorite books of 2019 ♡

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    I caved in and could not resist the hype!! Thanks to Helena & Fares & Azrah for the recommendation. A BR with Mon ami Jess

  24. 4 out of 5

    🌻darmera🌻

    Like a 3.5, with a bit of generosity on my part - if nothing else the romance wasn't entirely cringeworthy, which is a win for a ya fantasy in my book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    I was lucky enough to read SERPENT & DOVE before publication, and it quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. If you're a fan of Sarah J Maas' mature themes, then this is a MUST-READ. Below I've jotted some other reasons to pick this up. Don't mind my scrambled brain. Also, PICK THIS BOOK UP. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. Things SERPENT & DOVE has that I never knew I needed until the second I did (in random order... because I said so): 1. Forced Marriage: I swooned with I was lucky enough to read SERPENT & DOVE before publication, and it quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. If you're a fan of Sarah J Maas' mature themes, then this is a MUST-READ. Below I've jotted some other reasons to pick this up. Don't mind my scrambled brain. Also, PICK THIS BOOK UP. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. Things SERPENT & DOVE has that I never knew I needed until the second I did (in random order... because I said so): 1. Forced Marriage: I swooned with the rest of the world while reading Outlander and seeing Jamie and Claire's relationship blossom, but the marriage of convenience in this is. so. good. Like, blow your socks off, melt your brain, and make you binge on Ben & Jerry's good. 2. Chasseurs (AKA French Witch Hunters Affiliated with the Church): Brooding fae-men with wings are hot. Vampires are sexy. BUT THIS BOOK'S WITCH HUNTER, REID, IS THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF HOT, SEXY, SWEET, AND PURE. I will fight for Reid. I will die for him. And I will die for this dynamic of witch and witch hunter thrown together. AND HIS CHARACTER ARC.... UGHHHH. This is a man who learns his lesson. Multiple times. And it's fantastic. 3. L O U: Our main heroine is so spunky, so sassy, you'll be cracking up with her on every page. With a tragic backstory, and, tbh, a tragic present, it's amazing she never once turned mopey or broody. She leapt off every page, and I don't think it took a single chapter before I knew she was going to be my best fictional friend. She's strong, funny, independent, and she puts Reid in his place often. So often. When life throws a challenge at Lou, she smashes it to bits and demands a sticky bun in return. SHE IS THE HEROINE YA NEEDS. 4. The Sides being a bit more than Sides: Okay, so I could put each of these wonderful "side" characters into their own sections, but then I'd want to spoil and gush, and I CANT DO THAT YET. GAH. BUT, I will say, Coco, Ansel, and even lovely, stubborn Beau, will split your heart into three as you toy with who to give it to. Just share it between them and be done with it. Trust me. None of these characters feels forced, all of them have personalities and dreams and lives, and the way they compliment each other gives me SO MANY FEELS. I want to weave all the moment of Lou and Coco together and use it as a blanket. THIS IS A GOOD FRIENDSHIP LADIES AND GENTS. THIS IS A FRIENDSHIP I WILL WALK THROUGH FIRE FOR. 5. Villains Being Beautifully Gray: THERE IS NO GOOD SIDE TO TAKE IN THIS STORY. EXCEPT PROBABLY LOU'S. ALSO BECAUSE I SAID SO. There are motives abound. This isn't some hastily put together nemesis who blabs about taking over the world and destroying enemies. This is real and raw. This is an age old fight between two sides- both in the wrong. Both in the right. And it's executed to actual perfection. There are so many layers to each antagonist, each read-through is a new, eye-opening experience. 6. WITCHES: I know. I know. This is a witch book, and I was unaware I wanted witches. Going into this, the only witch stories I'd read were urban fantasies. I've never seen witches utilized in a historical fantasy such as this. There is darkness and depth. Maturity. Nuance. Shelby Mahurin made me more of a fan of witches than I imagined possible. Their magic system is so unique, so fresh, I want it etched into my brain forever as a HOW-TO-WRITE-MAGIC-PROPERLY example. And the witches relationships with one another, and to the earth, makes my heart pound double-time. I love them so much. Even if they're a tad creepy... and bloodthirsty. 7. OTHER THINGS I CAN'T SAY BECAUSE SPOILERS: Wow. This plot is something else. You get pulled in because of the characters. Their dialogue took seconds to drag me under, but the plot kept me hooked. It's new. It's different. And I'm so obsessed with how this story plays out. The main plot, the romance, the friendships, everything ties together in the most poetic way possible. It's like reading Shakespeare, except I can understand it. All in all, SERPENT & DOVE is one of my favorite books of all time because it's different, but not. It has tropes we love in YA: hate-to-love, a bubbly, real best friend, war, tricky relationships, but it spins them on their head. It's not typical hate-to-love. It's not your usual bubbly best friend because Lou is equally as bubbly. It's everything I wanted in a book after devouring ACOMAF. Mature relationships and developed characters. Witty dialogue and beautiful prose. This book delivers in every way possible. I'm 1000% certain this book will RUIN the world. In the best way, of course.

  26. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    A witch/witch hunter love story?? Yes please gimme gimme gimme

  27. 4 out of 5

    ☽ TheBibliotheque

    WITCHES BE BACK with my favourite fantasy book this year. "Conscious of the Chasseurs' eyes on me, I forced a smirk and bumped my husband's hip, pretending that it'd all been a show. A laugh. That I'd just been goading him to get a reaction. That I wasn't a witch in Mass, standing amongst my enemies and worshipping someone else's god. Our lives reflect our hearts. They might've all been hypocrites, but I was the biggest of them all." What a splendid debut. What a freaking phenomenal/>"Conscious WITCHES BE BACK with my favourite fantasy book this year. "Conscious of the Chasseurs' eyes on me, I forced a smirk and bumped my husband's hip, pretending that it'd all been a show. A laugh. That I'd just been goading him to get a reaction. That I wasn't a witch in Mass, standing amongst my enemies and worshipping someone else's god. Our lives reflect our hearts. They might've all been hypocrites, but I was the biggest of them all." What a splendid debut. What a freaking phenomenal first book of a series. There is literally nothing I didn't love about Serpent & Dove. If a few months ago, someone would have asked me what elements a book must include for me to fall head over heels with it, I would have pulled out a list. A long one, I may add. Now, after reading Serpent and Dove, I can just point at this book with my finger and be like "there, that's all I need". Because ladies, gentlemen, witches and huntsmen, this book had it all. Magic, witches, an atmospheric setting, addictive writing, witch hunters, a battle of morals, a forbidden love, a marriage of convenience, a frenemies, a slow burn romance, an honorable hero that I want to keep for myself. Does it even get better than this? *whispers "no it doesn't"* I can't really stress enough how much I enjoyed every single word, page and detail of this book. Serpent & Dove climbed to my top fantasy books as soon as I read the last word in the last page. Although to be honest, it probably happened at some point between chapter 2 and 3. Set in a compelling and enchanting 17th century France, follows the story of Louise Le Blanc. A witch escaping her past and her legacy, surviving as a thief in a city plagued with witch hunters or “chasseurs”. The last thing Louise expects is to end up tangled into Reid Diggory’s life, a respected chasseur whose existence is solely dedicated to hunt down witches like Lou. A man who the last thing he wants or needs is Lou’s chaos, but one that when he is thrown into a marriage to save both their asses, never hesitates to swear to protect her. Despite their differences. Despite not trusting her for a second. Despite her being everything he opposes in the world - even when he doesn't know that Lou is a witch. But that doesn't stop Reid from giving her his loyalty and his protection at a time when Lou may need it the most. Spoiler alert: Lou is the last woman in need of aid when it comes to kicking ass but that doesn't make me swoon any less for Reid. And guys, that’s only the beginning. Man, this book was a total page turner. The world was enthralling, the magic system was fascinating, there were secrets ticking and waiting to be unveiled, and of course, my favourite part, the romance. A slow burn rolled into the uncertainty of an impossible and forbidden love between two characters that not only come from different worlds but that they represent everything their morals and beliefs go against. That they were raised to hate what the other stands for. It was bliss. Pure bliss, you guys. Seeing Lou and Reid go from enemies to friends to becoming each other’s world was sweet, delicious bliss. And one of the best things on top of it all? It releases in September. So be ready, because magic and witches BE BACK THIS AUTUMN, and these are here to stay 🌜 Also, if you guys are like me, and think that we need a genre like New Adult for all those books that seem to be in that grey area between YA and Adult, you are in luck. By my standards, Serpent & Dove is New Adult. Oh, and before I go? I'm calling dibs on Reid. So hands off. You have been warned. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. The quote can change after publication.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    this book is thriving

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sylvie

    4.75 rounded up to 5, because it's worth it! After finishing the book more than two weeks ago and shortly writing a review after I now decided to finally post the review. Does anyone ever have a certain feeling where you love a book so much that you try to read as slowly as possible, just because you’re loving everything about it and don’t want it to end? Yep, that was me with this book. At first, I 4.75 rounded up to 5, because it's worth it! After finishing the book more than two weeks ago and shortly writing a review after I now decided to finally post the review. Does anyone ever have a certain feeling where you love a book so much that you try to read as slowly as possible, just because you’re loving everything about it and don’t want it to end? Yep, that was me with this book. At first, I was so nervous to pick this book up, because whenever I see a book that's getting all the hypes I decide not to read or not to love it, because a lot of times they disappoint me and don't live up to my expectations but boy was I wrong about this one. I simply couldn't stop myself loving this book. Alright, my thoughts on the book. “There are some things that can't be changed with words. Some things have to be seen. They have to be felt.” Cover: First of all, this cover is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!! Probably the best book cover in 2 things: 1) Best cover that has snake on it (the others seemed too bland for me), 2) Best YA cover of 2019 periodt! Tropes: Enemies to lovers, slow-burn, marriage of convenience I mean what more can a reader want, right? Romance: It.was.perfection. That's it. Friendships: There were not one but two friendships that I loved between the main character and the secondary characters. First one being Lou and Coco: badass witches who aren't afraid of anything and they can just speak however they want And the second was: Lou and Ansel: I loved how Ansel cared about Lou and vice versa, they had a cute kind of big sister little brother kind of relationship. (view spoiler)[(he even kind of kept Lou's secret from Reid, talk about loyalty). (hide spoiler)] World building: Historical books have always been a favorite genre of mine, because they always give an enchanting atmosphere of some sort. This book took place in France during the 17th centure, I believe, which was also done very well. Pacing: Although the book was a little over 500 pages, it didn't even felt that long. I honestly wouldn't have minded if it were longer. Writing style: I still can't believe how this was the author's debut novel. She did everything brilliantly. I was captivated from the story from the very early chapters. Major Kudos to her. I don't think I've read enough books which were about witches and witch crafts and even if I did there weren't enough expanations or descriptions about them, however in this book I definitely learned new thing about them. Twist and Turns: Some of them I saw coming from early on and some of them I didn't. But even the ones that I knew were going to happen and the minute they were revealed I was still in shock. They definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Genre: Most of the time it felt more like new adult/adult fantasy than just young-adult, based on the way how the characters behaved and spoke and the much more suggestive content and themes in the book. Lastly, who do I recommend this book to: Everyone!!! Also, I know Lou and Reid are getting compared to Nina and Matthais from Six of Crows duology, because of their similarities, relationship and everything else and I'm writing this because I fully agree with that. But, if you loved Nina and Matthias, you’re going to love Lou and Reid even more. I know it’s sounds impossible because they're one of the best couples in YA fantasy genre, but it’s true. From the moment I finished 'Serpent and Dove' I eagerly started counting off the days for the sequel, and I'm hoping it'll be as good or if possible even better than the first book. *fingers crossed*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    As soon as I read this blurb, I was like, count me in! Witchy is my name and witchy wars are my game! However, I wasn't sure what I would get, but what I got is one of my favorite books of the year! I loved both points of views! Lou was ambitious, perfectly flawed, spoke what was on her mind, and down right awesome. Reid was strong willed, innocent yet not innocent, and so dang swoony! And the chemistry between Lou and Reid was so freaking good! Don't let me forget the side characters As soon as I read this blurb, I was like, count me in! Witchy is my name and witchy wars are my game! However, I wasn't sure what I would get, but what I got is one of my favorite books of the year! I loved both points of views! Lou was ambitious, perfectly flawed, spoke what was on her mind, and down right awesome. Reid was strong willed, innocent yet not innocent, and so dang swoony! And the chemistry between Lou and Reid was so freaking good! Don't let me forget the side characters! Coco! Ansel! Beau! You three were beautifully created beings! I must say, there were some amazing descriptions with the witchy things, and the world building was wonderful. There were twists, multiple ones in fact! And the writing was so addicting that I finished this huge masterpiece rather quickly for me! Now to wait for book 2 will be utter agony!

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