Serpent and Dove Review

SERPENT AND DOVE
SHELBY MAHURIN

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Writing Style/Quality: 3
Plot: 3
Characters & their development: 3
Originality: 2
Pacing: 2
Personal enjoyment: 2
Final rating: 2
WHERE DID I GET THIS FROM? HarperCollins NZ
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I liked
-the witchy vibes

I disliked
-the forced french feel at times.
-How hard it was to get into

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GOODREADS BLURB

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.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, book one of this stunning fantasy duology will leave readers burning for more.

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MY THOUGHTS

Sigh. I got myself far too hyped for this book.

This is a very french inspired book with witches and witch hunters. It feels like an alterantive history to the world in the best way. But, it just, really wasn’t the book for me and I can’t even tell you why.

This book follows Lou, a thief and woman ahead of her time, and Reid, a witch hunter who is trying to be the best man he can be. They are forced into marriage and we watch them grow together and apart, as the world starts to change around them.

I was really excited to pick this up when it first came out, and I think that was my first mistake. I hyped myself up for this novel after reading so many five star reviews and thought this would be the book for me.

When I first picked it up, it went really well, I sped through the book and was decently in love. It never really pushed past four star territory for me, but it was still good. But then, as time went by I kept putting it down, for longer, and longer, and I really didn’t want tp pick it up.

So to make things simple, this wasn’t for me, even though I speak french and love witchy stuff.

I think this wasn’t for me because of the pacing and honestly, possibly I wasn’t in the right mood for this book. I found the first 300 pages really slow, Sure I kept reading, but it did slowly start to become a chore, nothing was really happening, and for a 500 page book, you’d expect more than that.

I don’t want to get too negative on it, so I wont go much deeper than that because even I can’t place my finger on why else I came to so readily dislike this novel, and want to give it such a low 2 star rating.

But I think if you’re after a witchy novel then pick this one up, it might be better for you than it was for me.

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