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Review Serpent & Dove

Written by Shelby Mahurin
Published by Greenwillow Books

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.

I saw a lot of positive reactions on Serpent and Dove so I was looking forward to reading this book! I got the book for Christmas and I read it as soon as I could. And I immediately fell in love. I loved the setting of the story. Without even saying it exactly, you could really feel the French, historical style of the story. it was all subtly woven into the story, which I really enjoyed. The writing is great. I read this book in two days, even though I didn’t really have the time for it, but I just couldn’t lay it down.

Louise is definitely one of those characters I loved tremendously. Her feisty character is something I really enjoy. She is funny and foul-mouthed, but also sweet and caring. I adore her. It’s been a long while since I loved a character as much as I did her. I like characters that aren’t wholly good or bad. You really see her growing throughout the book, while maintaining her feistiness.

Reid was so adorable. His righteous, black and white character from the beginning was so enjoyable. A woman wearing pants?! Outrageous. His character was also so well-written, since I normally would have thrown a hissy fit after that situation, but you could really see he didn’t mean it badly and understands later on that he’s mostly in the wrong with his old-fashioned look on things. His character growth throughout the book is amazing. From someone who would do anything for his belief, to someone who would fight tooth to nail for others. Lóved him.

Throughout the whole book, you think you know what’s going to happen in the end, but in the last few chapters, there were quite a few surprises I did not expect. I’ve read too many books to really be suprised, but this one did it multiple times. It was so exciting and I was at the edge of my seat the whole time at the end. I kinda had to study, but I couldn’t put this book away.

This book is exciting, funny, romantic, passionate, thrilling and just fantastic. I got sucked into the story and it did not let me go until the absolute end. And when I finished it, the first thing I did was find out when book two is coming. I need more. Now. I cannot give this book anything else than full marks, which is something I do not do often, but this book had everything I loved and I cannot wait to read more!


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Review Izombie season 4

Stop reading if you haven’t watched season 1, 2 and 3! Spoilers ahead!

The world has turned upside town, or better yet, Seatlle has. The people in the city finally know about zombies and a lot of them even got turned into one. It’s up to Fillmore Graves to keep order. But what if their actions go against everything Liv Moore stands for…?

I’ve been a fan of this series for quite a while now. I even own all the comics (which are only four but oh well). So when, after waiting for way too long, it finally arrived at Netflix, I couldn’t wait to start watching it. The last season ended on quite a big cliffhanger, so I was pretty curious to see what they would come up with in this season.

Overall, the season had a good combination of the humor and good storyline which makes me like this series so much. The main storyline is getting more gruesome and heavier, which makes the story really interesting. On the other side, the concept of ‘eating brains and solving murders is slowly getting pretty boring in my opinion. It’s starting to feel like a lot of repetition, especially since she has already played so many types of people, that there isn’t anything new about them anymore.

The last few episodes were really interesting though. The main storyline got more focus, which I like way more and at moments it was more serious than funny, which is way better, in my opinion. I am glad there’s only one season left. I really like this series, but I think the quality would go down hard if they went and made another season. I can’t wait to find out what the makers have planned for the ending! No spoilers please!


What did you all think about the fourth season?

Review Stalking Jack The Ripper

Written by Kerri Maniscalco
Published by Little, Brown & Company

Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a curious lady. While other girls from her age and heritage are knitting and drinking thee, she’s dissecting corpses in secret. Normally no one would accept this, but her uncle has no choice. With a serial killer on the loose, all help is needed. Together with the smart, but arrogant Thomas Cresswell, they search for the killer. But what if he’s closer than you expected…

I was so hyped to finally start this series. So many people are fan and the blurb sounded amazing. It’s been a long time since I really read a good whodunnit. I’m a Sherlock fan, so it’s pretty hard to find a good one after that. And this one is definitely not it. 

There were definitely quite a few things good about this book. I loved the writing, it was gorgeous and really befitting of the story. Audrey was a character I really loved. Beautiful and feminine, but also curious and powerful. I really enjoyed her. Except for any interaction with Thomas Cresswell. 

I heard so many stories of people loving him, but he was anything but interesting. Such a typical self centered, arrogant and irritating guy. Even Sherlock himself has more charms than this guy has. And Audrey, powerful woman as she is, had many situations where she almost changed in one of those giggly girls around him. He had a few good scenes, but overall, I really did not like him. 

But the thing I was most dissatisfied with, was the culprit. I won’t spoil anything, but for me it was obvious who it was at 10% of the book. There was one culprit everyone was looking at, and it was so obviously that that wasn’t him, that I just wanted to skip all those parts. Which was like, half of the book. 

The reasoning of the deeds was pretty interesting, that I did not expect. But there were still so many loose ends. Like, you know why the culprit killed the women, but there was a terrible explanation about why it was so gruesome. It didn’t make any sense. 

The writing was so beautiful that I did like to read the book and Audrey is one of those characters I absolutely love. But Thomas? I don’t know at áll why people love him. But oh well, maybe it’s good we all got different tastes 😉. I don’t think I’ll read the second book anytime soon, but I did like the storyline. Let’s hope that the culprit keeps itself hidden a bit more this time.