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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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