Review: Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin

Review: Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin

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★★★★★/5 | Goodreads


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.


GUYS. I think I found my favorite book of the year. I did not feel invested in a story like this one for a good while and it feels sooooo good. This book has definitely help me get out of my reading slump and I cannot wait for the sequel. I almost feel sad that I have read this book so early after its publication date because now I have to wait until August 2020 for the sequel to get more of the story.

characters

I fell in love with the characters. I don’t think there was one characters that annoyed me or felt out of place with the storyline. Every single one of them had a purpose and they fit so well together. I really liked how we got the POV of Lou and Reid as it offered depth to the story. They had such contrasting mentalities that it found a great way to balance each others and merged wonderfully, in the end.

Lou was absolutely hilarious. I loved how fearless and obnoxious she was. Usually, it would annoy me in most main characters, but it fit so well her personality that I didn’t mind reading. I loved reading her conflicting thoughts about hating Chasseurs in general but feeling different for Reid. The way her feelings grew for him was so well executed. There’s a reason why “enemies to lovers” is one of my favorite tropes in YA and this book is definitely a really good example as of why.

Reid was so adorable. A swoon-worthy character, definitely. I really liked how he was so stuck up throughout the story and how Lou managed to slowly loosen him up. Also, how protective he was of Lou even in the beginning of their relationship was a great side of his personality that I enjoyed reading.

Ansel and Coco were such great additions to the story, too. They brought so much without being too overwhelming and I feel like the story wouldn’t be the same without them in it, which is something that I’ve never really felt with other side characters in other stories. Most of the time, I don’t really care for other characters aside from the main ones, but this time, they felt very necessary to the story telling.

storyline

The pacing of the story flowed so well. It was quick without being rushed. I think in one day I read over 200 pages in a few hours because I couldn’t stop. I needed to know what was going to happen next. There were no slow parts for me.

Like I mentioned earlier, I really loved the dual POV way to tell the story. It was great having both different minds telling their part and watching them developing feelings for each other was so great to read. A lot of parts made my heart tightened and teared up. Every scene were so well written, I could picture it so clearly in my mind. Not a lot of books made me feel this way, I think it’s a big part as of why I loved it so much.

I was also really happy that the story didn’t end with a cliffhanger, because I think I would’ve died if it was the case. By the end, my heart couldn’t handle how the story was going and if I had to wait until next summer to get the sequel, I was going to go insane.

 

overall

I 100% recommend if you’re a sucker for a good romantic, fast paced and insanely well-written YA, like me. I am already excited for the sequel but I am so sad I have to wait until August 2020 to get my hands on it. I am definitely going to have to reread it next year to prepare myself for what’s coming next.

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