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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

imaginationindex's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

“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.” 

What I Loved:
  • Enemies-to-Lovers paired with a marriage of convenience with a sprinkling of sharing-one-bed and “that’s my wife”… 🙌🏻 
  • I loved the two secs of witches, Dames Rouges and Dames Blanches. I’m curious to learn more about the Blood Magic as well as
    Spoilerhow Reid was able to do magic when we should have been dying 😅 
  • Ansel, you sweet boy! Coco, what a badass! I like how we flipped the script on traditional gender roles
  • This is a perfect example of new adult stories; our characters are adults who can make their own decisions and swear.

What can burn (this seems very aggressive but I was going for a theme 🧙‍♀️🔮✨)
  • While the fantasy world was a total vibe, there are some moments where the religion aspect of the anti-witch stance gets to be a bit much. That might just be me but the Archbishop needed to relax 95% of the book
  • I noticed a lot of re-explaining and telling. I get that we had the dual POV and catch up might have been needed, but I thought it was clearly shown so we could have saved ourselves a few pages.
  • Genuine question, when were we? The France inspired world was cool but we had swords and monarchy, but full theatres and working bathrooms 

The building of tension was well paced and I will be continuing with the series with Blood and Honey up next ✨🩸🍯✨

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joooaquin's review against another edition

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3.0

it was not bad but it was a very forgettable read to me

maninderkaur's review against another edition

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4.0

I definitely enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I’m not sure why but with the first few chapters I thought it wouldn’t be my kind of book, but I actually ended up enjoying it. I think the worldbuilding is amazing, with the different types of witches and the way the magic works in the sense of the patterns and the fact that there has to be an exchange. I enjoyed the characters, Coco and Ansel were two of my favourites. I did like Lou, but at some points I wasn’t too fond of her. I’m not quite sure why, but there was something about her that didn’t quite sit right with me. I did enjoy Reid, I’m glad we’re seeing his change in opinion and I hope in the next book we really see him struggling with loving Lou and detesting witches. I am worried that the dynamic between Lou and Reid won’t be as good in the next book because that arc of him not knowing she’s a witch has been completed, but I have hope for the two of them to still be interesting and intriguing as a couple. I can’t wait to learn more about the blood witches too, as they’re really interesting. The plot itself was great, especially the section involving Estelle. It was really well written, and yeah, I enjoyed it!

librarycutie's review against another edition

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4.0

this was amazing!! it’s my first five star read in soooo long! it’s a witch/witch hunter love story and it was more than i expected.


“I was no one's sacrifice. Not then. Not now. Not ever.”



i didn’t really know much other than that going into the story so i was pretty surprised by all the twists and secrets we found out by the end, i honestly wasn’t expecting half of them. i’m so excited for the second book, i need it noooww!


“Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you.” He trailed his fingers down my arm in slow, torturous 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.”



honestly these two!! as much as i loved the romance and the way it grew and held on after the reveal, ansel is still my favorite character. he’s really such a good person and honestly was the highlight of the story, sorry lou and reid! to avoid spoiling anything, i’ll just say he surprised me with how loyal he could be. i’m calling it, he’s a hufflepuff.

this was such a good read, i highly recommend it!!!!

kksweetness's review against another edition

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adventurous funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

cryingoverjay's review against another edition

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5.0

5/5 czy ja musze cos dodawac

literary_loudmouth's review against another edition

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adventurous funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

claracompere's review against another edition

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adventurous lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

sophiaeve's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5 stars!! Oh wow I loved this book. Lou is amazing. Ansel is precious. I love the storyline and the world. The ending got me so excited for book 2. A fantastic debut novel!

cj_lovesbooks's review against another edition

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adventurous dark funny fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

If you don’t take it too seriously, it’s a fun read. You can tell what tropes the author likes (but nothing wrong with that - I love a good trope).