“I loved her. Despite everything. Despite the lies, the betrayal, the hurt. Despite the Archbishop and Morgane le Blanc. Despite my own brothers. I don’t know if she returned that love, and I didn’t care. If she was destined to burn in Hell, I would burn with her.” ~Reid Diggory
Title: Serpent and Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance
Date of Publication: September 3, 2019
Goodreads Rating: 4.25
Personal Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
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.
My Personal Thoughts
Whew! Where do I even begin? I actually bought this book as part of my birthday haul last month. When I saw the cover on Instagram, it was love at first sight (like seriously!). I didn’t even read the synopsis and reviews prior to checking out my cart. Crazy? I know! After finishing this off, it was actually worth taking the risk! This is undeniably my favourite book for 2019! I am interested with anything about magic, curses, and witches. And because of this, Manon Blackbeak of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is my Queen Witch of all time. I read Serpent and Dove in less than 24 hours which is usually a sign that the book is highly entertaining and very engaging. I’m actually on a stress leave from work so I was able to sit down and give my full and undivided attention. Things that I love about Lou and Reid’s world: book cover, writing style, the cliche’ part where “we can’t be together because we’re from two different worlds”, breathtaking twists and surprises, character and world building, and so on and so forth. I admire how the author did an amazing job executing all the intricate details. It was like reading a fairy tale and watching Hansel and Gretel (The Witch Hunters) at the same time. The cliche’ part where the main characters can’t be together is obviously very common but the twist that was incorporated is well-done! The author’s writing style is commendable in the sense that she gave us the perfect setting, characters, and story line and I wasn’t disappointed in the end. I got the perfect ending that a first book in a series should have. I’m proud and happy to say that I’m very satisfied! The twists and shocking revelations were greatly executed and I did not see those things coming so YAYYY I’m impressed!
The author discusssed pertinent issues today such as patriarchy, differences in religion/beliefs, and people who will do everything (including crimes) just to survive. These are issues that we often overlook in our daily lives but are very important especially with the kind of world that we are living in today. Religion is a sensitive topic, hence, I compliment the author for being feirce by incorporating this on her book. Patriarchy, on the other hand, has been a long standing issue which I don’t think will ever go away. Lastly, people who do bad things just to survive is a daily scenario even if we watch the news lately. Basically, the author is showing us the reality of life.
Lou – badass bitchy witch (I like!!!)
Reid – swoon worthy book husband (Drools….)
Coco and Ansel – one of the best secondary main characters
Morgane – Antagonist whom I still have to get to know more on the next book
Cover buy || A rattling good storyline || Character and world building is brilliant
Cliche’ love story || All the characters got secrets of their own and the reader could not just focus on one and tends to get overwhelmed || The antagonists is not really that intimidating for me and I was sort of expecting too much because the “fear of the unknown” was introduced and consistently discussed all throughout the story but in the end it was actually “MEH!”
~Lies will lead on nowhere no matter how hard one tries to keep it. In the end, it will all fall apart infront of you.
~One can pretend that he or she doesn’t give a damn about someone but nomatter what, family will always come first.
~There are instances that things may be out of our control and one can never have a choice. Let’s not be judgemental and we should never ASSUME.
Overall, I may have some minor rants but I ENJOYED each and every part of this masterpiece. Five stars, indeed! It is highly recommended for YA fantasy readers who also enjoy reading stories that involve witches, curses, and magic.