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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin [REVIEW]

Hello readers,

I was needing a good YA fantasy book not because of the romance per se but because I needed something light and I had the Serpent & Dove under my eye for so long. Instagram sold it to me and I always read good thinks about this book. So I decided to give it a try.

This book was not what I expected. It’s not a light young-adult book, it has fantasy, romance but it also has adventure, magic and a plot.

Don’t judge me, but I have to say that I found it very difficult to continue the reading after a couple of chapters. And I’m going to explain why.

I can’t understand the world that the author wanted to transpire. Is it France? I thought so, but then I think it is not. People speak French but again, it’s not France. It’s a medieval world? Maybe. But not. Because then there’s so many modern standpoints. I don’t now.

Let’s say for the sake of my mind that this is passed in a French medieval fantasy world.

And then there’s the fact that I was really lost in the beginning of the book, a lot of things that I didn’t understand and at some points I could not understand where it could let us. It was a heavy reading, the story was not flowing to me.

If we forget this, the plot starts to be really compelling after a couple of chapters, and I really liked it. It was the main reason why I really decided to continue reading this book. I’m so glad that I did it.

Louise le Blanc, our heroin, fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. She became another person, and have always to look behind her because her mother is looking for her and theres another problem. She’s living in a city where witches like her are constantly hunted and burned.

Then there’s our hero, Reid Diggory, an orphan, educated but the church that abominates witches. He has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. 

When their paths are crossed, they end up in a compromising position and Lou only have two options – the matrimony or prison for the rest of her life.

She decides to marry Reid because well, she’s smart, he’s gorgeous and being married to a Chasseur also grants her the protection she desperately needs from those who want her.

You have enemies to lovers, a marriage of convenience, and a lot of slow burn. But also a steamy romance and a lot of batting. The story line is very simple, Reid is a witch hunter and he is forced to marry Lou who is, a witch. He don’t know, of course. The two of them hate each other in the beginning but then things start to change.

Have I said that I really like the plot of enemies to lovers? Because I do. A lot. And this book is the definition of that.

In my opinion, there are two plot twists, if I can call them that, because we immediate connect the dots, even though I was a little surprised with one of them. I won’t say which one.

Overall, it was a book that started really slow and I had some difficulty in continuing it but I’m glad that I put in my head that I had to finish it, because I liked it.

There’s a sequel and I’m really curious to see what’s going to happen. I’m afraid to start it right away because I don’t want it to be like this. But I’m going to give it a chance because I think the plot is really entertaining (and because I want to know what’s going to happen to Reid and Lou after that plot twist).

Have you read this book? What’s your opinion? Have you read the sequel? What do you think?


5 thoughts on “Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin [REVIEW]

  1. Great review! I agree with what you said. The world building could definitely use some work; medieval or modern, France or not? It was still an enjoyable read for me and I’m glad you also liked it:)

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