Review: Serpent & Dove

Title: Serpent & Dove

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Date of Publication: September 3rd, 2019


Goodreads Summary:

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 Review:

As soon as I read this blurb, I was like, count me in! Witchy is my name and witchy wars are my game! However, I wasn’t sure what I would get, but what I got is one of my favorite books of the year!


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I loved both points of views! Lou was ambitious, perfectly flawed, spoke what was on her mind, and down right awesome. Reid was strong willed, innocent yet not innocent, and so dang swoony! And the chemistry between Lou and Reid was so freaking good! Don’t let me forget the side characters! Coco! Ansel! Beau! You three were beautifully created beings!

I must say, there were some amazing descriptions with the witchy things, and the world building was wonderful. There were twists, multiple ones in fact! And the writing was so addicting that I finished this huge masterpiece rather quickly for me! Now to wait for book 2 will be utter agony!


Do you like books and movies about witches?

9 thoughts on “Review: Serpent & Dove

  1. I’m definitely a witch fan. A while back I think the first chapter of this book was posted online, and something about it didn’t appeal to me. But I can’t remember why, and I’ll definitely give the book another look when it comes out.
    For now, I’ve got my eye on These Witches Don’t burn, coming out this month. The title makes me think it will be a lighter story, like Rachel Hawkins Hex Hall. But when Penguin Teens did a March Madness Tournament of YA movies (with each movie being championed by a YA author), this author repped Hunger Games, and specifically praised the darkness, which makes me think her story might not be as light as the title suggests.

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  2. I recently read this and was actually quite disappointed. I felt like the world building was poor actually, especially for a fantasy over 500 pages. I expected it to be more magical and less centered on romance. I wanted to love this so bad, I had such high expectations, but it was a 3 star read for me.

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