August 31, 2021

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






Synopsis: 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.



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Rating: 1 Star
My Review: This book could have been so good!!! Sadly it wasn't I wanted to love it but it just didn't work out.  OMG this book was so all over the place and hard to follow and I just hated everyone.  It could have been this amazing enemies to lovers story but sadly it just didn't work. 








Review

"A brilliant debut...Serpent & Dove is an absolute gem of a book."

-- "Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband and semiferal children. Serpent & Dove is her debut novel and is followed by Blood & Honey. Visit her online at www.shelbymahurin.com.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From the Back Cover

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 ene-mies 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.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Review

“A detailed supporting cast and a rich, French-inspired world make for a strong backdrop, but the core of this fantasy is Lou and Reid's complicated, often steamy romance.” (Booklist)

“Drips with intrigue and shadow.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“A brilliant debut, full of everything I love: a sparkling and fully-realized heroine, an intricate and deadly system of magic, and a searing romance that kept me reading long into the night. Serpent & Dove is an absolute gem of a book.” (Sarah J Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Court of Thorns and Roses series)

“Will cast a spell on romance fans.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Mahurin has taken the witch and witch hunter trope and made it new again. The world-building will draw in readers and Lou’s strong but wistful nature will keep them turning pages.” (School Library Journal) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.









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