Book: Serpent & Dove
Series: Serpent & Dove book 1
Author: Shelby Mahurin
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.
As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.
Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.
My Rating: 3 STARS
Serpent & Dove has got a lot of hype recently and the hype was how I first heard about it and became interested in it. It sounded like something I’d love so I picked it up and I did like the beginning of the book but at around a third of the way through the book I began to enjoy it less.
The thing I liked about this book was the writing. It was so easy and enjoyable to read, I fell straight into the story with the way things were described. I think the writing is what made the first part of the book so entertaining to read.
Serpent & Dove is told from a dual pov. I liked the protagonist Lou, I enjoyed her povs a lot and thought she was a very funny and stand out character. As for the other point of view and love interest, Reid, I didn’t like him. In the beginning I was intrigued by him but only for a little while before I actually got to know his character. I thought he was a boring character and I kept hoping there was going to be a twist in the story where he wasn’t the love interest but he was. I know his character was supposed to act in certain ways because he was brought up in a prejudiced way but I expected his character to develop more as the book went on but he just came across as more immature instead.
I was also disappointed in the romance. When it became clear to me that Reid was (obviously) the love interest I thought maybe it wouldn’t be too bad since I did enjoy how Lou had this funny banter with him but then the marriage happened and the romance escalated a bit too quick. They went from hating each other to wanting to die for each other fairly quickly and I couldn’t understand that especially since they both knew nearly nothing of the history and background of the other. I also felt the romance brought down Lou’s character because in the second half of the book she became focused on Reid and a lot less interesting.
I did like the friendship between Lou and Coco and I really wished there had been more of a focus on that instead of the romance. I liked the witch parts of the book and thought the magic was interestingly described.
Overall I did like the first third of Serpent & Dove, I thought Lou was a great character and I was interested in what was happening but I didn’t really like Reid and thought the romance happened too quick so I ended up feeling disappointed by Serpent & Dove.