[Review] Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review*

Title: Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 3, 2019

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.divider_line (1)
Review: I was a bit nervous before reading this book because it was hyped up like CRAZY. Also, I’ve never really been super drawn to witchy books, but this one definitely hit the spot! I’ll also admit I was a bit concerned this book would be heavy on the religion as those stories tend not to draw me, but that was not the case at all.

Now, onto why you should probably pick up this book ASAP. If you love your female characters to have absolutely filthy mouths and not a care in the world for what other people think, Lou’s your girl. She’s the baddest witch in town and I couldn’t get enough of her! I almost felt bad for Reid because she was constantly pressing all his buttons with her constant innuendo, clothing choices (pants, always), and swearing.

Reid was the Most Precious because he blushed at anything slightly scandalous and didn’t know what to do with himself when it came to Lou. But he was also fiercely protective of his honour and beliefs. Basically, they are forced to get married to each other and it’s pretty much chaos (in the best and worst ways) from that point on.

My only bone to pick with this book was the setting because while everything seemed to be pointing towards historical I noticed mentions of bathrooms and sinks and I was conflicted. It may seem a tad petty, but I’m pretty sure this story is based on the time period when witch trials were happening and those things made the world a bit shaky for me.

By the end I was already craving the next book because I need more of these fantastic characters! Between the banter and the endless sarcasm, I just need MORE. Especially Lou and Reid, but there were some incredible secondary characters as well! Did I mention there are different kinds of witches?! Also, the twists were pretty epic and that ending was wiiiiild.

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