Series Review: Serpent & Dove Trilogy

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Title: Serpent & Dove
Series: Serpent & Dove 1
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 3rd, 2019
Page Length: 513
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4⭐

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Goodreads 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.

Thoughts

This is my second time reading Serpent and Dove and I found I still enjoyed it as much as I did the first time around. I loved the character banter, and not just between the love interests. The characters were developed enough that I grew to love them all – ok not all, but I came to love six of the characters. The villains of the story I would have loved a little more on them. We didn’t know the backstory of either – until a plot twist reveal, but even then I would have loved a little more. I would have loved to have understood the magic system a little more too – although we get a general idea of how Lou uses magic, and Coco’s blood magic is understandable enough. I was pleasantly surprised, again, by the level of smut in this book – keeping in mind it’s YA, but I would say at the higher end of that age. Although this is a large book, I found myself binging it within a day. Highly addictive, even for a second time around – although not heavy in action scene, with only a couple, there was enough sneaking around and mystery that I had me constantly saying “Just one more chapter!”.

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Title: Blood & Honey
Series: Serpent & Dove 2
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Page Length: 536
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

The hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times and IndieBound bestseller Serpent & Dove—packed with even steamier romance and darker magic—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.

Thoughts

This book and its intensity! We have new people, new locations, new everything. There are a couple of scenes in this book that really stand out – well above anything from Books 1 or 3. While Serpent and Dove gave us some banter and some magic, this one gave us more smut, banter and magic! I loved the added new characters and the added banter made this book even more pleasant. It was a nice way for us to get more information about the outside world, while also learning a little more about our main four characters. Although it has a different feel than the first one, the amount of intrigue and action I got from this book probably make it my favourite of the series.

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Title: Gods & Monsters
Series: Serpent & Dove 3
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 27th, 2021
Page Length: 624
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Age Range: YA
Rating: 3.5⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The spellbinding conclusion to the New York Times and IndieBound bestselling trilogy Serpent & Dove. This stunning fantasy take on French witches and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.

Evil always seeks a foothold. We must not give it one.

After a heartbreaking loss, Lou, Reid, Beau, and Coco are bent on vengeance more than ever before—and none more so than Lou.

But this is no longer the Lou they thought they knew. No longer the Lou that captured a chasseur’s heart. A darkness has settled over her, and this time it will take more than love to drive it out.

Thoughts

I wasn’t as fond of this one as I was the previous two books. It felt like there was a fair amount of jumping around, getting distracted, before the big event. Some of the distractions were fine and interesting – others felt like they over stayed their welcome. Some things seemed to happen only for the point of making tension or conflict. Almost like the author felt the characters were having too easy of a time so she had to keep them on their toes. One thing after the other just seemed to delay them from the end goal. And even the ending felt flat. It almost felt like it just ended. All this build up and it felt like we only got a little pay out. I didn’t feel satisfied with how things were wrapped up – or how others just don’t seem to have an answer. But that epilogue, that made up for that ending. Although it doesn’t change how things end, it gave me the heart that I wanted from the ending of this book.

Overall this series was enjoyable and I’m glad I read it. However, the ending left me wanting more. I’m wondering if I gave Gods & Monsters more time (binged over two sessions), if I would have enjoyed it more or feel more satisfied with the ending. I had hoped this to be one of my favourite series, but unfortunately, just didn’t live up to my hopes.

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