ARC Review | Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)Title: Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1)

Author: Shelby Mahurin 

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: September 3, 2019

There are some things that can’t be changed with words. Some things have to be seen. They have to be felt.”

A witch and a witchhunter fall in love, are you hooked yet? because that was all I needed to hear before I added Seroent & Dove to my TBR. But this story is about more than a tragic love – it’s about the burden of family, the loyalties of friends, and having conviction and faith in your beliefs.

Things I Liked 
Lou & Reid made this story so enjoyable. Their banter, flirting, tension, and pull was addicting and perfect. I loved them together and I loved them finding out who they were – apart from the beliefs they were raised in.

So I’m not the biggest fan of reading about religion in books. But the sociology of religion, sign me up! I really loved seeing Lou address the church and their hypocrisy. How an entity that is supposed to reflect love and acceptance, dehumanizes a group of people. Seeing her (and Reid) face the message of a person’s life reflecting their heart and how that aligns with the vitrol aimed at witches versus the righteousness presented at Mass, so good!

Things I Didn’t Like 
I wouldn’t say that I disliked the writing, but after loving the beauty that was the first chapter, I was let down with the later parts of the book. Lack of tension in action scenes, delayed reveals that are obvious to the reader, new characters pushed to the front of the plot with little development around them (I still feel like I know nothing about Beau), and a general lack of worldbuilding all brought the story down from what I’d hoped for after the first chapter.

But I am optimistic for book 2 because Serpent & Dove left off on quite the cliffhanger and I for one, and very intrigued about what comes next in the story and hopefully getting to see more of this world and these characters too!

I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


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