Serpent & Dove
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 ...more
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“Now move, or I swear to God, I will strip naked right here and dance the bourree!”
I thrust my hands on my hips and looked at him expectantly.
He didn’t even glance at the people around us. […]
Instead, he kept his eyes trained on mine, a slow smirk spreading across his face.
Don't judge me! I can feel your judgement! I know, I know, I liked a YA fantasy, not even in spite of the romance but because of it. What is the world coming to?
I gotta say this right because many people I interact ...more
It had everything I adore:
• addictive; easy writing
• marriage of convenience
• witch/witch hunter romance
• slow burn
• intricate magical system
• heart warming female friendship
• morally grey characters
• inner battle of right and wrong
In the land of Belterra witches are ...more
Let me tell you about my favourite NA fantasy book of 2019.
A Story About A Witch Getting Hitched But Much More.
Serpent and Dove stole my heart in so many ways and all I want to do is go back and read it all over again. This lush tale full of magic and intrigue is wildly imaginative but soft at the same time and if you're a fan of romance + fantasy, I highly recommend trying this!
The sales pitch;
- enemies to lovers
One zillion stars… Did I hear three zillion! What the hell! Five gazillion! What! One jillion, one jillion! Okay two, three jillion! Oh the read head crazy lady already ...more
Full review to come.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
there are a bunch of complaints i have about the craft of this book, but at the same time it was a whirlwind of a story that kept me wildly entertained even as i physically stopped myself from rolling my eyes every other chapter.
therefore, it sits right between a one (for quality) and a three (for fun).
although if i EVER see the phrase "big titty liddy" again it's on sight
the first thing that i noticed right away was the writing. my gosh, this does not read like a debut novel. this feels as if its written by a seasoned fantasy author. its utterly divine.
and the content is sooo magical. ...more
DOES THE SERPENT CHASE THE DOVE?...more
OR DOES THE DOVE CHASE THE SERPENT?
BUT! I WILL CHASE YOU ON MY FLYING BROOM IF YOU DON'T GIVE THIS ONE A TRY
THIS BOOK FUCKING CURED MY NINA AND MATTHIAS DEFICIENCY
IT'S LIKE -- A MARRIAGE BETWEEN MANORIAN AND NITTHIAS
MINAAEMIC PATIENTS WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!
WITCH BLOOD DESCENDENTS WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU WAITING FOR? DO NOT DISGRACE YOUR ANCESTORS!!!
insert Ellie Goulding quote
OH AND PLEASE TAKE THIS IN HIGH DOSES -- 49 TIMES A DAY
I went in with low expectations and came out of it not completely blown away by the story, which I expected. It was enjoyable, adorable, had its hilarious moments and the pacing was great.
I got out of it what I wanted.
Even though the story lacked for me when it came to the world building and character development, I feel like the groundwork has been laid and I hope it’s build upon in the ...more
(i'm kidding--i love u and your reading tastes very much. muah.)
I'll preface this review by saying I typically don't enjoy books about witchcraft, so I was nervous going into this one. For me, books about magic walk a fine line of being too silly, which really takes me out of the world and makes it seem more childish instead of its intended intensity. But this book, its writing, and its world COMPLETELY captured me.
My favorite ...more
#1 serpent & dove — 4.5 stars
#2 blood & honey (tbr)
ahh i love this book so freaking much!! and i've been walking on air since i finished it. this is an impressive debut novel that doesnt feel like one at all bcs of how outstanding the author’s writing craftsmanship is.
im not good with summarizing, but basically this book is about two sworn enemies who, after a stunt gone wrong, are forced into a matrimony. however, there’s more to this book than just the slow burn enemies to lovers ...more
I don't know about you, but I find it is a rare day that the hype beast lives up to it's nature, and what a glorious feeling it is when a book lives up to the promises doled out by publishers and early reviewers alike. Serpent & Dove deserves every bit of praise that has been heaped upon it's name, and it will be a most excruciating wait for the second installment. If you ...more
This was an enemies-to-lovers romance, reminiscent of Matthias and Nina from Six of Crows (aka my OTP of the series), but instead of Grisha, Lou was a witch ...more
Being stubborn as I am, I was hesitant about letting myself love this book because I saw how much others loved it (I am stupid like that!). So when I started I was hard at work trying to find flaws with it. And sure, I did find one or two, but soon they fled my mind completely - I was just swept up in this story! This is the first time since I was a teenager that I have stayed up waaaay past midnight because I couldn't stop reading!
"I promised to love and...more
Okay so the only time I actually like romance in a book is if it starts off with hate. Dude I love hate. So obviously I was very excited for this book and it did not disappoint- well at least the first 300 pages didn't.
The thing is, I really liked Reid at first because I thought he was chivalrous and all but there's a difference between chivalry and being a dumbass and our beloved Reid is a cringey dumbass.
The romance was sudden and cringey and made me want ...more
Still a fantastic read the second time around- I adore Lou as a character and I am eagerly anticipating the sequel towards the end of this year.
I LOVED THIS!!! All the stars for this witchy goodness!!!
A witch and a witch hunter bound in holy matrimony. There was only one way such a story could end- a stake and a match.
The war between the witches and the church is ancient and ongoing. Louise is a witch who has runaway from ...more
I picked this up because I saw it being touted in some places around GR and booktube as a "racy" YA romance that was (perhaps) edgy enough for some people to feel it should have been classified more as New Adult a la ACOTAR.
And because I had a Barnes and Noble gift card burning a hole in my pocket.
So I picked up this and Ninth House.
And perhaps a couple other things.
It also felt very season appropriate to read about witches and buy black books with snakes on the covers. Very ...more
me: just watch me start this book bitch, just watch me
"Why the fuck is everyone in this kingdom trying to murder my wife?"
And just like that, I fell in love forever.
I haven't laughed/suffered so much while reading a book in a very long time.
I also just realized one of the reasons I liked this story so much is that the main characters remind me a lot of Matthias Helvar (my absolute favorite character from Six of Crows) and the gorgeous Nina Zenik. Their dynamic is very similar and they're both so beautifully characterized it's impossible not to ...more
Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you, (...)
Where you go, I will go.
Where you stay, I will stay.
“For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things:
A sacrificial altar,
A ritual knife
And a wicked scar.”
That was the description I read when I first saw this book on Goodreads and boooooooy I was so hooked.
And then when it reappeared on my dashboard there was another thing that caught my interest. A witch and witch hunter hate-to-love-trope.
And what ...more
“Wicked are the ways of women—and especially a witch. Their guile knows no bounds.”
I have been very picky lately with YA series and I am just trying to finish the series I already started and not starting anything new! I am doing this to focus on adult fantasy series which I have been into lately. I can’t deny that I am a very curious person and when one book receives as much hype as this one did and when I see all of my friends talking about it and ...more
Good versus evil. There is no room for an in between.
But when her own mother tries to kill her, she is forced to flee her coven and the world suddenly seems a bit more complicated.
Maybe everything isn't as black and white as she thought?
Reid Diggory has lived a very different life than Lou. As a Chasseur he abides by the creed 'Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.' ...more
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