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Serpent & Dove

(Serpent & Dove #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  228,716 ratings  ·  29,241 reviews
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 t
Hardcover, 513 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by HarperTeen
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theStorykeeper Sex is NOT always part of a relationship (congrats on being acephobic!), especially not when teenagers are involved (which I'm assuming is the case he…moreSex is NOT always part of a relationship (congrats on being acephobic!), especially not when teenagers are involved (which I'm assuming is the case here, as it's labeled YA)! If you want sex in books, there is a whole entire genre out there for you - they're called adult romance novels. Those of us who don't want to read about sex deserve a space, too.(less)
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Sara La Voisin was *so* much more than just a French fortune teller! She lead an underground network of "sorcerers" and "black magic practitioners" in Pari…moreLa Voisin was *so* much more than just a French fortune teller! She lead an underground network of "sorcerers" and "black magic practitioners" in Paris who provided poisons, aphrodisiacs, and abortions. She was said to also conduct magical services and arranged black masses for her aristocratic clients. Not to mention her part in The Affair of Poisons. Sort of like the Salem Witch Hunts, but with Poisoners instead of Witches.

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This is basically a dollar store Nina x Matthias, and I am having none of it.

Lou is a spirited, feisty witch-turned-thief, forced to marry a witch-hunter (chasseur) named Reid. I can feel your judging eyes on me. Yes, it is as trashy as it sounds. Yes, I regret all my life decisions. You can stop looking at me like that.

I honestly have no idea where to start with this ridiculous book. There’s so much to break down. I might as well start at the beginning.

The book opens with Lou stealing from a
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First Read July 2019

Few things compare to that feeling you get after finishing a book that lived up to your expectations. Ever since I read the blurb of this book I knew I was going to love this and I WAS NOT DISSAPOINTED.


It had everything I adore:

• addictive; easy writing
• enemies-to-lovers
• 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 Belte
Emily May
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
“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.
“Do it.”

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
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I know I know this does not have the qualities of a 5 star book. The magic system is nonsense and undeveloped. I have never read fanfiction in my life but this book sure felt like one. However I really really enjoyed it. Reid reminds me so much of myself because I too was raised into a family where there were no curses, and even as an adult now it still feels kinda awkward when someone curses near me.

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Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
it seems almost wrong to rate this bc it feels like i'm reviewing a fan fiction that i read at 3 am

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
Jan 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is one of the most ridiculous books I've read this year and it's only January. It has such an absurd setup for the plot, clumsy characterization, and the humor lands very poorly (I cringed every time the main character would loudly sing "Big Titty Liddy"). I did like the 1 sex scene though. ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
sooooo much fun!
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"It doesn’t end in death. It ends in hope."


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!

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5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

This book's mood song match - Witching Hour by In This Moment


When other girls were playing with their dolls, pretending to be princesses like Rapunzel or Cinderella or whatever, I was hiding in my secret place aka a huge linden tree at the very back of my family’s orchard and pretending that I had the ability to control the elements.

I was basically running around pretending I’m flying on a stick, bending the wind at my will and “magically” t
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t attending to the star giving auctions for too long but finally I FOUND A… ( oh no I couldn’t find an adjective to express my feelings about this book. Fantastic! No! Too weak! Extraordinary! No! Not emphasizing my emotions enough! Okay let’s get over this auction as I resume my brain storming to find the right words!)

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 wro
Emma Giordano
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! Such a beautifully rich fantasy debut. I was so pleasantly surprised to find how attached I became to the characters and overall story. This is not a book you are going to want to miss!

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.
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, fantasy, ya
2.5*? Undecided.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
for the first time ever, i picked up a book without knowing anything about it. i didnt read the synopsis, not the back cover, nothing. and i have no idea if thats why im rating this so highly - because everything was such an exciting surprise - or what, but wow. this had me hooked!

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.
Cardan Greenbriar
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fangirling, favorite








insert Ellie Goulding quote


P.S. i ha
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
4.5 Stars

Reread 2020 - 2022 - I still love this first book with the exception of a few things.


September Fairyloot Unboxing! As usual, click on the GOODIES LINK under the pic to see the Goodies!


She said, "You broke my ass bone!" I can’t 🤣😂

Sorry y’all everything is funny and good at the moment! I passed my cancer check up today!! 10/14/19

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
This was a rather hard review to write. I have to say that it seems that with hyped/popular books, it seems that I either love them or hate them; unfortunately, this was the latter.

This book having an average 4,15* and 4,11* friends' average rating, seemed like a sure good read. Especially since even people who I "always" agree with seemed to like this book, the thing is while many people recommended this book to me, I still cannot blame it on having too high expectations for it. I honestly did
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books, arcs
Holy Fuck.


Whitney Atkinson
reread: oct - nov 2021

hmm. it was good. but not incredible. also probably because it took me over a month to reread this and i knew the plot twists in the back of my head. i wasn't floored by this book like i was the first time and i know part of it was just because of my current mood and slow reading pace, but it was a good refresher so that i can get to the sequels.


originally read: nov 2019

the people who dislike this book are wrong, and that's just facts.

(i'm kidding--i love u and your r
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this is definetly one of the best books that i've read this year ...more
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
[2nd Read]

#1 Serpent & Dove — 4 Stars
#2 Blood & Honey — 2.5 Stars
#3 Gods & Monsters — 1.5 Stars

Well, this is awkward . . .

The girl who was totally obsessed—and I mean like, TOTALLY it’s the love of my life kind of obsessed—with this book last year (as you can probably tell from my “I’m over the moon when I’m writing this review” review below) and the Debbie Downer, slightly more critical version of myself who just re-read it in preparation for the sequel are not on the same page anymore. Ugh
A perfectly, adequate YA fantasy story about witches and witch hunters that left me feeling lukewarm.
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 seque
Chelsea Humphrey
"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."

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 have
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
**2.5-stars rounded up**

Louise Le Blanc is a young witch whose opinion on the world is quite simple: Witches are good, Chasseurs are bad.

Good versus evil; there's no room for an in-between.

But when her own mother tries to kill her, Lou is forced to flee the protection of her coven. Trying to survive on her own, the world suddenly seems a bit more complicated.

Maybe everything isn't as black and white as she once thought?

Reid Diggory has lived a very different life than Lou. As a Chasseur he abi
✨ Helena ✨
WOWWW!!! This was amazing! What a stunning début! I did NOT think, going into this, that it would be earning itself a place on my favourites shelf! If uni hadn't been such a hindrance (lol whyyy), I'd have absolutely torn through this in one sitting! If this is what Shelby Mahurin has to offer, I'm excited for what's to come in the future!


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 an
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
My dudes, this book was....something.

Okay, so the only time I like romance in a book is if it starts with hate. So obviously I was very excited about 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 to puke. Reid does not unders
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
3.5 Stars

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 Hallowe
Rating: 1.5 Stars

Before I begin I'd like to start us off with some quotes:
"Didn’t all men share some sort of unspoken camaraderie? A mutual understanding of their own collective importance?"
"From the dawn of time, this has been men’s plight – to be tempted by women." - Mean Witch-hunter #47

Does this dialogue make you go haha yeah #feminism, or does it make you cringe in a little ball? Well you're in for this type of writing and much more!

Serpent and Dove has been marketed as a clash between wi
booksnpenguins (wingspan matters)
"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 n
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”I was no one's sacrifice. Not then. Not now. Not ever.”

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.

Original review:

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
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Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn't fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and obsesses over her Twitter feed. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband, semi-feral toddle ...more

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