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Blood & Honey

(Serpent & Dove #2)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  32,133 ratings  ·  5,470 reviews
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 buil
Hardcover, 536 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by HarperTeen
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    ✨ A ✨
    Me? *glances around; points at self* Oh I'm total fine after that ending. And by “totally fine” I mean: NOT AT ALL.

    “And when everything is a matter of life and death for us, the stakes are higher. The more we gain, the more we lose.”

    ⚠️ Do not read this review if you have not read Serpent and Dove (Book 1) ⚠️ Other than that there are no other spoilers in this review.

    Lou, Reid and Co. have just made it out of Chatteau alive. Just barely.

    Enemies are close and they are being hunted from all a
    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    All I need is for Reid, Lou and Big Titty Liddy to be okay.
    Serpent And Dove: ★★★★★
    5/5 ⭐

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

    Oh wow.
    OH WOW.
    What the bloody hell was this thing I just read? Because oh wow.

    Thank the deity that Shelby Mahurin made a trilogy out of this because if she were to leave the things like that I would’ve been extra pissed off.

    That cliffhanger.

    Blood & Honey started off on a high key and from the very first chapters I was sure that this was going to be the vibe of the entire book. And guess what? It was.

    When I thought thin
    Chelsea Humphrey
    2.5 "Should have been a duology but was extended to a trilogy" stars


    No one is more disappointed that I am that my MOST anticipated 2020 release didn't work out the way I had hoped, but here we are. Serpent & Dove was a surprising favorite last year; I've read a good bit of YA fantasy, and it offered unique glimpses at some of my favorite tropes, a cast of characters with diverse personalities, and a slow burning romance to die for. Jumping into Blood & Honey, I wasn't exactly sure what we would
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Arrrghhhhk! No freaking way! Here comes my unpopular review and my ear bleeding screams! WTH happened to my adorable characters? Did body snatchers, ruthless doppelgängers take over Reid and Lou’s bodies?

    And why did I read a book which is really long to bleed my eyes and create dark circles under them? I don’t have problem to read long stories but when nothing happens during your read, I get out of my patience!

    Yes, my friends, 100 pages: nothing happened, 200 pages: still nothing changes, 300
    Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
    PSA: for all of you eagerly waiting for this to be released in a few weeks, please do a reread of ‘serpent & dove.’ you have time. i desperately wish i did - i forgot so much and was confused because of it.

    that being said, those who really loved S&D will for sure enjoy this. and those who found S&D to only be okay will probably find this sequel to be disappointing. and heres why.

    this is 100% a filler book. nothing really happens! the ending of this sequel leaves the characters in the exact same
    alana ♡
    “What you are now is not what you’ve always been, nor is it what you always will be.”

    Is there anything worse than one of your most anticipated reads of the year being an absolute flop? I’ll be completely honest that going into this I was not expecting to enjoy it more than Serpent & Dove but I also wasn’t expecting to want this to be over so badly while reading it. So where did it all go wrong, you ask?
    Let’s just get straight to the point.

    ⁉️For the love of God give me a recap. Do yourself a
    chan ☆
    Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2021, ya-fantasy
    i'm not saying i loved this, but i am saying that i really really disagree with the reviews for this book ...more
    Jul 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
    serpent & dove : 4 stars
    blood & honey : 1 star

    honestly.. i don't even know how to start this review because i don't think i've ever been this pissed over a book before. i literally don't know how people enjoyed this?? there seriously wasn't one part that i genuinely enjoyed. but,, basically, in this rant review i'm going to talk about how much this book sucked and analyze what went wrong in three different categories : the good, the bad and the ugly.

    i'll start out by saying this is literally one
    Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

    #1 Serpent & Dove — 4 Stars
    #2 Blood & Honey — 2.5 Stars

    Somehow I expected this, but still.


    I don’t even recognize these characters anymore. This is basically Serpent & Dove but with characters (new and old) ten times more insufferable, a shitty plot (cause what do you call a book that doesn’t have one?), and an even shittier romance.

    Well, okay, it’s not as bad as I made it out to be cause I still kinda enjoyed it. But still, it’s bad. So, what the heck? How did I de
    Helena Paris
    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

    Buddy read with Laur!!! :)



    Mar 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
    this cover is too much.
    Lucy Tonks
    Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
    I finally finished this book and I am so disappointed. It took me so long to actually finish it. I flew through the first book, but this was just painful to read. I wanted to love this book so much. It was one of my anticipated releases of this fall since I loved Serpent & Dove so much, but it seems that my hope were way to high.

    First of all, this book could have easily been shorter. There were so many unnecessary things that happened in this book and I really didn't understand why Shelby Ma
    Party Poison
    Nov 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
    Shelves: not-buying

    I'm disappointed.

    I thought I would be nice and rate this thing two stars, but then I remembered my hatred for Reid, the pointless travelling all over the place, and overall incoherence of this so called "book" and I changed my mind.


    Just so you can get an idea of how bad this was, it reminded me of Insurgent by Veronica Roth, which I rated 2 stars.
    I hate that book almost as much as I hate this one.

    But get this.
    Blood and Honey was worse than Insurgent.

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

    YOU DEVIL.😭💔

    I trusted you—but you went ahead and broke my heart anyways. You did EXACTLY what I BEGGED you not to do. (view spoiler)
    I can't stop crying. This is one of the worst cliffhangers ever. Fall 2021 is just too far.


    Blood & Honey
    Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Honestly, this book was awful, and I’m struggling to justify giving it two stars instead of one. Between the total lack of plot (not an exaggeration; at no point during this entire book is there any semblance of a plot. Nothing fucking happens except people wandering around. I’m almost impressed by the author’s commitment to NOT telling a story) and the terrible characterisation (not a single person stayed in character, the worst of which was Coco, who went from being a funny, capable, menacing ...more
    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    FairyLoot Blood & Honey Collector’s Edition Box. Click link under the pic to see the goodies.


    4.5 Stars ⭐️

    I loved it so much but for a couple of things and a death!! I love these characters! Looking forward to the next book!

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
    TheBibliotheque ♡
    Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020-faves, read-arc
    Oh. You guys are not ready for this.

    “And if I had to run, hide, and fight for that love, I would. For the rest of my life, I would.”

    Honestly, I am in disposition to confirm that I'd die for these characters. And to some extent, I did. Because guys, I have finished Blood & Honey. And I can't help but feel like Blood & Honey was the one finishing me.

    That’s exactly how it feels, at least.

    Anyway. If you are anticipating the sequel to the acclaimed Serpent & Dove—the book that has brought back witche
    Maryam Rz.
    Lo and behold: the Middle Book Syndrome strikes again. Sigh. Made for a great playlist (Spotify URL) but oh the mess that this was...

    B&H was both better and worse than its predecessor—no longer underdeveloped yet bearing a plot that is hot mess incarnate, sprinkled with lots of filler aaanddd not much of anything else, plus daring to reverse all arcs back to ground zero.

    I mean, Reid was practically intolerable.

    I enjoyed it (thus the 3 stars that, according to GR, translate to “I liked it”) becau
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    “I loved her. And if I had to run, hide, and fight for that love, I would. For the rest of my life, I would.”

    I stayed up for 6 straight hours reading this and do I regret it? Not one damn bit! Whew, this book sucked me in from the very first page. We are instantly reunited with the characters we grew to love (and maybe even hate) from book one. We are also introduced to a few new characters who I really enjoyed.

    I enjoyed the world setting in this book so much. On the run in the woods, a tra
    Jul 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020
    i shouldn't have read this :) ...more
    Lucy Langford
    Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it

    ”You are a snake. Shed your skin if it no longer serves you. Transform into something different. Something better.”

    I cannot even begin to describe my excitement to be back in Belterra and the world of Serpent & Dove. I adored the first book so I was excited to see what this book delivered.

    Something that is great about Shelby Mahurin’s witches is that she doesn’t shy away from their sinister magic, and this time we were able to see more of the magic from the Dame Rouge’s. These witches a
    **I'm officially pulling the plug at 45%.**

    I'm done with this series. I was listening to the audiobook and really had no clue what was going on.

    There was no refresher and having not really enjoyed the first book, I didn't recall a lot of the details.

    You may be wondering why I picked it up if I didn't really enjoy the first one. The last 20% of Serpent & Dove did get interesting for me.

    I wanted to see what would happen next. After reading close to 50% of this, I can say, a whole lot of nothing.
    Bryce Rocks My Socks
    Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: people with hearts for nicholina to feast on
    umm where were the scandalizing Christians?? where was the foul mouth?? where is the lou we know and love?? however, there was a rather exceptional performance of Big Titty Liddy which we always appreciate.

    people i want to sleep with after THIS book:
    ...anybody but celie

    ALSO ON PAGE 452, (view spoiler)

    Cait (Caitsbooks)
    Go check out this review, and more, over on my blog!

    Thank you so much to Edelweiss and the publisher for giving me an ARC to read and review. All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.

    Quick Stats:
    4/5 Stars
    Characters: 4/5
    Setting: 4/5
    Writing: 4/5
    Plot and Themes: 3/5
    Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
    Review in a Nutshell: Serpent & Dove was one of my favorite releases of 2019, and while I really enjoyed Blood & Honey, it did get hit by the second-book-slump.

    “The brotherhood had nev
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    3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    ”I’m a witch, Reid. A witch. I have the power to protect the ones I love, and I will sacrifice anything for them. If that makes me a monster—if that makes me aberrant—I’ll don the teeth and claws to make it easier for you.”

    Blood & Honey is the anticipated sequel to Serpent & Dove. A story set in fictional France, where witchcraft and forbidden magic dwell and witches are notoriously hunted by Chasseurs, huntsmen and warriors sworn to the church.

    It’s a story of forbidden love between a
    Lucie V.
    Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: fantasy
    ✅ Hate/love and angst
    ✅ Action
    ✅ Witches
    ✅🆗 Plot
    🆗 Characters
    🆗 Romance and interactions
    ❗️❗️ Kind of cliffhanger

    I missed Lou and Reid's banter too much to rate this book higher! It's one of the things I loved the most in Serpent & Dove, how they would be sarcastic and exasperated at each other, yet we could feel the romance building between them. I laughed out loud many times while reading the first book because of their dialogues, but this part was absent from the sequel.

    The story picks up right aft
    Leah Waters
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: ya-fantasy, dnf, romance
    I can't believe I'm DNFing my most anticipated release of 2020.

    But that's 2020 for you.

    I'm quitting at page 170. After one of the worst fight scenes I've ever read (people are literally coming to chop off Lou's head but she spends her time flirting with Reid and making out with him) I just can't continue. It's lost the magic. And after hearing everyone talk about how the ending crushed them...I don't really want to continue.

    Nov 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
    Thinking back on this book and I can't help but wonder if it was a giant prank.
    I wish someone had warned me this was almost 600 pages of filler.
    I thoroughly enjoyed S&D (4 stars) and even reread it beforehand to make sure it was fresh in my mind... I think that only made things worse for me.

    I just had so much fun during that first book and it was a feeling wholly absent for me in this one. And there was no plot to make up for it.

    I also found myself growing colder towards Lou and Reid as individu
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