Hello bookdragons!!Today I want to share about a book that surprised me, a book I was not sure I wanted to read at first but ended up LOVING: Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin. It is the September’s Indigo Teen Staff Pick of the Month and I was lucky enough to receive a copy to enjoy!
Today, I’m gonna share with you 5 good reasons why you should try it 😉
Staff Pick of the Month?
If you are wondering what this is about, each month, across all the Chapters stores, over 200 employees select a title to be the Staff Pick of the Month, in the Teen section! I was lucky enough to receive a copy in order to share my honest opinion about it 🙂
September Teen Pick: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
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.
5 good reasons to pick it up (and again I am SO HAPPY I ended up reading it)
- A very interesting magic system: I was quite surprised by how the magic was handled in this book, but it was super interesting, based on the fact that to take, you have to give. An eye for an eye and that kind of thing. But also more complex than that!
- All the French: as a French person, I still struggle with the romanticization of French language and how authors can use it without reason. Ok, sometimes a book happens in France or in New Orleans so I can accept it. Here, at first, I was puzzled by all the French vocab (like whyyyy) but I think it helped give this book an old 17th century in France vibe. Also, most of the French words were related to food and it already makes it taste better :p
- A GOOD hate to love trope: I can’t tell you how many hate to love tropes failed to entice me or even upset me. But in this book it was so well done and so so good, I was all for it!!!
- Secrets: So many secrets and revelations. And for once, I didn’t see them coming!
- Super interesting main characters: I very quickly loved Lou, and it got confirmed that she was a great character in many ways, managing to be a feminist in her hard time. As for Reid, I just want him for myself! I won’t say more…
Hope this convinced you to give this book a chance! Or maybe you did already? What did you think?
See you for a cup,
Trigger warnings: blood, sex scene