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Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove Book 2) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 538 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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|Language: English||Age Level: 14 - 17|
|Grade Level: 9 - 12|
"A breathless, breathtaking continuation of the magical world Mahurin has created pits the strength of love against the need to protect those one loves...at any cost. Would you lose your soul to save someone else's? Blood & Honey doesn't just address this question; it slams the reader into the story - and that existential question - in a brilliant, unending roller-coaster ride." --Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light
Praise for Serpent & Dove:
“Drips with intrigue and shadow.”--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"In Lou's world she not only finds her voice, but makes men take notice and change their views of women. With so many twists and turns, this book is a must for fans of the first."--School Library Journal
“Will cast a spell on romance fans.”--Kirkus Reviews
"Seductive, steamy, and satisfying. Mahurin has delivered a fearless and captivating sequel that has me hooked. This is officially one of my favorite series ever."--Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth
"Decadent and dangerous, Blood & Honey was exactly the book I needed at precisely the right time. The rich cast of characters captivated me, and I can't wait to see what's in store next for this merry band of miscreants."--Reneé Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath & the Dawn series
“A brilliant debut, full of everything I love: a sparkling and fully-realized heroine, an intricate and deadly system of magic, and a searing romance that kept me reading long into the night. Serpent & Dove is an absolute gem of a book.”--Sarah J Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Court of Thorns and Roses series
“Mahurin has taken the witch and witch hunter trope and made it new again. The world-building will draw in readers and Lou's strong but wistful nature will keep them turning pages.”--School Library Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didnt fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every daywith words now instead of cows. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband and semiferal children. Serpent & Dove is her debut novel. Visit her online at www.shelbymahurin.com.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- File Size : 5849 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 538 pages
- Publisher : HarperTeen (1 September 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B082936Z5V
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0063041170
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: 913 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Arguably the most important parts of the story remain in character development. I felt like there was a lot of possibility there that was only explored halfway.
Ansel's death pissed me off. That was all he was there for. It was clear what was going to happen. It turned him into nothing more than a plot device. Boo.
Serpent & Dove was one of my top reads in 2019 and I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for the sequel since last September. For the past few months, I have been anxiously watching the Goodreads rating for Blood & Honey drop sharply, and then steadily climb, only to drop again. I was scared to read this book, worried that it wouldn’t live up to Serpent & Dove, and rather terrified that it would completely suck and I’d be left with crushing disappointment. Well, having now read Blood & Honey, I can say that it wasn’t a total let-down, but it didn’t grab me the way that Serpent & Dove did, either.
Blood & Honey picks up pretty much where Serpent & Dove finishes. I highly recommend doing a re-read if the details from the first book are a little foggy in your brain as there is very little recap in the sequel. Lou and Reid, along with Coco, Ansel, Beau, and Madame Labelle, are on the run from pretty much everyone: the witches, the Chasseurs, the King, even their own memories. They are desperate to save and protect each other, but their actions only serve to wrench them further apart.
The biggest problem I had with this book was that I simply didn’t like a lot of the characters most of the time. They did stupid things in the name of protecting one another. They kept secrets. They refused to face their emotions. Honestly, I wanted to scream and shake Lou and Reid for most of the book. So many problems would have been solved had they just communicated! They also felt grossly different from the characters I had come to know and love in Serpent & Dove. Yes, they have gone through an extreme amount of trauma and suffering, but they still seemed so unnecessarily warped and dark.
We’re also introduced to a whole host of new characters, and I wonder if they were all entirely necessary for the story. A handful of side characters from the first book also make an appearance, but it was unclear as to what purpose they serve, other than to help move the plot along.
The plot itself wasn’t as engaging in this book either. For a lot of the story, nothing overly dramatic and earth-shattering happened, not like in Serpent & Dove. It was easy to guess where the plot was going, and rather disappointing when it did exactly what you expected. There was very little of the shocking twists and turns of the first book. The story did pick up in the last third or so of the book and, understandably, it sets up for the final book in the trilogy. However, I can’t help but wonder if Mahurin would have been better off in sticking with the originally-planned duology and cut out a lot of the extraneous plot in Blood & Honey.
With all that being said though, this was still a fairly easy and nonetheless enjoyable read. I didn’t have to force myself to keep going and once the story picked up in the later part of the book, I found myself caught up in it. Although I had guessed at the major twist, it didn’t make it any less shocking, and since the book ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger, I’m eager to see where the final book will lead. This series still shows promise, and I really hope Mahurin has something mind-blowing planned for Book 3.
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One thing that I really liked about the book is that the characters are flawed. None of them are perfect. I loved how you see Lou starting to spiral, Reid fighting with himself, Coco and Ansel trying to figure things out. Even Beau showed a more mature side! Though once again he did manage to make me cry of laughter and I can't wait to hear more of his stories in the next book. To be honest I think it was the character development that kept me reading even when things weren't actually happening. Seeing them deal with their inner demons, for me, was interesting enough to read until things started falling into place.
I can't wait to read the final book and see how everything gets tied up.
Oh! And Big Titty Liddy, I am happy to say we even learn more about her, which obviously provides more laughter to our lives.
I posted the same review on my good reads, but I am still the one that wrote it :)
The story continues from where Serpent&Dove left off. Lou, Reid and their group are now trying to rally allies to defeat Morgane. And while they do this they must remain covert, to avoid the chasseurs, who have orders from the king to capture them at any cost but also to stay hidden from Morgane herself, who is still after Lou. But keeping a low profile isn't easy when the enemy has eyes everywhere and using magic only seems to create a rift between Lou and Reid. Loyalties are being tested and their relationship will either fall apart or become even stronger by the end.
I have conflicted feelings about this book. The story is told from dual POV, with Reid taking the spotlight more often than Lou, and I enjoyed it because we get to establish a deeper connection with him, but I felt like some conversations were dragged out, and there was not enough interaction between the two of them. The atmosphere is darker than in the previous instalment and the writing style is still enthralling, but the pace of the story is slow and the romantic aspect of Lou and Reid's relationship went downhill. Reid was so lost in his thoughts and his disdain for magic that without realising it he kept pushing Lou away, and Lou, in her desire to help him see he was wrong in his convictions and to help the people she loves, ended up making rash decisions that took a toll on her soul. There are also many new characters introduced and while I love the diversity, I felt like most of them offered nothing important to the story and it was hard to remember who was who.
What I like most about this book are the magic system and Lou's flamboyant personality. Even though her character goes through some changes during their journey, she never loses her sense of humour and tenacity. Her antics are adorable and seeing her embrace her darker side was definitely interesting. I can't help but love her even more.
In terms of plot, there is action, there are secrets, mystery and suspense, but I feel like the story is more character-driven than anything else. This book ends with yet another cliffhanger that left me hungry for more. There are still questions left unanswered and a twist that brings new enemies into the light. I'm so curious to see what will happen next.
Em algum momento a autora e a editora decidiram que teria mais um, e apesar de não ter gostado tanto, continuei para ver onde ia chegar. E cheguei na conclusão de que cometeram um erro.
A história seria ótima se tivesse sido encerrada aqui, mas para ter assunto para mais um volume, esse acabou ficando um pouco cansativo e com bastante encheção de linguiça.
Não é ruim, mas tem vários momentos que poderiam ser encurtados e isso deixou a leitura cansativa.
A prova disso é que li o primeiro volume em 1 dia e levei pouco mais de uma semana para ler esse porque fiquei de saco cheio em algumas partes.
Apesar disso, B&H foi um livro bom. Eu gostei bastante de conhecer mais sobre as Dames Rouge e sua magia. Foi um grande acerto mostrar um pouco mais desse clã.
Sobre os personagens: A Lou continua com aquele jeitinho que conheci no primeiro livro e amei, mas com uma dose menor. A bruxa tem muitas coisas para lidar, por dentro e fora. Uma delas envolve alguns conflitos com o Reid, que eu particularmente achei insuportável em grande parte desse livro. Não que ele não fosse no primeiro, mas lá tinha uma justificativa e ainda toda a questão do enemies to lovers, mas aqui ele foi intragável em vários momentos.
Coco tem mais destaque, e eu amei isso porque amo a sua personalidade e amizade com a Lou.
Um destaque positivo vai para o Beau, que foi um personagem que me conquistou com sua personalidade e comentários engraçados.
Já Ansel é meu amorzinho desde o primeiro e continuou aqui.
Os últimos capítulos foram bastante surpreendentes. Teve um momento ali que simplesmente quebrou meu coração em trocentos pedacinhos e não perdoo a Shelby por isso. Já o ultimo capitulo me deixou com um pouco de raiva porque tem um gancho para o terceiro e eu só lamentei por isso. Eu realmente queria que acabasse aqui.
Mas vou ler? Sim.
Parece que eu desgostei mais do que gostei do livro, mas só fiquei frustrada por não estar no mesmo nível do primeiro mesmo. Tem muitas coisas positivas aqui. Acontecimentos, plots, personagens novos, mas não me deixou tão atordoada.