Blood & Honey: Serpent & Dove, Book 2
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Listening Length 14 hours and 18 minutes
Author Shelby Mahurin
Narrator Holter Graham, Saskia Maarleveld
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date September 01, 2020
Publisher HarperAudio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B0839LD3QK
Best Sellers Rank #5,106 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#6 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy for Teens
#20 in Paranormal Romance for Teens
#70 in Teen & Young Adult Fairy Tale & Folklore Adaptations

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Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2020
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Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wait to read this when the third book comes out
By Charisma_reads on September 17, 2020
This book just wasn’t what my expectations where for it. SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT.

The whole love story between Reid and Lou was completely off.
Reid fighting his magic and “accepting” Lou as a witch but resenting her when using magic throughout 99% of the book was tedious and annoying.
The fighting scenes were quite dull.
I wanted to DNF this book multiple times.
I did however like the new characters into the book.
I thought the way she did Ansels death was not done tastefully and completely disrespectful towards his character.
I enjoyed how she ended the book because I thought it was hopeful way to end off to start a third book.
Overall, this book was dull and frustratingly annoying.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
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Readinginpyjamas
3.0 out of 5 stars The angst level is high in this one!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2020
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Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars No Mary or Gray Stu's here!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2020
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ateachersguidetoreading
4.0 out of 5 stars Just falls short of bewitching...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just falls short of bewitching...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2020
"Ask me no questions, mon amour, and I shall tell you no lies..."
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Did I like this book? Yes, very much. Did I enjoy this book? Yes. Did I love this book? I hate to say it, but no.
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"The wisest course of action isn't always the right one..."
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In this sequel we see Lou, Reid and Co navigating the consequences from the end of Serpent & Dove whilst trying to anticipate an attack from La Dame Des Sorcieres.
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What I really liked about this book was how we got to see more of the world and the magical creatures that inhabit it. There were lot of new and interesting characters introduced along the way. And that cliffhanger... Wow! I did predict it with some of the earlier foreshadowing but, my gods, it still hit hard!
I also experienced a first whilst reading this book as I took part in an Interactive Art Read-A-Long through A Touch of Magic Designs on IG. This included five mystery prints labelled with a corresponding chapter. It depicted the scene beautifully and helped to bring the characters to life. It also had me rushing to read on to reach the next print. This read-a-long is a big part of why this review is 4 stars instead of 3.
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"She wore secrets like armour, and she shed them for no one... "
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Now, I loved Serpent & Dove and I was abolsutely hooked on it. I feel Blood & Honey just fell short of that. It honestly felt like Lou and Reid were strangers - that original spark was missing. The story between those two felt repetitive in this book and not fresh like in S&D. It felt like this was a 'filler' book before getting to the Finale. I'm a sucker for romance and theirs just seemed to dwindle. I'm hoping to see a revival in book 3.
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"You are earth. And she is fire..."
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N. D. Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Just boring.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 16, 2020
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Kristel Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars This instalment is much darker and the ending broke my heart.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars This instalment is much darker and the ending broke my heart.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2021
After surviving death as second time at the hands of Morgane, Lou, Reid and their friends are suffering from the fallout. The death of the Archbishop by Reid to save Lou has changed him and his views on magic have become even more conflicting as he refuses to accept his magical heritage. The clash with the Dame Blanches has also changed Lou. She is angry, volatile and more reckless with her magic. She is obsessed with revenge and it is clouding her judgment. Reid and Coco worry that Lou is not in control of her feelings or magic and that she is acting more like her power-crazed mother every day.

As fugitives from the Dames Blanches, Church and Crown, they must find a way to defeat Morgane by locating other witches or supernatural beings to assist them. When the friends must part ways because Reid is not welcome by Coco's family the Dames Rough and he must seek the werewolves separately, troubles within the group deepen. Lack of communication causes a rift between Reid and Lou and as they go their separate ways that rift only widens. Lou cannot understand why Reid will not see beyond her magic to the woman he says he loves and stop trying to change her and Reid cannot reconcile the Lou that he fell in love with the drastically altered woman before him who is violent and dangerously irrational. But the one thing he takes issue with is the fact she continues to lie to him about her past.

As their enemies close in on every side will they succeed in vanquishing Morgane once and for all or will they even survive the coming battle? One thing is certain – the fight ahead of them will leave earth-shattering consequences for all involved and ones that no magic can reverse.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. This instalment is much darker and the ending broke my heart. Even though these beloved characters have changed considerably and in unexpected ways, I still feel drawn to them. The escalating tension to the showdown with Morgane was thrilling but I found the interpersonal conflicts and connections to be even more compelling. I recommend tissues.
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