Serpent & Dove

‘A witch and a witch-hunter, bound by marriage. What a story. ‘


Meet Louise Le Blanc, a rebellious witch with a mysterious past. She maintains herself through stealing and swindling, making herself notorious among the Chausseurs, who have not found out about the witch-part, luckily. They’d definitely come after her. So when one Chausseur, Reid Diggory, does decide that Lou looks rather suspicious, there’s only one chance, one way, to avoid being burned alive. Marriage. That’s right, a witch and a witch-hunter, bound to love, honor and respect oneanother. But meanwhile Lou and Reid can’t even look at eachother without getting the sudden urge to vomit. Nevertheless, Lou’s enemies became Reids enemies overnight, and Reid being the proud man he is, vows to keep his wife save. Not knowing what trouble he got himself into, because he also doesn’t know his wife is a witch. Not yet.


Ahh, another well-known title I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. I was beyond exited to start this book. But as I feared, I was kind of let down, once again! Don’t get me wrong, I liked some aspects of the book, but in general I couldn’t help but feel a little lost. I guess this really just wasn’t the book for me.

What irritated me most with Serpent & Dove was the overall discomfort I experienced while reading. It was just so… pushed from time to time. Like, the summary gave me a lot of things to look forward to, but the actual execution of those things always felt a bit off. Anyways, I did like the concept of the story and it happened to be different from anything I have ever read before.

Serpent & Dove also kept a great pace throughout the book. It took some time to get to the “fun” part, but from there on, the plot thickened and really grasped my attention. The writing is kind of fluffy and easy to read – which didn’t always seem fitting in the setting of medieval France they had going on – but oh well.


I have already concluded that this was not the book for me. The plot was nice, and the story contained some highly amusing parts. But in general, I just didn’t like the execution. But because I didn’t think this book was necessarily bad, I think I could still recommend it to some of you. Please do read this book if you love sassy main-characters, a hate-love romance and some french references in your books!

Product information:
Written by: Shelby Mahurin
Pages: 528
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062878026
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