Review | Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Published by: HarperTeen

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Genre: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Witches

Page Count: 528

Rating: 5/5

Source: Purchase

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Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

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.


“I loved her. Despite everything. Despite the lies, the betrayal, the hurt…I don’t know if she returned that love, and I didn’t care. If she was destined to burn in Hell, I would burn with her.”

You can set my pyre on fire. I’ve found my new enemies-to-lovers fave. All I needed to know is that a witch and a witch hunter fall hard for each other. Then I’m hooked. But if you’re looking for a filthy but perfect romantic fantasy, Serpent & Dove is your book! I fell for this book. It took me weeks to dig through my emotions and thoughts. Shelby’s debut novel may be one of my favourite reads of 2019. And I wasn’t expecting such a reaction though.

Shelby crafts convincing, endearing main characters who make you invested in their journey and struggle. While the plot is a solid read, I believe the characters are what makes this debut. Louise le Blanc, a witch who abandoned her coven, makes me laugh, cry, and squeal. Yes, squeal! Her mouth is dirtier than mine. And I adore how she has survived so much. She’s ruthless, but she’s universal.

Shelby’s storytelling gives you a unique outlook into Lou’s and Reid’s inner thoughts. Each chapter offers up a stronger understanding of these multi-faceted characters who were pawns in a larger game. Reid Diggory, the holiest witch hunter I’ve ever read, may be my next love. Seeing him evolve from a naive boy into a male of worth is one of the best character developments I’ve seen lately.

The romance and the writing follow at a close second. I cannot separate them since they work together beautifully. This love story will break your heart. The writing and storytelling will keep you fighting through the pain. The hype is strong yet real, so don’t let that worry you though. Serpent & Dove is a superb debut worth the read.

“Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from you.”
“Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay.”

Remember November Book Tag

Morning, everyone,

Lately, I haven’t been blogging regularly, but I hope to start up again. So it’s another tag post! Sara from Bibliophagist didn’t tag me myself, but I couldn’t resist. You know me. Please don’t forget to follow and visit her blog!

Have fun reading.

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Bookending Autumn | Sweater Weather

Morning, bloggers!

I’m back with another Bookending post! As you may have seen, this week I took some time away from my blog because I haven’t been feeling well.

So I’m excited for it and took my time with my answers so I’d get it right. This post is part of the Bookending Autumn 2019, founded by Clo and Sam. This prompt, hosted by Danielle from Poetry Books YA is all a part of sweater weather. So name books that remind you of a cozy fall sweater.

I hope you love my choices!

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This or That Book Tag

Hey, everyone!

Since life is gearing up to get more stressful, I don’t want to add to anything else into the mix. So I thought a tag is a perfect way to prevent that problem. Nice and easy is what I’m looking for. I’m more of a “why choose?” reader, so I’ve kicked myself with this post. 😂

I found this on Romance Book Binge. Don’t be stupid and not follow Adrianna.

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The Productivity Book Tag

Give it to me to do a tag about productivity when I am procrastinating with all the other posts I need to do. Yup, bravo. I’ve hit a new low. Someone give me a medal. 😂

I found this fun tag on Bookishly Rebecca! I love the tags she picks. Rebecca’s such a sweetheart. Don’t miss out on any of her posts!

 

Rules

  • Answer the prompts.
  • Tag some friends.
  • Link back to this post, and be sure to mention the creator (Sam @ Fictionally Sam)
  • Have fun!

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Review | DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff

DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff

Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Page Count: 448

Rating: 4.5/5

Source: Purchase

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In the wake of a climactic battle in the ruined city of Babel, two former best friends suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the same quest. Eve is torn between the memories of the girl she was, and the synthetic she’s discovered herself to be. Together with her lifelike “siblings,” Eve sets out to find the real Ana Monrova, whose DNA is the key to building an army of lifelikes.

Meanwhile, Eve’s best friend, Lemon, is coming to terms with a power that she has long denied—and that others want to harness as a weapon. When she meets a strange boy named Grimm, he offers to lead her out of the horror-ridden landscape and to an enclave of other abnorms like herself. There, Lemon quickly finds a sense of belonging—and perhaps even love—among the other genetic deviates.

But all is not what it seems, and with enemies and friends, heroes and villains wearing interchangeable faces, Lemon, too, will join the race to locate Ana Monrova before her former best friend can get to her.


“Sometimes you don’t know you’ve crossed the line till you’re on the other side.”

Droogs, I don’t know if I can handle another one of Kristoff’s cliffhangers. I don’t. But this soul-destroying creator probably enjoys our torture, so I’m not counting on it. But damn you, Kristoff. Damn you.

Paradise Lost meets post-apocalyptic X-Men with a heavy dose of Mad Max, DEV1AT3 will utterly destroy your expectations. If you believed the ending of LIKEL1K3 was rough, then buckle in. Kristoff is will hit you with enough g-force you’ll come out breathless. It took me more than a month to come to terms with that ending. And I’m still not okay. I don’t understand how Kristoff conceives a mashup of storylines that somehow entwine together. Without a doubt, DEV1AT3 is one of the top favourite reads of 2019.

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The Summer Bucket List Book Tag

Happy Friday!

I’ve been avoiding my blog lately. I needed some time away and some much need sleep, but I missed everyone. So hi, I’m back! 😉

I want to thank Kay from Hammock of Books for tagging me. I absolutely loved doing this post. Please give Kay love by visiting her blog!

Rules

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my (Tiffany’s) graphics in your post, or create your own! (I’m going to be using them because they’re absolutely gorgeous!)
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

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Beyond the Blurb | How Bloggers Can Protect Themselves from Threatening Authors

Listen up, bloggers!

Do you know how writing this post makes me angry? No, angry isn’t a good enough adjective. I am livid. There. Over the last week, I’ve seen people plagiarize bloggers in our community, then I witness bloggers go on the defensive because an author attacked them. Why? That said author hated their review.

Am I surprised? No, not in the least. I’ve watched how authors on Twitter fetishize incest and feel the need to attack their followers who questioned their Tweets. So, no, I am not taken aback by this action at all.

So even if you’re a seasoned blogger or a new one on the block, I have some advice you may want to follow.

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Review | The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Published by: HarperCollins

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

Genre: Historical Fiction

Page Count: 288

Rating: 3/5

Source: Purchase

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In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.


“To save one is to save the world.”

When the Tattooist of Auschwitz first hit the blogosphere, I knew I had no chance of passing up this historical fiction. I set the bar high for it. And while I loved the imagery of hope, resilience, and survival, my expectations fizzled out by the end. I wish I loved it. But I can’t.

It is a horrifying tale of hope. With that said, I’m not entirely convinced that many facts in this novel are accurate. In fact, the Auschwitz Memorial has put doubt of the events that took place. I am not criticizing a novel about Auschwitz or the Holocaust. I am critiquing the storytelling, the authenticity of what has been told, and claims the author put into her work.

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The Reader Problems Book Tag

Morning, everyone!

I have crawled out of my sick bed (couch). I think I’ve coughed up most of my organs, including my lungs, and have lived to tell the tale.

So I’m catching up on some posts I wanted to release out into the world earlier but couldn’t. I found this interesting tag on Stephen Writes. If you haven’t taken a look at his blog, here’s your chance!

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