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Serpent & Dove is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I liked it from the opening page.
What I liked….
The brunette MC with blue-green eyes, because I’m a brunette with blue-green eyes, so that’s completely a personal reason and not useful to anyone.
It’s YA, which I don’t mind when the characters are mature for their age, like in this book. I found myself forgetting that Lou is supposed to be eighteen. I kept double checking that.
I loved the obvious French world that gave extra flair compared to others in the same subgenre.
The dual POV was great in getting the sense of two very different characters and their views on the world and each other. I tend to prefer two to four POVs for a multidimensional view of the story.
Lou was a fun character to read and dropped significant points about her past early on so I didn’t get any annoying surprises later.
Reid was multidimensional and had a realistic level of conflict in the right moments.
The plot, magic system, and how the pieces tied together were done really well. The magic system wasn’t clear at first, but I soon worked it out and found it very entertaining.
And the love scene… wonderful. A lovely balance of delicacy while not skirting around the act. Very much an ideal sex scene in my opinion.
What I didn’t like…
The last line was a “hmm, okay” kinda line. It felt like it should have had more impact, but maybe I missed a key piece of info that I needed to understand it. EDIT: I’ve since checked Goodreads and I’m not the only one who questioned this.
Reid was maybe overly bashful at times, but he’s lived a sheltered life and been lied to about what witches really are, so it’s a very small exaggeration of what I think would be more likeable.
I didn’t like how the audiobook narrators had such different voices for the same characters in their POV. I get that there would be some difference accounting for POV and the actor’s voice, but I think there was too much difference and the audiobook director hadn’t even listened to both voices before signing off on the final audio.
All-in-all, I enjoyed every aspect and element in the story itself and would recommend it to most fantasy book lovers.