Book #3: Serpent & Dove

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Publisher: HarperCollins

Number of pages: 519 (paperback)

Fiction or nonfiction: Fiction

Genre or subject: YA/NA Fantasy

When I discovered or acquired the book: Secret Santa gift from Bewitched by Books Facebook group <3

When & where read: At home (like always) the week of January 17th

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: It took me longer than usual to finish.

Rate on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being exceptional): 7

 Writing Quality  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
 Pace             1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
 Plot Development 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
 Characters       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
 Enjoyability     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
 Insightfulness   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
 Ease of reading  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10
 Cover            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10 

Notes and opinions: (Basic plot or contents, setting, main characters, point of view, how the book made me feel or what it made me think, great lines or quotes, etc.)

This cover… oh man! It’s gorgeous! I’m 100% guilty of choosing books by their covers and this one grabbed my attention ASAP. I also used to pick beer for my husband with this method. Cool label? I’d buy it. I learned my lesson though. Buying a stout with a pretty label when my hubby favored IPAs didn’t always work out. Lol! Anyway, less beer more book.

I loathe giving books anything less than glowing reviews because authors deserve praise for all the time, love, and effort they put into each letter they write. Don’t get me wrong, this book is very well written but overall it wasn’t for me. The plot was kind of slow and I didn’t fully connect with the characters. Lou had her moments though – sometimes her antics were hilarious! On the positive side, I loved the religious aspect of the book. I attended Catholic church until I was 15. Even as an adolescent I struggled with all of the man-made laws that Catholicism imposes. I admired how Shelby Mahurin showed that man-made parts of Catholicism can cause the religion to warp to fit people’s ill intentioned agendas. (Boom! Go Shelby!)

Overall rating: 7

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Recommend this book? Yes, with caveats.

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