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Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin book review

Updated: Jan 25, 2021


Blood & Honey

by Shelby Mahurin

Published by HarperTeen

Book 2 in the Serpent & Dove Trilogy


After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.


To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

RATED: 17+ CATEGORY: MOOD:

Violence Upper Young Adult Exciting

Some Steamy Scenes Romance

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin is the second book in the Serpent & Dove trilogy. It centers around Lou, a witch who has just escaped death, and her husband, Reid, an ex-chassaur (witch-hunter), and the first known male who can use magic. It starts off a few days after the events of the last book, where Reid, Lou, Madame Labelle, Coco, Ansel and Beau are camped out in the woods, hiding from Morgane.


Truth time: Blood & Honey has a slow start. I found it hard to get into until about halfway through the book, which is a true shame. It continues to be unique in it's genre, and it's characters are still interesting ... but we don't get a whole lot of moments where we can love these characters, like we did in the first one. I get it. Lots of shit happened at the end of the first book. Life changing things. Reid has magic. Lou had her throat slit by her mother. I don't think we should gloss over that ... but I wish we had more Reid and Lou moments. I felt like they were so at odds for most of the book, they were both making horrible decisions throughout, it was hard to like them. There is redemption for them both at the end, but it took a long time to get there.


Blood & Honey definitely has that second book syndrome going on, which is a bummer, but that ending? Yikes. Didn't see that coming, at all.


It's clear that Blood & Honey was a stepping stone, a set up, for the final book, but judging by the last half of the book, I think it's clear that we are in for one hell of a ride for the last book.

Favorite Moments

  1. Reid actually eating Lou's "bread"

  2. Madame Labelle talking about Sex with Reid and Lou

  3. Lou giving Madame Labelle the finger

  4. Gabrielle

  5. Lou and Ansel talking about his feelings for Coco

  6. Lou surprising Reid by showing up as his assistant in the show, he