Book Review

Blood and Honey Review

Summary: 

In the anticipated sequel to Serpent and Dove, Lou, Reid, and their friends need allies to battle against the witches and hunters chasing them. However, those allies come at a cost and they might not be willing to pay it. 

My Thoughts: 

So if I can tell you how I feel about this read using one word, I would say, DEVASTATED!!! This book ripped out my soul and spit it back out at me and I am not okay. I honestly didn’t know what to expect after the end of the last book, but I was not expecting this. 

The book world is still amazing, but I’m still very confused. I got my wish and learned a lot more about Coco’s coven, the Dame Rouges, and how their magic works. However, the Dame Blanche’s magic is still a mystery to me. I understand the concept of since you are taking something from nature, you have to give it something else, but why is it so much easier for Coco to use magic and not Lou. I mean Coco stabs herself and bleeds for her magic and no one bats an eye, but if Lou does anything, they all are jumping down her throat. They even compare her to her mother and worry that she is going to turn into her and that really got my goat. That was just not okay at all! 

Reid was also a huge source for my frustration in this book! At the end of the first book, I thought he had made his piece with Lou being a witch and they would be fine. Boy, was I wrong! I understand that he was basically brainwashed at birth to loathe and hunt witches, but he’s a grown man and needs to let it go! Also, news flash, HE IS MARRIED TO A WITCH. She can’t just wake up and not be a witch anymore, so sorry Reid. She also loves being a witch and that is a big part of who she is. If he can’t accept that she’s a witch, then he shouldn’t be with her. END OF STORY. 

I really enjoyed all the new characters in this book for sure especially the brothers, Thierry and Toulouse! I found them fascinating and I want to know more about them. I really hope to see more of them in the next book. I loved that they traveled with a circus troupe as well! It was such a fun addition to a truly depressing sequel. I loved the part when Reid was throwing the knives at Lou. Sarcastic Lou is the best! Claud Deveraux definitely threw me for a loop! I am so confused about who and what he is and I hope we can understand more about him in the next book because I have SO MANY QUESTIONS! 

The Dame Rouges were the coolest in the most creepy way possible and I loved it. Nicholina was the most interesting character of the entire book. I mean what the hell is she smoking? I think she said the word mice at least a hundred times. Who are the mice? What are her powers exactly? She was just a big question mark to me and I want to know more! I also was interested in La Voisin and her thinking. I just have so many questions and I need the new book soon! 

The only thing I truly was annoyed with the author about was Ansel. I was not at all happy with how his character turned out and I will not forgive it. He was such a great addition to the first book, but his storyline fell flat for me in the second. He was basically a throw away character and he did not deserve it at all! Poor Ansel. 

This review is basically a rant of all my frustrations and confusions of this book, but I completely understand why the series has headed in this direction. This book’s purpose, in my opinion, is to address all the problems that everyone ignored in the first book. Unfortunately all those problems don’t magically disappear, even in books, and they needed to be addressed no matter how much it sucked. This book is undoubtedly a crossroads book and it can only get better from here. 

Overall, I enjoyed reading more about my girl Lou and I can’t wait to read more about this magical world she dwells in. 

My Book Rating

4/5 Book World

3/5 Romance 

5/5 Plot

4/5 Characters

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Details

Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin 

Genre: Fantasy

Published by HarperTeen on September 1, 2020 

Copy Read: Hardcover 

Pages: 528

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