Review: Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

SYNOPSIS (via goodreads):

“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.”


Ya’ll this book frustrated me. I was so excited for this book because I loved Serpent & Dove, but this book suffers from middle book syndrome. I didn’t expect everything to be sunshine and roses for Lou and Reid, but everyone is constantly fighting. It was truly aggravating to read at times. Lou is incredibly frustrating. There was this sudden push of her descent into darkness, which I think is an interesting story but it is not portrayed well in the book. Reid’s hesitation with magic makes sense for his character, he was raised thinking that all magic was an abomination. Why Lou can’t understand this reasoning at all is one of the more frustrating aspects of the book.

It takes a while for the book to get going. For me this book was a pain to get through. That being said, the last 150 pages are great. I felt like that last section of the book, everything came together. It felt like I was reading Serpent & Dove again in the best way. I also think that it sets up the next book very well, and makes me still interested to read the third book. I had one problem with a decision made toward the end of the book, but I don’t want to delve into it here because it is a big spoiler.

Overall, I was let down by Blood & Honey. Hopefully the next book will erase my worries for the series.

RATING: 5/10

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