Southern African Literature: An Introduction jOned as a passing comment that Coco had female lovers and then when the fucking Prince of the kingdom all but asked if Reid and Lou wanted tooin Coco and him on a sexcapade Hell yes to ueer characters that don t have being ueer as their major character trait This is going on my all time favourites shelf and I need the second book yesterday 55 Full review on my Blog The Dacian She Wolf This book s mood song match Witching Hour by In This Moment When other girls were playing with their dolls pretending to be princesses like Rapunzel or Cinderella or whatever I was hiding in my secret place aka a huge linden tree at the very back of my family s orchard and pretending that I had the ability to control the elementsI was basically running around pretending I m flying on a stick bending the wind at my will and magically talking to my dog she was basically playing witch with me every day and I swear sometimes I could hear her speaking because I was able to cast a spell on herEven though it is not exactly how people in general picture witches and magic and spells and stuff Serpent Dove was the perfect book for the witchling me because magic comes in all forms sizes and colours And for the grown ass witch I am today because I still love to think I can do magic it is still something that warms my heart For real every time I read or see something regarding witches or magic my brain cells feel the need to go wild likeImportant things I learned from this book Don t udge someone because you don t understand them not all the good is always entirely good and not all the bad is entirely bad Boys are allowed to be shy and prude girls are allowed to be daring and bold and a bit nasty Love is a powerful kind of magic and it is not bound by blood or forged by papers it s a wild being who gets to be tamed only when one believes it s trueI truly loved this book maybe until the verge of a tiny obsession I mean I was sure I was going to like it because I fell in love with that cover and if you know me then you know that covers play a big role in my choice of a book I wasn t expecting to love this book that muchThe action was lively and very well structured based on the gruesome history of the witch hunt in the Middle Age when all women were prone to be witches and burned on a stick immediately In the name of God of course DuhI will never ever in a million and two and a half years understand why do people oppress other people only because they are different People are allowed to believe in anything they want to believe We must be the masters of our own lives we cannot let others tell us how to live and in what to believe Own it people or someone else would own it for youOkay so the witches are in most of the cases womenIn this book there are two types of witches Dames Blanche whose magic demand balance of nature and Dames Rouge whose magic is in their blood they perform blood magic that doesn t demand a sacrifice to keep the balance with natureLou is a Dame Blanche Coco is a Dame RougeAlthough they were supposed to hate each other they became friends sisters And they would go to hell and back for each other because this is a book about powerful would go to hell and back for each other because this is a book about powerful and about sisterhood and love If she was destined to burn in Hell I would burn with her Lou ran away from her coven because she was afraid to fulfil the one thing she Was Conceived For To Die conceived for to die she turns into a thief and a mischiefEverything goes upside down when she meets Reid the very boss of the anti witch suad He s truly annoying in his religious indoctrination Truly annoying almost blind at everything concerning that matter But he s also very tall and handsome so I could totally see where this was going to go honestly And he s a good man kind and caring He s real Like damn he s got them all okay He s basically like the sweetest raspberry am in the pantryI ust love Lou and Reid together He s so serious and lives guided by his honour and she s so vulgar and daring and she drives him mad But when they fall for each other they see through each other s acts And they fall deeper And here I was pouring my foolish heart out to you Also speaking of which let me tell you how much I loved the fact that Lou and Coco are so vulgar and so daring and foul mouthed and so unafraid to actually be sexual beings It Is InNaPrOpIaTe FoR a WoMaN tO bE tHaT iMoRaLWell shit Says whoJust take a look at those two she devils singing pub drinking songs about big chested women Big Titty Liddy a bop I want it in Billboard 100 ASAPLook at them saying everything they want to say without censoring themselves Look at them going for it without a single #Shit Given Judge Them #given Judge them you dare but you won t be able to stop them Because they know how to carry themselves with pride Because they know no shame Fucking superb don t you think She revelled in their disapproval There is love and hate and betrayal and plot twists and everything you need in life ust between the pages of this book I really really loved it The characters are amazing all of them I loved Lou with that foul mouth of hers I loved Coco with her wickedly brave heart I loved Reid with his pure heart and that stick up his arse and I truly loved babyboy Ansel who was the sweetest sweetheart of them allOf course there is a religious touch to the story and a pagan one men being the embodiment of God s will and women being Satan or whatever There is also empowerment going on there feminist shit and all There s actually a lot going on there And I loved it allHonestly go and read this book It s been so good I almost devoured it Yeah there might be a slight chance not to like it but there is an even higher one you ll actually enjoy it very much So go Go for it and don t forget to tell me how you felt about it afterwards There s love and hate waiting for you in there so you ll experience an experience so to say Now there was only a woman And she was small And she was frightened And she was strong Book styled. Nto an impossible union holy matrimonyThe war between witches and Church is an ancient one and Lou's most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire Unable to ignore her growing feelings yet powerless to change what she is a choice must be madeAnd love makes fools of us ,
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It seems almost wrong to rate this bc it feels like i m reviewing a fan fiction that i read at 3 amthere are a bunch of complaints i have about the craft of this book but at the same time it was a whirlwind of a story that kept me wildly entertained even as i physically stopped myself from rolling my eyes every other chapter therefore it sits right between a one for uality and a three for funalthough if i EVER see the phrase big titty liddy again it s on sight I know I know this does not have the ualities of a 5 star book The magic system is nonsense and undeveloped I have never read fanfiction in my life but this book sure felt like one However I really really enjoyed it Reid reminds me so much of myself because I too was raised into a family where there were no curses and even as an adult now it still feels kinda awkward when someone curses near me 45 Stars Such a beautifully rich fantasy debut I was so pleasantly surprised to find how attached I became to the characters and overall story This is not a book you are going to want to missFull review to come I received a copy of this book from Harper Teen in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own Now move or I swear to God I will strip naked right here and dance the bourree I thrust my hands on my hips and looked at him expectantlyHe didn t even glance at the people around us Instead he kept his eyes trained on mine a slow smirk spreading across his face Do it Don t Gem is Mine but Heart is Yours judge me I can feel yourudgement I know I know I liked a YA fantasy not even in spite of the romance but because of it What is the world coming toI gotta say this right because many people I interact with on Goodreads will not like this book and under different circumstances I would probably be one of them I really don t want any of those I read this because of you and it sucks comments So let me American Africans in Ghana Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture just say that this book was sold to me as a paranormal romance not a fantasy and I think it was pretty damn thrilling on that front I got what I went in expectingThis kind of lovehate sexy banter romance works really well for me I especially liked Lou which I think helped the whole thing to be honest Her witty comebacks and refusal to sit down and behave made the story even fun I am fairly certain the main issue for most people will be the world of the novel I m not even sure what it s supposed to be It s some sorta like France fantasy world where people speak French but it s not exactly France France Yes I know I describe things so well But I don t know what else to say It s a made up world and I don t think we re supposed to say it s France but like psst it s also basically France And it mixes some medieval views on women with modern attitudesust in case you weren t confused enoughBut you know what I didn t really care I had a lot of fun reading it The banter the steaminess even the whole witches vs witch hunters plot held my attention That s the central story line I won t give away how it happens but Reid is a witch hunter and he is forced by the archbishop to marry Lou who is unbeknownst to him a witch The two of them hate each other but of course things are about to change It s exciting I knew what came #next I recognized the faint brush of energy against my skin the familiar thrumming in my earsMagicThen came the #I recognized the faint brush of energy against my skin the familiar thrumming in my earsMagicThen came the I do find myself wondering if the seuel can possibly be as good This book drags out the tension through 500 pages which is too long and by the end
it s kinda been played out while thes kinda been played out While the aspect is somewhat interesting I do not think I want to read another 500 page novel about ust that I guess I ll seeBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube sooooo much fun petition to change the name of this book to the never ending storyreading my twitter followers most disappointing books of 2019 First Read July 2019Few things compare to that feeling you get after finishing a book that lived up to your expectations Ever since I read the blurb of this book I knew I was going to love this and I WAS NOT DISSAPOINTEDIt had everything I adore addictive easy writing enemies to lovers marriage of convenience witchwitch hunter romance slow burn intricate magical system heart warming female friendship morally grey characters inner battle of right and wrongIn the land of Belterra witches are burned at the stake and the Chasseur Witchhunters with the Archbishop as their leader are ruthless Their number one rule Thou shalt not suffer a witch to liveTwo years ago Lou left her coven for reasons I shan t go into and was forced to live a life of suppressing her magical nature and living in constant vigilence She has to do what she can to survive That being lie steal and kill if necessary For life is hard in the city of Cesarine especially for a woman She s managed to live for two years undetected She was careful up until one burglary gone wrong set the wheels in motion With the Chasseur on her tail and enemies of her past close on her heels Lou slips up again and ends up in a compromising position with the Captain of the Chasseur The
Archbishop comes up with a solution Lou can either go to prison for the rest of her life orcomes up with a solution Lou can either go to prison for the rest of her life or can marry the Captain and save his virtuous reputation Lou being the smart girl she is chooses marriage to the handsome Captain Diggory Being married to a Chasseur also grants her the protection she desperately needs from those who also hunt herReid Diggory is a dedicated witch hunter Despite his views on witches he is honorable and loyal It was such a pleasure reading about him He is so set in his ways and it was amazing to see him loosen up and changeThe beginning was really funny as neither of them trusted the other and they were always bickering Watching as Reid and Lou s relationship slowly blossomed how they opened up and became than two people stuck in an unwanted marriage was so beautiful I knew who you were I knew what you believed and I fell in love with you anyway Their relationship reminded me so. This is a previously published edition of ISBN 9780062878021 An alternate cover edition can be found hereBound as one to love honor or burnTwo years ago Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine forsaking all magic and living off whatever she cou. .
Much of Matthias and Nina from Six of Crows So if you loved those two you re gonna love thisI d actually tag this as of a New Adult than YA A warning for the youngins or for anyone not comfortable with it there is an explicit sex scene Kinda like ACOMAF The romance is a big part of this story but Lou has a part to play in the war between humans and witches and we re always made aware of what could happen if Lou s enemies were to find her This whole story revolves around the Church against the Witches I liked that neither side was portrayed as comepletly good or comepletly bad Each side despicable a twisted perversion of what should ve been Each side suffering Each side capable of great evil And then there was meI looked around at the worshippers once the men and women who pleaded for mercy and cried for my blood on the same breath How could both be in their heartsOne of the most important things for me when reading is whether I connect with the characters And I feel like the author did a fantastic ob in that regard I felt their My Hero Academia joy and their inner turmoil and by the end I would give an organ for any of these precious characters They might ve all been hypocrites but I was the biggest of all Iust loved everything about this book The romance the action the plot twists IT WAS BRILLIANTLY DONE I could go on and on about how much I love this book but I think I ll stop nowPublication Date 3 September 2019 uotes might change after final publication Many thanks to edelweiss for providing me with an e arc in exchange for an honest reviewSecond Read April 2020I told myself I d Gotham Academy, Volume 3: Yearbook just read a few chapters and next thing I know I was 300 pages in The writing wasust as addictive as the first time I love Lou s personality she s an awesome MC And as y all already know I m trash for Reid And Ansel is such a sweet cinnamon roll this book would be nothing without himI don t know what possessed me to read this now There s still four months until the next book comes out I m probably going to reread this book again and again in the future Thank you to the publishers for sending me a finished copy of this book My pre review thoughts onBook 2 Blood and HoneyBook 3 Untitled This is one of the most ridiculous books I ve read this year and it s only January It has such an absurd setup for the plot clumsy characterization and the humor lands very poorly I cringed every time the main character would loudly sing Big Titty Liddy I did like the 1 sex scene though It doesn t end in death It ends in hope Let me tell you about my favourite NA fantasy book of 2019 A Story About A Witch Getting Hitched But Much More Serpent and Dove stole my heart in so many ways and all I want to do is go back and read it all over again This lush tale full of magic and intrigue is wildly imaginative but soft at the same time and if you re a fan of romance fantasy I highly recommend trying this The sales pitch enemies to lovers kickass heroines lovable side characters ansel is the floofliest cinnamon roll THE ONE BED TROPE witches and witchhunters one badass song about a lady named Big Titty Liddy I know if you aren t swearing or singing about well endowed barmaids something is wrong I honestly inhaled this and if it weren t for actually having to adult I would have finished it in one sitting Before I get into the crooks of my review let s meet our two main characters Lou Reid If there s one thing about this book that completely sold me was the fact that I loved so many characters Especially these two The characters in this book had me crying laughing and turning every page like an addict Lou stayed true to herself throughout the entire book and was never sorry for being a badass female I enjoyed her company right from the beginning and it was such a ourney to watch her story unfold Enter Reid Reid was the horniest mess all encapsulated within the perfect gentleman He was everything to be honest For all those people that mentioned their dynamic is so similar to Nina and Matthias from Six of Crows you re absolutely right You really think I could knock two fully grown men unconscious My husband s reply came instantaneously Yes Their banter was off the charts and their chemistry practically flew off the page Because this book was told in dual POV s I thought it was going to be a problem to distinguish two separate voices but that was not the case Both these characters had such a wonderful character development throughout the story and even better was seeing them grow together I do have to say that this is completely a New Adult book and not a YA Reid and Lou definielty get hot and heavy When you weren t in bed I thought maybe maybe you d Left I said shrewdly It #s still on the agenda For those who know my reviews you know that I #still on the agenda For those who know my reviews you know that I fall into the overhype trap I get very excited about books that have very high ratings and come in highly recommended but then end up disappointed I think I ve finally found the winner folks The world building a lavish french renaissance esue setting with a hub full of of illegal magic a pleasure house with a mysterious lady and the men of the church was fantastic and embedded within the story rather than Separated By Info Dumps by info dumps were so many plot twists and character arcs that I was invested in than ust the romance between Reid and Lou the story itself was fan fucking tastic Truly such a magnificent debut It was so easy to love this book Can you put something on He waved a hand in my direction the other firmly pressed against his eyes I can t talk to you when you re sitting there sitting there Naked His teeth clamped together with an audible snap Yes I didn t want this story
to end to put it plainly I loved it so much that I m ust goingend to put it plainly I loved it so much that I m ust going ignore the randomness of the last couple of chapters hehe One shoutout that I would also like to mention is the fact that this book had LGBT characters but didn t make it a big deal or put any spotlight on them It was briefly menti. Ld steal There witches like Lou are hunted They are feared And they are burnedSworn to the Church as a Chasseur Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle thou shalt not suffer a witch to live His path was never meant to cross with Lou's but a wicked stunt forces them ,