Blood & Honey
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Release Date: September 1, 2020
“What you are now is not what you’ve always been, nor is it what you always will be. You are a snake. Shed your skin if it no longer serves you. Transform into something different. Something better.”
Blood & Honey is the much anticipated sequel to Shelby Mahurin's Serpent & Dove.B&H picks up right after S&D, following Lou, Reid, and the gang's adventures in staying alive while trying to stop Morgane and avoid the church.
If you haven't already, read my review of Serpent & Dove here.
I enjoyed this one, but I didn't love it. I'm not sure if it's just the fact that I read it after I just got out of a big book hangover from Kingdom of the Wicked or what, but it just was overall kinda "meh" to me.
First, let me say that Lou and Coco are still my favorites and I loved them even more in this one. Lou growing into her powers was fun to follow and see more into. Morally gray is fantastic and a morally gray female character is kinda rare, so I enjoyed it a lot. Coco is a boss, yet again. She's an amazing friend, and an amazing witch. I also enjoyed learning more about Coco's family and their brand of magic. Some of them were….interesting.
Unfortunately, Reid annoyed me even more in this one than he did in Serpent & Dove….which I didn't think was possible. I really really REALLY wanted to like him, but he was just whiny and kind of emo for me in this one and I just kept finding myself rolling my eyes at him. Don't hate me please, Reid just isn't for me I guess. While there wasn't a ton of romance, Reid kind of ruined what there was because I was too annoyed by him to be excited for it.
The little creatures, the matagots, were so fun! I really enjoyed that little tidbit and it was fun to learn more about them and why they were there.
One big thing that bothered me throughout the whole book was that there was little to no recap/rehash of important details from Serpent & Dove. I get that timeline wise, B&H takes place immediately after S&D, but despite having read S&D just a few weeks prior, I stil had to go back and look up details from S&D to be able to follow what was happening in some places.
ANSEL. That's it. That's the review.
I also was just not as emotionally invested in most of the book for some reason. When big reveals happened, I found myself saying "Oh, that's right, I was waiting to see what that was." It just never felt emotionally triggering to me. But again, that might be just a me thing, and not a book thing. The cliffhanger ending also just felt kind of meh. It was definitely important and big, but I just found myself shrugging, "oh okay, cool."
Morgane was yet again a 10/10 bad girl and I loved it. Her motivations are simple yet complex at the same time and I enjoyed seeing what she would do next.
Overall, the book was still very engaging and I didn't have any problems getting through it. It never felt slow and it was an easy read. I will definitely still pick up the Gods & Monsters, because I do love Lou and Coco and the setting. Fingers crossed maybe I like Reid in this next one….
Have you read Blood & Honey? Let me know what you think!!
- Captain Jess