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Publisher's Summary

The stakes are higher. The witches are deadlier. And the romance is red-hot. The eagerly anticipated sequel to the New York Times and Indiebound best seller Serpent & Dove is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and is an instant New York Times best seller!

Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church - fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To survive, they need allies. Strong ones. But as Lou becomes increasingly desperate to save those she loves, she turns to a darker side of magic that may cost Reid the one thing he can’t bear to lose. Bound to her always, his vows were clear: where Lou goes, he will go; and where she stays, he will stay. 

Until death do they part. 

Don't miss Gods & Monsters, the spellbinding conclusion of this epic trilogy, coming July 2021!

©2020 Shelby Mahurin (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love interest hard to like

I like the world development. The magical concepts are well thought out and developed. The enemies to lovers trope is there but the male love interest is so hard to like. The heroine was great and I was very invested in her success but the romance definitely left something to be desired.

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Holy Sh*t What A Ride

Blood & Honey
Written by: Shelby Mahurin

Plot

The story picks up right after the end of Serpent & Dove. Lou, Reid, Ansel, Mme Labelle, Coco, and Beau are hiding in La forêt des Yeux, they need to find allies to fight against Morgane and they need to do it fast. They want to talk to the blood witches, the loup-garou, and even the king. They also encounter new characters and even though I was wary of Claud at first, I admit that I really loved him, he is a great character.This book is more serious and darker. Reid is trapped in his dark thoughts most of the time, he hates himself for killing the archbishop, he hates magic but he loves Lou. We could feel anger between them for the first 300 pages or so. Sure it added drama (and I love drama), but I still missed their funny and sarcastic dialogues.The storyline is great. The beginning is a little slow, and some parts were a little long, but the book as a whole is really worth it. The ending was heartbreaking even though I expected it a little. There is also a kind of cliffhanger and I can't wait to read the next book. there are many action scenes and overall I really liked this book, but it was not as good as the first one.

Plot Thoughts

Ok so let me start off with I know that Lou making the decision to split up to get more accomplished may have seemed like a good idea at the time however I personally believe it wasn't smart.
Secondly, How did I know that the missing boy from the witch oven was going to end up either tortured or dead? SURE ENOUGH!

Lastly, How Reid managed to make himself feel uncomfortable with the conversation between himself and the circus people I have no idea. Men may not be experienced with talking as much as women most times but COME ON REID! its small talk to build a relationship.

When I got to the part of the book where the group finds the wolf pack all I could think of was that scene in Jurassic Park 3 when Alan and the group confronts the Raptors and give the eggs back. "Get down everyone it's a challenge"

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All in all I loved this sequel. I didn't get all the feels I was expecting. However, with that being said I think this book just conveniently sets us readers up for what's to come. The epic battle, the characters finding what they lost in the journey along the way, and ultimately reuniting accepting their fates to overcome. Predictable yes, but at the same time a uniquely adventurous ride. Most definitely looking forward to the impressive conclusion, but please I beg of you Mahurin don't make this more than a trilogy or I am bound to lose interest.

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not as good as the first but still enjoyable.

I don't really know how audiobooks work, but I would think there would be some kind of director, especially with multiple narrators, to keep consistency. Which is why I don't understand why Holter used a British accent for Claude while Saskia did not. Also, Holter's french accent got worse. The plot and character arcs in this book weren't as well written as the first, especially in regards to Reed and Lou. But I still enjoyed it none the less!

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enjoyed

good story. I have a hard time with the female leads rash decisions.

love the male narrators performance. do not enjoy female narrators performance. when they perform the same character, the accents are completely different. it's confusing.

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Love!

So obsessed with this series. Breaks your heart in half while also warming it greatly. Love, action, fantasy, it has everything that I love in a story. If you enjoyed the first book, I highly recommend continuing the series.

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Will i ever finish this book

I have less than 5 chapters to read. But i cant! This book is bad. I dont even know why i didn’t stop after the first one. Nothing is cringier than the way they say « La forêt des yeux ». God this story was bad. So cringe. Bad story over all. Just bad. Never heard of a bad audiobook before this one.

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So Good. So Tragic.

This novel explores the complex nature of morality and relationship. I devoured the entire story. Romance. Heartbreak. Consequence. Readers are forced to feel all the feelings; the good and the tragic.

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  • Kelly
  • 2020-09-07

Really really awful

I loved Serpent and Dove, but the entire plot of Blood and Honey seems so forced. It just feels as if there are a bunch of contrived side quests the characters need to go on without much logic behind them. The story moved so slowly and could not hold my attention. On top of that, there is absolutely no believable love between Lou and Reid, even during the times where there is supposed to be love and heat and passion between them, so this really deflates the whole story.

On top of all of this, the performance of Holter Graham, who plays Reid, is SO SO bad. He is so nasally and does the weirdest, most over the top scratchy straining voices for each character. Saskia Maarlevedly (Lou's voice), on the other hand, was really great.

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  • 2021-01-24

Reid’s character narration

The male narrator was so hard to follow, it ruined the story. His cadence and sudden dramatic pauses through out the lines was almost unbearable.

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  • Sara Jane
  • 2021-05-04

The male narrator is terrible.

Truly truly truly terrible. I couldn’t take it after suffering through him in the first book. The plot of this one wasn’t worth suffering through his voice. I couldn’t do it. I quit at chapter 9.

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  • Megan
  • 2021-03-13

There could not be a more unlikeable character

Reed Diggory is the whiniest, most pathetic, irritating, unlikeable character in all of literature, I swear. I ended up skipping through most of his chapters because I just could not stand his pig headed idiocy anymore. If I didn’t have an adhd level of hyperfixation to finish stories just to know what happens, I would have gotten a refund. The story is pretty predictable, though.

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  • Ashton Swapp
  • 2020-11-25

male narrator is horrible

horrible isn't even enough to describe the male narrator. he is really really really bad and made it extremely difficult to get through this book. his horrible voice takes away from the story. he pauses wrong and his female interpretations are insulting. the female narrator is pretty good and I wish she just did the whole book. probably won't be continuing in this series unless I read the next book myself.

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  • D Y
  • 2020-09-03

Author's Announcement Ruined Experience

It was good, but I would have preferred if Shelby Mahurin didn't announce that there was going to be a death. I immediately assumed (right) who was going to die without knowing anything else. It took away from the experience for me since I was expecting it for months before B&H was released.

Narrators are okay. Not my favorite but I mostly got used to their voices. They did a pretty good job changing their voice for different characters. I didn't care for Maarleveld's Reid voice too much.

I think it would have been better to read, not listen to. There was a lot going on and a lot of new characters to remember.

I still liked it though! I will purchase the physical copy and see if I like it better. Right now I just feel sort of blah about it.

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  • A.R. Greyson
  • 2021-08-05

Eh…

It was ok. There were too many Reid POV chapters for my liking. The constant self loathing and loathing for who Lou is because she’s not who he wished she was went on for so long. Then his abrupt change of feelings. Reid is just way too upset about everything all of the time. It’s exhausting. It’s like he’s on the verge of having aneurysm. And the narrator loves to grumble and make every character sound constipated.
The female narrator is excellent though. I hope there’s far less Reid chapters in the final book.

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  • 2020-12-16

That Ending Tho

Excellent middle book in this enthralling, dark trilogy.
The performances were beautiful. The story... less beautiful, but still incredible. We are now set up for what I hope will be a triumphant end.

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  • Rachel Simmons
  • 2020-09-04

Borderline good.

I enjoyed this book, however I definitely enjoyed the first one better. You never know it might be a great build up to the next book. It did kinda drag in some parts. But overall I would read it again.

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  • Michele Evans
  • 2022-04-10

Omg! That ending

When will they learn! These characters can be so stubborn and blind! And that cliffhanger of an ending!!! Omg!!!

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  • Fenrir
  • 2022-03-30

Very good sequel

The beginning was a bit long, but the rest of the story was enthralling. The two narrators are still great, their performance is stunning, especially with the new characters' voices. I'm eager to dive into the last book.

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  • Marion
  • 2021-07-28

The story is great but the male narrator sucks

I'm not sure I'll make it to the end of the audiobook and that's a shame because I love the story and Saskia Maarleveld is a really good reader (though her voice doesn't "fit" with how I imagine Lou sounding), but Holter Graham's reading is just the worst in this book. The way he reads is not fluid at all which makes it really hard to get into the story when Reid's chapters come up. Which is quite often.
I don't remember his reading being a problem in the first book so this came as a bad surprise when I started listening to this book. Maybe as time goes by, I get pickier when it comes to narrators.
Anyway, other people might not be so bothered by the way he reads but it's the case for me and the listening experience was definitely impacted here in a negative way.
That's not to say the story is not worth it though and it'd be a real shame if people skipped this book because of one rusty narrator. I hope he does better reading book 3.

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  • ML GAELLE
  • 2021-05-06

décevant comparé au tome 1.

je crois que si je n'aime pas la narration de l'homme, ce n'est pas tant du fait d'Holter Graham qui joue sur les accents et a une belle voix que sur le personnage qu'il interprète. Je n'arrive pas à m'attacher et je ne ressens pas d'attachement entre les personnages à par Coco/Lou et Ansel. Il manque vraiment quelque chose à cette histoire même si je n'arrive pas à trouver quoi.