Blood & Honey
Blood & Honey is such an engaging, well-written novel that there weren’t many moments where the pacing lulled. Although, there’s a point early on where Lou and Reid split up on their quest for allies and I thought the separation lasted a little too long. Their dynamic is what makes the book so fun, meaning their time apart feels a little too serious and is a heavy part to slug through.
As someone who was relatively underwhelmed by Serpent & Dove, Shelby Mahurin has upped the stakes with Blood & Honey and I loved it. It feels a little darker, a little grittier and has Mahurin marking herself as a staple YA fantasy author. After the success of Serpent & Dove, people have put a lot of pressure on this sequel to be good and I can honestly say it obliterated all my expectations. I can’t recommend this book enough, especially if you want to get your heart broken — it made me sad, mad and everything in between. In fact, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that evoked such an emotional reaction from me. People are going to leave this book hating Shelby Mahurin in the best way possible, I promise.