Review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Title: Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Magical
Series: Serpent & Dove #1
Published: September 3, 2019
Pages: ~513
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: MURDER, MISOGYNY, RAPE, SELF HARM, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SUICIDE

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn 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 into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The 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 made.

And love makes fools of us all.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** Wow wow wow!!!!!! The hype is so real with this one. This was my first audiobook I’ve ever listened to and it took me almost two months to finish. 🙊🤷🏼‍♀️
I prob won’t listen to another audiobook that’s a novel—only because if I started reading this as an ebook or physical book I would have pulled an all nighter to finish it. 

That ending though!!! Sh*t 😩😅

This was the first mystical/fantasy novel I’ve read and I am hooked. It took me a bit to get used to the narration without wanting to laugh at the narrators over exaggerating everything (esp Reid) but Lou & Reid’s love story is one for the books. The classssssic enemies to lovers. It is the sweetest thing that didn’t just happen overnight or easily. 

The novel also has a lot of twists. Especially with the parental aspect—I never saw any of that coming. I can’t wait for blood & honey to come out. I loved the part of the story where they talked about mixing blood with honey and 🤯💡 went off. I love when titles of books are made obvious in the story lol. 

Is this book a read? HECK YES! The rumors and reviews and all very true about the book. The story flows extremely well, all the characters are like able. I loved it all!

Review: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

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Title: In Five Years
Author: Rebecca Serle
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Sci-Fi, Time Travel
Published: March 10, 2020
Pages: ~255
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: CANCER, DEATH, FALSE PREGNANCY

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** I loved this book. I didn’t know what direction it was going until the middle. Then I kind of predicted what was going to happen. The ending at first I was SO ANNOYED with but totally understood, I was going to give it 4.5 stars but then the last page with the doctor—made up for it. I was kind of confused with how she talked about the clock hasn’t hit midnight yet ?? Like did the ending happen or not? Was everything just a bad dream? Still 5 stars for me though because it was so well written. I literally read the whole book in one day because it captivated me where I could put the book down but I knew I had to finish it. Totally recommend. Also, I didn’t shed any tears which I heard this one was a huge tear jerker—but it really wasn’t anything unlandish—it was more real life than anything.

Review: How to Save a Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Time Travel, Women’s Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~303
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: DEATH

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he’s forced to confront the truth about himself and those he’s closest to, Dom vows that he’ll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** Wow. Wow. Wow. Ok so I was part of a ARC and let me tell you, there was deff mixed reviews and I didn’t know what to think going into it and sometimes I don’t even like,bowing other people’s opinions. I’m a registered nurse and placing IVs in one thing we always do—so it’s like when another nurse says “good luck placing that IV they are a hard stick” and you instantly get nervous and confidence is gone. That’s how I kind of felt because there was some totally for the book but then some who weren’t and have you that dread feeling like you didn’t want to waste your time. LEMME👏🏼TELL👏🏼YOU👏🏼 I loved this book, my first from these two ladies and I can’t wait to read their other collabs. It’s very redundant but each Thursday has different aspects and Dom seeks to crack the Groundhog Day effect. The friendships are awesome, you start to wonder about Amanda and then the end—gaaaah. No ugly crying (never have once with reading a book) but I had the total watery eye business going on. This was such a good read that wasn’t a big cookie cutter ending but one that also didn’t leave you depressed for days wondering WHY. It was an ending I did not see coming but was totally fitting. Read it! 

Review: Hero by Lauren Rowe

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Title: Hero
Author: Lauren Rowe
Genres: Romance, Adult, Emergency Services (Firefighter)
Series: The Morgan Brothers #1
Published: March 10, 2018
Pages: ~360
My Rating: 5/5
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A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS series from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . .
The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together. 

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively. 

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words. 
No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit. 
When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul. 
She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling. 

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me. And I fell in love. 
But what I didn’t know . . . what I couldn’t possibly know . . . was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
I literally read 2-3 books A DAY multiple days a week (I have a newborn haha) and I’ve never left a review on any book until now. This book is the absolute best. I laughed, I cried, I silently screamed for joy. This was absolutely written perfectly. A perfect fairytale story ending. You knocked this one out of the park! Can’t wait to read all your other books!