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Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin Audiobook Review

First and foremost, if you haven’t read Serpent & Dove (find my review here), I’d highly recommend you to do that and to do that before you read the blurb for the book below cause it’s obviously a tad spoiler to the ending of S&D.

I have been pretty excited about this release! I really enjoyed Serpent & Dove when I read it at the end of last year and this COVER. It is stunning and the cliffhanger at the end of S&D solidified that I needed this sequel. I think a lot of people highly anticipated this book. Although I haven’t got a physical copy, Scribd put out its audiobook so I jumped on the chance since I finished my previous audiobook and started listening to it.

Let’s get onto the review!

Goodreads Blurb:

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

The hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times and IndieBound bestseller Serpent & Dove—packed with even steamier romance and darker magic—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5/5)

The main word that comes to mind with this book is disappointment. It was disappointing! We meet Lou and Reid again in the aftermath of S&D, and there were not many refreshers, I literally had to go back and read a summary of S&D because I had forgotten a few things and a few people (oops). They are indeed on the run and trying to figure out how to save Lou’s life, because that also means saving a bunch of children the king has spawned. They are basically running from everything and everyone and of course, despite all that, Lou and Reid are desperately trying to get into each other’s pants. I won’t say more, cause spoilers, but not a whole lot really happened in this book and I think that’s what disappointed me the most.

The plot wasn’t super solid and things dragged a lot because this book was more concerned about character development. Sure, that’s great, but it was dragged out character development and for a book that’s nearly 600 pages, there was not enough to make me love this book. Lou’s character was essentially the same and continued along a scarier path as she made riskier and ‘typical Lou’ decisions. While Reid was just depressing for 80% of this book because of his struggles to accept magic and accept himself as a witch. It felt like a whole lot of nothing, with a small plot twist at the end that slightly changed the game and gave me many feels of Dorian’s character arc in the Throne of Glass series.

When it came to the audiobook, again, I really enjoyed the narration. Both Lou and Reid’s narrators were great although Reid’s narrator was slightly slower and for some reason decided to put on a yee-haw accent for one specific character whereas Lou’s narrator did not. The inconsistency in accents was visible and kind of bothered me a bit. Otherwise, it was actually quite enjoyable listening to this audiobook.

While this novel wasn’t the sequel I was hoping for, it was still enjoyable and interesting to a certain extent as we learnt more about other characters and got to meet new intriguing characters that are surely gonna show up in the next book of this series. The writing was certainly consistent with the first book and while listening on 1.5 then 1.8 speed, it did surprisingly go quite fast. I think the fast pacing of this book, much like S&D is how this managed to get to nearly 600 pages even if there wasn’t a whole lot happening plot or action-wise.

I’m not sure whether it’s going to be a trilogy, but with the way this book felt like filler content, I hope that is. Fingers crossed that the next book can actually blow us away and only indicate that this series suffers from middle-child syndrome.

Have you been anticipating Blood & Honey? If you’ve also read it, I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time,

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  • erin from rinsreads

    Okay I have THOUGHTS but I totally agree with everything you said here!! I was so disappointed by this book, it was super boring and nothing really happened?? Seeing Reid struggle with himself but then also put a ton of pressure and blame on Lou for using magic bothered me. Also, his voice in the audiobook was odd to me – the voice actor used that ~growly~ tone for a lot of Reid’s dialogue and I’d physically laughed out loud when he’d violently grunt something. It was just not my cup of tea. Really hoping that the third book doesn’t let us down!! ā™„

    • Tracy

      Honestly, Reid was the biggest downside of this book haha and yes! I totally forgot to mention his narrator growling so much lol I’m really hoping the third book is better too!

  • Meeghan reads

    Yeah, this is interesting. I haven’t read this one yet, but I knew that it was originally supposed to be a duology and the publisher pushed for it to be a trilogy because book 1 sold so well. So I’m going to really hope that is the reason this one felt like “filler”. I do wish the publishers had left it as it was supposed to be because I loved the first book.

    • Tracy

      omg! I had no idea it was supposed to be a duology, that makes SO much sense. That’s kind of annoying that publishers do that, ngl :/

    • Tracy

      I don’t know if the plot was super thin because there was definitely a strong direction but there was just a bit too much content if that makes sense? I feel like many others were disappointed in this one but I hope the next and last book is amazing! šŸ™‚

  • Mary Drover

    I felt similarly in a lot of ways. I was super hyped about this book because I adored S&D so much, but, in the end, it felt like a whole lot of nothing. It felt like Lou & Reid’s characters didn’t develop at all, more that they reverted to where they’d been prior to getting together in S&D and basically just went through the same motions again. Neither of them really owned up for their mistakes, either, and just blamed everything on each other, which was a bummer. I’m hopeful that the third book will be better, and I’m still definitely going to read it, but kind of feeling like this should have been a duology and a lot of this unnecessary filler & barely there plot way condensed down.

    • Tracy

      I know exactly what you mean! I totally agree, it’s so disappointing that this ended up being more of a filler book

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