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Review: Serpent and Dove

In a sea of averagely written fantasy young-adult books, Serpent and Dove breaks the mold with its intoxicating characters and unique world-building, highlighted with an enemies-to-lovers trope; one that I'm a huge sucker for.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀One of the many things I loved about this book is how it gravitated towards more mature themes not often presented in YA. Though it has trigger warnings in the picture, it is still a stunning read. It is also quite surprising that, in her debut novel, Mahurin has mesmerized me with her words and kept me sitting through 500+ pages without boring me. She has incorporated crumbs across pages that offer readers a teasing glance of what's coming without giving much away. I could go on and point out why I love this book but I'd like to emphasize more on what makes it so endearing: the two main protagonists, Lou and Reid.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣

I live for Lou's sassy comebacks in every situation she's in and Reid's exasperated responses. Their dynamic and banter are just *chef's kiss*. Though it is agonizing to go through that *slow* burn before they realize they're both, predictably, in love with each other, it was worth it in the end. What makes them even more interesting are their different, conflicting perspectives in a world where things are often seen in black and white, and how they progressively overcome their prejudices as they see the world from each other's eyes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Serpent and Dove really came out of nowhere but the moment that I decided to pick it up, I just couldn't stop reading it. It may still have what every YA ending has, but without a doubt, it has become one of my favorite quarantine reads. I couldn't recommend it more.