ARC Review: Blood & Honey

“What you are now is not what you’ve always been, nor is it what you always will be.”

Rating: 2/5 stars
Format: e-ARC
Release Date: September 1, 2020

Thank you HarperTeen for sending me an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review!


Synopsis

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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 Verdict

Is there anything worse than one of your most anticipated reads of the year being an absolute flop? I’ll be completely honest that going into this I was not expecting to enjoy it more than Serpent & Dove but I also wasn’t expecting to want this to be over so badly while reading it. So where did it all go wrong, you ask?
Let’s just get straight to the point.

⁉️For the love of God give me a recap. Do yourself a favor and either reread Serpent & Dove before picking this up OR try to find a spoiler filled review to recap the events in book one for you. Blood & Honey picks up pretty much right where book one left off and gives you little to no refreshers. For a good majority of this book my head was spinning as I tried to recall the details of the first book and that definitely dampened my reading experience. If you need an example, at the very end of the book there’s a plot twist that involves a character I legitimately had zero recollection of – needless to say Google was my best friend while reading this.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Where are my favs? The characters in this book felt so off. Granted, after how the last book ended character growth was bound to happen. However, this was more like character regression? Reid and Lou felt like entirely different characters – not the ones I fell in love with in the first book and it got to the point that I actually started to dislike them and become more invested in the side characters.

😴 Get to the point please. This baby comes in at over 500+ pages….and nothing worthwhile happens until about the last forty or so pages. It took me well over a month to read this because it truly felt as if the story was going no where. To put it bluntly, this book is just filler and it absolutely should have stayed a duology.

💑 No love here. I loved the romance between Reid and Lou in the first book, that slow burn enemies to lovers type of love just fuels my soul. Obviously, since their feelings for one and another had been declared and were out in the open I knew it wouldn’t be the same but I wasn’t expecting it to be so lackluster. For the first 10% of the book I was here for it because I was just so happy to be back with these characters but then as the rest of the story went downhill so did the romance.

🥀 Reid is emo. We all know Reid is one extra soft boy. But in this one? I don’t even have the words to describe how weird it was to hear him moping around for the entirety of this book.

🗻 Even the cliffhanger couldn’t save it. As mentioned above this book is no longer a duology but will now be a trilogy, so yes, this ends on a cliffhanger. Is it a big one? Yes. Do I care? Not one bit. It’s kind of sad when that huge “haha gotcha” moment of reading a cliffhanger is met with a sigh of relief because at least the book is finally over.

And there you have it, friends. To say I’m bummed is definitely an understatement. I really wish that this just been published as a duology and not dragged into a trilogy because this had so much potential and lived up to none of it. If you’re interested in my review of Serpent & Dove you can find it HERE.

Buddy read w/: Sol – TheBookishKing

Until next time,

5 thoughts on “ARC Review: Blood & Honey

  1. I just finished Serpent & Dove last week and your review makes me really sad. I want to believe that I still might love it because different people have different tastes and all that but I’m definitely scared now (especially because all I care about is Lou & Reid). I’ll still read it for sure but I guess I’m going to have to lower my expectations quite a bit…

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  2. AWWWWW I’M SO DISAPPOINTED THAT BLOOD AND HONEY DIDN’T LIVE UP TO YOUR EXPECTATIONS! I’ll be 100% lowering mine before going in – that’s for sure. This is exactly why I advoid the hype train. :/ Great review as always, Alana 💙

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