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Shelby Mahurin

Author of Serpent & Dove

7 Works 4,954 Members 107 Reviews

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Includes the name: Mahurin, Shelby

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Birthdate
1992-05-21
Gender
female
Nationality
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Neonazi police officer and pick-me minority girl get married. Minority girl admonishes her people and participates in genocide alongside her husband. 1/5

This review is a hodge podge of things, but mostly, it's me railing in on someone's debut novel. I am nothing if not ruthless.



I love a marriage of convenience, but the reason for this one seems flimsy at best. Even when you find out that the Archbishop is Lou's father, like..... I feel like that would instill in him a moral dilemma but ultimately make him want to kill her more?

Whatever. The gotcha reveals in this book feel dumb. On that note, I don't understand why Lou's backstory had to be a secret. To sound edgier? And then get info dumped later? I think we might have benefitted from knowing all along. Then the "twists" wouldn't feel so over the top. But instead it all gets stacked on at once.

AAAANNNYWAY, I won't harp too much on that. Marriage of convenience with two diametrically opposed sides is so much fun,.

Or. It should be. Until there isn't enough back and forth, there isn't enough growth. They just suddenly decide they like each other. The only will they, won't they, is that they are both physically attracted to each other the whole time and it takes them a while to have sex.


The writing is soooo cheesy. The scene where it's revealed that the Archbishop is her father is SO SO SO bad.

And don't get me STARTED on the banter. I don't think it's much of a spoiler to say that they have sex. Lol. DIRECT QUOTE FROM IMMEDIATELY AFTER CHASS BOY LOSES HIS VIRGINITY:

"I smiled and flicked his nose. 'Well done, you.' "

WELL DONE, YOU??? I'd scream.

Also, a lot of the things that happen just feel improbable and kind of fanfiction-y.

Like her best friend conveniently finds a way to be there the entire time and giggle with her over someone's almost dead body? (see: edgy and tonally dissonant)

The other boy who's cute makes moony eyes at her friend? (because everyone has to be paired up)

And worst of all.

The ellipses. The constant ellipses. I thought it was funny at first, but she did not stop. SO MANY IMPROPERLY USED ELLIPSES!!!
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telamy | 60 other reviews | Nov 6, 2023 |
The plot was meandering and it seemed like such a filler book.

Content: language, I skipped a chapter

2 Stars
 
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libraryofemma | 28 other reviews | Oct 20, 2023 |
Beyond excited rn! Thank you HarperCollins for the ARC!
 
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AnaCarter | 1 other review | Oct 15, 2023 |
I just knocked this down a star...I couldn’t remember anything about it...at all.
Thank you Read With Cindy for reminding me!!!
 
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Danielle.Desrochers | 60 other reviews | Oct 10, 2023 |

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