Author: Shelby Mahurin
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Cheers Factor: 3.5/5
Pairing: Healing Elixir
In the book Coco, a dames rouges, is constantly having to help out our cast of characters by combining her blood with honey to help heal them of some ailment. While thankfully this cocktail is not that it’s sure to heal something.
“There are none so dead as those who will not hear.”
-1oz pomegranate juice
-1oz lime juice
-1/2oz triple sec/cointreau
-Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice
-Strain into a chilled glass over ice
“A beautiful witch, cloaked in guis of damsel, soon lured the man down the path to hell.”
Take a Shot: After saving Lou from her mother Reid and the rest of the gang are on the run not only from the witches, but also from the Chasseurs. Grappling with the revelation of Lou’s parentage, killing the Archbishop and discovering his own lineage, Reid is well and truly struggling. Considering they have nowhere to go they reach out to Coco’s coven the dames rouges in hopes of making it back to Belterra to maybe get to witness the funeral for the Archbishop as well as gain alliances that may help them in going up against Morganne.
“The snake and her bird. The bird and his snake, they take and they break and they ache and they ache.”
I was a little bored in the Hollow I won’t lie. I found it intriguing when they joined the circus performers and went along their way and was happy when they returned to Belterra. Overall the setting is not the main part of this book. It’s safe to say that here we get to see a lot of medieval settings which are definitely ones I like hence my high opinion of it, but there really wasn’t much to write home about.
“There are few choices in life that can’t be unmade.”
Madame Labelle takes the cake for this book. She’s truly such a great character and I like her more than I like the rest of our cast. I also love the introduction of Claude Devereuax. He’s a great character and plays a large part in the end. I have to say I also adore sweet Ansel and think he’s a great character that shows the age range of our characters amongst what exactly is happening in congruence to how people handle certain events. I also really love Beau and think he’s a great little guy. However, my love of these characters does not entirely extend to either Reid or Lou in this installment. After truly loving them in the first novel I figured I would like them just as much in this next one but alas I do not. That’s part of the reason why i have given such a low rating because they are our supposed protagonists and I liked every side character more than them.
“When a person brings you more hurt than happiness, you’re allowed to let them go.”
Plots and Themes
This book could have been 100 pages shorter. I appreciate the grief constant utilized in the story but can’t quite seems to feel overly pulled in by it. It felt overdone throughout the book and became almost an annoying crutch for the plot and I didn’t enjoy that very much. I have to say I really only liked the ending of the book from about the funeral to the end. I thought the action was good and obviously was full of twists and turns and surprise deaths which I did appreciate, but it kind of fell a little dead on it’s entire delivery given the beginning half of the book nearly lost me.
“You are a snake. Shed your skin if it no longer suits you.”
I liked the book truly but not enough to really sell it too much for me. I think it kind of hit a second book slump that I was anticipating wouldn’t happen. I did enjoy the cliffhanger at the end and will be finishing the series, but can’t say I wasn’t disappointed with this installment. I sadly am not in a rush to finish the series even with the cliffhanger.
Reasons to Raise a Glass: SIDE CHARACTERS - like seriously they are really good
Too Strong: Reid needed to get over himself, Lou needed to know when to be a little less stubborn
“Sometimes it hurts to remember the dead as who they were rather than who we want them to be.”
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I don’t remember much about this book by way of spoilers because it’s been a while since I read it, but I know I was very upset at Madame Labelle sacrificing herself and even more upset at Ansel’s death. I wasn’t kidding when I said I liked the side characters the most in this series and was truly broken up over it. I do have to admit it still confuses me how Beau really ended up in the mix of everything with them and can’t help but think he’s there because he’s convenient for the plot. Regardless I really like him and love him so I choose to overlook it. I did like the inclusion of the werewolves and the involvement of the Chasseurs helping Reid and Lou. Thought that was a nice touch. I was lowkey infuriated at the ending and hope in the next book that someone realizes Lou is acting weird. I kind of hope it’s Coco but obviously if it’s not Reid I will throw hands. That man claims he loves Lou but I actually do not buy it after this book. I believed in them in book one but it’s almost like the author wanted to create too much trouble for their love that I don’t believe they will actually be happy back together ever again.
“Just don’t let it take you somewhere I can’t follow.”
Each book here at Cheers&Chapters is rated based off of certain categories that are genre specific, however every book will get a Cheers Factor. The Cheers Factor is how much we wanted to raise our glass while reading it. So get your glasses ready and cheers!