Tuesday, April 16, 2024

🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin

: The Scarlet Veil
Series: The Scarlet Veil, #1
Author: Shelby Mahurin 
Format: 640 pages, Hardcover
Published: September 26, 2023 by HarperTeen
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  🍷🍷🍷🍷
This dark and thrilling vampire romance—set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Serpent & Dove series—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas!

CΓ©lie Tremblay has always been a good girl: kind and beautiful, a daughter of whom every parent would be proud. She surprises the entire kingdom when she defies tradition to become the first huntswoman—including her new captain and fiancΓ©, Jean Luc, who rules the huntsmen with an iron fist. He isn’t the only one concerned for CΓ©lie’s safety, however. Though her friends try to protect her from the horrors of her past, mysterious whispers still haunt her, and a new evil is rising in Belterra—leaving bodies in its wake, each one drained of blood.

Determined to prove herself in her new role, CΓ©lie tracks the killer to the lair of Les Γ‰ternels—ancient creatures only spoken about in nursery rhymes—and catches the attention of their king, a monster who hides his plans for her behind beautiful words and sharp smiles. Now CΓ©lie has new reason to fear the dark because the closer he gets, the more tempted she feels to give in to his dark hunger—and her own.

Crystal's Thoughts:

I'll be honest...I wasn't a fan of CΓ©lie in the Serpent and the Dove trilogy but I really enjoyed the world that the author created there so gave this one a shot. I'm happy to say that I ended up liking CΓ©lie's character by the end and I am looking forward to more from this new spin-off. However, as with the original series...this tale is very slow to build. There is a lot of internal dialogue to wade through, but it is needed for CΓ©lie's character growth I think. And while this is a spin-off series, readers new to the Serpent and the Dove trilogy may find references to CΓ©lie's past confusing. All in all, I am looking forward to more from this series. The world built around these captivating characters is fantastical, with intriguing mystery and a satisfying journey of self discovery. I can't wait to find out what is in store for CΓ©lie next.

"Do not run again. .... Or I will chase you. .... You do not want me to chase you, pet."

Tropes You'll Find: 
✔️ French Gothic
✔️ Past Trauma
✔️ Vampires, Ghosts, Witches
✔️ Enemies to Lovers
✔️ Found Family
✔️ Grumpy Meets Sunshine
✔️ One Coffin
✔️ Magic, Murder, & Mystery

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