The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Synopsis:

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.

Thank you to the publisher, who sent me a copy of ‘The Raven and the Dove’ via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I received no compensation for this review.

Hiya bookish people!

You know how we aren’t supposed to judge books by their covers? Well, I am guilty of first being intrigued by this book when I saw the cover. It is so beautiful! And the sequel looks just as beautiful. Yes, I’m shallow. No, I don’t regret it. Pretty books are my weakness.

The characters were definitely one of the main graces of this novel. They were all so in depth and beautifully described. Have I told y’all how I am a sucker for a hero with a dark and torturing past that just makes my heart go “💔 💖”? No? Hey guys, guess what! I’m a sucker for a hero character with a dark and torturing past! Fun facts for everybody! Rafe fit that category perfectly, so I was very pleased about that. Xander? He is babey. My problem came with Lyana. As amazing and headstrong as she is, she sometimes made me want to clonk her on the head because she got so immature and entitled. Didn’t like that.

And, as a teenage Fae lover, I am obviously addicted to heartache because I love me a slow burn. This was not a slow burn, it was Instalove. And I mean Insta. No spark, just immediate flames, and I got burned by how quickly I was thrown into the Instalove parts of this novel. However, this was executed well ( I think, honestly I keep thinking about it so I’m not sure ) so I am not too vexed by it. The world building for this book was also so amazing! I mean, Houses and tests to find a suitor from another Kingdom to mate and rule with? Yes please! Not to mention the diversity of the wings : Owls, Doves, Ravens all beautifully described. I want wings more than ever before. And, I know I’ve got you now, fellow heartache-addicts, BETRAYALS!

As for the actual plot and pace. I was underwhelmed, the plot was rather messy and it was a super fast book. I felt a little left behind at times, but the saving grace of these points where the POV’s. Yes, the multiple short POV’s did contribute to the fast pace, but the different insights to characters helped me follow their thought processes and I didn’t realise that all the characters had the thoughts that they did until I read their POV.

Overall, yeah. It’s a beautiful cover with great characters and angst, but the plot and pace leave a little to be desired. I am looking forward to the next book though, as I need to see what happens next!

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8 thoughts on “

  1. Haha, pretty books are definitely my weaknesses too! 😉 And this one has such a beautifulll cover *heart eyes*… it sounds so good! I’m so glad you loved the characters, but aww I hate when books go too fast without letting you know what’s going on. 😦 Still, this was a lovely review and I definitely want to read The Raven and The Dove now! ❤

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    1. They’re just so, well, pretty! How could I not be drawn to them?! Especially this one, the art is just beautiful.
      I know, it is kinda frustrating but it was still a really good book.
      Aww, thank you! I hope you enjoy it if you do read it ❤

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  2. I absolutely loved this review and everything you talked about. YES pretty books are my weakness too, they are just gorgeous and I can’t stop thinking about them. And the covers for this series are *heart eyes*
    I definitely love a hero character with a dark past as well, it just makes you feel for them so much and you feel the need to give them a hug!! I’m glad you liked the characters.
    It is a shame it had a few drawbacks with the instalove (I love your description of this) and a messy plot but at least overall it was a fun read that had good qualities!
    Great review!! ❤

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    1. I know! The artist for the covers is so freaking talented! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
      They do need just a big hug and to be wrapped in a blanket and made to watch a happy movie and if they don't get that I will be sad.
      Hahaha thank you! I'm quite proud of the instalove line I wrote.
      ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. Ooh firstly who can resist a pretty cover? And like you said this one is stunning!! It’s totally the sort of style that I’d buy a jigsaw puzzle in!!
    And secondly even if you found the plot a bit lacking I think I’ll have to check this out eventually (once I’ve made some sort of dent in my TBR) as I love the sound of the hero with a tortured past and already want to know more about them. Plus the wings sound stunning and I do enjoy exploring interesting new worlds in fiction 🙂

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