Thu, August 23, 2012

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Review

Seraphina book cover

Seraphina book cover

Seraphina
By Rachel Hartman
Publication date: July 10, 2012
Random House Children’s Books, 467 pages
Source: Purchased for my Kindle

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page.

— Goodreads.com description

Hi, my name is Anna and I like dragon books.

OH MY GOSH IT HAS TAKEN ME SO LONG TO ADMIT THAT.

I’m sorry…it’s just that there is a stigma there. But screw it: I’m shouting it loud and proud now because Seraphina by Rachel Hartman — which, let’s face it, is a dragon book — has so many of the elements that just get me jazzed about reading.

– Epicness: There’s a sense in this book that it’s about more than just Seraphina’s story. Her world is super conflicted and it’s all coming to a climax now, in this book. Flashbacks to her mother’s point of view enforce that, and there’s just a great sense that this story is bigger than just one girl. I love that.

– Forbidden Love: I can’t get enough of it.

– Self-Discovery/Relatability: Seraphina has a secret. A HUGE secret. As a result, she never really fits in, makes friends or feels free to be herself. What girl can’t relate to that?

For fans of fantasy and those willing to give it a go (and, please, you guys, give this genre a go!), Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is a great choice. I couldn’t put it down!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Scarlett said:

    yup, it was amazing!! So glad you liked it! I seriously cannot wait for what comes next, so much potential!!

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  2. Lori said:

    I like dragon books too and I don’t care who knows! 😉 I LOVED this one too! I need the next book in my life asap!

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  3. April Books & Wine said:

    Dragon books for always! <3

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  4. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    I have ALWAYS loved dragon books! It’s always fun for me to imagine what my dragon would look like or what I would look like as a dragon…. Anyway, yes, I’m excited about Seraphina and I can’t wait to read it!

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  5. Brodi said:

    I’ve been tempted to buy this book for so long now and your review has just made me want it even more! Awesome review 😀

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  6. Cat @ Beyond Books said:

    There’s a stigma about dragon books? Really? I have never heard that before. What’s wrong with dragon books? 🙁

    This particular book was rather delightful.

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  7. Sash from Sash and Em said:

    YOU DON’T WANT TO WAKE THE DRAGON, DO YOU?! (Sorry I’m not sorry for the total Game of Thrones reference.)

    I’ve heard lots of good things about this one. Going to have to add to my pile if it got the Anna Stamp of Approval. <3

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  8. Pocketful of Books said:

    Eee I loved this book! I know exactly what you mean about Seraphina being relateable- and the dragons are mega awesome.

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  9. jen said:

    eeee i like dragon books, too! HELLO, SOPHIE JORDAN’S SERIES. this one sounds kind of awesome.

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  10. Kim said:

    Dragon books rock!

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  11. Lisa said:

    DRAGONS.

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  12. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) said:

    Dragons forever!
    I can’t wait to read this one.

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  13. Jasmine Rose said:

    I got this one to review through the Ambuzzador program on Random Buzzers and was pretty nervous since before now I thought I hated all fantasy. Turns out I just needed a really good one like Seraphina to change my mind 😀

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  16. Selling HCG said:

    Great Job. Thanks for writing that. I’ll definitely check here to find out more and inform my coworkers about your writing.

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