Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman



Title: Seraphina
Author:Rachel Hartman
Publisher: Random House Books 
Publication Date:July 1 2012 
Genre:Fantasy 
Page Count: 499 
Age Range: 12+



Synopsis (From Goodreads):
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. 

My Thoughts:

This book was so freakin cool. This is the kind of book that reminds me why I read. I read to take myself out of my life and put myself into crazy worlds that show me that there is magic and amazing things (like dragon). Rachel Hartman did exactly that. This dragon world was so well written that I thought I was actually Seraphina dealing with all of the problems that came her way.

So this book revolves around a girl named Seraphina who is half dragon, half human. So this means that she has some scales on her body, where no one can see. However, she is plagued with her mother's old memories (dragons pass down memories). Since she is part human she cannot handle these by herself or they would kill her. So, with the help of her dragon uncle, she sets up this imaginary world all in her head in the form of a garden. When she gets a headache from these memories she tends to her garden to make them go away. This was so cool to read. Each character in the garden had different traits that Seraphina had to deal with and help. I think this was one of the coolest parts of this book.

I also have to say that the dragon treaty was interesting as well. This treaty has been in place for forty years and in the novel the anniversary is just around the corner. But, an important person from the royal family is murdered, so dragons are eyed suspiciously again. The politics between the humans and dragons were complex and even more so after forty years. Seraphina gets thrust into this when she starts to help Prince Kiggs figure out what happened to the prince who was murdered. She gets close to Kiggs and his fiance and cousin.

 Before all of this happened, Seraphina was practically alone, scared to get close to anyone and have them find out her secret. However, this starts to change once she becomes part of the court. She finally realizes that she can have friends and enjoy her life instead of thinking she was a prisoner. She has a family inside of her uncle and father, and friends with Kiggs and his cousin. I loved reading her development throughout the novel because it reminded me that it is fine to spread your wings even if you may have a secret that can scare people away. You just have to show them that you are more than the secret, like Seraphina did.

Overall, this book was totally worth reading for the world that you are put into and the characters that keep you reading. If you were a fan of Eragon or Inkheart, you will love this one.


Rating: ****
Cover Rating: I LOVE IT
Recommendations:
1. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
2. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Favorite Quote: "I cannot perch among those who think I am broken"


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

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