Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Publication Date: July 10th, 2012
Length: 464 pages 
Genera: Fantasy
Subjects: dragons, medieval, kings and queens,

[Goodreads Summary]
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.

[turning fangirl mode on]

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(if I had my way that is what the review would consist of, including a few I LOVE ITs)

It’s not often that I find a book I really like, even less often when I love it. I loved Seraphina.The setting was amazing, as were all that lived there. This is going to be a boring review full of happiness…

The romance was elegantly done. The love interest was kind, sarcastic, intelligent, and very human. There was real love between the two characters, unlike in some other books.

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Seraphina was strong, a bit irritable, loving, and intelligent. She actually had a brain! Seraphina really cared for the people she loved (and I’m not just talking about men). She is one of the most human (which is ironic since she’s not) and wonderful MCs I’ve read.

Orma is Seraphina’s mentor and father figure (her father doesn’t play to much of a role in the book). He reminds me of Kanin in Immortal Rules (which I’ll review later). He’s completely loveable and I admit to liking him for than the love interest.

The minor characters were interesting. I really liked the ones that lived in Seraphina’s head. Fruit Bat reminded me alot of my little brother so I quickly loved him. Miss Fusspots was funny as well.


Plot and Writing:
In the beginning I found it hard to bring myself into the book but boy, once I did I loved it. The plot is filled unexpected developments and wonderful music (granted, I couldn’t hear any of it).

It wasn’t predictable, which I really loved. I didn’t know what was going to happen next, though often once it happened I felt like I should have seen it coming.

The book is slow-paced for majority of the book. Some may find it hard to really get into it, but I liked it. I really wanted to savor the book and all the dresses and lessons. During the action scenes, it really took off. They were fast paced and exciting.

The world building and descriptions was amazing. I felt like I was in the book, and I wish I was. From the dirty streets to the fantastic castles, I was there. The dragon scales, dresses, and anywhere in between had beautiful descriptions.

The right slant of sunlight brought out an iridescent sheen in their scales; they shimmered with rich underhues, from purple to gold.

Can’t you just see the shining scales in the light?

For a YA book, the writing is quite advanced. I needed my dictionary more than once. Thankfully I was on my Kindle and had the dictionary handy.

What I liked and disliked:

  • Characters
  • World building
  • Descriptions
  • Plot
  • Orma


  • Orma was an infodumper

:O Only one dislike????????

In conclusion:
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I love this book. READ IT!

[fangirl mode deactivated]


Favorite Character: Seraphina, or Kiggs, or Orma, or Fruit Bat
Favorite Quote: 

We are all monsters and bastards, and we were all beautiful. I’d had more than my share of beautiful today.


If I could keep a single moment for all time, that would be the one.
I became the very air; I was full of stars. I was the soaring spaces between the spires of the cathedral, the solemn breath of chimneys, a whispered prayer upon the winter wind. I was silence, and I was music, one clear transcendent chord rising toward Heaven. I believed, then, that I would haven risen bodily into the sky but for the anchor of his hand in my hair and his round soft perfect mouth.

Rating:  ★★★★★

I got an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley!

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