Friday, December 8, 2017

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

This was my third time reading this gorgeous book. And I still love it as much as I did that first time, more than five years ago. And then again just over three years ago. This book was truly amazing those two times, and it was even more amazing this time as well. I am so thrilled that I still love this book so much.

Though I cannot fully believe that it has already been over five years since I read it that first time. Time is moving way too fast lately. This book will always be incredible, though. The writing is gorgeous. And the story is beyond amazing. The characters are exciting and so lovely to read about. Everything was so perfect.

And fully horrible at the same time too, at times. Which I loved beyond words. The book might be a bit slow at first, before all the action starts happening. But every word is precious. And I found everything to be exciting and interesting. Reading about Seraphina and her world was the best thing, once again. I had forgotten a whole bunch, though everything felt familiar too. I'm not going to write too much about this book at this time, I don't think. But will share some of my feelings about it. Because I very much loved this book a bunch this third time reading it. And I need you all to read this lovely book, if you still haven't given it a chance. Because it's worth it. Every word is worth reading. The story is exciting and different and so perfect. You will love it.

This book tells a story about dragons. And it is the very most exciting story. This book is a mix of fantasy and history and I loved every moment of it. I loved how it was old fashioned in many things. And yet very much fantasy too, with the dragons. The story takes place in the kingdom of Goredd, and there has been peace between dragons and humans for the past forty years. Well, mostly peace. There are still certain people who are angry about it, and they were a bit vicious at times. But all of it interesting to read about.

I am not going to talk too much about the plot of this book, just a little bit. The dragons were all kinds of exciting. There isn't too much of them as dragons, as the story is told from the point of view of Seraphina. She is half dragon, though. But she is fully human too, and so she is not able to become a dragon. Which was a little bit heartbreaking. But I loved her just the way she was. Though it was very interesting to read about how the dragons could be dragons and then humans too. And how different they were as humans.

There is so much I could say about this book. As there is so much that happens. But I am not going to mention all of it. You need to read it yourself. Because it's all interesting and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I loved that the point of view is from Seraphina. And gosh, how I loved getting to know this half dragon, half human girl. She was lonely and kind and lovely and all kinds of perfect to read about. A bit broken too. A little angry, a whole lot of fierce and protective and loving. I loved every part of her. Sigh.

And there are tons of other amazing characters too. Like Lucian Kiggs. And oh, the small romance that happens between him and Seraphina. It is very small, and full of complications, but I ship them beyond words. And their growing friendship was simply the best to read about. And ahh, I adored Glisselda too. She was fun and pretty adorable at times. And Seraphina's uncle, Orma. I loved him beyond words. I was a bit unsure about her dad; did not like the early version of him. But I adored him at the end of the book.

So much happens in this story. And a lot of it is complicated. And a lot of it is fun and a bit heartbreaking too. There is a lot of secrecy, with Seraphina being half dragon. It is not something she can share with anyone. And she is a bit heartbroken about it. But she's still managing to make friends, and I loved that about her. She also has this kind of power with her mind, and I'm not going to describe that, but gosh, it was exciting and different to read about. And I loved it so. And those characters as well. So so amazing.

I think I have already written more than I was going to about this book. Yet I could probably write about it for ages as well. Seraphina is simply a gorgeous book. And I am so glad I read it for a third time. I know this is a book I will read again too. Because this girl is amazing to read about. Love her so. The dragons were both fascinating and horrible. I loved that. And all the friendships in this book were written so well. And all the plot surprises too. Everything about this book was good. I adore it so. Everyone must read it.

I simply cannot wait to re-read Shadow Scale next. Although my heart will break once again, that there isn't more books from the point of view of Seraphina. I need more from this lovely girl. Aw. But there will be Tess of the Road, which I will be reading right after Shadow Scale, and I can't wait for that. It tells the story of Seraphina's half sister, whom is very much human, and I'm so excited about it. The way I figure it, it takes place around five years after these books, maybe. A bit unsure. Either way, I am beyond excited.


  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the re-read! I've heard great things about this book. Someday I'll have to pick it up! Wonderful review, Carina!

  2. This does look and sound like a beautiful book. It has been on my list for ages- so thanks for bringing it back to mind. Hope I get to it soon. :)


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