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Review: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Why I chose this book:
I listened to Seraphina on audiobook last year and fell in love with all things dragon. Rachel Hartman won me over with her kingdom of Goredd, her spunky half-dragon protagonist, and her fabulous world building skills. Then, like the rest of the book world, I settled down for the loooonnnngg wait for Book II. When I saw that it was being released for as an ARC, I blew up Amanda's phone begging her to get it for me. Luckily, I was graced with this book and ate it up in less than five days (which is saying a lot, because it's as big as a brick).

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those life herself--for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people's minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she's held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny? (Goodreads)

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Monday, February 10, 2014
Why I chose this book: I’ll be honest, I picked up this book back in 2012 when it originally came out and could not finish it. I made it thirty pages in and was overwhelmed. While I am slowly learning to love the fantasy genre, I still struggle with books that contain peculiar names, worlds, words, languages, etc., due to my dyslexia. Let me just tell you, this book is a dyslexic’s nightmare. Despite this, I noticed that this book kept getting awards and solid reviews. So at the beginning of this year I picked up Seraphina on audiobook and was pleasantly surprised. 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Publisher: Random House Books
Publish Date: August 12, 2012
Format: Hardback 
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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. (Goodreads)
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