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Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Title: Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman
Pub Date: July 10th, 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing
Source: DAC ARC Tours
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge

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In a sentence or so: While the uneasy peace between dragons and humans grows increasingly tense, the half-human and half-dragon Seraphina tries to figure out who she is and how she fits into this decades long drama.

THERE BE DRAGONS, YO. Seriously, dragons are the best. These dragons can take a human form, which burdens them with Feelings and Emotions and Vulnerability. But when they aren’t in human form, they’re all about their hoards and stuff. Half of them are for the peace, but the other half are all about taking down the weak humans.

Seraphina is half and half which is totally unheard of, probably forbidden, and freaks out people on both sides. However, Seraphina is also smart and kind and an incredible musician who’s ridiculously brave. So when she starts to become increasingly involved in the Dragon and Human conflict, you root for her and trust in her and want the world to accept her for who she is.

The medieval setting partnered with dragons and court intrigue and political motives made for a YA read unlike any I’ve read before. As a lover of fantasy things, this didn’t bother me in the slightest, just surprised me a bit.

If you’re looking for a fantasy that will make you think, present an incredibly fresh perspective on dragon lore and a kick-ass heroine, as well as a good doses of mystery, self discovery, and swoon, you will love Seraphina by Rachel Hartman!

Fave quote: “For the merest moment I couldn’t breathe. Something inside me quivered, some oud string plucked by his words, and if I breathed it would stop.” (174)

Fix er up: It takes awhile for things to really get started, what with the world building and all. So you have to be in the mood for this sort of book. And if you are, you are in for the best of reads!

Pairs well with: Orchestral yet totally badass music. If you're feeling especially fancy pants, go all medieval with it. Then it will be like you're channeling Seraphina herself! Also, sweatpants. Not just because sweatpants are the best but because there is a particularly swoony scene practically in blizzard conditions.

FTC Notice: I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of the DAC ARC Tours Blog. Thank you, Random House!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I need this book in my life because DRAGONS.
    I kick myself all the time that I haven't read it yet.

  2. I loved this book! I def agree that it took a while to really rev up. But yeah dragons and EMOTIONS are a total win.

    1. It was so worth it when things got rolling, though! As you know.

  3. I have this one... have had this one... why have I not read it yet, you might find yourself asking. Because... DRAGONS! Must read ASAP! Great review and that quote is amazeballs!

    1. It's good! It is not a light read, so prepare yourself for that.

  4. Ok, first. HIIIIIIIIIIIIII!

    And second, I've not read a book with dragons. I might need to make that happen sometime soon. Especially since you mention there's good world building. And that's important to me. :)


  6. Dragons foreva.


    And sweatpants. I want to be in sweatpants now instead of in dress pants.

    1. It is my dream to be in sweatpants for as many hours a day as possible.
      Even yoga pants will do.

  7. Thanks for the review-this is probably my second-favorite read of the year so far and I'm so happy whenever I see that someone else has fallen for its charms (DRAGONS!)

  8. SO I always though fantasy wasn't my thing. I've read some that I completely despised so I just gave up on the whole genre.
    Then Seraphina arrives in the mail because I've been selected to be an Ambuzzador (through Random Buzzers. I put it off and put it off and put it off and finally just decided I needed to bite the bullet so I could write a review.
    And guess what.
    I loved it.
    Seraphina was just so beautiful and magical and lovely and I completely adored it. I'm so glad it was forced into my hands so I actually gave it a chance :D

    1. Oh Jasmine! Fantasy is SO DANG GOOD. And DRAGONS. Fo real.

      So glad you gave this one a chance! It is quite a special book.

  9. I may or may not have asked for this for Christmas. I can't remember. ha ha! Either way, I want a awesome dragon book. I loved dragons when I was little. :)


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