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Review: Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman


Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman

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Title: Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2)

Author: Rachel Hartman

Release Date: March 10, 2015

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Format: ARC

Page Number: 608

Source: book store

Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.

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 like 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?

1 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This is the second book int eh Seraphina series. I didn’t like Seraphina; it was okay, but I really struggled through this one. This book took absolutely forever to read. Anyway, this book is about a half-human-half-dragon girl named Seraphina. She decides to gather her other half-breeds and create an odd sort of family for herself. Stuff goes down and Seraphina goes on this journey to try and find her friends. Bad things happen, and they find out that one of the half-breeds is really evil. In the end they figure everything out and all is at peace.

That is all that happens in this entire book. Ugh. I really disliked this book. A whole lot, actually. 600 pages of random crap happening that has nothing to do with the resolution of the story. I had so many issues with this book, and didn’t think there were many good things in it. This book had me in a multiple month long reading slump. Just a disclaimer here. A lot of people really liked this book. This is just my opinion. You can go and give it a try; I’m not telling you to never read Rachel Hartman’s books, but they were not for me at all. I mean, just putting that out there.

Characters:

Seraphina was the main character, but she wasn’t anything extraordinary. She wasn’t awful, but there weren’t many redeeming qualities about her. She loved this guy. He loved her, but nothing happened between them. Let the romance brew! Abdo was my favorite because he was cute. He actually reminded me of my little brother.

Who Would I Be?:

I guess I’d be Seraphina if I had to choose. Again, I didn’t hate her, but she wasn’t cool. I wish more would have happened in this book. It was a really monotone. The. Whole. Way. Through.

Series:

Seraphina (Seraphina #1) – Rachel Hartman

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Seraphina (Seraphina #1) – Rachel Hartman


Seraphina (Seraphina #1) – Rachel Hartman

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Title: Seraphina (Seraphina #1)

Author: Rachel Hartman

Release Date: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Random House for Young Readers

Format: eBook

Page Number: 482

Source: Barnes and Noble Nook Store

In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side – while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer. The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being. When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive—and dashing—Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina’s struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult… while its discovery could mean her very life.

2 out of 5 stars

Plot:

In the kingdom of Goredd humans and dragons live in peace. All get along due to a treaty stating that the dragons are allowed to live there as long as there weren’t any major problems. The main character, Seraphina, obeys these rules as a human, but has a huge secret to keep. She is the child of a human and a dragon. The skilled musician woks under the music master and helps to organize banquets and things of that nature for the Royal Court. The most important banquet in her life gets postponed suddenly when a member of the Royal Court shows up decapitated. Seraphina wants to help find out why the man was brutally murdered, so she teams up with the Queen’s Guard to help find out. Why does she think she can help? She can see others like her (half-breeds) in her mind. Her teacher, Orma, is a dragon who has started to love her in a fatherly way. He helps her along the way with the whole endeavor. Prince Lucian Kiggs, part of the Royal Guard accompanies her to find the reason his relative was murdered, and some romance starts to brew between the maid and prince. Why is Seraphina so special? Is there a reason she’s musically gifted? I had a lot of problems with this book. Nothing seemed to be happening, but everything was happening all at once. This book could have easily been half the length. There were so many characters with such similar, or even two, names. There was kind of no plot, and the romance was very cheesy. I really struggled to find the time to want to pick this book up.

Characters:

Ahh. I don’t even know where to start with the characters because there were so many. Seraphina, Lucian Kiggs, and Orma were the main characters, but there were so many side characters. Lucian Kiggs was my favorite character, because… love interest, but I did like Seraphina. There was a lot of character development, and that aspect of the book was really impressive and fun to read about. I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary things to just fill the space.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Seraphina because she was a really strong character to follow. She was brave and strong, but also vulnerable at the same time. Even though the romance wasn’t executed well, she and Kiggs really were the perfect couple. I hope that the relationship continues to grow in Shadow Scale.

Series:

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman

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