Tag: Dragons

Book Review – Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman

Posted July 30, 2012 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Read in 2012, YA / 0 Comments

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Book Review – Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel HartmanSeraphina by Rachel Hartman
Series: Seraphina #1
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on July 10th 2012
Pages: 451
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: the Publisher

Also by this author: Tess of the Road


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.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.

Fantasy is a real hit or miss for me… That said, I have found some fantasy novels I have read and enjoyed immensely so I’m certainly not going to stop since I’ve found more bad than good. ‘Seraphina’ may not have been for me but I can definitely see the attraction and why this will be an extremely popular book. I will say this, Rachel Hartman writes incredibly well. You could visualize the world she created and her attention to detail was flawless. Seraphina was an awesome character View Spoiler » The storyline itself, with Seraphina being a half-dragon and the garden in her mind… wow. I must say it was incredibly original and was the reason for my initial interest in this novel.

But I did give this 3 stars so I suppose I should discuss why. The storyline was not fast-paced in the least and the pacing was completely off so I did find myself struggling through sections (although I do blame the fact that I’m not a very patient reader). I actually stopped about 200 pages in and set it aside for the better part of a month. I did find that the story picked up around mid-way through and I was able to finally get through it.

Despite the fact that I praised the world-building I still found myself struggling to keep my facts straight. First installment novels in series often bother me because of the massive amount of info-dumping, but that wasn’t the total problem for me. Again, I’m not a huge fantasy fan but the strange names of people and places was too much for me to keep straight at times. The mystery itself that was the center of the story really lost me and even when the big revelation happened and all was revealed I was still scrunching my forehead trying to remember names and who was who. (There was a glossary in the back to help you out, but, I have an aversion to novels which require a glossary. I did sign up to read a story, not a textbook.)

The addition of the love interest was completely unnecessary and I would have loved if it had been left out. The attraction between the two left much to be desired plus there was the whole ‘he has a fiancé’ thing that was a bit off-putting.

I do still plan on reading the next installment, Dracomachia. I have a feeling (and high hopes) that since all the intricate world-building has been established we can focus solely on the story I will enjoy it more.


Short and Sweet Review – Firewalker (Stormwalker #2) by Allyson James

Posted July 16, 2011 by Bonnie in Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 / 0 Comments

Short and Sweet Review – Firewalker (Stormwalker #2) by Allyson JamesFirewalker by Allyson James
Series: Stormwalker #2
Published by Berkley on November 2, 2010
Pages: 342
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Library



Mick must face the dragon council for breaking their laws, and while he doesn't seem too worried about his upcoming trial, but Janet will do anything to keep him safe. She'll need a little help from her friends, old and new: Nash and Coyote; Cassandra, a powerful witch turned hotel manager; and Colby a sort-of-trustworthy dragon. But now a new, dark power is stirring in Magellan that Janet must face, but even more frightening, one is stirring within herself.



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I hadn’t realized how much I missed Janet and Mick until I decided to pick up ‘Firewalker’, the 2nd in Allyson James’ Stormwalker Series.

Firewalker opens with Janet managing her hotel, without Mick; he’s been missing for a few weeks with no word. Shortly afterwards a shifter informs Janet that she discovered where Mick is and Janet leaves immediately to help him; taking Nash with her. Together they are able to break Mick free of the magic prison that the dragons placed on him; however, as they are leaving they are attacked by demons and the new dark power growing with Janet is released and they are saved… but Janet is having more and more difficulty controlling it.

A corpse is found near Janet’s hotel and she immediately becomes a suspect. The revelation of what happened, who did it, etc… gasp! Be prepared. Lol I can’t wait to be able to get my hands on the 3rd in this series.