Seraphina (Seraphina #1)

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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Goodreads Author), Mandy Williams (Reading), Justine Eyre (Reading)
Pub­lisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Pages: Audiobook
Series: Seraphina
Pub­li­ca­tion date: July 10th 2012

In her New York Times bestselling debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, "Some of the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy."

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.

My first attempt to read Seraphina was about eight months ago. I received the ARC and dropped the book fifty pages in. I found it too boring/my mood wasn’t right.

My second attempt was the Seraphina audiobook. This attempt was successful. I managed to finish it in one piece.

Now, my problem with audiobooks is that I can get distracted very easily while listening to them. I usually work when I do so. My mind gets idle when I’m working.

Anyway, as I was saying, I get distracted a lot and I miss many important moments. Since Seraphina was twelve hours +, I can say that I just remember around two hours of events. If not less. I’m not sure whether this is good or bad.

Overall I liked the book. The MC was extremely pleasant, and ZOMG we’re talking about a YA heroine here, so show some respect! The dragon theme was cool. And that’s kind of it. I see many people loving Seraphina and calling it amazing. This did not happen to me.

Seraphina ended up being a nice book. Just nice. Nothing wow it changed my life. Not great, and not bad.

I am glad I managed to finish it though. I’m not sure whether I’ll go for an audiobook for the upcoming book. I guess I will, since Hartman’s writing style can easily get me bored.

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