eARC Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
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.
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Series: Seraphina #1
Author: Rachel Hartman
Publication Date: December 23, 2014
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Page Count: 499
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Cover Artist: —
My Rating: No Rating – DNF
DNFing at 80%
I’m so sorry to say that I just couldn’t go any further. I had so many expectations for this book, which was probably my biggest mistake. I’ve always preferred going into a book not knowing much, and it normally serves me well. This is one of those books that I’ve had my eye on for a while, and finally decided it was time to pick it up. With so many outstanding reviews and recommendations, I just don’t think this book was that deserving of the praise it received.
If you disagree with me, that is totally fine. Everyone sees different angles and elements of a book that stand out to them in a particular way in which they appreciate. I, unfortunately, missed nearly all of those facets that normally make me fall in love with the story and characters. I stuck it out for so long, giving it the benefit of a doubt, but it never redeemed itself.
I never found myself able to submerge into the story. The premise was great, the world building is undeniably thorough, the characters are developed and complex—even too complex. Perhaps it was the writing style that I found immensely tedious, and at more times than not, boring. I felt that the story never progressed. It was stuck in a constant state of mind, rehashing the same details over and over. A massive portion of the book is made up of dialogue, which is fine for some books, but it didn’t work well here. Seraphina’s monologue was extremely repetitive and without importance.
I would really love to give this book a second chance, someday. But it won’t be anytime soon. I need some time to cleanse and refresh my palate. Better luck to you, and better luck for me next time.