Reader: Emily T.
Age: 18
Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Publisher: Random House
Pub Date: 7/10/2012
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: Seraphina is an easily forgettable book that fails to engage the reader. Seraphina's world is limited to the paths she travels. Hartman fails to create a full and rich world, focusing instead on the tense relationship between humans and dragons. Although the dragons are supposed to be highly intelligent creatures, the dragons sound uneducated, stuffy, and worst of all, related to a sub-species that humans despise. Seraphina is portrayed as the only thing that will save the tense relationship between humans and dragons. The entire novel lacking in development and is poorly executed.
Memorable or Forgettable:  Seraphina's constant doubt and negativity is difficult to get past when reading. Her character is flat and lacks the charisma you would expect to find in a strong female character. While being half dragon, the only talent she has is musical, the only evidence she has are a few scales. Perhaps there is a sequel coming out that will explain her mostly human appearance, but a few scales and a superb musical gift cause too much grief to be believable.
Cover: There was no cover image [on the galley] to judge since one has yet to be created.
Age Range: 12-15
Quality: 1Q How did it get published?
Popularity: 1P Yech! Forced to read it

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