Short Reviews

Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: The MindHut
Rating: 4/5

There is an uneasy peace between dragons and humans; dragons are forbidden to take their natural form and instead appear as humans in the kingdom of Goredd. Seraphina is a gifted musician living at court. When a member of the royal family is murdered and it looks as though it was committed by a dragon, Seraphina is drawn into a difficult and murky investigation. Rachel Hartman does a great job creating a unique and interesting world in Seraphina. Her worldbuilding is among the best I’ve seen in YA fantasy. If you’re looking for a new, creative series with a unique fantasy premise, this is a great book to consider.

Read my full review at The MindHut

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3/5

I’m not really going to summarize this book because, if you’re at all familiar with the world of YA, you’ve probably heard what it’s about by now. And I will say that, despite all the amazing, glowing, positive reviews I read about The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I didn’t enjoy it. It just wasn’t for me. It’s really creative and different, which is great, but the overwrought, angsty teen love story just ruined it for me. As well, the second half of the book is very different from the first, and I just didn’t love it. Most people did (if you doubt it, check out the first comment in my review on The MindHut – wow, was that person pissed at me! But be warned, it has a major spoiler in it), but it just didn’t work for me.

Read my full review at The MindHut

Title: Wake
Author: Amanda Hocking
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5/5

Gemma is a down-to-earth sixteen year old girl living in a seaside town. She absolutely loves being in the water; swimming in the ocean at night is one of her greatest pleasures in life. But with the arrival of three beautiful, mysterious girls, Gemma’s nighttime swims become much more dangerous, especially after it becomes clear they’ve set their sights on her. This start of a trilogy is a bit on the fluff side, but it’s well-paced and interesting. Hocking makes some surprising creative decisions, and while this isn’t necessarily the best YA book I’ve read recently, it certainly kept my interest from beginning to end.

Read my full review at The MindHut

Comments

  1. I see that you’re currently reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry… It’s such a fantastic read 🙂 Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

  2. I see that you’re currently reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry… It’s such a fantastic read 🙂 Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

  3. I want to get Seraphina for my daughter who is in love with all things dragon. I just got her into another series about dragons, and this one looks like it would be much appreciated by her. As far as Daughter of Smoke and Bones goes, your review is the first one that hasn’t raved over it. I started it, but it didn’t really mesh well with me, so I put it down. I remember that there was a big push for it when it first came out, but for some reason, I just didn’t connect with it well.

  4. I want to get Seraphina for my daughter who is in love with all things dragon. I just got her into another series about dragons, and this one looks like it would be much appreciated by her. As far as Daughter of Smoke and Bones goes, your review is the first one that hasn’t raved over it. I started it, but it didn’t really mesh well with me, so I put it down. I remember that there was a big push for it when it first came out, but for some reason, I just didn’t connect with it well.

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