Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Review by MaryAnne (guest teen blogger)
Fantastic! I cannot even begin to describe this book. Seraphina is an original take on the relationship between humans and dragons. Seraphina, a sixteen-year-old girl, gets swept up into a political disaster that could tear the kingdom of Goredd apart. Prince Rufus, Queen Lavonda's only son, is murdered, and the only plausible suspect is a dragon. For the past forty years, dragons have taken human shape to keep peace. With the help of Prince Lucian Kiggs and an interesting cast of characters, Seraphina investigates a potentially disastrous event.
From beginning to end, this book does not disappoint. I could barely even put it down! Seraphina is one of the best female heroines you'll ever come across. She is real and develops as a person should. The underlying plot of the book is self-acceptance, which I think adds something we can all relate to. Serpahina is a strong female character who isn't close to perfect. She is human and makes mistakes like the rest of us. She learns from them and doesn't back down--the sign of true strength. She is modest of her musical ability, and even shy. Seraphina must deal with a dark lineage and a secret that could turn her world upside down. When I was reading, I felt that her dialogue was real, as was every other character's. Their personalities could make you love or hate them when hey wanted to. Rachel Hartman brings such a solid plot filled with action, the hint of romance, and well-rounded characters. I haven't read a book about dragons and humans as good as this in a long while.