Jun 122015
 
Review: Shadow ScaleShadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman
Published by Doubleday on Mar 10, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format: Hardcover from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

I feel so sad because I didn’t love this book. I really loved the first one, and this sequel has been so well received by everyone else, but I just didn’t love it. I didn’t even really like it. I found it slow and boring, and the best part was that I finished it.

When I read the first book, I was very intrigued with the characters in Seraphina’s garden, wanting to learn more about them. This book is really all about those other characters, which I appreciated. It was interesting to see how Seraphina’s images and names tied into the reality of the people.

While I liked the characters, I did find that it never felt like anything happened in the book, or at least, everything progressed so slowly that nothing seemed to happen. I found myself extremely bored several times, debating whether to continue or not.

Overall, while I was really looking forward to this book, it fell way short of my expectations. I just never connected to it, and never found myself drawn in and enjoying it.

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