Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dragons are the enemy – and Seraphina’s mother was one. If a war starts between the humans and the dragons, what will happen to her? Will music save her life? Will the Saints lives provide a clue or do their collective writings mean Seraphina should really be put to death?

What’s the deal with the voices in her head?

What will happen when Seraphina falls in love with the wrong man? What will happen when the wrong person falls in love with her?
People who like love triangles, add an extra three stars. (Total of 8, they don’t offer that many too bad)

Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are more half-dragons in the world, and if htey unite they can stop the human-dragon war.
As if it would be that easy.

Tess of the RoadTess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best book in the series so far.

Seraphina’s little sister is “the bad one” her whole life – a “spank magnet.” Ouch.
Tess’s mother tries to save her from herself, it doesn’t take.

Tess tries so hard to be good – being drunk helps a lot – but eventually has enough and runs away from home.
Beautiful parallel story-lines between Tess and big sis Seraphina, and novel-hero pirate Doesues.
Life is always better when you can imagine yourself a pirate.

The double standard is alive and well – and Tess notices how many ways there are to say “she’s a virgin” without being so crass as to mention bodies. “Purity” is good.

The nuns aren’t what Tess expected. Neither is the “Little sister of happiness.”
Tess’s best friend is another mother in the story, and had a terrible relationship with her daughter.

The dragons have a tiny role in this book. The shape-shifters don’t have human-beast form, but male-to-female. A mom is now male – but since she laid the egg, he is his daughter’s mother. Startling.

This book made me start blogging again after a quiet month of just reading, but I do not have time to do it justice.


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