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text 2016-11-06 12:11
My October 2016
Serafina: Das Königreich der Drachen - Rachel Hartman,Petra Koob-Pawis
Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Throne of Glass 2 - Kriegerin im Schatten: Roman - Sarah J. Maas,Ilse Layer
Serafina: Das Königreich der Drachen - 5 stars
Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray - 3.5 stars
Throne of Glass 2 - Kriegerin im Schatten - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Serafina, Throne of Glass 2 - Kriegerin im Schatten

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Stopping the Noise in Your Head, Shopaholic, Alice hinter den Spiegeln, Here I am, Mister Lugosi und die verschwundenen Kinder, The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places

 

Oh well, reading wise the last month really sucked. But oh well, I had a lot of soul searching and future planning to do (and that sucked even more). October is also the month that my knitting obsession started. I'm the proud owner of two loops and a regular scarf (this is going to be a present, tho) now and I'm currently working on the third loop, this one is also going to be a present. I swear to god, if the winter isn't really cold this year, I'm gonna stab someone with my knitting needles. Kidding. I think.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-10-23 19:40
Serafina // Seraphina!!!
Serafina: Das Königreich der Drachen - Rachel Hartman,Petra Koob-Pawis

German and english review

 

Ich habe es tatsächlich noch geschafft, diesen Monat ein Buch fertig zu lesen. Ich habe das Stricken für wieder entdeckt, was im Moment sehr viel Freizeit in Anspruch nimmt. Dafür wird mir im Winter der Hals nicht kalt, das ist ja schließlich auch etwas.

 

Das Buch habe ich von einer ganz lieben Person ausgeliehen bekommen und hab es dann doch noch auf meine Bücherliste geschrieben, ich muss das Buch unbedingt selbst haben, genauso wie die Fortsetzung, die ich unbedingt bald lesen will.

 

Aber genug davon, jetzt geht es ums Buch.

 

Kann EIN Mädchen ZWEI Welten vereinen?

Die Drachen könnten die Menschen vernichten. Doch sie sind zu fasziniert von ihnen. Dies ist die Basis des fragilen Friedens zwischen beiden Völkern, die jäh brüchig wird, als der Thronanwärter ihres gemeinsamen Königreichs brutal ermordet wird – auf Drachenart. Die junge Serafina hat guten Grund, beide Parteien zu fürchten. Hütet doch das erst seit kurzem am Hofe lebende Mädchen selbst ein Geheimnis. Als sie in die Mordermittlungen verwickelt wird, kommt der scharfsinnige junge Hauptmann der Garde, Lucian Kiggs, ihm gefährlich nahe und droht, ihre Verstrickung mit der Welt der Drachen zu enthüllen und ihr ganzes Leben auf immer zu zerstören.

 

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Ich liebe alles an dem Buch.

Die Charaktere waren einfach klasse, richtig viele unterschiedliche Beziehungen, die einfach nur wunderschön waren. Ich fand die Welt in der die Story handelt, einfach richtig schön und auch wunderbar erklärt, dass man wirklich schnell reingefunden hat. Und die Geschichte ansich, war auch wirklich richtig schön. Klasse Schreibstil.

 

Serafina ist der Hauptcharakter in dem Buch und ich fand sie von Anfang an, einfach total besonders und sie ist mir wirklich schnell ans Herz gewachsen und war/ist mir wirklich total wichtig. Aber auch Charaktere wie Kiggs, Glisselda, Orma, Viridus und die Charaktere aus Serafina's Garten, von denen wir ein bisschen mehr bekommen haben.

 

Ich fand die Beziehung zwischen Serafina und Orma wirklich total interessant. Genauso wie die Momente mit ihr und Viridus (der Moment als er ihr sagte, dass er weiß, wer sie ist, wer ihre Mutter war. AAAAAAAH!!!!). Und dann natürlich alles was mit Serafina und Glisselda und Kiggs zu tun hatte. Ah, ich mag die Drei total als Team zusammen, deswegen fühle ich mich echt schon ein bisschen schuldig, dass ich Serafina und Kiggs zusammen so toll finden würde, obwohl er ja mit Glisselda verlobt ist. SCHWIERIG.

Und dann natürlich alle Garten Bewohner, die Serafina dann auch in Wirklichkeit getroffen hat. Ich hoffe wirklich, dass man in dem anderen Buch, dann auch die anderen besser kennenlernt. Was ich auch unbedingt mehr haben möchte, sind Momente zwischen Serafina und ihrer Familie.

 

Von der Story her, war es wirklich sehr spannend gemacht und das hat sich auch bis zum Ende hin wirklich so gehalten. Da gab es doch die ein oder andere Wendung, die mich einen Moment die Luft anhalten ließ. So liebe ich das.

 

Alles in allem kann ich das Buch wirklich nur empfehlen.

Wo wir beim Thema Drachen sind, jeder sollte unbedingt Eon/Eona lesen.

 

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I actually did it, I finished a book this month. I rediscovered the joys of knitting and well, that's taking up most of my free time at the moment. At least my neck won't be cold this winter, and that's important too.

 

A very lovely person borrowed this book to me, and of course, I already put it on my list of books I need to own, together with the second book, that I wanna read very soon.

 

But enough of all that, let's talk about the book.

 

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

 

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I love everything about this book.

The characters are awesome, all the different kinds of relationships, wonderful. I loved the world the story was set in, amazing and wonderfully written, so I got into the story very fast and easy. And the story itself, amazing.

 

Seraphina is the maincharacter in the book and right from the beginning, she was just very special to me and now she's super close to my heart and very important to me. But I also really loved characters like Kiggs, Glisselda, Orma, Viridus and all the characters from Seraphina's garden, especially those we got a bit more from.

 

I loved the relationship between Seraphina and Orma. So interesting. And the moments between her and Viridus (seriously, the moment he told her he knew who she was and who her mother was, AAAAAH!!!!!.) And of course everything that had to do with Seraphina, Glisselda and Kiggs. Ah, I love these three together as a team, makes me feel really guilty about really liking Seraphina and Kiggs together, because he is engaged to Glisselda. DIFFICULT.

And then of course all the people from the garden, that Seraphina got to meet in reality. I really hope, that in the second book, we will get to meet the others as well and get to know them more. I would also love more moments between Seraphine and her family.

 

The story itself was very good and really intriguing, from beginning to the end. There were some twists, that really took my breath away for a second there.That's how I like it.

 

Overall, I really recommend this book to everyone.

And speaking of dragons, I need everyone to read Eon/Eona.

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review 2016-09-03 16:33
Badass Librarians
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
Seraphina - Rachel Hartman

I won this book in a Netgalley contest and enjoyed it more than I expected to. The book features badass librarians who travel to parallel universes to steal books, and the adventures a certain librarian has along the way. There is sort of an Indiana Jones vibe, mixed with the fantasy elements of Seraphina. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

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review 2016-08-18 06:22
Charming short story
The Audition - Rachel Hartman

This short story was charming and funny. A prequel to the novel Seraphina, it introduced several main characters of the novel: the titular character Seraphina, her music teacher, dragon Orma (in his human skin), the grumpy royal composer Viridius, and the mischievous Princess Glisselda. The story is about Seraphina’s audition for the position of the princess’s music tutor. I smiled from start to end.

Available for free at https://www.scribd.com/doc/97577759/Seraphina-Prequel-WEB

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review 2016-06-24 06:03
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Seraphina - Rachel Hartman

Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal Romance


Year Published: 2012


Number of Pages: 465 pages


Date Read: 6/13/2016



Publisher: Random House

 

 

Series: Seraphina #1

 

 

Seraphina

“Sometimes the truth has difficulty breaching the city walls of our beliefs. A lie, dressed in the correct livery, passes through more easily.”

I have been hearing so many good things about Rachel Hartman’s debut novel “Seraphina” when it first came out and even though I had wanted to read it the first time around, I was not able to read this book at the time. But now, I finally got my little hands on this book and I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful narrative of this story!

Even though the peace treaty between the dragons and the humans has been going on for four decades, there is still some mistrust between the humans and the dragons and this causes many dragons to take on human form to avoid the citizens of Goredd to learn their true identities. Seraphina Dombegh is an extremely talented musician who joins the court of Goredd and although most of the court adores her, Seraphina harbors a devastating secret: she is half dragon! Seraphina has kept this secret to herself for most of her life, although it is killing her that she cannot tell anyone who she really is. But one day, a rogue dragon ends up murdering a member of the royal family and Seraphina, with the help of the extremely perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs, tries to uncover the mystery of the murder and she will soon realize that her secret might have to be comprised if she is to save the kingdom from this rogue dragon!

Wow! Rachel Hartman has done an excellent job at writing this beautiful story about discovering your own identity and how to accept your own individual differences. I loved the way that Rachel Hartman detailed the prejudice and racism between the dragons and the humans as it makes parallels to real life that racism and prejudice can still prevail in society, even if peace is enacted due to the wounds of past wars still being fresh for anyone who has lived during those times. It also shows that this can have some consequences for the people who just want to live in peace as it shows that some of the people of Goredd do not want to engage in war, but they are forced to engage in the effects of the prejudice in the kingdom due to the wars. I also loved the way that Rachel Hartman wrote each character as I found myself relating to each character in different ways:

Seraphina Dombegh: The fact that Seraphina’s whole character arc is trying to discover her true identity while sorting out her feelings for Prince Lucian Kiggs really connected with me as I have moments where I fear what other people think of my hobbies where I enjoy a good blood and splatter film and enjoy some surreal artwork. But, I also realize that those things about me are what I really like and I enjoy seeing Seraphina finding her dragon half being useful to her investigations of the royal family murders.

Prince Lucian Kiggs: Like Kiggs, I am often extremely observant of my surroundings and I always want to know what is really going on instead of being lied to. It was interesting seeing his relationship with Seraphina starting out cautious and then eventually warming up to her once he starts to learn more about her and I really enjoyed the subtle character progression of Lucian’s relationship with Seraphina!

Princess Glisselda: Like Princess Glisselda, I also have mostly a positive mindset on any situation as I want things to turn out well for everyone and myself. I really enjoyed her relationship with Seraphina as she is shown to be somewhat of a little sister to Seraphina and it was great that she would stand with Seraphina no matter how dire the situation gets.

Seraphina

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I did find some parts of this book to be a bit slow in pacing and it was really hard for me to get through this book at times due to the pacing.

Overall, “Seraphina” is a truly fantastic book about discovering your true self and accepting your own personal differences. Now, I am going to check out the sequel to this book, “Shadow Scale!”

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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