Thursday, January 10, 2013


I am in book club over load.  Starting this month I am now in three book clubs.  I'm not sure how I am going to read books for three books clubs and the books I want to read!  Luckily I pick the books for one of the clubs so I do get to pick what I want and I do have input on the other clubs.

For the school book club I lead I just finished reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

(image from Goodreads)

I love fantasy, but I usually read low fantasy, meaning it takes place in everyday life, like Harry Potter.  This is the first high fantasy (happening in a fantasy land as in Lord of the Rings), I have read in many, many years.

Seraphina lives in the kingdom of Goredd.  At 16, she is an amazing musician and is hired as the assistant musician for the court.  She even becomes the music teacher to the princess. However, Seraphina, has a secret and so she tends to be prickly and never let her guard down causing her to be lonely and friendless. Oh and there are dragons living among the people of Goredd. These dragons are special and can fold up into human shape. For 40 years there has been a treaty of peace between the dragons and humans, but trouble is brewing and Seraphina gets caught in the middle.

This book was suggested by a student for us to read this semester and I think the book club will really like it.    It took me awhile to like Seraphina, she keeps her secret from the reader for a bit and is quite prickly (she is described as prickly often in the book).  After about 80 pages, I really started to get into the story (it is 451 pages).  I think that is about the time she meets her love interest.  I love a good love interest.

Book #2 comes out in July. Yes, it is another trilogy.

I think my next book will be Beautiful Creatures (also a trilogy, you can't escape them!!!!), so I can read it before the movie comes out.  I have been wanting to read it for years so the movie is just super motivating me.

What are you reading next?


  1. These are on my list to read, too. As a southern vampire, I gotta keep up with my peeps. I am currently doing some non-fic with Rachel Held Evans's A Year of Biblical Womanhood, which I want to carry around with me and read aloud to anyone who will listen. For Christmas, I got Terry Pratchett's Dodger (a retelling of Oliver Twist--I think, sort of). I am also planning to read The Traitor's Wife, which is about a woman in 1600s Massachusetts who married a former Cromwellian and was (much later in life) hanged in the Salem Witch Trials. It has been on my shelf for a while. It is fiction but it's about real people (gutsy) who were the author's ten-greats grandparents (double gutsy).

    1. I think you will really like "Seraphina." Yay for Kriby for bringing it to our attention!

  2. Seraphina is NOT part of a trilogy. The author has said there will be one sequel, not two.

    1. Thanks. I guess I just assumed a trilogy since that is the way publishing goes. I am looking forward to the sequel.