“Seraphina (Seraphina #1)” by Rachel Hartman
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Update- 9/26/14: I gave the book a second chance. Read my review here.
Stopped at page 178
-The story moved so incredibly slow for me. Let’s be realistic, 178 pages is long enough for a book to hook you. I wouldn’t have normally read that much if I wasn’t enjoying the story. So many people loved this book so I gave it more of chance.
-The premise of the story is very interesting. For some reason, the author just couldn’t draw me in or make me care about the story.
-I ended up skimming quite a bit.
-The story really wasn’t bad per se. It just wasn’t right for me at the moment. I might end up trying the book again in the future when I’m really in the mood for some high fantasy.