Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Hi Everyone! 

Today I am reviewing two books I enjoyed!

Serephina by Rachel Hartman 
Publication Date: July 10th, 2012
Publisher: Random House 
Source: Library 
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Serephina is amazing!

Hartman writes with intelligent diction that leaves me with a state of euphoria! Every page is comprises of words worthy of appreciation. I can see how hard Rachel worked on creating and writing this book.

The world is well designed and imaginative. The people in Seraphina’s head were a bit confusing, but halfway through the book I fully comprehended that they were people that existed like Seraphina.  The dragons with their indifference were characterized wonderfully. I enjoyed reading the flawless placement and context of Serephina’s mother’s memories.

The characters are all amazing! Seraphina is strong. Princess Glisselda is sassy and a wonderful friend. Prince Lucien Kiggs is a wonderful strategist, the perfect match to Seraphina. Orma is an awesome and insightful dragon!

There was a brilliant clue left in this book about whom the villain dragon shape-shifted into that I completely ignored.

Definitely read Seraphina!

Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally 
Publication Date: March 1st, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5 SWEET STARS 
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I really enjoyed this story of a summer love, overcoming regret and learning to understand others. Kate, with her faults in judgment and her constant thrust of her religious values, was easy to understand and watch her open her mind to new experiences.

I completely understand her thoughts of loneliness, feeling that now one remembers her from high school. Kate lost her only real friend, her best friend Emily, in an argument of mixed minds.

I personally don't feel that Kate should have regretted what she did for Emily, but I understand why. Her beliefs contrast with what she did. I am glad with what happened with Emily and Kate in the end, even though it happened abruptly. Overall, this is an enjoyable book.

Thanks for reading!


  1. I have been hearing such good things about Seraphina, it really does sound amazing!

    And I plan on reading Miranda's books, I have the first two to get me going!

  2. Rachel I adored both of these books too! I did find everything that was going on in Seraphina's head confusing at first too, but midway through I was completely hooked! Things I Can't Forget was a lot different to Kenneally's previous novels, but I enjoyed the path she decided to focus on in this story! Wonderful reviews Rachel! :)

  3. I was so excited when Seraphina came out, but I ended up putting it down after a few chapters because I was kind of confused. Your review makes me want to pick it up again and give it another chance, though. Thanks!

  4. Oh, I agree with you! Seraphina is an absolute favorite of mine and Hartman writes such intelligent characers AND her language is so very clean and precise. Plus, she gave us Kiggs to swoon over, didn't she? That's a win as far as I'm concerned. :)

  5. I loved Seraphina so much! It ended up being my second favorite read of 2012 (after Code Name Verity) and I happily shared it with my friends.

  6. Lovely mini-reviews, Rachel! I still haven't read both of this book but I'm planning to get into them soon especially since I've been hearing a lot of positive reviews about them. I'm happy that you enjoyed these books.

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  10. I've heard good things about both books, Rachel. I read a few chapters of Things I Can't Forget and then I had to put it aside for another review book. I need to pick it back up.

    Seraphina is another book I want to read with it's dragons and wonderful fantasy. Lovely reviews, Rachel. :)

  11. These are two I keep meaning to read! I started Seraphina but couldn't get into it, so I put it on hold for a while, and I seem to have forgotten about it since. I'm glad you enjoyed Things I Can't Forget too. Great reviews!

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