Book Review: Seraphina

Seraphina

by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina It’d been too long since I read a book with dragons! This was an excellent remedy for that. Seraphina takes place in a fantasy world where humans and (shape-shifting, uber-logical) dragons live in uneasy peace since the war that raged between them 40 years ago. Now, dragons live among the human population, in their human-like form, trying to understand the lesser race and yet not become influenced by the volatile emotions surrounding them. The title character Seraphina, caught between both worlds, has taken a new position at court right before the anniversary of the peace treaty between the two races. When a prince is murdered in a suspiciously draconian fashion, tensions run high and Seraphina gets pulled into court intrigue and interracial politics and unlikely friendships. All while hiding her own very dangerous secret. It’s a lively read, no real slow parts. Hartman’s characterization of the dragon race is interesting, and I liked how they had their own political squabbles outside of the human kingdom. There’s some romance and danger and bravery and heartbreak and family drama. Overall, a good, enjoyable read. I look forward to book #2.

I give it 4/5 stars.

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McKinney Falls

As promised yesterday, some pictures! My sister was visiting from Charleston, SC last week with some friends, and one afternoon we headed down to McKinney Falls State Park for some sunshine and hiking. The bluebonnets were in bloom, the weather was perfect, and the pup was well behaved. Take a look: Where’s your favorite place to get out to nature?

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove: this week's round-up of read-worthy links.

Photo series of the week: National Geographic Concludes What Americans Will Look Like in 2050, and It’s Beautiful Cool invention of the week: This Solar-Powered Plane Can Now Fly Around The World With No Fuel. How to not worry about all the other people doing the exact same thing you want to do 7 Ways You’re Unconsciously Undermining Yourself How To Break Up With Your First Draft. I have trouble with this. Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life. Please don’t endanger your entire community. Get your kids vaccinated. I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical. Read before you […]

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April Etsy Round-Ups

Time for pretty things from Etsy! I have two lovely collections again for you this month. And no, they are not Easter-themed (I’m so sick of seeing bunnies and carrots and eggs everywhere). One is all about April showers (which hopefully bring May flowers) – fitting as it is currently storming outside. The other is about the name of April, which comes from the Roman verb aperire, “to open,” in reference to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to open. Take a look: What does April make you think of?

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Book Review: Written in Red

Written in Red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop I’ve been a long-time fan of Anne Bishop (loved her Ephemera series, and her Black Jewels series is also great). But somehow I missed that book one of her new series came out last year, and only just got around to reading it. It’s adult urban fantasy, set in an alternate reality of Earth where The Others (fair folk, werebeasts, elementals, vampires, etc.) not only exist, but are the dominant society on the planet. Humankind maintains an ever tenuous truce with them, in exchange for (basically) being allowed to live and form human communities. […]

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Design Files: Twisted Thread & Hook

A little while ago, I put out a call on Twitter for a free sidebar ad design. My motives were two-fold: 1) I needed a break from the project I was working on, and 2) I wanted to publicize the fact that ad design is one of the design services that I offer, and could use these freebies as examples of my work. Magda of Twisted Thread & Hook answered the call. She runs a shop specializing in wonderful handcrafted rugs and mats with a nautical twist. Based on her current branding (heavy on the blue) and product line-up, these […]

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove: this week's round-up of read-worthy links.

Video of the week: Simple Animation Shows Kids Why Design Matters. A little slow to get started, but cute. Sofia Coppola to Direct Live-Action Version of The Little Mermaid. Hmm. Saying Goodbye to (Fictional) Friends. Don’t worry, it’s normal. Someone Else’s Pain & Struggle Do Not Negate Yours. People Aren’t Magic. Becoming Emotionally Self-Reliant. It’s Time for Cities to Start Planning for Rising Sea Levels Save Money, Change Fonts. Possibly the coolest school project ever. How to Fix 17 Basic Cooking Mistakes. I’m guilty of a few of these. Pit Bulls Aren’t Dangerous As The Media Makes Them Out To […]

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