Seraphina & The Fifth Wave

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Seraphina Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Dragons! I never get tired of reading about dragons. That love over dragon stories caused me to find most stories somewhat predictable. But Seraphina's world is really intriguing and captivating. Rachel Hartman has marvelously crafted this dragon world; the transformation of dragons to humans, consequences of human emotions, consequences of love between humans and dragons, the half humans and their abilities, and the co-existence of both species. I like almost all the characters, especially Seraphina and Lucian; they both are very clever, brave, and altruistic. The side characters that add colors to the story are also really fascinating. I'm really grateful that there were no confusing thoughts and dramas as we see in most YA novels. Even though there was a smell of a love triangle in the corner, I hope Hartman would be able to craft it without an irksome drama. What glued me into the book apart from the captivating story was Hartman's writing. Her writing's one of the unique aspects of this novel. Seraphina is indeed a page turner and I'm eagerly waiting for the next book to get lost in this beautiful and refreshing dragon world.

The Fifth Wave The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave certainly is not a disappointment, but it is not at all surprising or refreshing either. The plot is highly predictable and the justification for using children as soldiers to kill humans does not give the satisfaction to believe the story when the aliens have the power to kill all humans at once or by themselves with their resources. Child soldiers, typical forbidden love story, and highly predictable dystopian plot is just not my cup of coffee. But dystopian YA lovers will definitely love this book.


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