Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

*******Ani’s Review*******

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman is a wonderful sequel to Hartman’s beautiful first novel, Seraphina. In this book, Seraphina, half dragon, is searching for others of her kind in order to counteract the dragons attacking her home. As in the first novel, Hartman shows us how we are all prejudiced or biased in some way. In Shadow Scale, Hartman expands Seraphina’s world view to include the lives and hardships of other half-dragons. She begins to question whether she is right to collect other half-dragons and her self-doubt returns as she learns new information about how their religious beliefs were founded. This book is a mix of adventure, self discovery, and above all, love. Recommended for mature middle readers on. Click to read my review of Seraphina or buy Shadow Scale by clicking below.

Book Review: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau


It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.


Ani’s Review

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau was the selection for the Young Adult Book Addicts Unite! June book review. The consensus was that after a slow start, the pace picked up nicely and ending up being a fun read. In a rather small number of pages, the author was able to convey a good amount of personality into each of the main characters which I was really happy about. You know how much I like character building! Malencia (Cia) was a very thoughtful character and I enjoyed her narration. The thoughts of many teens aren’t expressed very well but Charbonneau does a good job of it here. The book review group found many similarities in this story compared to other dystopian novels which gave us a lot of comparison points and not always in a good way. For those of you who liked Hunger Games and Divergent, you will probably enjoy this book too. Click the image below to get this book or read more from

Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier

Born ConfusedDimple Lala doesn’t know what to think. Her parents are from India, and she’s spent her whole life resisting their traditions. Then suddenly she gets to high school and everything Indian is trendy. To make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a “suitable boy.” Of course it doesn’t go well — until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web . Suddenly the suitable boy is suitable because of his sheer unsuitability. Complications ensue. This is a funny, thoughtful story about finding your heart, finding your culture, and finding your place in America.


Ani’s Review

This was an incredible book! It brought me back to being a teenager and not understanding my parents, friends, my culture, and my place in the world. I also liked the peek into an unfamiliar but beautiful culture of South Asians! I truly loved the way the author wrote – very teenage-like at the beginning but with more maturity as the characters matured. I never thought DJ-ing would be so hypnotic and poetical. A fun and worthy read for all of us. Get it!

p.s. don’t get fooled by the bad cover on Amazon. It’s a much more enjoyable story than the cover suggests!