Tess of the Road

Tess of the Road

Meet Tess, a brave new heroine from beloved epic fantasy author Rachel Hartman. In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can?t make a scene at your sister?s wedding and break a relative?s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) an Meet Tess, a brave new heroine from beloved epic fantasy author Rachel Hartman. In the medieval kingdom of G...

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Title:Tess of the Road
Author:Rachel Hartman
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Tess of the Road
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:544 pages pages

Tess of the Road Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Nov 21, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

  • Jessica
    Apr 10, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hear...

    Rachel Hartman's latest is nothing short of epic. While I whole-heartedly admit that this novel is a little too long for my liking--I would have benefited with many condensed scenes, particularly on Tess's travels--its core message is too important to ignore. Hartman does what some of ...

    Set against a fantastical backdrop of dragons, quigutl, and mighty world serpents, this companion book to Seraphina and Shadow Scale is a very important look at what it means to come of age for a young woman in a strictly ordered society. Consent, rape, and sexuality are all discussed ...

  • Scrill
    Feb 26, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hear...

    Rachel Hartman's latest is nothing short of epic. While I whole-heartedly admit that this novel is a little too long for my liking--I would have benefited with many condensed scenes, particularly on Tess's travels--its core message is too important to ignore. Hartman does what some of ...

    Set against a fantastical backdrop of dragons, quigutl, and mighty world serpents, this companion book to Seraphina and Shadow Scale is a very important look at what it means to come of age for a young woman in a strictly ordered society. Consent, rape, and sexuality are all discussed ...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/02/18/... I enjoyed Tess of the Road more than I expected, but probably less than I had hoped. I wasn?t a big fan of Rachel Hartman?s Seraphina duology when I read it, but nevertheless felt optimistic about her n...

    I want to thank Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review My expectations were quite high with this one, I think that actually sounds much better than it really is 2.5/5 Stars You can find this one and more of my...

    *I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* DNF at ~40% Sadly, this book is not for me. It greatly lacked the spark and magic of Seraphina. I tried to like this. I really did. Generally, with ARCs, I always try to push through until the end. ...

    DNF at 65% I just... don't care about this and I cannot carry on. The writing is fine, but that's really all it has going on. ...

    Thank you, Tatiana, for pushing me over the fence on this because I freaking LOVED it. Note: If you need fast-paced, black-belt action, this is not the book for you. If, however, you are all about characters and the journey, grab your beverage and your snacks and crack the spine of ...

    ARC received from Random House Children?s via Netgalley for a fair review. It is my policy to not give a star rating to a book that I DNF. ?We are adrift, and the thinnest breeze may blow us where it will.? + As Tess was growing up it became exceedingly evident that she ...

  • Misty
    Jan 09, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

  • TheBookSmugglers
    Feb 27, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

  • Tatiana
    Mar 14, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

  • Erica
    Mar 15, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hear...

    Rachel Hartman's latest is nothing short of epic. While I whole-heartedly admit that this novel is a little too long for my liking--I would have benefited with many condensed scenes, particularly on Tess's travels--its core message is too important to ignore. Hartman does what some of ...

    Set against a fantastical backdrop of dragons, quigutl, and mighty world serpents, this companion book to Seraphina and Shadow Scale is a very important look at what it means to come of age for a young woman in a strictly ordered society. Consent, rape, and sexuality are all discussed ...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/02/18/... I enjoyed Tess of the Road more than I expected, but probably less than I had hoped. I wasn?t a big fan of Rachel Hartman?s Seraphina duology when I read it, but nevertheless felt optimistic about her n...

    I want to thank Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review My expectations were quite high with this one, I think that actually sounds much better than it really is 2.5/5 Stars You can find this one and more of my...

    *I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* DNF at ~40% Sadly, this book is not for me. It greatly lacked the spark and magic of Seraphina. I tried to like this. I really did. Generally, with ARCs, I always try to push through until the end. ...

    DNF at 65% I just... don't care about this and I cannot carry on. The writing is fine, but that's really all it has going on. ...

    Thank you, Tatiana, for pushing me over the fence on this because I freaking LOVED it. Note: If you need fast-paced, black-belt action, this is not the book for you. If, however, you are all about characters and the journey, grab your beverage and your snacks and crack the spine of ...

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Oct 18, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hear...

    Rachel Hartman's latest is nothing short of epic. While I whole-heartedly admit that this novel is a little too long for my liking--I would have benefited with many condensed scenes, particularly on Tess's travels--its core message is too important to ignore. Hartman does what some of ...

    Set against a fantastical backdrop of dragons, quigutl, and mighty world serpents, this companion book to Seraphina and Shadow Scale is a very important look at what it means to come of age for a young woman in a strictly ordered society. Consent, rape, and sexuality are all discussed ...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/02/18/... I enjoyed Tess of the Road more than I expected, but probably less than I had hoped. I wasn?t a big fan of Rachel Hartman?s Seraphina duology when I read it, but nevertheless felt optimistic about her n...

    I want to thank Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review My expectations were quite high with this one, I think that actually sounds much better than it really is 2.5/5 Stars You can find this one and more of my...

    *I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* DNF at ~40% Sadly, this book is not for me. It greatly lacked the spark and magic of Seraphina. I tried to like this. I really did. Generally, with ARCs, I always try to push through until the end. ...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Feb 13, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hear...

    Rachel Hartman's latest is nothing short of epic. While I whole-heartedly admit that this novel is a little too long for my liking--I would have benefited with many condensed scenes, particularly on Tess's travels--its core message is too important to ignore. Hartman does what some of ...

    Set against a fantastical backdrop of dragons, quigutl, and mighty world serpents, this companion book to Seraphina and Shadow Scale is a very important look at what it means to come of age for a young woman in a strictly ordered society. Consent, rape, and sexuality are all discussed ...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/02/18/... I enjoyed Tess of the Road more than I expected, but probably less than I had hoped. I wasn?t a big fan of Rachel Hartman?s Seraphina duology when I read it, but nevertheless felt optimistic about her n...

  • Emily May
    Mar 14, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

  • Simona Bartolotta
    Nov 03, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Feb 03, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hear...

    Rachel Hartman's latest is nothing short of epic. While I whole-heartedly admit that this novel is a little too long for my liking--I would have benefited with many condensed scenes, particularly on Tess's travels--its core message is too important to ignore. Hartman does what some of ...

    Set against a fantastical backdrop of dragons, quigutl, and mighty world serpents, this companion book to Seraphina and Shadow Scale is a very important look at what it means to come of age for a young woman in a strictly ordered society. Consent, rape, and sexuality are all discussed ...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/02/18/... I enjoyed Tess of the Road more than I expected, but probably less than I had hoped. I wasn?t a big fan of Rachel Hartman?s Seraphina duology when I read it, but nevertheless felt optimistic about her n...

    I want to thank Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review My expectations were quite high with this one, I think that actually sounds much better than it really is 2.5/5 Stars You can find this one and more of my...

    *I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* DNF at ~40% Sadly, this book is not for me. It greatly lacked the spark and magic of Seraphina. I tried to like this. I really did. Generally, with ARCs, I always try to push through until the end. ...

    DNF at 65% I just... don't care about this and I cannot carry on. The writing is fine, but that's really all it has going on. ...

    Thank you, Tatiana, for pushing me over the fence on this because I freaking LOVED it. Note: If you need fast-paced, black-belt action, this is not the book for you. If, however, you are all about characters and the journey, grab your beverage and your snacks and crack the spine of ...

    ARC received from Random House Children?s via Netgalley for a fair review. It is my policy to not give a star rating to a book that I DNF. ?We are adrift, and the thinnest breeze may blow us where it will.? + As Tess was growing up it became exceedingly evident that she ...

    Netgalley #8 Many thanks go to Rachel Hartman, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. This is the first of a duology set in the world of another of the author's characters- Seraphina. I've read that book, so I thought I'd che...

  • Dianne
    Jan 13, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Feb 21, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hear...

  • Keertana
    Mar 07, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hear...

    Rachel Hartman's latest is nothing short of epic. While I whole-heartedly admit that this novel is a little too long for my liking--I would have benefited with many condensed scenes, particularly on Tess's travels--its core message is too important to ignore. Hartman does what some of ...

  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
    Oct 07, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Jul 11, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

  • Amy
    May 03, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hear...

    Rachel Hartman's latest is nothing short of epic. While I whole-heartedly admit that this novel is a little too long for my liking--I would have benefited with many condensed scenes, particularly on Tess's travels--its core message is too important to ignore. Hartman does what some of ...

    Set against a fantastical backdrop of dragons, quigutl, and mighty world serpents, this companion book to Seraphina and Shadow Scale is a very important look at what it means to come of age for a young woman in a strictly ordered society. Consent, rape, and sexuality are all discussed ...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/02/18/... I enjoyed Tess of the Road more than I expected, but probably less than I had hoped. I wasn?t a big fan of Rachel Hartman?s Seraphina duology when I read it, but nevertheless felt optimistic about her n...

    I want to thank Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review My expectations were quite high with this one, I think that actually sounds much better than it really is 2.5/5 Stars You can find this one and more of my...

    *I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* DNF at ~40% Sadly, this book is not for me. It greatly lacked the spark and magic of Seraphina. I tried to like this. I really did. Generally, with ARCs, I always try to push through until the end. ...

    DNF at 65% I just... don't care about this and I cannot carry on. The writing is fine, but that's really all it has going on. ...

  • C.G. Drews
    Aug 26, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Apr 11, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

  • Justine
    Sep 22, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

  • ☙ percy ❧
    Aug 31, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

  • Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures
    Sep 21, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

  • Melissa Jacobson
    Jan 23, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

  • E.K. Johnston
    Jun 23, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

  • Juli
    Mar 01, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    Feb 24, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Nov 22, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    Feb 19, 2018

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...

    I loved this book so much. It broke my heart and put it back together. Seraphina was one of my favourite books I read in 2016, and this one is absolutely going on my favourites shelf for 2018. Tess is Seraphina's half sister, who by the age of 17 has (apparently) ruined all her pros...

    I'm trying to gather and organize my thoughts on this one but let me tell you, I'm having a hard time. This book is a hard one to review in the fact that it was in total opposition of what I expected. Before I get into the review, I do want to recommend that before reading this book...

    Guysssssss. THIS. BOOK. This surpassed all expectations I had for this story. Tess is such a wonderfully flawed character and her healing journey broke my heart over and over again. I cam genuinely say she is one of my absolute favorite main characters in a book now. This book tack...

    You guys. I loved Seraphina, don't get me wrong, but HOLY SHIT, DO I EVER LOVE TESS. I'll have a full review up soon, but until then, I recommend I recommend I recommend I recommend. ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... In this medieval fantasy world of Seraphina fame, Tess is a stubborn troublemaker. She refuses the opportunities she does have to hare off into the world. When she runs into an old friend, a quigutl, she finds a purpose that hear...

    Rachel Hartman's latest is nothing short of epic. While I whole-heartedly admit that this novel is a little too long for my liking--I would have benefited with many condensed scenes, particularly on Tess's travels--its core message is too important to ignore. Hartman does what some of ...

    Set against a fantastical backdrop of dragons, quigutl, and mighty world serpents, this companion book to Seraphina and Shadow Scale is a very important look at what it means to come of age for a young woman in a strictly ordered society. Consent, rape, and sexuality are all discussed ...

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/02/18/... I enjoyed Tess of the Road more than I expected, but probably less than I had hoped. I wasn?t a big fan of Rachel Hartman?s Seraphina duology when I read it, but nevertheless felt optimistic about her n...

    I want to thank Netgalley and Random House Children's for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review My expectations were quite high with this one, I think that actually sounds much better than it really is 2.5/5 Stars You can find this one and more of my...

  • Crazy4Books
    Dec 25, 2017

    4 1/2 stars. Tess of the Road is a great example of how being ?slow? and being ?compelling? are not mutually exclusive. I was utterly sucked into this book, but be warned: the pacing is definitely languid. This is character-driven fantasy at its best. It's slow. It's about ...

    I loved the hell out of this book!! Some will love it and some will hate it. I could give a damn because I love it. This is what "They" call a character driven book. This book is about Tess and her journey. And she has some delightful friends along the way. This is the ...

    So I did have many Expectations? for this. Because DRAGONS. And, ok to be honest, it was the opposite of my expectations, but I also did like the story it gave, it just was this slow meandering introspective tale instead of a fantasy adventure story. So if you go in expecting a story...

    YOU GUYS. What Hartman did here is something I have been wanting the fantasy genre to do FOR A WHILE NOW in that Tess is, in response to her direct situation, "unlikeable" and "unsympathetic" and therefore AMAZING. She's ungraceful, uncooperative, and unrepentant. I love her so much...

    The prose is undeniably well written, but unfortunately the story left a lot to be desired. Things happen, and characters move around a bit, but nothing exciting ever really happens. There's lots of small moments with heavy-handed moralistic messages to be had, but I just couldn't ...

    A story after my own heart. Much less of a fantasy than it is a journey of self-discovery. Slow going? Maybe. But I didn't expect or want high-octane action, blood and romances. There is a million of those kind of fantasies already in the world. Instead, "Tess of the Road" is a ...

    *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Buddy read with Vippi, whose review you can find here! DNF 50% This book sucked all my will right out of me. I'm an empty well. I don't even want to write a review. Vippi and I posted our ...

    AGH i'm not a fan of the girl-dresses-as-boy trope but i love rachel hartman so DUH i'll be reading this ((if you're interested in why i don't like it: (view spoiler)[well, i'm a trans boy. and let me tell you, it's not just a matter of cutting your hair and wearing boy clothes and...

    My rating: 1.5 OKAY, FIRST THINGS FIRST : WHERE THE HECK WAS THAT DRAGON THAT'S ON THE COVER IN THIS WHOLE STORY?!?!? THE WHOLE 544 PAGES OF ITT? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT WOULD YOU DECEIVE ME!!!?!?!?! AND WHY THE HECK WOULD THERE BE A DRAGON ON THE DARN COVER WHEN NONE OF THEM APPEAR IN T...

    DNF at 24% I didn't realize that this book was a companion sequel to Seraphina, which I haven't read. Obviously, these things might have turned around by the end of the book, but up to the point I read I was upset by the strong fat-hate and utterly bored by the 'Egads! She's not...

    I can already tell this is going to be one of my top books of the year. It's extraordinary ...

    DNF at 30% so I won't leave a rating, but I generally give up if I can't get into a book after trying super hard for a few weeks. I couldn't connect with anything and the story didn't seem like it was going anywhere original anyways. It just drained all enjoyment for reading right out ...

    I don't like to read reviews before I've jotted down my own impressions of a book, though I usually cast my eyes rapidly down the Goodreads column, picking out words here and there. While doing that to this book, I got more whiplash than usual: superlatives in one chunk of text would b...

    Tessie was born a troublemaker. She is curious and outspoken, which often gets her in trouble. I had to chuckle when reading the intro to this story. Her sister calls her a "spank magnet.'' But it's definitely true....Tessie has a great talent for getting into trouble. After a bad scen...

    My Rating: 2.5 Stars Tess, the main character is proof that we are NOT cut from the same cloth, that we all dance to the beat of a different drum and that no matter how hard one tries, that square peg will never fit into that round hole of conformity. Unfortunately for Tess, in the ...

    Forgot to update this but I received my goodreads giveaway copy at the beginning of March I believe. Very happy to finally have it in my hands. Now I have the perfect excuse to listen to the audiobook of Seraphina from my library. UPDATE FEB 5TH: Still no book. Won a copy in a go...