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review 2015-07-17 14:58
Disney Hyperion has found a gem in Robert Beatty & Serafina
Serafina and the Black Cloak - Robert Beatty

Disney Hyperion publishing strikes again!  And, as always, they've struck gold. 

 

Serafina, though she calls herself a 'creature of the night,' shines brightly through this chilling, yet inspiring, tale.  Middle grade readers will delight in her spunk, tenacity, and loyalty. 

 

The 'scary parts' give you goosebumbs, but Beatty keeps readers coming back for more to see if Serafina can overcome the menacing terror of the Black Cloak.  

 

It's obvious that Beatty did his research through his accurately detailed descriptions of the estate from top to bottom. The Biltmore Estate and rugged Blue Ridge Mountains provide the perfect borderline-eerie backdrop for  this historical fiction-fantasy-adventure-mystery. 

 

Despite the lengthy genre description, this book truly knows what it wants to be.  And has succeeded, as is evident by it's numerous #1 standings on Amazon's Middle Grade Hot New Releases list. The fantasy is utterly original, the villain macabre, and the heroine deserves her title. 

 

Hope this is not the last we see of Beatty on Disney Hyperion!

 

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-07-16 18:20
A Happily Ever After to believe in
Off the Page - Samantha van Leer,Jodi Picoult

Becoming 3 dimensional was only the beginning... 

 

This followup to Picoult & Van Leer's Between the Lines brings to a close the story of Delilah and her storybook Prince Oliver. 

 

With a surprisingly original plot and large cast of characters, Picoult & Van Leer keep the reader on their toes till the end without allowing things to become convoluted or contrived.   Sincere emotions and down-to-Earth dialogue keep the fantasy believable.

 

Oliver & Delilah are the Romeo & Juliet who finally get their happy ending. 

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