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review 2017-06-20 22:52
SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
Serafina and the Black Cloak - Robert Beatty

SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK

Robert Beatty

Format: paperback

ISBN: 9780545948890
Publish date: 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Pages no: 304
 
A short little review, but a good one-4 stars. Definitely an enjoyable read! Serafina is a great character with a lot of personality. This is set at Biltmore Estate, and the plot shows Serafina discovering not only the Estate but the grounds as well. Beatty brings his characters to life while they deal with some adventure, some friendship, and a little bit of spookiness. I am looking forward to the next in the series. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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text 2017-04-04 09:16
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Serafina and the Black Cloak - Robert Beatty

Ok, this book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, has been on my TBR list for a while now.

I have a niece and nephew who love to read so I tend to read a lot middle grade and YA books to see what they are interested in or maybe to help them find something new. And now that I belong to the local YMCA which has a before and after school program as well as a preschool, I seem to run into their Scholastic book fairs. I find it very difficult to not buy something. How can I resist? A good book and helping a school type program....And I am finding that there are many really good middle grade and YA Authors who I definitely enjoy reading.

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review 2017-03-19 08:02
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Beatty, Robert (July 14, 2015) Hardcover - Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty is written for ages nine to twelve years. While I'm way past my childhood, I enjoyed this book very much. I gave it five stars because it kept me guessing.

 

"she stepped closer and read the inscription on the pedestal of the statue:

 

our character isn't defined by the battles we win or lose, but by the battles we dare to fight."

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1484709012

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review 2016-07-16 01:23
A Wild Adventure
Serafina and the Twisted Staff (A Serafina Novel) - Robert Beatty

Serafina is back, keeping the Biltmore Estate safe from rats and other evil creatures. This sequel finds Serafina exploring her unusual heritage and looking for a place to truly belong. Along the way, there are heart stopping chases, new friends, and an even more terrifying enemy than before. This time Serafina is fighting against an sorcerer who uses a twisted staff to control the forest’s animals and turn them into fanged weapons. It’s up to Serafina and Braeden to discover who they are fighting—and why—before Biltmore and its inhabitants are destroyed.

 

The strength of this book is in its wild, engaging pacing, its unique characters, and its ability to describe the Biltmore Estate and important people of the turn of the century without ever sounding “educational.” Serafina’s struggle to understand who she is, how to interact with all kinds of people, and how to present herself is interesting and handled well. Kids who are interested in or feel an affinity with animals will particularly enjoy Serafina and Braeden’s special abilities.

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text 2016-07-10 05:36
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Serafina and the Black Cloak - Robert Beatty

Really great book, I enjoyed it very much. Review to come.

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