Title: Serafina and the Black Cloak
Author: Robert Beatty
How did I get it? I borrowed it from the library via the Libby app
What’s it about?
“NEVER GO INTO the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”
Serafina’s father had two rules; never go into the forest and never let the people of the house see her. Serafina had complete freedom to roam and explore the grounds of the estate as long as she remained unseen. She’s never had a reason to disobey her father. That is until one night she witnessed a man in a black cloak chasing after a girl through the lower levels of the estate. After narrowly escaping the clutches of the mysterious villain, Serafina joined Braeden Vanderbilt, the nephew of the owner’s of the estate, into the investigation of the identity of the man in the black cloak. Tension builds as more of the children at the estate turned up missing. Serafina’s hunt leads her to the forest her father had always warned her away from and a discovery of her true identity.
Thoughts: I had so much fun reading Serafina. It’s a suspenseful mystery wrapped up in a creepy yet magical world. There was never a dull moment. Serafina managed to get herself out of one sticky situation and then found herself knee deep into the next one. I did find the plot a bit predictable at times, but seeing as this is a middle-grade series I sort of expected it. There was a bit of a supernatural twist to the story that made it more sinister than I expected given the intended audience. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and jumped right into book two shortly after finishing it.
As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!