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سرافینا با پدرش توی زیرزمین یک عمارت زندگی می کرد. همه چیز خوب پیش می رفت تا این که یک شب سرافینا با صحنه ی عجیبی روبرو شد. مرد غریبه ای که شنل سیاه پوشیده بود, سعی داشت دختری را بدزدد; شنل سیاه و جادویی که قدرت فوق العاده ای به مرد می داد. سرافینا که از گم شدن بچه ها در عمارت خبر داشت تصمیم گرفت کاری کند. برای همین از زیرزمین عمارت بالا آمد...


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One thing’s for sure: this book can make an interesting Halloween read for young readers.

The mysterious, elusive, creature-ish, cloaked man who kidnaps children terrifies Serafina and her new friend. But Sera is courageous, so she will find the missing children and bring back order to Biltmore!

Or die trying.

It took me a good while to get into this book. The writing is rather dry, especially at first, when so many descriptions are made about Biltmore and its residents and nothing of grand interest has happened yet.

But as the story progresses, we become more attached to Sera and her new friend, Breaden. Sera is a critical thinker. I love that so much about her. She questions. She thinks. She finds solutions. She understands. She questions again.

Sadly though, there aren’t a whole lot of characters to love, but they all tug at our curiosity, making this a pleasant read, all in all.

I’m happy to hear that this has a sequel, because there’s a lot left to discover about Sera and her world.

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Serafina is a 12 year old girl who lives in the Vanderbilt mansion, called the Biltmore Estate, with her pa. Well, they dont exactly live there properly. They secretly live in the basement and no one knows she exists. Her pa is the maintenance man and never really told her about where she came from or who her mother was, until a man in a black cloak comes and children start disappearing.

So this is probably not exactly @Young Adult,@ and more geared towards older kids/younger teens, but its a solid fantasy tale about an unusual girl who is more than she appears, and who ends up saving the day (of course). I liked Serafina. Even though she didnt really know anything about herself, she was strong, and still followed her instincts. At first I was annoyed with her dad, but I ended up understanding why he did what he did (and besides, this is for a younger crowd, so you have to kind of not analyze things too much). For example, and I dont think this a spoiler, but Serafina only wore large man-shirts tied at the waist with an old rope or belt, and for an adult, its like, come on, she could have gotten some hand-me-downs no matter how poor they were. But, it makes for a certain charm, and adds to who Serafina is. She cares more about catching rats than what she is wearing, and her pa is too busy fixing machines in the Vanderbilts basement.

I could emotionally relate to the idea that some people resonate more with animals and nature than other people, and Serafina meets a kindred spirit who is like her in that respect. This isnt a complicated book, but its cute and well-written for its target audience.

Gorgeous cover though, am I right??!!

Buddy Read with the Saucy Wenches group in July 2015.

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Evidently, I have difficulty spelling the word @cloak.@ I just typed it in about six different iterations before I achieved the proper spelling. I mean, Serafina and the Black Cloaca would probably be an interesting book--most certainly a foul one--but thats not what Robert Beatty wrote. But I would totally read it. Imagine: a spunky Roman girl finds hints of a mysterious plot at the Forum and gets around the city by swimming the Cloaca Maxima. No? No book deal?

Well, actually, thats kind of the plot of Serafina and the Black Cloak. (Right. Im copy-pasting @cloak@ so I dont have to type it anymore). Serafina and her father live in the boiler room of the great Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Her father is an engineer, and a very good one at that, but he strictly informs Serafina that she must never be seen by anyone in the house, nor must she reveal that they sleep in the boiler room.

So, right now youre thinking that we either have a Quasimodo situation on our hands, or that this is a Disneyfied version of a V.C. Andrews story. Actually, its neither. Serafina is preternaturally quiet, and only has eight toes, but is otherwise a relatively normal human girl. Sort of.

One night while prowling the mansion for rats (shes the C.R.C.: Certified Rat Catcher), Serafina witnesses a creepy man in an even creepier black cloak chase and kind of consume a young girl. The next morning, the Brahms family discovers that their beautiful piano prodigy of a daughter is missing! Dun dun DUNNNN!

Almost every night after that, a child goes missing. Only Serafina knows that it is Black Cloak, but she doesnt say anything about it because ... reasons. She also strikes up an extremely unlikely friendship with the Vanderbilts nephew, Braeden, who is, of course, kind and sweet and totally unstuffy.

Oh, for petes sake. Im tired and Im sick and I dont want to tiptoe around the issue any longer: Serafina and the Black Cloak was profoundly disappointing. The characters were one-dimensional, I guessed Serafinas secret right away (and I think the more discerning kid readers will, as well--especially if theyre cat-obsessed) and the Boss Battle at the end was profoundly boring. Like, thats it? Thats all you had to do?

In the afterword, the author states that he wrote this book to give his daughters a strong girl to look up to. Im curious as to his definition of @strong female character.@ Serafina pretty much just does what other men tell her to do, and when the nephews life is in danger, she says that she would die to save him. Okay, Im not saying that it is ignoble or worthless to die for someone--but her situation would easily be remedied with a little forethought or planning. Instead of just dramatically dying for a boy, why wouldnt you get help? She values her life less than that of a boy shes been friends with for a very short period of time.

One benefit of reading this is now I am extremely intrigued by Asheville and the Biltmore Estate, and its definitely going on my to-see-travel list. However, for a story set in the south (or The South, depending on how you feel about the Southernness of North Carolina), the vernacular didnt ring particularly true to me, nor did it reflect the racial makeup of the area at the time.

Now, you might say, @Librarian Pam! Kids dont care about that!@ and Ill say, @Yes, they do! Because they see themselves in stories, and if they are POC, they will not see themselves in this story at all!@ When I started the book, I was hoping that Serafina was African-American. Nope. White. Why didnt the author give us a strong, black girl character? Why not?

This is getting a lot of hype, and I think the book trailer gives away the storys @secret@ about Serafina far too obviously, but Im not sure how many kids watch book trailers anyway. In sum, this was a very disappointing book when there was a lot of potential for kick-butt girls, American folklore, and fantasy.

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3.5

I can say I am lucky in terms of middle grade novel these days since I liked every middle grade novel Ive read lately. Or maybe, just maybe, these books tug the child in me so a part of me liked the books eventually. Serafina and the Black Cloak is not an exemption.

This precious little book is a middle grade novel about Serafina (obviously) and her adventure together with her friend Braeden in unraveling the true identity of the Black Cloak Man. And also, her peculiarity and finding her self, her true self, literally.

It displayed a true sense of friendship, family love and the appreciation of individuality. It has an enough amount of action, drama, humor and dread. Even the middle part is quite boring, I really enjoyed it as a whole. Actually, I was flying through the pages after that slow part, since the book had gone edgy, exciting and thrilling. I was so compelled to find out what will happen next even part of me knows what I will get. The anticipation is real, I swear. And in no time, I finished this book, feeling contented with the ending. Its a bit cliché but it warms my heart, nonetheless.

I liked this book. And I will read its sequel.

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Serafina and the Black Cloak was a one-of-a-kind mystery thriller, peppered with an old fashioned ambiance and ominous tone. I was entranced from the very beginning - its the kind of story that grants you an escape from reality and an entirety of reading enjoyment.

Thus, if you are looking for a story that captivities through a blend of character-driven story surrounded by an unsettling, chilling, beautiful and haunting setting, then be sure to pick up this one up! It is unquestionably, a middle-grade lover’s delight, and I cannot recommend it enough.


WHAT I LIKED:
+ I was thoroughly impressed by the captivating simplicity of the plot in Serafina and the Black Cloak; including, the haunting atmosphere that loomed over everything from beginning to end ― it was ominous, enchanting, mysterious, spellbinding, eerie and hair-raising all together! I have to say however, that the main aspect that anchored this story, was the dark presence of the sinister Man in the Black Cloak ― and to be frank, this was such an original concept and the driving force of the mystery that steered the slow and uncomfortable ride of the main conflict

+ The very last sequence of events were unforeseen and utterly fantastic! More so, because all the obscure and ambiguous points were clarified ― which ultimately, made the story all the more meaningful

+ Truly, Robert Beatty has established himself as an accomplished author – his writing is a masterpiece! To so greatly capture all the elements that make for a superb mystery-thriller and to hold my attention, is proof that Beatty is easily one of the most brilliant and entertaining storytellers presently out there

+ Each character in Serafina and the Black Cloak is uniformly sensational. Be that as it may, Serafina was by far my favorite. Her captivating charm of curiosity and conversation succeeded in entertaining me. By some means, her internal solitude and the many burning questions she posed within the narrative is what genuinely helped convey the deep issues surrounding her plights and further made the story moving, eerie, and beautiful:

Did evil creatures think of themselves as evil? Or did they think they were doing what was right? Was evil something that was in your heart or was it how people viewed you?


+ Serafina takes us through the hallways, guest rooms, every nook and cranny of the Biltmore Estate – plus, the woods among other things, and each setting came to life through picturesque woodlands, abandoned cemeteries and old-fashioned corridors ― all these elements and features were gathered and perfectly blended to create a delightfully suspenseful and atmospheric setting; it’s a world to feast on to say the least


WHAT I DIDN’T LIKED:
– The only quibble I had with Serafina and the Black Cloak was with how overly reckless and impulsive Serafina was of her own safety! More often than not, I found myself more frightened and dismayed for her protection and well-being than rooting for her ha! But in the end, I came to resolve that this is simply her given nature for one glaring reason that will kept me guessing the whole way through



AFTERTHOUGHTS:
In light of my recent letdown with the middle grade genre, Serafina and the Black Cloak has revived my overly enthusiastic craze for middle-grade literature and I am so incredibly grateful that it did!

Full review @ My Soul Called Life | Sparrows Reading Corner

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