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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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How I loved Serafina! Absolutely marvelous, creepy, fun, atmospheric read. I read it all in one sitting. I think many young people will do so as well. Great title.

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Finished reading: January 6th 2016
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“Our character isn’t defined by the battles we win or lose, but by the battles we dare to fight.”

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The first thing that convinced me to pick up a copy of Serafina And The Black Cloak was the gorgeous cover. In fact, I didnt realize until later that this was actually a middle grade story... Although I personally like reading a middle grade book every once in a while. This story written by Robert Beatty has both an interesting setting and the perfect mix of fantasy and scary elements. Its what you call a light horror read that will entertain both a ten-year-old and an adult alike. The prose is really accessible and I loved the descriptions of both the mansion, forest and magical elements in the story. The main character Serafina wins over your heart in a blink of the eye and I loved the mystery around her character. The mysterious man in the black cloak is scary enough, but not too much to give the younger ones nightmares... And I really liked the ending. In short, Serafina And The Black Cloak was a more than satisfying read that I can recommend if you are looking for a middle grade fantasy book.

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Serafina never knew her mother and has been growing up living in the basement of the Biltmore estate with her father. He works as a maintenance man during the day and hides away at night; nobody knows he sleeps in the basement and they dont know that Serafina even exists. Her pa asks her only two things: she must take care to never been seen and she never has to venture too far into the forest. Serafina is not a normal child and has quite a few special skills. As silent as the night, her dad gave her the job of Chief Rat Catcher; she is able to catch rats with her bare hands... One day, children start disappearing at the estate. Nobody knows who is behind it except Serafina. Roaming around unseen that night, she saw a man in a black cloak stalking the corridors at night and taking away a young girl. She is determined to stop the man, but will she be able to even when nobody seems to believe her or can really see her in the first place?

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Serafina And The Black Cloak is a very entertaining middle grade read that has the perfect mix of fantasy and creepy elements. The story is both accessible and well written, and just scary enough to not completely creep out the younger readers. The characters are very likeable and I loved the prose and descriptions. Definitely recommended! (hide spoiler)]


P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

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3,5

Un middle grade donde no solo encontraremos acción y aventuras, sino que también juega un papel importante la inocencia y ternura de la protagonista. Pero la historia no solo se centra en la trama principal, también conoceremos el origen de Serafina, que ha sido una de mis partes favoritas del libro. Algo a favor de esta historia es que el misterio se mantiene a lo largo de todos los capítulos, por lo que se hace una lectura entretenida y tierna, muy tierna.

Reseña completa: http://voragineinterna.blogspot.com.e...

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Zo lief! Binnenkort recensie op www.myperfectbooklife.blogspot.nl

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Middle grade books are not regular fare for me, but when I saw the cover of Serafina and the Black Cloak, I just HAD to know more! And when I found out it was a @spooky mystery-thriller@ with the Biltmore Estate as its setting I was all but jumping up and down in anticipation! The premise of this book is so exciting and unique and I had to know what was going on with the Man in the Black Cloak!


---Characters---
The main character is, as you may have guessed, Serafina. She lives in the basement of the Biltmore Estate with her Pa, and has for as long as she can remember. Serafina is also the Biltmores Chief Rat Catcher, which she is actually amazing at because of her amazing senses and cat-like reflexes. Unfortunately, her Pa wont let her interact with anyone, mostly because hell lose his job if its discovered that hes been mooching in a basement for years with his kid. Eventually, though, it was bound to happen. Serafina meets two individuals - the Man in the Black Cloak and Braeden, the nephew of the Vanderbuilts, who own the home.

I absolutely loved every character I met in this book! Serafina was so unique and all of her quirks really came across in the writing. Every strange thing about her was written so nonchalantly as if it was no big deal at all that she only had eight toes. I loved the way she saw the world and the people in it. She was incredibly intelligent and brave throughout the book, taking on baddies that I would run from!

Braeden was another really fun character. I wish a little more had been revealed about his unique ability to communicate with animals, but he was a fantastic character even without that. I enjoyed watching him befriend Serafina and help her in solving the mystery.

The Man in the Black Cloak was sufficiently elusive and terrifying! It was so scary to read about his levitating pursuits and the abilities his cloak gave him. I dont want to give away too much, but this guy is honestly more creepy than some Big Bads Ive read about in adult horror!


---Setting---
Having this story take place at the Biltmore Estate was brilliant! Its not very often that I read a book set in a location Im familiar with, so I expect this must be how people who live in big cities feel since there are books set in Chicago and New York all the time. Ive never actually been inside the Biltmore, but I was planning to get married there once, so I know a little.

I loved learning little tidbits about the house itself. Following Serafina around in secret passages made me really want to go do some sneaking of my own to see if theyre all really there! The descriptions of some of the rooms in the house were spectacular as well. Now Im really considering taking a visit before I move out of state next year!

The locations outside the house were equally amazing! I especially loved the graveyard and the path leading to it. It felt incredibly spooky! As did most of the locations, really.


---Plot---
There are actually two separate mysteries going on here. The first is obviously who the Man in the Black Cloak is and what hes done with the children whove gone missing. The second is who Serafinas mother is. I had a pretty good idea about the mother about halfway through, but the Man was a different story.

This was a mystery that was actually quite mysterious, which is not always the case when it comes to the mystery genre. I was pretty surprised to be 60% through the book and still not have it figured out. I thought that it would be pretty simple, being written for a much younger audience, but Robert Beatty really did a wonderful job!

My only tiny issue is the way the book is written, but I kept reminding myself that its written for twelve-year-olds!


---In Closing---
Even though Serafina has not been shelved as @horror@ very often, thats what Im calling it. Quite frankly, it was horrifying! And I loved it! Overall, this book was freaking amazing! Ive already recommended it to quite a few people and now Im recommending it to anyone who is a lover of mystery, thrillers, or horror (as long as you dont mind middle-grade writing)!

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