Thursday, December 8, 2016
Book Review: "Serafina and the Black Cloak" by Robert Beatty
I read this book at my son's request. I had brought him to an event which included this author as a panelist, and my son was curious about these books but was nervous that they would be too scary for him. So I gladly agreed to read it first.
It is quite a story, and it does get pretty creepy. Serafina has grown up very isolated and really craves friendship. She loves her pa, but misses the mother she never knew. Through the scary event of watching another little girl her age be taken by a monstrous man, she grows bolder as she tries to save her. She knows inherently that fighting back is the right thing to do. And it does get pretty creepy. There is an entire sequence in the dark forest that is especially unsettling. But as I told my son, it isn't anything he can't handle. The ending wraps up a little too quickly and perfectly, which is good in a middle grade novel but there is room to expand in the sequel. I'm curious to see where that one goes!
Serafina and the Black Cloak
by Robert Beatty
Series: Serafina #1