Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review: Serafina and the Black Cloak

TITLE: Serafina and the Black Cloak
Book 1 from the Serafina series
AUTHOR: Robert Beatty
PUBLISHED: July 2015
CATEGORY: Middle-Grade/Childrens (leaning more towards childrens)
GENRE: Historical Fantasyish
PREMISE: A girl living in secret under a manor goes on the case as children start disappearing after a man in a black cloak takes them.,.
MY REVIEW: Middle-grade can go one of two ways: it can be just books that happen to have middle-grade characters but is written with a larger audience in mind. Or it can really be intended for younger children. This one is the latter, I suspect. Which is okay, tweens need things to read! They can certainly do worse then this charming book.
The thing I liked most about this was the atmosphere and the dreamy-like writing. Other then that...it was a pretty typical spunky kid goes on adventures book. The world building is...a bit funky. I'm personally kind of confused about a lot of the details. For instance, I'm not entirely sure if this even IS historical fantasy. For all I know, it could be present day. The world building was that vague.
But tweens should enjoy this. It's fast-paced, with lots of actions. Serafina is a delightful main character, and it's just fun.
WHO SHOULD READ: tweens/younger teenagers, those who enjoy adventure books
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five spunky girls

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