Serafina and the Black Cloak
By: Robert Beatty
My Rating: Three out of Five Stars
Serafina and the Black Cloak would be a great choice for a 8 – 12 year old looking to read something creepy and a bit scary.
The kid in me loved the mystery, the magic, and the feeling of not wanting to read this one it the dark.
The grown up part of me felt frustrated with the inconsistent prose, the clunky dialogue, and the boring attempt to become historical fiction by forcing in skip-able descriptions of the Biltmore Estate.
The book was saved from being quickly forgotten by an actually great ending that left me seriously considering reading the next book to see if the quality of the writing catches up to the story.