Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the story of a young girl who knew she wasn't like other children she sees around the Biltmore estate but had no idea about what exactly made her different. She struggles with her desire to belong, to be seen and accepted while all her Pa wants is to keep her hidden and safe.
When a dark and evil being, wearing a black cloak, starts making children disappear (some of which Serafina witnesses), Serafina decides to listen to her heart and keep the remaining alive children safe, especially her brand new friend Braeden. For that to happen she has to uncover who and what the being wearing the black cloak is before it's too late.
I went into this book with zero expectation and a very little knowledge of the back cover copy. I got drawn into Serafina's world from the first chapter and immediately knew I was in for the full adventure. I loved how the mystery of the disappearances was intricately woven into Serafina's personal quest to find out more about herself.
When the events finally made a full circle, I found it satisfying which is why I was surprised to see there is a sequel to be released this year. Aside from the fact that certain occurrences felt a bit forced, I really enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to getting to know more about Serafina.