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Pocket Review: Serafina and the Black Cloak



“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity . . . before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

Author: Robert Beatty

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Publication Date: July 14th, 2016

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I came across this book on YouTube actually, in a skit by Jesse The Reader. The video was about him freaking out and needing the sequel to this book. It was so funny and so relatable, that when I went to the bookstore the next day I knew I had to purchase it. I began reading the day after I got it, and decided that my first review on this blog would be for Serafina and The Black Cloak. This will be a no spoilers review.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event by The Broke and The Bookish, and since I am a new blog on the scene I thought it would be a good idea to involve myself in things like this so people reading this can get to know me and my tastes better, and come to like my blog.

This week’s theme is 10 books I’ve added to my TBR recently. There are a lot of books in my TBR, so narrowing down the ones I wanted to put in here was very difficult. I managed, however, so now I present to you my list.

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My name is Sydney, and welcome to my blog.

I plan to use this platform to talk about books and writing, as a teenager. I have a lot of ideas for upcoming posts, and I have a lot to say and I hope you will enjoy your time here. I am participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year, so I will be posting about that as well.

I mostly read YA, but I sometimes branch out into science fiction and some nonfiction at times. I plan to write reviews among other things. I have a Twitter for books, so please feel free to hit me up and have an awesome conversation about books and the written word!

Twitter: @BooksAreLife04

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Discussion – Seasonal Reads

I don’t know about my other reader friends out there but as the seasons change,  I love to curl up with a book that correlates to the weather outside my window. It just seems to set the mood, you know? Does anyone else feel like that?

Imagine with me for a second: It’s fall, the leaves are changing, the pumpkin spice everything is coming out, and it’s time to get spooky.

Cracking open a book about the summertime during the spooky times seems like a wasted opportunity, in my opinion. Same for any other season. So I’m going to recommend a book for each season to you, and in the comments down below I would like you to leave more recommendations for us to enjoy!

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