I quite enjoyed this book. I loved Serafina. She was such a lovely heroine. The struggle with her identity and finding her place in the world was at times so heartwrenching. It was sad to watch her be so unsure of herself. The way she observed herself was such a stark contrast to how she viewed the world around her. Serafina had a such an innocent, yet shrewd and enlightened way of perceiving and interpreting the world and people around her. Seeing through her eyes was so enjoyable! I was definitely relieved to see the character growth throughout the story, it was wonderful to see Serafina really come into her own and be comfortable in her own skin, different as it may be, in the end.
The plot was interesting and there were multiple elements of mystery that constantly kept you trying to ascertain what would happen next. The man in the black cloak was very interesting. To a child especially, what could be creepier than this nefarious figure cloaked in darkness and dark magic that stalks and steals children right out of thin air? There otherworldly element was so fun here! Not only were you trying to figure out who this dark figure was, but also what. The not knowing what exactly you were up against, their capabilities and their weaknesses made it that much more of a hurdle for Serafina to overcome. Along with the black cloak mystery we are also left to figure out Serafina herself. It is definitely clear from the get go that she is very unique and quite different from the average girl. It was really great how that all came out to play, especially later on in the story.
Altogether Serafina and the Black Cloak was a fun, middle grade paranormal mystery. I appreciated the innocence and lightness of Serafina while being surrounded by the darker elements in the setting and the villain. It was a beautiful balance that made it a very well rounded story. I also adore the cover and think it brought out that balance there as well!!
I received a copy of this book from Disney Book Group, Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review