Serafina and the Seven Stars by Robert Beatty

I had pre-ordered this book and it came way sooner than I expected it to. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait and dived into it right away.

Publication: July 9th 2019

Synopsis: Serafina and Braeden make an epic return in the hotly anticipated fourth installment of Robert Beatty’s #1 New York Times best-selling Serafina series.
Serafina, the Guardian of Biltmore Estate, has won battle after battle against the dark forces encroaching on her home. Now, tranquility has returned to Biltmore. Serafina doesn’t trust it. She patrols the grounds night and day, hardly sleeping, uncertain of her place after her best friend Braeden Vanderbilt’s departure for boarding school in New York.
When Mr. Vanderbilt, the kind master of Biltmore, asks Serafina to move upstairs into one of the house’s grandest rooms, she’s sure it’s to keep an eye on the guests who have arrived for the estate’s annual hunt.

But as Serafina investigates, she becomes more and more unsettled by what Biltmore has become-a place haunted by nameless terrors where no dark corridor is safe. Even worse, she begins to doubt her own senses. Is Braeden really hundreds of miles away, or did he return to Biltmore for one strange night before vanishing? Is the bond between them truly broken or is it stronger than ever?

Then Serafina witnesses a crime that turns her world upside down. How can all that once seemed good and worthy of protection now be evil? And how can she guard those around her when she can’t even be sure of the truth of her own heart?

Serafina and the Seven Stars marks the return of a heroine like no other, as master storyteller Robert Beatty weaves his darkest, most astonishing tale yet.

Review/Thoughts: I have always managed to fall in love with Robert Beatty’s books, time and time again. Over and over I keep getting lost in one of his stories, whether it’s a Serafina or Willa, each and everyone is thrilling to read! This tale was no different by any means.

Just when I think he can’t possibly top his last book he manages to do just that. This cover is stunning and truly magical both with and without the dust cover. The colors are so breath taking, and so mysterious. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Serafina and the Seven Stars is truly spellbinding. The story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I anticipated every chapter, ever page that came next. I had chills crawling up my spine, feeling like I was part of Serafina’s world, fighting her fight, and experiencing her fear. There was always something to look forward to, and some giant mystery to sole. I found myself confused yet so engrossed in the story that I cad to keep reading. I had to know how it came about and how it intertwined with everything. Serafina and the Seven Stars was captivating and truly astonishing to the very end. So many twist and turns that’ll leave you totally confused, or need to know what happens next.

Braeden and Serafina aren’t the same kids they were when the series first started, and through the whole book I kept thinking about one scene from the first book. The scene when they first met inside the carriage and Serafina lied about being a shoe shine girl. I don’t know why but off and on throughout the book I thought of that one scene. Braeden and Serafina have changed so much since then and it shows. The ending had me jumping up and down. I was so excited and giddy, practically screaming with how happy I was. (I won’t say anything cause of spoilers. Promise.)

Oh, and how could I forget Smoke and Ember, Serafina’s kitty cats. I loved them. Precious little beans. Ember reminded me so much of a cat my family has.🤭 I thought they were an adorable addition to the book. Those two kitties made me smile so often.

I couldn’t put this book down! If I did it was constantly on my mind. I’m thinking I might have to re-read again in a couple weeks…just cause I can and I’m sure there’s still so much to enjoy, even if I’ve already read through it once. This is, most likely, my top favorite book by Robert Beatty. I had a hard time picking a favorite book before, but this one–this one truly is something else. (Just you wait, he’ll surprise me with his next book, making me rethink that statement.😅)

~Till the next Chapter~

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