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Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Serafina #2)

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Serafina's defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the catamount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she's too wild for Biltmore's beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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Robert Beatty Thank you so much for your comment. Book #2 comes out in July of 2016. I am working on Book #3 now, which will be published July 2017. We'll see what…moreThank you so much for your comment. Book #2 comes out in July of 2016. I am working on Book #3 now, which will be published July 2017. We'll see what happens after that. :)(less)

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Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Serafina and the Twisted Staff picks up just a few weeks after the end of the first book when Serafina and her allies defeated a dark evil preying on the children visiting the Biltmore Estate.

As much as Serafina learned about herself in the last book, she still has more to learn. There are new surprises and bigger, badder villains. Friendships forged in the first book will be put to the test while new and exciting relationships force Serafina to push herself even further. It is a story about gro
Lonna | FLYLēF
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Original Post: Serafina and the Twisted Staff at FLYLēF (

IT COSTS ME twice as much to read Serafina and the Twisted Staff. I purchase one copy for myself, and one copy for my Goddaughter (who is also my niece). But, ssh. She doesn’t know yet, unless she’s reading this. In which case…SURPRISE, BABY GIRL!

In this dazzling and magical sequel, New York Times best selling author, Robert Beatty continues to weave an enchanting tale centered at Biltmore Estate, a magnificent and very re
Paul Nash
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is about a 3.75. I liked it just a tad less than book 1.
I do enjoy Serafina's world; in the late 1890's, at the Biltmore estate, surrounded by mountains and woods. Throw in a little supernatural aspect...and you've got a pretty cool story.
Kids and fans of YA would enjoy this series.
3.75 stars
Alaina Meserole
Now I loved the first book in this series and I kind of went crazy at the library and got all three of the books before I even opened the first one. So, one could say I was definitely hoping (and really praying) that the next two books didn't sucks ass. The first one didn't but you never know when the second book comes out.

I feel like Serafina is like a weird nancy drew (weird because of the whole lion thing) because once again there's a new evil in town and who is the only one to defeat it? Her
Книжни Криле
Случвало ли ви се е още преди да завършите една книга вече да чакате продължението й? Именно това ми се случи по време на „Серафина и черният плащ” от Робърт Бийти. Но същевременно знаех, че това е само началото на историята за обитаващото сенките момиче Серафина, което поема по следите на група отвлечени деца. Знаех си, че в един момент книгата ще свърши, а аз ще броя дните до появата на продължението. Е, край на броенето! Пет мъчителни месеца по-късно вече мога да ви споделя впечатленията си о ...more
Калина Минчева
Охх, все така не разбирам как това е детска история, като на мен ми треперят зъбите от страх все по-силно след всяка следваща книга в поредицата?! I'm so lame... Тъй де, туй дет се опитвам да ви кажа е, че трябва да се запознаете със Серафина. Ама сто про - и да, употребата на... хмм - диалектни думи? - е напълно умишлена :)
П.П. Часът е 23:00 след смяна на времето, току-що оставих Серафина в една доста съмнителна ситуация и може и да не звуча много адекватно. Но историята си я бива и определено
Sophomore-itis. That's the best description of this.

Serafina and the Black Cloak was one of the best YA novels I read last year. It had a great setting, interesting characters and an unique supernatural twist. The Twisted Staff brings back our plucky heroine and Braedon, her wealthy sidekick and friend, but lacks the magic of the first go around. Serafina rushes to and fro, from one emergency to another, getting her butt kicked repeatedly by animals seemingly gone insane, but there's no heart to
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am privileged to have received an advanced reader copy of a captivating new book entitled Serafina and the Twisted Staff, which was written by author Robert Beatty. This fast paced mystery book is the second one in a series about a young girl whose existence has been kept a secret by her pa who lives in the basement of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. By creating his story as historical fiction, the author places the reader into the elegant 1899 lifestyle of the Vanderbilts wh ...more
Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
This is post originally on Vivian's Book Pavilion

So…at the second day of my summer vocation, I devoured my second ARC. Perfect! I can see how I’m going to spend my entire summer vocation. I’ll pass my whole summer like that. Yeah!!!!! Now…Serafina and the Twisted Staff? Robert Beatty has done it again! This book is even better than the first one. I love book series that are getting better!!! There shouldn’t be something that called “second book slump!” I enjoy every moment of this book this t
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Serafina and the Black Cloak was one of my favorite books of 2015, which was truly surprising since I don't actually review a lot of middle grade fiction. Originally (correct me if I'm wrong) it was only meant to be a standalone book. Luckily for all of us, Serafina was so well received that she got a second book! When Serafina and the Twisted Staff was announced I knew I had to see what happened next!

This book picks up not too long after the first left
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
No Spoilers
I received an ARC and promised to give an honest review.

Serafina and the Twisted Staff is a middle grade mystery, adventure novel by Robert Beatty.
The action is fast-paced and grabs the reader's attention immediately. The setting is Biltmore Estate and the surrounding mountains of North Carolina. It's the perfect setting for the sinister goings on. Serafina is a 12 yr old trying to find her place in the world. I LOVE that she is a strong female character. The other characters in the
Jw Costner
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My mother and I are on the SART (Serafina Advanced Readers Team). I am 13 years old and I thought the first book was fantastic. I love to read and I enjoy going to the Biltmore House. Of course, I had to read the book first! Here is my review without spoilers...

Serafina and the Twisted Staff is a wonderful book! There are some intense moments right from the beginning. The first two chapters draw you in and you can't stop reading. The story also shows compassion & friendship between both old
Kwante in Wonderland
Recensie volgt op mijn blog!
Jil Meadows
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Robert Beatty lures readers deep into the Blue Ridge Mountains in Serafina and the Twisted Staff, a spellbinding fantasy steeped in the history of Western North Carolina. In this captivating sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak, Beatty spins an enchanting yarn in which legendary figures, magically gifted humans, and chimerical beasts mingle with memories of a nascent Asheville and Appalachian lore. As the tale unfolds, our heroine hones her skills as a creature of the night, roaming ever furth ...more
Kayla Edwards
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Robert Beatty has done it again. Continuing series books do not usually surpass the first for me, but Serafina and the Twisted Staff has definitely become my favorite book of the series thus far. I am so impressed by the author's ability to capture the real spirit of Biltmore Estate in a work of fantasy and dark magic. I absolutely love Serafina and her struggle to find her identity between both of her worlds.

Readers of all ages will love this book - the suspense will keep even the most relucta
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. Here it is:

Robert Beatty has done it again! This book was packed full of adventure from the beginning. Since the defeat of Mr. Thorne and the Black Cloak, Serafina has been able to come out into public at the Biltmore House. She can wander the corridors as she pleases and can still spend time with her partner in crime, Master Braeden Vanderbilt. You don't get far into the book before Serafina realizes that something is amiss. She and Brae
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this series. I loved every second spent reading this wonderful magical story.
Book Hunter
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Serafina and the Black Cloak was the best children's books I read last year. For some reason I didn't love the second book as much as the first one. It was very slow, for two-thirds of the novel nothing happened at all, and it drug on for me forever. I struggled to connect with the characters and the story throughout. I kept picking it up and reading a few pages and then putting it down. The twisted staff was described very poorly and I had a very little understanding of what it actually was. Ov ...more
Evelyn Romp
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bieb
vandaag kocht een meneer It van Stephen King bij me.
ik: "dat boek durf ik niet te lezen hoor, veel te eng!"
meneer: "ach het is toch maar een boek"
ik: "ik heb vannacht niet durven slapen vanwege een boek dat bedoeld is voor kinderen vanaf 10 jaar"
*meneer loopt in verwarring gebracht weg*

Maargoed, ik had het dus over dit boek. zo gaaf, zo spannend, zo ontroerend, zo nieuw. het is perfect voor lezers van Lockwood en co, maar natuurlijk niet net zo goed, want net zo goed als Lockwood en co is bijna
Monica Haak
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spannend, gruwelijk en lief tegelijk!

Recensie binnenkort op
Христо Блажев
Серафина плаща цената да излезе от сенките:

Броени седмици са изминали от тежката финална битка от първата част. Мъжът с черния плащ е сразен, имението “Билтмор” и неговите обитатели точно са започнали да се отърсват от кошмара, когато всичко започва отначало. Серафина все още е Г.Л.П. - главният ловец на плъхове, но вече всички знаят за нея и ролята ѝ в спасението на децата я е направило героиня. Приятелството ѝ с наследника на имението Брейдън е крехко и
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, I thought the first book was going to be too good to beat... But I might be wrong!
Robert Beatty has created a compelling sequel that more than lives up to the first book. The action takes off in the first chapter and never really lets up (although Serafina has a few quieter moments they are few and far between). Just as Serafina is coming to terms with her shapeshifting abilities and is trying to figure out where she belongs: Biltmore or the forest. While wandering the forest one night she observes a strange carriage pulled by four wildlike stallion that drops off a strange m ...more
Ashley Greene
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am on the SART, and I was thrilled to receive a copy of Serafina and the Twisted Staff. I am an elementary school media coordinator, and I noticed that a ton of my kids were reading Serafina and the Black Cloak. I wondered why they were devouring it and why it was so popular. After reading the book myself I knew I HAD to get my hands on the next book. It surely did not disappoint! The book is wonderful, and my students are going to love it!

The book goes even deeper into the capacity of the Bi
The Reading Countess
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Serafina and the Black Cloak. In fact, I reached out to the author and requested a Skype session with him after arranging a book club for my fourth grade students last October. I couldn't put it down, and knew that my kids would feel the same. They did. In fact, one of my students emailed him to tell him just how much his book had changed her as a reader and he promised (and delivered an ARC) before the end of school for her. She was a rock star that day in her class.

That's wh
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just finished my Advanced Readers copy of Serafina and the Twisted Staff and as with the previous book, I could not put it down (except when I had to go to work).

The story starts three weeks after the ending of the first adventure. The mystery quickly develops, along with all the characters both old and new. Lots of surprises there! It is wonderful to have a strong, young girl heroine like Serafina to share with my granddaughters.

Along with the development of the story, Mr. Beatty vividly des
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this follow-up to "Serafina and the Black Cloak." It's fast-paced, smartly-written, and full of magical realism. I highly recommend.
Amy Sturgis
This sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak does not disappoint. Beautifully done.
Laura Harrison
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a such an original, exciting series. Interesting and fast paced. I would have devoured it as a child. Great, exceptional series.
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