Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Serafina Series #2)

Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Serafina Series #2)

by Robert Beatty

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Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Serafina Series #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books were a nice escape for me during the busy holidays. It captured my mind so that I could forget myself and focus my attention to Serafina's adventures.
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A great book and a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story with amazing descriptions
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You wont regret it this is a great bok my whole school loves it u will to. P.s read book one first i am 12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can I donlowed this book.Please.
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18876111 More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed this book, there was one thing that I feel this book lacked. This book didn’t have as much magic in it as the first one, however it did have as much mystery as the first one. I love the growth and development of both Serafina and Braeden and I love how much their friendship has grown too. I also feel that Serafina is more free to roam around the estate. The most important aspect, in my opinion, is how Serafina found the balance between her life at Biltmore and her life in the forest.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I had loved the first book and truly enjoyed the second book, too, but I kept thinking it was really DARK and creepy at times. I love the setting of Biltmore Estate/Grounds. Very different and imaginative. But very, very dark at times. Definitely keeps you interested and wondering what's going to happen.
KaylaEdwards More than 1 year ago
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 reluctant readers glued to the page. This book is also a wonderful read-aloud. I will definitely be putting copies in my middle school library as well as requesting copies for my local public library!
GrandmaKaye More than 1 year ago
While Serafina gets used to her unusual abilities, she struggles with fitting in with her different sets of family and friends, just as other young people must adapt to their changing world as they go through their teenage years. Serafina, a catamount, encounters greater dangers, ventures farther away from home, and overcomes greater obstacles than most young teens. In her own way she is a superhero for the residents of the Biltmore Estate and those of the forested estate. I think that middle school students would enjoy seeing the world of the Biltmore Estate through Serafina’s eyes. I liked the appropriate and occasional usage of some local mountains dialect. Serafina isn’t always correct in her assessment of others, makes mistakes, and learns much in the process. I think that middle school students will understand and relate to her situation. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Biltmore Estate and want to go to Ashville, North Carolina to see it myself. I recommend Serafina and the Twisted Cane with the caution that the scene of dogs attacking Serafina might upset the youngest or very sensitive readers.
DWhitney More than 1 year ago
I like how the sequel picks up shortly after the last book left off. It takes you right back to Serafina's fantastical world in a historical setting. There is just enough history woven through the story to make one curious about how much of it is based on real people or events. I would really like to visit the Biltmore soon to see the places the author describes. There is also some clever foreshadowing along the way that keeps you guessing. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!
Brandon DeBruhl More than 1 year ago
Serafina's story of the Twisted Staff begins just three weeks after she and Braeden solve the mystery of the Black Cloak and defeats the man behind the disappearances occurring on the Estate. Now a different kind of evil has come to the grounds of Biltmore. Join Serafina again as she makes new friends and enemies, takes on new challenges and tries to find and understand her place in the world. Serafina and the Twisted Staff once again captures the magic, mysteries and history of the Biltmore Estate. As a native of the mountains in North Carolina, I greatly enjoyed seeing the diversity of the characters introduced in this book ranging from the upper class aristocracy to the local mountain folk of the Appalachians. Mr. Beatty's book truly captures the beauty of the lands and forests of the mountains surrounding Biltmore. If you have not yet done so, I recommend reading the first book of the series, Serafina and the Black Cloak, so that you may enjoy this story as well.
Miastar More than 1 year ago
I found this series last November, my family and I were planning a trip to Biltmore and Serafina and the Black Cloak came up in a search I did looking for books about Biltmore. I read the book straight through in one evening because I could not put it down! The writing/storytelling style took me back to my childhood, when my dad would tell me bedtime stories. Not only was the story thoroughly enjoyable I loved the insight that it gave into the house, reading the book and then touring the house made the story come alive even more. I applied for the SART (Serafina Advanced Reading Team) and was blessed with an advanced copy of the sequel. It's sequel, Serafina and the Twisted Staff took me on a magical journey back to Asheville, NC with characters that I love and a surprise twist that I never saw coming. In Black Cloak, Serafina discovered the mystery of who she was but as you'll read in Twisted Staff, she wasn't quite finished coming into her own. This book combines self-discovery with the power of friendship and the important life lesson of facing your problems and not running away from them. In Twisted Staff Serafina makes new friends, and enemies; meets with disaster and triumphs in the end; finds her own power, and recognizes the power of her friends. Robert Beatty is an absolute master of his craft combining fantasy with reality and fact with fiction. There's never a dull moment, and I truly felt that I was right there in the story and not just a subtle observer.
17439675 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Serafina and the Twisted Staff! It is a fast-past adventure with plenty of mystery, intrigue, and action. The plot picks up quickly in the second chapter and continues throughout the entire book! I loved the first Serafina book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, and was honored to receive an Advanced Reader copy of Serafina and the Twisted Staff. Having the Biltmore House and Estate in Asheville, NC as the setting adds excitement and interest to the story. I highly recommend reading both Serafina books (grades 4th to Adult). I can hardly wait until the third one in the series is released!
JCov More than 1 year ago
I was on the advanced reading team for Robert Beatty's second Serafina novel and what an adventure! The story begins a few weeks after Serafina and the Black Cloak left off, and again something is not quite right at the Biltmore Estate. The action begins quickly, and the book was difficult to put down. Beatty did an excellent job developing the characters, both new and returning. As with the first Serafina, Beatty skillfully incorporates historical events and people into his narrative, which helps lend a realistic view on what life was like at Biltmore and the surrounding areas at the turn of the 20th century. Full of a wonderfully descriptive narrative, it is easy to envision the places Serafina experienced, from the bedrooms in the Biltmore house to the tall mountains of the Pisgah National Forest. A great read that both young adults and grown-ups will enjoy. I am anxiously awaiting to read about Serafina's next adventures!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I read the first last summer and was so excited when I got a chance to read the second book before the release date. I am so glad it is summer, so my mom let me stay up to read Serafina and the Twisted Staff- I couldn't stop reading it until the last page. I can't wait to visit the Biltmore Estate again- these books make me want to go there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read (for any age) and sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak! You will not be disappointed and you won't be able to put it down either....a total page turner for sure! Looking forward to #3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak. Rarely do I find a sequel as good as the first. I felt this book was even better than the first (and I LOVED the first in the series). Mr. Beatty does a fantastic job writing a book that is appropriate for young readers and adults. It is mysterious and suspenseful while bringing in the rich history of the Biltmore Estate. I can't wait for the third installment of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review written by my 10 year old daughter. I am honored to have received an advanced copy of Serafina and the Twisted Staff. I read and really enjoyed the first book Serafina and the Black Cloak. Serafina and the Twisted Staff is a great follow up to the defeat 3 weeks earlier of the man in the black cloak! The book is full of mystery and surprise and suspense, which kept me glued to the book. I learned a lot about the Biltmore House too. The best part is that it ends on a cliff hanger. I hope there is going to be a third book. The story just can't end now! Thanks for great interesting reading Mr Beatty.
BridgetEL More than 1 year ago
When I read the first Serafina book this year in seventh grade as a required reading for English class, I loved it! I finished it within a few days of receiving my copy because I couldn't put it down. When I heard that there was another book in the series, I was thrilled to continue journeying with Serafina, Braedan, Gidean, and all the occupants of the Biltmore Estates. The book began with the perfect entrance chapter that hooked you and doesn't let you go until the very last sentence of the book. I journeyed through secret passages in the Biltmore with Serafina and Braedan, scrambled through the dense briers of the woods, discovered dark areas of the woods, puzzled over strange behaviors of humans and animals, struggled with mixed-up feelings towards others, and even endured a table manners lesson. Serafina and the Twisted Staff is a mix of many different genres that when compiled together makes the story unforgettable! This book continued the character development from the first book with many of the same characters but with new twists and characteristics to add depth. Also in this book, we get to know some new characters that have more tricks up their sleeves than you would think. Even though Serafina and the Twisted Staff had twists and turns, surprises around every bend in the woods, new promises, and new characters, there was still enough continuity with the first book to be recognized as a sequel. But it offers a completely different plot enabling it to stand on its own as a truly enjoyable book.
JennBock More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy of Serafina and the Twisted Staff and couldn't wait to read it. I had read the first book, Serafina and the Black Cloak and couldn't wait to see how our heroine learned to live with the new-found family knowledge she acquired at the end of that book. The Twisted Staff begins a couple of weeks after the end of the first book. Mr. Beatty introduces some interesting new characters, all of them likeable or at least relatable. The villains are wonderfully villainous and some twists (no pun intended) toward the end of the tale let us know not to judge a book by its cover! Serafina embraces both of her families and remains a strong young lady, despite doubts that so many girls of that age frequently have. I actually liked this book better than the first one. Maybe it was because I knew many of the characters already. Maybe it was more descriptions of the Biltmore House and its guests. Maybe it was because Mr. Beatty grabbed me from the first few pages with plenty of action and didn't let go until the end. This was a wonderful book and I would recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Serafina and the Twisted Staff": book two is an exciting, and unpredictable historical mystery series set in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the Biltmore Estate in the late 1800's. The storyline does a magnificent job of connecting the reader to the struggles Serafina faces as she engages in the classic battle of good against evil. While facing her foes Serafina learns about herself, her relationships with friends and family, and her place in the world. She discovers her true identity and the truth of her heritage is revealed within the 'coming of age' elements of the tale. The geographically and historically accurate descriptions of the Appalachian mountains and the Biltmore Estate successfully transport the imaginations of young readers and enhances the knowledge of advanced readers providing an outstanding experience for all. "Serafina and the Twisted Staff" captures your interest in the first few pages, keeps a tight grip on your attention throughout, and resolves the important conflicts of the story, leaving wonderment about the endless possibilities for Serafina in future books. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the Serafina Advance Reading Team (SART) and found that Book Two, "Serafina and the Twisted Staff" boldly resolves many of the unanswered questions from Book One, but leaves the door wide open for Book Three. That is what makes a world class book series; anticipation and intrigue!