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This is probably my favorite of all the Serafina books! Beatty has definitely started to "grow" the content of his books with his readers. It's really suspenseful and has some great twists and turns; especially when you find out who the "bad guy" is. I've loved seeing Serafina and Braden grow during the arc of these 4 books and this one did NOT disappoint.
I have loved this series since the beginning. And this book is an excellent addition to the first three. I always worry about getting involved in books that are in a series because I am afraid that they won’t be as good as the book that sucked me in; I had nothing to worry about here. This book continues the excellence of the first three with a story that is just as compelling as the first three.
After three significant battles for the safety of Biltmore in the first three books, Serafina finds herself anxiously bored with life in the house now that things have seemingly gone back to normal. As the protector of the Biltmore house and its residents, Serafina finds herself on the lookout for trouble, but this time she is facing the unknown without the help of Braeden at her side; her best friend and most trusted companion has been sent away to boarding school hundreds of miles away.
When dark forces return to Biltmore this time, it is the stuff of nightmares (I have always thought gargoyles were creepy). No one is safe, and the danger is literally in every nook and cranny of this magnificent home.
An unexpected and exciting addition to the first three books, this one left me wanting more. My students are already asking me about this one and when they will get to read it. I can’t wait to have this on the shelf when school starts back in the fall. I have no doubt that it will be just as popular as the first three are.
I found the Serafina series just before visiting the Biltmore for the first time, with each new adventure from Robert Beatty I am magically transported back to the Great Smokey Mountains of Ashville, North Carolina and the magnificent Biltmore house. I'm shifted into a perfectly blended world of reality and magic. This book is my new favorite in the series, as soon as I finished it I couldn't wait to read it again! While reading "Seven Stars" I was excited, scared, sad, and happy as the story took me up and down a magical mountain adventure, I didn't want the story to end!
After overturning the powers of the Black Cloak and Twisted Staff and mending a Splintered Heart peace has come to Biltmore. But Serafina, ever watchful, senses that something is coming, the quiet is just the calm before the storm. When a force stronger than anything Serafina and Braeden have faced before is released, it takes persistence, bravery, wit and friendship to push through the challenges they and their new friends face in "Serafina and the Seven Stars" to come out on the other side.
If you love history and mystery you'll love this book! It also brings a flare of astrology and mythology that will mystify you.
One of my favorite moments in the book is a brief moment between Serafina and her Pa, and the ending...❤️ I don't know when the next adventure for Serafina begins but I'm already counting the days.
My 14 year-old daughter starting reading this series a few years ago and she loves the books. I was curious, so I read the series after her and they’re really good. This book was different than the others but it was still excellent. Serafina is 13 years-old now and she’s becoming more independent and learning to do more things on her own. I was happy Braeden was still in the story line because they make such a great team and they’re really good together. The best part of the book was the ending and everything that happens with Braeden and his Uncle. I thought it was so mature of Serafina to say the reason her and Braeden have won so many battles is because they learned what needed to be done and they did it. Winning isn’t only about being the strongest or fastest. She goes on to say how winning is really about educating oneself on what’s needed to work through a problem and what it takes to prevail. A great Book:)
I have loved the Serafina stories and wasn’t sure the author could pull off another one, but he did. In the fashion of good versus evil, this book takes you through many battles, and even deaths, but all the while, the question lingers as to which is the good and which is the evil. Beatty weaves in a kind of morality throughout his stories, perhaps trying to impart a message to his intended audience. One such message is about books and learning, which has been woven throughout all his stories but comes clearly into focus in this story. It is a fantastical story, with mythical beasts coming to life, and at times it seemed a little too exaggerated and almost felt silly...but I loved it just the same. Beatty is a wonderful writer in that his words and sentences flow and never make me stumble or reread because of awkward or incorrect construction. Quite the opposite! If you like young adult fiction and want to be pulled into a story through its vivid imagery that is conveyed through strong writing, this is a good read for you. I recommend this book for those who like mystery, myths, monsters, battles, and good winning over evil, and especially for those who have come to love Serafina and her adventures at Biltmore Estate.
Let the Reader Beware! Never tick off the Greek goddess Diana!
Back in ancient Greece, Orion and Diana were friends-at least at first- hunting and running together in the forests. Orion was the son of no less than 3 major gods. But then, Orion boasted in pride that he was SUCH a great hunter that he would kill ALL the animals in the world.
This arrogant animal genocide enrages Diana. Orion then threatens Diana’s Seven Daughters. She first turns her Daughters into doves and then puts them forever beyond his reach by transforming them into the Seven Sister Stars of the Pleiades constellation. Diana finally invokes a Super Scorpion who kills Orion.
Orion’s father Zeus mourns Orion’s death and turns him into a constellation of the winter sky. Now, the summer constellation Scorpio is never seen in the sky at the same time as the winter constellation Orion. Scorpio chases Orion from the sky every autumn.
In Serafina and the Seven Stars, an Evil Visitor arrives at the Biltmore Estate who (just like Orion) boasts he will slaughter the animals of the Carolina Mountains, including Serafina’s younger brother and sister! Nature is upended: Ancient Forces awakened. The Biltmore begins to suffer its own Mini-Apocalypse. Can ANYone make sense of this? Can Serafina save these Innocents and restore Nature’s Balance?
Wow Robert Beatty has done it again! I was an ARC for this book and let me just say, you will not be disappointed. If you loved the other Serafina books, then this one will keep you on your toes. It is action packed and keeping you questioning and guessing up until the very end! Serafina and the Seven Stars continues the story of Serafina and Braeden conquering evil at Biltmore Estate in the 1900’s in Asheville, North Carolina. Grab your copy and curl up for an excellent read!
Robert Beatty has come through once again with another beautifully written story. I'm not into spoiling great stories, so purchase this book (and the others in the series if you haven't read them yet!) and allow yourself to be plunged into a world of magic, mystery, and adventure led by young Serafina and her growing circle of friends! This series is intended for young readers, but I'm a grown woman and find myself eagerly awaiting the next installments with all the wonderment and awe of a child. If you're a parent looking for a good story to read through with your kids, a teacher looking for something to inspire your students, or just someone like me who loves a good story, this is a series to get hooked on! Serafina is for all ages! Beatty is a masterful storyteller combining fantasy, history, action, and mystery with a flawless grace that compares to the likes of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. See for yourself. You will love it!
"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?" Job 38:31
In Serafina and the Seven Stars, Serafina must once again assume her role of the Guardian of Biltmore and it's inhabitants. But this time, she must do so alone. Due to reasons beyond her control, her trusted friend and companion Braeden Vanderbilt, has been sent away from his home.
In the year that has passed since the events of the Black Cloak, Serafina has discovered her true self, and continues to grow in her powers. But none of her trials and adventures have prepared her for what is to come next. The mysterious powers of the heavens themselves are about to effect Serafina's life, and the lives of the Vanderbilt family. Serafina will face new challenges and events that will cause her to question the very family she serves to protect.
I have greatly enjoyed reading this addition to the Serafina series by author Robert Beatty. The story within these pages will cause you to question the motives and relations between Serafina and the Vanderbilt family, but so that you cannot help but continuing the story until the end. And perhaps you shall be overjoyed as I was to find at the end something many of us have hoped for since The Black Cloak.
I loved this book and the series! One of the best Young adult fiction novels. I pre-order this book so I would receive it as soon as it came out. I was so excited to read it. Five stars for this book. I was disappointed in Amazon. The book had a damaged during shipping. The damage was not major but it was disappointing. Two and a half stars for shipping