This is one of those times when I'm not thrilled about the star rating system since I'm not really sure how to rate this. I think it is likely that this will appeal more to a younger audience. I did like it and thought I'd read it just in case I wanted to check out the second book in the series. As of right now I'm not really sure if I will or not but I'm sure the library will have it if I decide to in the future.
I went into this book blind so I was totally clueless about it and remained that way for a while. It was easy to read but it wasn't as easy to get into if that makes any kind of sense. I do like Seraphina's character but I was puzzled about why her father did what he did. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for it. I'll admit that I wanted to read something short and this fit the bill but I did enjoy the story even though I was a bit confused about it.
Seraphina and her father live in the basement of a huge mansion that is in the middle of nowhere. He helps keep the electricity going and she catches rats. She was warned to stay away from the woods but they seem to be calling for her. She finds out something about herself and something starts happening to children which sets off a journey that I think younger kids will enjoy since I think they'll find it exciting. I also like how Seraphina connected with another kid that wasn't good at the whole making friends thing. I'm sure many of us can relate to that at least on some level since it can be hard. It is a fast read so I think it would be a perfect book for a kid to read during summer vacation. While I hated assigned reading I've always loved reading so this book could help trigger that spark of love that readers have.