Published on September 28, 2021 by Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Format: ARC provided by Netgalley, TBR&Beyond
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal
This book was received for free from Netgalley, TBR&Beyond in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of this review.We'd like to thank the publishers and Netgalley, TBR&Beyond for the review copy.
❧ Bookish Coven Rating
October is officially in and that makes it the ideal season to curl up with a book with dark, fairy-tale vibes. Sounds like something you would enjoy? Then look no further than Lakesedge. I promise you will love the ride. And boy what a ride it was: a twisted, dark and intriguing one!
So let’s dive in! Orphaned Graceling siblings, Violeta “Leta” and Arien, were found wandering and taken in by a woman they call Mother. Arien has nightmares every night, plagued by shadows; something that their Mother is particularly helping them with… (she is actually doing the exact opposite!). Leta is doing her absolute best to keep them away, but she has her own demons to begin with. Enter Rowan Sylvanan; the lord of the area, who comes to collect tithes. All three somehow end up in Rowan’s family manor with its other… notable occupants. Still not sold? Then how about some awesome characters all around? We get a demi-sexual protagonist, and we also have gay, Sapphic, and bi/pan characters. Yes, please! Fair warning though: the book does end up with a cliffhanger! And I can’t wait for that sequel! (I totally thought this was a standalone; oh well at least it’s a duology!)
With a similar plot to Allison Saft’s Down comes the Night, reminiscent of The Haunting of Bly Manor, Lakesedge gave me strong Uprooted vibes too. Lyndall Clipstone, with beautiful, descriptive writing, crafts a story with all my favorite ingredients: tortured characters, eerie setting, sibling love and to top it all of a slow burning romance!
P.S: Keep an eye out for an update with a more spoilery review!!
Thanks once again to TBR&Beyond for a spot in another wonderful book tour!!
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
Paperbacks and Planners – Review & Journal Spread
Robinlea BookBird – Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge & Mood Board
Lu is Lost in books – Review & Favourite Quotes
tbrandbeyond – Interview
The Book Dutchesses – Promo Post
Stories & Stardust – Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge, Favourite Quotes & Mood Board
Book Briefs – Review
Pei Reads – Review & Favourite Quotes
Stuck in Fiction – Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge and Mood Board
The Bookish Coven – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review & Journal Spread
Hardcover Haven – Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge & Playlist
A Court of Coffee and Books – Interview & Top 5 Reasons to Read Lakesedge
thisbellereadstoo – Review & Mood Board
mousethatreads.com – Review, Playlist & Mood Board
Devouring Books – Promo Post