A beautiful gothic fantasy that screams beauty and the Beast retelling. Which isn’t a bad thing.
This book is out on the 28 th of September 2021.
About the book– When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumors about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem.
As soon as this book starts it grabs you. It’s a slow paced book that you honestly need to savour.
Violeta Graceling was found in the woods with her baby brother and raised by an evil woman, whom tortured and abused them in hopes to rid poor Arien of his Shadows. As they are in the village for the tithe day. Lord Rowan, who is believed to have drowned his whole family wants to take Arien away estate in Lakesedge. Violeta won’t let that happen and in the end she ends up there with the both of them.
As the story progresses you come to find that nothing is as simple as it may seem. The monster may not be the monster you are lead to believe. And there is more going on with Violeta then meets the eye.
Their romance is well written and believable. As they grow to trust each other. A true enemies to lovers story (which I am a sucker for.)
There is some darker scenes, and possible trigger warnings for cutting, Death, and abuse.
But overall this book was a must read and a surprising favourite read of the year. I loved and enjoyed the magic system, and the romance.
It’s also always a great read when the Protagonist is strong headed, and not so easily walked over.
I cannot wait to read the next one Forestfall.
Thank you Netgalley for the Arc in exchange for a honest review.