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Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

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Thank you so much to Feiwel Friends and Edelweiss for the e-ARC!

Everyone who lives near the lake knows the stories about the world underneath it, an ethereal landscape rumored to be half-air, half-water. But Bastián Silvano and Lore Garcia are the only ones who’ve been there. Bastián grew up both above the lake and in the otherworldly space beneath it. Lore’s only seen the world under the lake once, but that one encounter changed their life and their fate. Then the lines between air and water begin to blur. The world under the lake drifts above the surface. If Bastián and Lore don’t want it bringing their secrets to the surface with it, they have to stop it, and to do that, they have to work together. There’s just one problem: Bastián and Lore haven’t spoken in seven years, and working together means trusting each other with the very things they’re trying to hide.

When I heard that this was going to be a book with an enby/enby romance, I was basically already sold. But then I found out it’s about a secret, magical lake that is safe for their neurodivergent brains. It sounded absolutely incredible, and I was so eager to read it. Trigger warnings: transphobia, ableism

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Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone

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Thank you so much to Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) and Edelweiss for the e-ARC!

There are monsters in the world. 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. There are monsters in the woods. As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn… There’s a monster in the shadows, and now it knows my name. Now, to save Rowan—and herself—Leta must confront the darkness in her past, including unraveling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under.

I heard gothic lake novel and was ready to read it that second. I know that’s kind of a running theme with me, finding out one or two aspects of a book and being ready to read it right away. But it’s true every time! And a gothic lake novel definitely sounds like it would be right up my alley. Plus, it is about Leta, the main character, arriving at a mansion and expecting to find a monster inside, a boy who drowned his entire family. But neither is what they seem to be. I sounded incredibly intriguing! Trigger warnings: parental abuse, grief, self-harm magic

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