Lake Ephemeral by Anya Allyn – Book Review

Pages: 391
Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal Fantasy, Thriller
Buy it: Amazon


(From Goodreads)

Six children without memories of their early years can never leave the valley that gave them life.
Seven manors surround Lake Ephemeral, and their residents are hiding terrifying secrets. Seraphin Ferón was first brought to the valley of Lake Ephemeral as an eleven-year-old orphan, to meet a mother she’d never known she had. But before Seraphin arrives, her mother falls ill with a mysterious illness and is kept locked away in the attic.

After Seraphin arrives, she discovers that the vast estate is plagued by an exotic, massive species of carnivorous plant–named the Coffin Flower, capable of consuming humans.

No one can answer Seraphin the riddle of why the residents stay at Lake Ephemeral year after year or why no one ever leaves. She decides, at all costs, to find her way into the attic and finally meet her mother. In the events that follow, Seraphin will be propelled into a horrifying new existence.

Teen science fiction for all ages. A group of scientists, a hidden valley, mystery, carnivorous plants, genetic experiments and thrilling adventure. Contains love and romance scenes that might not be suitable for ages under 14.



Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts

The writing style was quite easy to read. Anya sometimes used scientific words but it was required in those places because they’re explaining a scientific thing. I became committed to the story relatively quickly, and it kept my attention through the rest of the book.

The storyline was very different. It’s one that I’ve not read before. I have never read a story with this story beat and it kept me on the edge of my chair, so to say, through most of the book. I enjoyed the suspense and it was done very well. I liked the names of the children and I liked how everything came about. I never would have guessed some of the story beat outcomes.

The world that Anya created is different and fascinating . The ‘coffin flowers’ were interesting and the seven mansions around a lake that disappears with strange statues in the middle. I enjoyed reading about the protagonist, Sera, I felt sorry for her in the beginning and was wondering what the whole story is with the place that they took her too.

The dialogue is interesting and flows nicely. It was easy to read. The characters are very interesting and have distinctly different personalities which made the story better. In part 2 the author made a name mistake and used Topaz instead of Garnet. The story kept me guessing all the time. I was surprised by the outcome.

In the epilogue I would have at least liked to have a brief overview of what happens to the children and the baby afterwards. The story feels a little unfinished.

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