The hidden, tropical valley of Lake Ephemeral seemed like a paradise. When orphan Seraphin is told her mother is alive and living in this idyllic valley, she's overjoyed. At last, she can have a family.
But something is wrong in Lake Ephemeral. Seven mansions surround the lake, and it is forbidden to enter the seventh. Seraphin accidentally discovers the terrifying secret inside the seventh manor. A group of scientists is experimenting on the children.
But there's no escape. No resident of the valley ever sets foot outside the high, iron fences that surround it - not even when a young girl falls ill and dies.
In her seventeenth year, Seraphin will make a bold but desperate plan. The clock is ticking. The experiments carried out on her when she was just a child are about to change her in ways she does not yet understand.
"...this novel was unique and interesting and exciting from beginning to end. A refreshing change of pace from your typical YA novel. One part mystery, one part thriller, one part science fiction with a particular emphasis on the science. It was truly a gem to find."
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈ (Goodreads reviewer)
Lake Ephemeral is also published in France by publisher, Editions du Chat Noir.
ANYA ALLYN is the author of the young adult DARK CAROUSEL series (Gothic horror) and LAKE EPHEMERAL novel (science fiction). She also writes thrillers as ANNI TAYLOR.
She enjoys fiction that is a little on the dark side. Also, she enjoys Black Forest Cake just a little too much. She lives by the beach with her partner and four children, about an hour away from the Sydney (Australia) rush. She has previously worked as a Features' Editor for Fairfax Media and in promotions.
The DARK CAROUSEL series is a heart-stopping saga, a mix of the chill of American Horror Story and the fantastical elements of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
A dark presence is collecting girls, deep in the forest. Two girls have vanished, and now a third. Cassie and her friends desperately search the forest for their friend, who went missing on a hike. When they find vintage dolls hanging from strings on branches, they should have turned back.
But they didn't.
The dolls lead to a crumbling mansion. Beneath the mansion lies a macabre, life-sized dollhouse that is controlled by a terrifying being. In the dollhouse, you must dance until your feet bleed, sit on the toy shelf if you're bad, and if you've been very bad, you are sent to the toy box - a pitch-dark cavern that contains beings beyond nightmares.
And now there is no escape.
A Dark, Ghostly Gothic Horror for Ages 13 to Adult.
DOLLHOUSE - Book 1
PAPER DOLLS - Book 2
MARIONETTE - Book 3
MUSIC BOX - Book 4 (Final)
BOX SET 1 - Books 2,3&4
BOX SET 2 - Book 1,2,3&4
As the day of Cassie's marriage to the centuries-old spirit, Balthazar, grows chillingly close, she finds a secret way to the high tower. The shadowy inhabitant of the tower has haunted her mind since her first day at the castle.
In the tower, Cassie makes a shocking discovery, after which nothing can be the same.
Before Cassie's last stand against the castle ends, she'll fight the serpent shadows that swoop in like spectres from across the frozen wastelands, and she'll face down Balthazar and the serpent empress herself.
But her greatest fight will come from within.
As she did in THE GIVER, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, how people could evolve, and what could be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira’s plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.