Published by AmazonCrossing on November 1, 2015
Series: The Lakewood Series #1
Genres: Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: ecopy from Author
After her parents died in a car accident when she was just a child, Evelyn Lakewood was left alone in the world. Now grown up, she enrolls at Oxford University, where she begins to create a new, stable life.
But when she encounters Jared Calmburry, who she later discovers is an orphan with his own tragic history, the equilibrium she was striving for is thrown off. Instantly drawn to this mysterious stranger with the incredible blue eyes, and confounded by the unusual events that occur whenever they meet, Evelyn resolves to investigate further. What she finds will startle her beyond measure: an ancient legacy of magic, a centuries-old secret society, and a foreboding legend with her and Jared at its center. As she follows a cryptic trail, Evelyn will discover clues to her own painful past, answers she hadn’t even been looking for—and a passionate love she cannot resist despite the dangers it brings.
The Concealed is the first book in the young adult fantasy series, called The Lakewood Series, by Sarah Kleck. I loved The Concealed. I knew from the summary that it was going to be magical and mysterious and it totally delivered! Now, of course, the mysterious part completely blew my mind and excited me even more than I thought. I loved the direction that author Sarah Kleck took this story in, but it would be a completely spoiler for me to tell you. I will say this- it is one of my favorite sub-genres of fantasy & magic, and it was such a pleasant and unexpected surprise. (ok, heck- just click the spoiler box if you want to know more about the secret society alluded to in the summary) View Spoiler »The Concealed- and the entire Lakewood series is about Merlin and the Lady of the Lake! It is their romance story. I was super excited to see that the society had to do with protecting the descendants of Merlin, Arthur and others. What a cool idea! « Hide Spoiler
Poor Evelyn starts the story out by losing her sister- her last remaining family member. And then only a scene or two later she is packing up all of her belongings and leaving her home town to go away to school at Oxford completely alone. My heart broke for her. I could feel her despair and loneliness. But soon she meets up with her own friends- Felix and Sally. Felix rubbed me the wrong way from the get-go. He was always in Evelyn’s space. I just wanted to tell him to back off. But I was never too worried because Evelyn was completely taken with the mysterious Jared.
I thought The Concealed did an excellent job of giving you enough answers so you would never be frustrated, but keeping enough information out of the readers reach to keep you desperate for more. (at least I was.) I could not put this book down. I need the second book asap! And, as an aside- the romance was great too. It wasn’t rushed, but when we finally did get to it it was super cute and wonderful. The Concealed put a big smile on my face. I can’t wait for more from Author, Sarah Kleck.Come try and figure out the mystery of The Concealed by Sarah Kleck & #win a $25 gift card! @BookBriefs #review Click To Tweet
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