I Can’t Wait For…Darknesses by Lachelle Seville

Posted 4th May 2022 by Sia in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 0 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week my Can’t-Wait-For is Darknesses by Lachelle Seville!

Darknesses (Darknesses, #1) by Lachelle Seville
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary or Urban Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Representation: Black sapphic MC, F/F
Published on: 19th May 2022

It’s been a year since Oasis stumbled away from Blessed Falls with wings carved into her back and too many scars to count.

A year spent razing delusions of being an angel's vessel, proving to her brother that she doesn’t belong in a psych ward, and mourning the loss of her mother's vinyl pressed ashes.

A year spent struggling to feel human again.

Enter Laura, the mesmerizing stranger who claims to hear Oasis’ heartbeat, who reads her hand-written memoir like scripture, who makes her feel closer to found than lost.

Laura is the most recent face of the eternal Count Dracula, ruler of the shadows, chimera of the Devil, and embittered victim of libel.

The Van Helsing Institute have been waiting for a glimpse of the dragon’s underbelly, and eagerly approach Oasis for her help in a ploy to kill Dracula for good. But not every wound from Blessed Falls has cicatrized, and Oasis realizes she may be a danger to Laura—and to herself.

Yet no one is as dangerous as Laura—the first vampire, the Devil's plaything, and the person with whom Oasis finally feels human.

Oceans of time have passed since she last had a drink, and she will not let Oasis go easily.

This leapt onto my radar as a sapphic fantasy that would feature Black vampires, which immediately had my attention! Seriously, we do not see Black vampires nearly often enough (writers of vamp-fiction, get on that, please!) And then when I actually saw the description, and read the excerpt???


I’m dying to know all about the being-an-angel’s-vessel except-not thing, and I’m already in love with Laura, who buys copies of Dracula just to burn them (I feel you, Laura, it’s a terrible book.) Plus, anyone who wears gold rings shaped like bats is immediately someone I want to know better. Insert heart-eyes here!

From the excerpt and description, Darknesses kiiiiiind of counts like a queer, grown-up counter to both Twilight and Dracula, and I am so very here for it.

Just two more weeks!!!

You can read the excerpt I mentioned on the author’s website here!


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