Lily Coltrane’s to-do list for starting university life is pretty simple:
1. Make friends
2. Meet a cute guy
3. Survive her first year in Modern History
In the little English town of Piketon this seems more than achievable, so much so that Lily even joins The Illustrious Minds Literary Society, an extra-curricular club that promises a truly unique social experience. What Lily doesn’t bank on are the Society’s monthly visits to the mysterious Theatre Imaginique at the edge of town, a dark venue that houses the most obscure cavalcade of carnival performers she has ever laid eyes on.
Stranger still is the emergence of the theatre’s enigmatic proprietor Lemarick Novel, a stupendous showman with a frosty wit who never seems to smile, and who raises a plethora of questions in Lily’s fearful mind. How does he levitate with no sign of wires or mirrors? How do the lightning bolts that shoot from his hands look so real? And why, of all the people in the theatre, do his pale eyes keep locking on hers?
The answers to this and more lie buried in heritage and blood. The Book of Shade is opening, and Lily Coltrane will read it, whether she wants to or not.
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Let us begin! This book is amazing in every shape, form, page, word. It’s just…perfection!
The Book of Shade focuses on Lily Coltrane who goes off to university and it all starts out normal; she meets her roommate and they become best friends, Modern History turns out to be her favourite class and she loves it and she meets a hot guy. Things are perfect…until her life changes (I mean that literally) because of course, that has to happen.
Characters: Lily was an amazing main character. I loved everything about her. She was really someone that was easy to like and relate to.
Lemarick Novel! This man was an anomaly. The man oozed of mystique and wonder. I loved how that in order to figure him out you had to get close to him. Otherwise he just seemed like a creepy dude. He was extremely protective over the people he care about which was amazing.
Jazzy was a great supporting character who really helped Lily not make stupid decisions. She was energetic and fantastic and I loved her.
Mother Novel: creepy, creepy, creepy. This woman was bad news and even I was terrified when she entered a room.
I loved Salem Cross’ name. That was all kinds of awesome. He’s a sketchy guy but I hope to find out more about him in the second book.
The rest of the crew and the Theatre Imaginique were amazing. I loved how that they were a family and protective of each other. And their talents!
“…and love is freedom and fluidity and unpredictability and wild abandon.”
Likes: I really loved the way this book was written. I thought that it was prefect in every way. I liked the fantasy brought to life, which was a new kind to me. I felt it brought something new to the table.
Dislikes: Apart from the expected dislikes of the bad characters, nothing else.
Overall Thoughts: Amazing from start to finish. This is easily one of my favourite reads of the year. If it were possible I’d give it an even higher rating. I can’t wait to read more.
Read: 19 March 2016
Publication Date: 21 March 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: K.C. Finn