The Book of Shade
by K.C. Finn
Publication date: December 20th 2013
Category: New Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: eARC provided by author
in exchange for an honest review.
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.
First, I absolutely LOVE the cover. It’s so different than any covers I’ve seen recently, which is perfect for such an unprecedented story. The cover reminds me of something I’ve seen before, though I’m not entirely sure what it is. Help me out here… what does it remind you of?
As I said, The Book of Shade is a unique story; mysterious and full of wonderment. It’s nothing like any urban fantasy I’ve read before. It’s a blend of contemporary mixed with old world, a huge helping of supernatural and more than a dash of mystery rolled up in one brilliant package. I fancied the story after only a few pages, and it gained momentum at a rapid pace, completely enthralling me. The further in I went, the more difficult it was to set down. At one point I was loading the dishwasher and reading at the same time. My husband was like, “Uh.. good book?” LOL.
The story is told from Lily’s POV, written in the third person. I normally prefer first person, but being able to read her inner thoughts made it feel much more personable. I really felt like I was inside of her head. Lily is cautious, but full of curiosity. She’s witty, but also serious. She’s brave regardless of her past and despite her frightening future. I totally love her! I was also happy that she and Jazzy, her freshman roommate, became fast friends. The characters from the theater made up quite an ensemble; ghastly and shocking. Lemarick Novel, the owner and headlining act of the Theatre Imaginique, is super creepy at first, but his character develops immensely throughout the story and he becomes more human, even though he isn’t. I absolutely love their relationship. Novel knows Lily’s secret even before she does, and he’s the one who has to break it to her. I was fully immersed in this dark, supernatural world right along with Lily. It wasn’t easy getting out, either. I want more!!!
I highly recommend The Book of Shade to all Urban Fantasy and Paranormal fans. This book must be moved to the top of your TBR pile at once! This easily slides into my top ten reads of 2013.
Here is my ShadePower – which actually describes me to a tee. What is yours? Click on the image to find out!
~About the Author~
Born in South Wales to Raymond and Jennifer Finn, Kimberley Charlotte Elisabeth Finn (known to readers as K.C., otherwise it’d be too much of a mouthful) was one of those corny little kids who always wanted to be a writer. She was also incredibly stubborn, and so has finally achieved that dream in 2013 with the release of her first two novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga. As a sufferer with the medical condition M.E./C.F.S., Kim works part time as a private tutor and a teacher of creative writing, devoting the remainder of her time to writing novels and studying for an MA in Education and Linguistics.
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