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.
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own and in no way biased.*
This story! Oh! I love it! This is such an amazing book! Oh my God! I LOVE IT!
The characters, the plot, the dialogue and just about everything in this book is phenomenal. I’m just so happy that I got to read this book because it is just so very, very amazing.
I am pretty sure, I am just so in love with Lemarick Novel. Not only is his name Novel, but also his personality. He’s dark and broody and mysterious. And just so amazing, you can’t help fall for him through the course of the book! Because that’s just what I did! I fell for him through the book. Each and every scene made me like him even more, slowly and slowly till found myself so in love with him as a person and as a character. He’s so complex and deep and broody. Really. But, beneath all the mystery, is a man with a heart of gold and I just adore him so much. I really, really do.
The other characters are just as deep and amazing. There’s just so much to know and unearth and find out about each person and that is amazing. The aura of mystery that surrounds people is such a plus point. I liked discovering new things about the different characters in the book so much. It was an amazing experience.
All in all, this is one awesomesauce book that you HAFTA READ! Like, seriously. Go read this. Now!
K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing.
As an author for Clean Teen Publishing and Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press, Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found studying for her MA in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic.