The Book of Shade by K.C. Finn
Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★
Genres: Urban Fantasy, New Adult
Lily Coltrane’s to-do list for starting university life is pretty simple:- The Book of Shade on Goodreads
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.
The Theater Imaginique is shrouded in mystery. After Lily and her roommate Jazzy join The Illustrious Minds Literary Society, they are given complimentary tickets to the monthly show. Against a warning from her professor, Lily attends the show and is immediately throw into a world that proves everything you thought impossible is possible. As the secrets of her past emerge, Lily must confront forces greater than she ever imagined.
I loved this book. It draws you in and keeps you on your toes. Lily is the perfect main character, and I enjoyed following her journey. The Book of Shade is unlike any other book I've read, and I appreciated the change of pace.
K.C. Finn has a way with words. Her writing is flawless. With each page turn, your sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what the next turn of events will present. The Theater Imaginique is enjoyable, and I found myself looking forward to seeing what each month's performance would bring. The addition of the playbills within the book were a great touch.
All of the characters are wonderfully written. There's a unique blend, and I learned loving about each one. The mix of old and new is refreshing. The cast of the Theater are my favorites. Some are intriguing while others are frightening. I cannot wait to continue following everyone's stories in the series. It ends with a cliffhanger that makes you anxious for the next installment.
There is never an information dump. K.C. Finn perfectly paces the book and introduces more of the world when it's necessary and adds to the story. She's also a mastermind at crafting the chemistry between Lily and Novel. They're one of my favorite couples in books I've read as of late.
This is definitely a book I would recommend to any fan of New Adult and Urban Fantasy. The whimsical story of good versus evil will draw you in, and you will not want to put this book down.
**I received this book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to K.C. Finn.