The Book of Shade by K.C. Finn

The Book Of ShadeTitle: The Book of Shade
Author: K.C. Finn

Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5 Stars

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.

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My Thoughts
Extracurricular activities can be dangerous.
This book is as mysterious and enigmatic as Lemarick Novel! I loved the imagery and the beautiful descriptions. This book really drew me in and gave off a bit of a creepy gothic vibe at times. I really enjoyed meeting all of the characters and figuring out exactly what was going on at the old theatre.
My favorite character was definitely Jazzy! She was so sweet and such a great friend. Her interactions with Lily were always so much fun. It is easy to see how she and Lily became fast friends.
Lily is a smart and studious young girl who was hoping for a unique social experience. She got that and much more! I really liked her character and her sense of humor. I also enjoyed seeing her trying to figure out what was going on with the theatre and the strange Lemarick Novel. Her interactions with him are also very interesting.
Lemarick Novel is by far the most interesting character in the book and very mysterious. I liked how the author gave you just enough information about him to keep you interested. Without giving everything away at the beginning.
For a fun mystery and some memorable characters check out "The Book of Shade".