Lily Coltrane was just starting her first year at the university and looking to make new friends. After meeting her new roommate the pair decide to check out what clubs and activities are available. The Illustrious Minds Literary Society peaks the girls interest so they decide to check out the club to be involved and meet new people.
At the first meeting the girls find the club makes monthly visits to the Theatre Imaginique to see a performance of an obscure group of carnival performers. After meeting the proprietor Lemarick Novel, Lily finds that she herself has hidden abilities she didn’t know existed and that she is a Shade and can do magic.
The Book of Shade turned into one of those reads that I wasn’t sure what I should expect but am glad I picked it up to give it a try. A world of magic and paranormal was brought to life with the backdrop of this unique stage show at the theater. Our main character finds that she’s part of this world all the while juggling her starting up college and classes.
Interesting characters and concepts all throughout the read kept me engaged in seeing where this would lead. Along with the world of the Shade comes those that hunt them and the mystery of how Lily is one herself. A bit of romance, paranormal, mystery and fantasy all combined into one intriguing read.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.