Pantomime (Micah Grey #1)
Gene's life resembles a debutante's dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities - last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age. Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, ...more
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It's got an official blurb up above, but I thought I would add a more informal one here with pictures. Credit where credit is due: totally got this idea from Elizabeth May's review of her book The Falconer, though I have decidedly less animated gifs and wit, alas.
Pantomime has a girl, named Gene, who isn't completely content with her lot in life.
A boy named Micah becomes an aerialist:
Gene & Micah have a secret.
Most of the book is set in ...more
How the Description is Offensive (to me)
I’m offended that the description for Pantomime misled me into thinking this was a story about star-crossed lovers. It is not. THIS IS NOT A SPOILER; I repeat, THIS IS NOT A SPOILER! Gene and Micah are the same person. This is a story about an intersex protagonist. ...more
I just cannot stress how incredibly unique this book is. I've literally never read anything like it, and possibly never will. The writing was beautiful, the world was enchanting, the characters were lovable, and I adored how the story was told in a non-linear fashion. But I think the thing I love the most above all is that I have no idea what to expect in the future of this series. I'm starting Shadowplay in just a moment ...more
I will start by simply saying: Pantomime’s cover copy is supremely misleading. One would think that this is a run-of-the-mill PNR YA featuring two protagonists that seem to be about to fall in love with each other whilst a secre–zzzz, BORING. I would never had picked up this book based on this blurb had I not known from the get go what it is really about.
Allow me to rephrase the blurb slightly:
R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest c ...more
When you get this book, you must follow my instructions. . .exactly!
First: SIT DOWN IN A CHAIR (it doesn't matter where).
Second: OPEN THE BOOK
THIRD: (Optional) Smell the scent of dark, edgy sucess!
Four: Strap on your seat belt...
Because this is an emotional roller coaster ride, BABY!
I don't read many books that don't have sex in it. This book doesn't have sex! And I LOOOOOOVVVVVEEEEDDD this book!
You won't read a book that is this amazing again. To describe the main character is to give ...more
3-1/2 stars, but rounded down because of the pacing.
I am not sure what I can say about this book without giving away the central twist. And on the one hand, that twist is so unusual that it deserves to come as a surprise rather than given away in reviews (and most of the reviews for this book do give it away, so avoid them if you want to read the story unspoiled. DO NOT read the GR blurb, either). But on the other hand, keeping the twist secret gives the marketing of this book a troublesome ide ...more
Okay, can I first just say how misleading the description of Pantomime is and how blatantly it underrates the value and extent of its content? Honestly, it does not do this book justice! One look at it gives the unsuspecting reader the impression of a Young Adult paranormal romance, featuring a story of star-crossed love between a daughter from a noble family and a low-born circus scalawag, perhaps. But no, no, no, that's ...more
There is obviously more to come in this story, but there is still a satisfying arc, and promise for much more of the world to unfold.
Ah, such a cruel way to end a book. But Pantomine...PANTOMINE...gee, I'm at lost for words.
Nope, I'm not just throwing a random picture from the internet. This picture gave me the same effect as Pantomine did - it messes with my head in the most wonderful way I could ever imagine.
This is an art.
*Takes a deep breath*
I don't know. I ...more
This review will be short deliberately as I don't really have the words to do it justice and I don't want to spoil the secret of this wonderful for anyone because it is jaw dropping. Believe me when I say this is one of the most unique stories for young adults I have read in a long long while (and this comes from a girl who has currently read about 250 so far this year). It' ...more
A three star read for me. Any spoilers will be clearly marked.
Well...I can honestly say that this book was very different than anything I've ever read before.
We follow two main characters (with a whole slew of side characters I thor ...more
I had my eyes on Pantomime for quite a while before I got the chance to read it. Just by looking at it and reading the synopsis, it's easy to see that this is not something you come across very often - a story against the backdrop of a circus. A world that seems almost beyond time itself, where you will find references to the Alder and the Vestige and Penglass, and a more specific setting in the city of Ellada. While Pantomime was by no means perfect, it was enjoyable nonetheless.
It is ...more
I loved the magical, delicate athmosphere created by the Author, the plot full of secrets and twists and how the parallel stories of Gene and Micah entertwined.
I must admit that the description is quite misleading because you s ...more
First off, this review isn't going to be a full review. There is a big secret within the pages of Pantomime - a very big secret - and both Laura Lam and the publishers, Strange Chemistry, want the secret to stay well under wraps until Pantomime is released. To talk about it would be to spoil a major part of this book, but it's something I want to talk about. So, with Strange Chemistry's permission, I am writing a mini-esque review now (it might not be th ...more
Can we get one thing out of the way? The main character, described as two people on the cover blurb, is actually an intergender teen called Iphigenia by her family and taking the name Micah when he goes out on his own. This is not a ‘plot twist,’ nor some cheap trick to fool the reader. It is not a gimmick, nor an incidental fact that has no bearing on the story. This is Micah’s story, his gender (I will use ‘he’ as the pronoun due to Micah choosing to present as male for most ...more
i would have found it better if the book was set in "our" world, in a historical setting, because this book ...more
This is definitely not a romance ...more
Alright. This is IT. I'm so done with this book. If I can't stand one thing, it's logical fallacies. And these 67% of this book have plenty. Actually, so many, I'm going to drop out for the time being.
Set in another world, in a land called Ellada, we get forest elves. Listen up here: not elves, but forest elves. Distinguished elves. Tolkien elves. Yes, thank you very much.
We also get otters, elephants and other "earthly" animals. But out of the blue, we ...more
The circus had been unlike anything I could ever imagine and I could not walk away. I wanted to be a part of the magic, create it and wield it with such skill that it looked effortless. I wanted to fly.
This quote perfectly describes how I felt when I was reading Pantomime. To be honest, I have ne ...more
The world encased ...more
I thought Gene and Micah are very interesting characters. Their journey to f ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and Angry Robot for giving me this book to review.
In Ellada, R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic wishes to create the wonder of the mysterious civilization which disappeared leaving only the glowing blue Penglass. Micah Grey is a runaway who wishes to join the circus as an aerialist and he wants to be accepted by the rest of the people in the circus. Gene Laurus is nobleman’s daughter who much prefers ...more
Fantastic book! I really enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
First of all, don't read the synopsis - it's completely misleading which you will find out from the first couple of pages.
What you need to know - it's about magic from a forgotten ancient civilisation, it's about a circus with a tyrant of a ringleader and it's about a runaway. Throw in the bin the rest of your preconceptions. *grinning*
The great twist will be known in the first couple of chapters but it doesn't detract from th ...more
The atmosphere of the circus was amazing and realistic, the side characters were very diverse and interesting, and I completely fell in love with the main character. The main story and the backstory/flashbacks were both equally engaging and I was never bored.
The ending was a little dark but I think it suited the story, it definitely raised the stakes for the second book.
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Laura Lam was born in the late eighties and raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams.
After studying literature an ...more