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The Book of Shade

(Shadeborn #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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
Paperback, 414 pages
Published December 20th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 13th 2013)
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Aisling Zena
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Lichtenberg stars


This book was delightfully British with Gok Wan references and "cheeky git" thrown in. I enjoyed the lore aspect and all the supernatural elements and powers but I found the writing a bit dispassionate. Maybe it's just me but it felt stilted at points. We were getting major events impacting the main characters life and I didn't sympathise with her at all. I was a spectator and not invested emotionally throughout.

Our main character is Lily Coltrane and her journey into discov

Yes! Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
What a ride.

I'm usually wary of books with so few reviews and such an amazing overall rating. So far, these books have hardly ever lived up to my expectations - quite the opposite, in fact, they tend to turn out a huge disappointment. Not this one, however. The Book of Shade deserves every single one of those four and five star ratings.
This story was absolutely unique in the Urban Fantasy genre. Here's why:

► The concept. The book starts off like any other NA
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 m
Sateem ó_ò
4.75 Stars

I absolutely loved this book. The magic system here is unique and different from any system i’ve ever read before.
The storyline went smoothly and there was not a single boring moment in there from start to end.
One my favourite reads of this year..

I wish there was more of world building. I know that it’s set in our daytime modern world, but there was practically no history for the families and pretty much no clear ranking for the different kinds of beings presented in the story. You o
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal and urban fantasy
First, I absolutely LOVE the cover. It’s so different than any covers I’ve seen recently, which is perfect for such an unprecedented story. The cover reminds me of something I’ve seen before, though I’m not entirely sure what it is. Help me out here… what does it remind you of?

As I said, The Book of Shade is a unique story; mysterious and full of wonderment. It’s nothing like any urban fantasy I’ve read before. It’s a blend of contemporary mixed with old world, a huge helping of supernatural and
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from GrownUp Fangirl Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Initial Reaction...

Okay, so at first, Book of Shade was weird and I didn't know what to make of it. But by the end, I couldn't put it down. K C Finn has created a fascinating fantasy world, filled with people and creatures I can't wait to know better!

The Characters...

Lily, from whose point of view Book of Shade is told, is a gi
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this book in just over a day. I couldn't put it down.

I'm honestly at a loss for words because I loved the book so much that it's rendered me a bit speechless. I'm just going to come out and say it- THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN A VERY LONG TIME in this genre.

The book is magical in itself, sucking the reader into Lily Coltrane's life and the people she meets as she enters her first year in college (American here- but I guess I should call this Uni, if I'm going to be loyal to this bea
Shayna Varadeaux
The Book of Shade starts well as we get caught up on all that is Lily Coltrane. We meet her roomies and new social connections as well. It's one thing to survive first term but to survive the darkness surrounding the Theatre Imaginique will be another thing altogether.

It's a bit slow going in the beginning but I love the English vocab, I have read loads of books like that lately. It's worth all the explanation taken in the beginning.

I love Lily, very forward character made me feel like I knew he
The Book of Shade is filled with elements common to most stories, the fight between good and evil, dark and light, humans and non humans and the romantic trope of soul mates, lovers destined by fate. It may sound like nothing new but the excellent storytelling gives it that wonderful twist that makes it engaging and captivating. Lily, a freshman at university in a small town of Piketon in England, may be far from her home but she aims to like it in her new school. Here she meets her roommate Jaz ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing

If you like urban fantasy or paranormal series (such as Jane True, Significance, Twilight, Darkfever, or Dead Witch Walking), you will LOVE the Book of Shade!!! Once I started reading, I was blown away! I could not put this book down!!!

The writing was excellent and the story kept me extremely captivated from the beginning thru the end. (And of course, the ending sets up the next book --- so I’m definitely left wanting and NEEDING more!) I canno
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 se
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Wow, I really loved this book. The story line was unique and enthralling. Once I started reading, I found it hard to stop. I just couldn't tear my eyes away for very long. I devoured this book in a couple days.

Lily Coltrane goes off to college and quickly finds out she is a Shade - or someone who can manipulate the elements of the earth. She becomes the apprentice of Lemarick Novel, who is also a shade. Together they train and try to overcome the shadehunters.

I loved Lily and Novel and their g
Kameron Mitchell

An ARC was supplied to me in return for an honest review. This review isn't influenced in anyway monetarily or in return for any material possession.


K.C. Finn's newest fantasy novel, The Book of Shade, releases on December 20th, and I would be surprised if she could't buy a new car with the dough this one rakes in. It is such a nerve-wracking ride, beautiful characters, and everything I've ever wanted in real life that I'll eat my hat if you don't enjoy it.

"Lily Colt
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Book of Shade is a non-stop thrill ride that will whisk you off your feet and plunge you into an unseen world of beauty and danger. To think that actors in a theater troupe could be more than then what they seem is mind-numbing and incredible, but that is exactly the case in this amazing story. I was thoroughly intrigued from the start, and the hold that it had on me was unshakable. What a wonderful surprise to be captured into this truly mysterious and beautiful world!

Lily is away from hom
Laura Greenwood
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review posted on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received an advanced reading copy of The Book of Shade in exchange for my review.

Lily is just starting university, studying Modern History. Her aims are simple, to make friends, find a cute guy and to do well. Well she manages the first two, though not quite in the way that she expected, though she also didn't expect to be told that she was a Shade, or a paranormal being. Just when she thinks that she is getting the hang of the double l
Kristen Cansler
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-review, r2r
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
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'The Book of Shade' is a brilliant, new novel with such a unique premise. Everything about this novel was perfect, I read it in one sitting. I fell in love with the characters, the setting, the magic, everything. This is an exciting, action-packed novel that will have you desperate for more!

This book tells the story of Lily who is in her first year of University, there she meets her new, chatty roommate, Jazzy. Both Lily and Jazzy join the first club they see at the fresher's fair and one of the
Selina Liaw
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Books & Sweet Epiphany

Reading the synopsis of the story had my heart pumping in anticipation and guess what?
It really got my heart pumping!

At first, it started out in a really nice and comfortable pace. Lily met her new roommate and seems to be fascinated with her.

However, as the story progresses, I can't help but think that The Book of Shade is almost a tinny-bit similar to The Cirque du Freak book....and I HAVE SINNED.

It was absolutely awesome.

Expect w
Rachelle Poblete
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Lily Coltrane is starting off her first year at Piketon University. As with all freshmen students, she only wants to fit in, make friends and survive. Things starts well as she becomes fast friends with roommate Jazzy, seems to be doing well in her class plus there's that cute boy in the club she joined.

Being a member of The Illustrious Minds Literary Society, she's invited to a performance in Theatre Imaginique - a once a month show that showcases several enigmatic performers each with captivat
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book Of Shade...
Let me start by thanking the author, K C Finn for providing me with an ARC in exchange fr my honest review.
What is a Shade? A Shade is a being that resembles humans, looks human, acts human & in fact is a human with extraordinary powers,that out lives us by hundreds of years and has powers we can only dream of having. Imagine living several hundreds of years and still looking young!
It took me a while to get into this book as it is out of my comfort genre, but I did enjoy
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like magical realism/urban fantasy
Shelves: fantasy, new-adult, arc
Disclaimer: I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review. But really, I jumped at the opportunity to read more of KC Finn for free after enjoying The Secret Star so much.

Though I may still have a preference for the time travel story (The Secret Star), Finn did not let me down with her diverse range of characters and engaging story. Lily and Jazzy's friendship was great to read; Novel was an interesting character with a lot of depth, and I always enjoyed learning more about him and Sh
Amy Freeman
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I believe the next big thing has arrived. Is paranormal romance your thing? Looking for one that will suck you in, blow your mind and take you down a totally new magical path? K.C. Finn has created the most devilishly wonderful cast of characters and given them classic dark English setting to play around in. Lily Coltrane leaves her distant relationship with her mother behind her when she ventures off to college. While mingling and getting to know the campus she stumbles upon a group of students ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! This book is the first book in the Shadoborn series and one of the best books that I have read recently. The book is about a girl who finds out she has the ability to manipulate the elements and follow through with the help of the mysteries Novel. To find our more, read the book!

I loved the book and the writing and found it awesome. The author definitely knows how to appeal to the audience and to keep them entertained. This book was a great read and highly recommended! I would
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
What a fascinating book this is, unique on its own with a definite flair!

Lily Coltrane has her list, a simple one to start her university life. But when she arrived at Piketon, she and her roommate, Jazzy, got caught up in a literary club which led them to the enigmatic world of Theater Imaginique.

The Theater Imaginique is quite a place, wrapped in its dark mystery and creepiness. In this grand old shadowy theater, a group of talented performers present an unforgettable magical show that captiva
Ginny  Gallagher
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Hurry, Hurry! Step right up! Grab your ereaders and join me in reading the delightfully unique story known as “Book of Shade” by K.C. Finn. An imaginative tale of wonder told through the eyes of first year University student, Lily Coltrane.

Journey with Lily as she makes new friends and finds her way around the small English town of Piketon. You won’t believe your eyes as you attend the Theatre Imaginique and meet the strange and magical cast of dark and mysterious performers. Can you resist the
Hiba Azeem
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
First off I would like to thank the author (K.C Finn) for providing me with an ARC of this amazing book!

I give this book a 4/5.
This book started off kind of confusing. Events happened but weren't thoroughly explained. And we didn't really get to understand Lily's feelings. She seemed eh about everything. At the part where she finds out she's not human (and will be around for.. well quite a while) I would expected her to emotionally break down or something but instead she was just like..oh well
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
First off I want to thank the author for providing me with an ARC Copy of this book to read and review for this tour :)

This will be my first book to of read by this author, and I always get nervous when reading new material :)

WELL...... I don't know why I enjoyed this book.

For some reason it took me a while to get into, but I think this was me, as whilst reading I wasn't well and was under the influence of drugs to recover from a virus and secondly I was under stress from work, so I think it was
Diane Lynch
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lily Coltrane is attending her first year at a university in Piketon, England. She joins an extra-curricular club called The Illustrious Minds Literary Society. The club attends a monthly showing of strange carnival-like performances at the Theatre Imaginique. Lily is intrigued by the proprietor, Lemarick Novel, who is an illusionist that seems to be able to manipulate the elements. With the help of the Book of Shade, Lily will discover how Novel accomplishes his feats.

This is one of those stori
Andrea Reed
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
You know how they say to never judge a book by its cover, well I am that person (sorry).

I was actually very surprised how quickly this book sucked me in. I was afraid that it would take me a while to get into it but I was SO wrong about that. I was hooked within the first chapter and I read the whole thing in a day!

I have read quite a few Paranormal books and this one was so different. This had other characters of the Urban myths (vampires and werewolf's) tied into it but the way The way K.C. F
Debbie Gascoyne
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle, netgalley, ya, 2016
I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

This started slowly, but by the end I was fully engaged with the very interesting magical concept and the likeable characters. The characters took some time to grow on me, particularly Lily, who, at first, seemed younger than her supposedly university age and somewhat unformed. But she developed as the book did, and I liked the way the central relationship was unforced and a little unpredictable. I a
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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

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