Friday, January 3, 2014

Shadowplay (Pantomime #2) by Laura Lam - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Strange Chemistry on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Shadowplay (Pantomime #1)
Author: Laura Lam
Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Synopsis: The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes.

He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates. People also hunt both Micah and the person he was before the circus—the runaway daughter of a noble family. And Micah discovers there is magic and power in the world, far beyond the card tricks and illusions he's perfecting...

A tale of phantom wings, a clockwork hand, and the delicate unfurling of new love, Shadowplay continues Micah Grey’s extraordinary journey.

Why?: Pantomime was absolutely fantastic. I loved the world building, the characters, the circus... and then it ended in such a way that I just HAD to get my hands on Shadowplay ASAP. And now, there's magic, new characters, and a whole new part of the world? Sign me up! 

Expectations: Since I loved Pantomime so much, I have pretty high expectations for Shadowplay. I expect more world building and character development, and I expect to get sucked into this story quickly and completely. 

Judging a book by its cover: Can I just say how much I love this cover? I love that it matches the first cover, I love how Cyan has the markings painted on her face, I love that there are cards and it looks like she's performing a magic trick... I would definitely pick this book up if I saw it on a shelf somewhere! 


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