Saturday, February 2, 2013

Review of Pantomime by Laura Lam and International Giveaway

I am very excited to welcome, Laura Lam, to my blog for an interview and giveaway. Her book, Pantomime is wonderful, and I want to share it with the world! Because I love my readers, I'm opening this giveaway up a little early for you guys to go ahead and start entering to win it.

Pantomime Goodreads Book Description: R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:  I am completely emotionally exhausted after this book. I was given this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pantomime by Laura Lam is about Micah Grey, a performer in a circus troupe and also Gene, the daughter of a wealthy noble. They both have secrets to hide, ones that put them in grave danger. I don't want to give away big secrets in the novel, so that's where I'll have to stop. It's too bad because I'd love to explain why I am so drained and what an experience this book was. I will say this-- this is the most painfully honest depiction of a coming of age story that I have seen in a long time.

This is a gorgeously told story, and we get intimate details of living in a circus troupe. I felt like I was there. Gene and Micah are likeable characters, and the supporting characters are very well done also. SPOILER ALERT BUT ALSO A WARNING: I recently had a bad experience with another reviewer who said that every book should state clearly in the synopsis that there are gay characters so that readers could avoid them, so I just want to mention that if you have big issues with depictions of homosexuality or transgender characters, you must look elsewhere. It's too bad, because I think this book rises above those simple labels.

Overall, I felt this novel was thought provoking, intricately described, with fascinating characters and an intriguing protagonist. I'll be definitely picking up the next installment.

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  1. Circuses in literature have intrigued me ever since reading Water For Elephants. Circuses with fantastical elements are even better! Will be sure to check this out :)

  2. I love the circus idea but Pantomime really didn't do it for me! I really wanted to love it but something about it just wasnt what I was expecting.

    My Pantomime review

  3. Wow, a very interesting book!! I would like to read it!! :)

  4. I'm always excited for LGBT characters - two of my MC's are lesbians, and though I realize it may limit publication options, I think being inclusive is f*cking important, excuse my french!

    1. HERE, HERE!! Completely agree with you, Stefanie! (and Christina)

  5. I cannot tell you how much I loved this book! It is officially one of my favorite books of all time! and Laura Lam, one of my favorite authors!! I also reviewed it on my blog!

  6. Thank you so much for this fantastic giveawaY! This is a book that i am desperate to read, as it sounds just brilliant.