Thursday, December 13, 2012

ARC Review: Pantomime by Laura Lam

Pantomime by Laura Lam
Published: February 5, 2013
Strange Chemistry
My Rating:  4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilization 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 Review: My first thought after finishing Pantomime was that it couldn't be over. That ending left me wanting more. So many things happened in the last few pages that I need answers to.

First off the writing in this book was amazing during the circus parts. I could vividly imagine exactly what was going on. The circus was so magical and probably the best part about the book. I felt like I was in the audience watching the show. 

The main characters Micah and Gene were pretty interesting and I liked how it switched between Summer and Spring. There was also this twist at the beginning of the story that I did not see coming at all. I mean I knew that there was something going on but I never would have guessed what actually happened.

The world where this took place was a little strange to me and I'm still not entirely sure if this was taking place in the future or the past because at first it seemed like a historical fiction story but I don't really think it is. 

There's really nothing I can say about the romance that won't spoil the book entirely but I will say that for the most part I enjoyed the romance and that it really made me think.

I can't wait for the next installment.

*I received this book via Netgalley. Thank you!


  1. Ahh I've got the ARC of this, too. Can't wait to read it! I've got one more ARC to get through first then I'm all over it. Great review!

    RobynLeanne @ Fairytales and Folklore

    1. Thanks! It was really good. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Ahh you're so lucky you get ARCs! How do you get them by the way?

    1. I got this one from Netgalley but there's also Edelweiss.

  3. Because of you I jsut requested this book on Netgalley :) Hopefully I get accepted....


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