"No story lives on unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." -- J.K. Rowling

Person: "What are you suppose to be?"
Me: *Points to ears* "I'm a dragon, duh!"

Please Don't Go, I'll Eat You Up I Love You So....

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review: BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown!!

"A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage shows and seances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians and mentalists in 1920s New York. For Anna, the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini - or so Marguerite claims - handcuffs and sleight-of-hand illusions have never been much of a challenge. The real trick is keeping her own gifts secret from her mother: because while Marguerite's power may be a sham, Anna possesses a true ability to sense people's feelings and foretell the future.

But as Anna's powers intensify, she experiences frightening visions of her mother in peril, which lead her to explore the abilities she's tried so long to hide. And when a mysterious young man named Cole moves into the flat downstairs, introducing Anna to a society that studies people with gifts like hers, she begins to wonder if there's more to life than keeping secrets.

As her visions become darker and her powers spin out of her control, Anna is forced to rethink all she's ever known. Is her mother truly in danger, or are Anna's visions merely illusions? And could the great Houdini really be her father, or is it just another of Marguerite's tricks?

From Teri Brown comes a world bursting with magic, with romance, with the temptations of Jazz Age New York --- and the story of a girl about to become the mistress of her own destiny."

While I did love Born of Illusion as much as I was hoping, it was mostly a pretty good book!

What kept me from loving this book was the fact that it was a bit slow and redundant at times, mostly in regards to Anna. She was sorta boring, especially in the beginning of the novel which naturally resulted in the novel itself being boring. She would do the same things over and over and I just stopped caring because nothing changed.

The magic was cool!

There was a love triangle which was.....no. Enough already, all authors of the world, enough.

Anna's mom was terrible. She was like a wicked stepmom which was interesting and brought on some laughs, but mostly I found her tiresome.

Cole was just not my cup of tea.

The book was good and I will def read the sequel, but I wont be excited for it like I was with this one.

I didn't hate anything about it, so that's why the review is not lower, but it was no The Diviners by Libba Bray like I was hoping. Now that is a book!

Should you read? Meh, sure. It has an interesting enough plot and if you have free time, go for it!

-Valen Steel

1 comment:

  1. aw, well I really loved it. sucks you you didn't care for it as much :-)