Born of Illusion by Teri Brown - Spoiler Free Review | Moi is obsessed with magic

June 15, 2015

Title: Born of Illusion
Author: Teri Brown
Series: Born of Illusion #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication date: June 11th 2013
Format Read: Ebook
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: ★★★★★

Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all? 

Born of Illusion started out really slow and I didn't think I was going to enjoying it. It was all a blur at the beginning, but the plot was developed along with the characters throughout the book. The plot is very interesting. The illusionist theories in this book are very intriguing.

I really liked Anna as a character. She had a very adventurous childhood and this attracted people to her. Anna is a very talented Magician but for some reason, her mother doesn't want her to be in the spotlight. The mother pissed me off for most of the book. I just thought it was annoying how she tried to control her daughter's life.

The setting was established extremely well and I could picture the shows very vividly in my mind. When I was reading the book, it was almost as if a movie was playing in my head.

I really liked the other characters as well. Mr Darby was very sweet, Cole was okay, Owen was so cute and Jaques was very amusing.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Despite the slow beginning, I felt myself really get into the story and connect with the characters. I cannot wait to read the rest of the book in this series!

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  1. I don't know if I'll read this one. I'm not the biggest fan of slow beginnings:P Great review!

    1. I almost DNF'd it but then I didn't. I'm so glad I didn't! You should definitely give it a shot because it's really interesting!


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