Born of Illusion

Born of Illusion

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"Set in 1920s New York City, this is the story of budding magician Anna Van Housen, who has spent her whole life playing sidekick to her faux-medium mother--and trying to hide the fact the she actually possesses the very abilities her mother fakes"--
Published: New York, NY :, Balzer + Bray
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062187567
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Tehrissa
May 21, 2019

"I hate when people call magic trickery. What my mother does is trickery. What I do is entertainment."

What a sweet little book. I love a good magic story, add in mystical powers, a little bit of romance, a scrappy heroine, and some good 'ole fashioned kidnapping - what's not to love?

Anna Van Housen is the lovely magician with an actress for a mother and possibly the Great Harry Houdini as a father. Her relationship with her mother is... tense. But with a mother who swindles people out of money by holding seances, what relationship wouldn't struggle a little? Set in Prohibition-era New York, Anna desperately wants to start leading a legitimate, normal life. But does she really? That begins to change when she meets her downstairs neighbor's cousin, Cole and her mother's manager's nephew, Owen. While this has the trappings of a menial love triangle, Teri Brown does a great job of keeping Anna's love interests interesting, weaving them throughout the book, without overtaking the plot of the story.

If that's not enough, Teri Brown adds in Anna's delightful new friend Cynthia and the mysterious Society for Psychical Research. The plot of this novel is well paced and keeps you guessing. You feel for Anna, root for Cole, and despise (and as a mother myself, relate) to Madame Van Housen.

Overall, if you enjoy a little razzle-dazzle, Born of Illusion is the cat's meow, doll. Now on to Born of Deception where I hope Teri Brown continues to delight me with her fun story.

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Gwen904
Aug 29, 2018

Although somewhat intriguing and magical, 'Born of Illusion' suffers from awkward moments and some unrealistic character changes. Anna is a decent protagonist but seems to change her opinion/personality all the time, going from loving to hateful to passionate to snappy. Maybe that's the way the author intended her to be, but it's a bit discomfiting. Additionally, there is a love triangle—which are completely overused in YA literature and completely irritating. Overall it was a good book, pretty decent, but not spectacular or amazing. I wouldn't read it again, but I would recommend it as a mostly solid piece of YA fiction.

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ayomideAyaba
Jun 28, 2015

I love this book so much I didn't want to put it down. I read it till my eyes were hurting. It really amazing

SupremeEli Jun 28, 2014

very good read keep my attention the whole time.... even fell asleep reading it... goodtimes

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ABenoit
Jan 02, 2014

Loved the story but i'm not particularly a fan of how Anna's mother kept shafting her in her shows. That's not cool. Still good though.

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Gwen904
Aug 29, 2018

Sexual Content: Some romance with hugs, kisses, flirting, and handholding.

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Gwen904
Aug 29, 2018

Violence: There are three kidnappings; twice the victim is the main character. There is some physical violence including punching, slapping, and kicking. Use of guns and knives and a near-drowning.

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Gwen904
Aug 29, 2018

Coarse Language: Several uses of bastard, one use of b**ch, and frequent taking the Lord's name in vain.

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Gwen904
Aug 29, 2018

Gwen904 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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