Series: Born of Illusion, #2
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.
But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?
As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?
Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.
Words could not express how excited I was when I finally got my hands on Born of Deception. Born of Illusion, the first novel was equally mesmerizing and pleasantly surprising, however, I cannot say the same for Teri Brown’s newest.
Anna Van Housen has always been one of my favourite protagonists ever since I met her in Born of Illusion. Her character growth throughout that novel was absolutely momentous and realistic, and I adored every bit of it. Unfortunately, I don’t feel like I know the Anna in Born of Deception; it’s like she’s taken on a totally new personality altogether. The romance, I feel, is what is to blame. It’s surprising to discover that we once again have a love interest introduced, forming a love triangle. And in this case, I was completely disturbed and annoyed of it’s existence. Cole, also had some potential love interests, according to Anna. (Even though one of them was married and the other had powers that could manipulate Cole.) It only brought Anna’s charisma down, turning her into a constantly jealous and self-doubting girl. There isn’t a single chapter where it didn’t mention Anna’s jealously. The romantic side of the story, was an absolute let down as it was superfluous and unbelievable, and began to over-cloud the main plot line.
Only Cole would think it all right to tell his girl that he was almost late to get her because of other women.
I hate feeling so insecure about him, but he either doesn’t understand that I need occasional reassurance or he’s so sure of our relationship that he doesn’t feel the necessity.
It’s a normal reaction, but my insides knot up in a tangle of jealousy.
The plot line, also happens to be less ideal, compared to the first novel. The first novel definitely did become predictable in some areas, but here, everything felt a little too glaringly transparent. I wouldn’t say that the main character was one step behind me, but whenever something was revealed, I was rolling my eyes; in the absurdity of the twist. Furthermore, I would have loved to have more focus on the plot, than the dramatics of the romance; I felt like this story would have moved so much faster without Anna and Cole’s romantic drama. Just to elaborate on that, I honestly do not think I ship them anymore. This book just sunk the ship into Neverland.
Where Teri Brown redeems herself, is at the setting and writing. Born of Deception is set mainly in London, and Teri Brown captures the atmosphere of the time and place beautifully. I envy this author guys, I love her writing and I just want to steal it ALLL. Teri Brown also writes brilliant creepy scenes, I definitely got goosebumps every once and again.
His vacant eyes are staring at something horrifying that only he can see and his dark skin is sallow and sunken, as if his essence had been drained.
I definitely still recommend people to try Born of Illusion, which stands as one of my favourites of 2013, but I wouldn’t be recommending this unless you really enjoyed Born of Illusion as the romance, characters and plot all fell extremely flat.
~Thank you Balzer & Bray for sending me this copy!~
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