Release Date: September 9, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.
“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”
Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.
Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.
Honestly, I just don’t think Kiersten White novels work for me. Paranormalcy was a dud for me as well as Mind Games which I actually ended up DNFing because I couldn’t get into the story not matter what. Illusions of Fate, though better than Mind Games, still felt like a chore to get through.
Jessamin, the main character was someone I had little interest in. I did like her sass, but she was awfully stupid and stubborn. She is constantly falling for tricks antagonists pull in front of her face and a lot of her actions are poorly thought through. For instance, she meets a young man, then gets an invitation to go to an event and she goes. She actually did say no at first, but when she saw the dress that came with it, she changed her answer. just. like. that.
Furthermore, the world building was lacking. Yes, it’s a historical novel but it’s also a fantasy novel so that means there needs to be some world building and development on these ideas that the author had. Unfortunately, I was left awfully muddled throughout the novel, and I found myself skimming the pages after halfway. I was initially curious about how the author would pack an entire world in just one 288 paged novel, and by the looks of it, it didn’t work. 288 pages is not enough put a thoroughly created world into a novel–especially because it’s a stand-alone as well.
My last complaint was how long it took for the pace to actually pick up. The first third of the novel was extremely tedious for me and I was seriously contemplating on DNFing. So you if you read this, please note it takes some time until the action and plot to actually set in.
Colonialism was talked about in this book which I found to be interesting–one of the only positive aspects though I wish it was discussed even more deeply. In all, this book is unmemorable and I wouldn’t say that I’d recommend it.
~Thank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy!~
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