Saturday, May 11, 2013

4 stars: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

"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?"

Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by Balzer & Bray. I received a digital ARC of this story.

I have this serious obsession with books that include seances. This is why I love stories that take place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. What else do I love? Magic! Now you know why I had to read this book. 

I liked the writing style a lot, and it was fun that it took place during the '20s. The author would not let you forget that last fact, and many details were provided to really build the world of that time period. The Houdini story line was especially fun and educational.

I did find that some things were too predictable, which was a downer. Although Anna's mother and Jacques' character were pleasantly surprising. 


Do you have any books to recommend to me that include seances or magic?!

 

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