Monday, June 23, 2014

Book Review: Born of Deception (Born of Illusion #2) by Terri Brown

Born of Deception 
Teri Brown
Published: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Age Demographic: YA Historical Mystery
Pages: 336

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.

To Purchase a copy of Born of Deception by 
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(Note: I received an ARC of this book via ATW ARC Tours in exchange for an honest review.)

Full of enchanting magical allure and suspense, Born of Deception will pull you back into the roaring twenty's and thrust you full throttle into a world full of mystery and danger. Beautifully written as its predecessor, Born of Illusion, this novel will not disappoint fans of this series in the least. This was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year and I was seriously not disappointed. It's hauntingly beautiful, full of mystique and wonder, and the characters are just as likeable as they were in the previous book. Despite a couple of minor issues with this book, I really enjoyed reading it a great deal and found it hard to put it down when all I really wanted to do was just keep reading it. The thrills and air of mystery surrounding the story was one of the main reason's that I found myself so hooked and invested in it. 

It was wonderful to see Anna and Cole back again, to see how they well they were developed and how their story was going to play out even further. Anna is such an amazing character that I really enjoy, although in this book I was a bit frustrated with her ability to make dumb choices. Not to mention, I wasn't really a fan of the love triangle that was introduced either. I think that Billy would have been a character that I could have possibly liked a little better, if he wasn't there so much as to serve as a road block in Cole and Anna's relationship. It would have been nicer to see him either developed more and given more of a story or a challenge to overcome or to have seen more of Cole's personality developed. 

That being said, it didn't stop me from really getting into the book and being drawn back into such a wonderfully written and beguiling world of intrigue and suspense.Teri Brown has definitely cornered the YA market on that and she is an author that is definitely on my auto-buy radar for sure. It felt so good to be able to dive back into the adventure, excitement, and enchanting elements of the roaring twenty's that Teri Brown is so good at writing. Intense and full of powerful allure, Born of Deception will pull you into an amazing story of romance, magic, and adventure. It's a fast paced ball of awesome that never stops! 

Beautifully compelling, I would recommend picking this next installment to the Born of Illusion series up and giving it a go. It's perfect for those who like a little mystery and intrigue with their magic. Plus, the feel and the atmosphere of this book is just absolutely gorgeous and compelling. It's definitely well worth the read.

Well behaved women rarely make history. Teri Brown lived that quote way before she ever even heard it. The two things she is most proud of, (besides her children), is that she jumped out of an airplane once and she beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She is a novel writer, head banger, pet keeper, math hater, cocktail drinker, booty shaker, book reader, city slicker, food fixer, French kisser, rule breaker, wine sipper and word scribbler. She loves her husband, kitties and chocolate.

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