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Early Review: Born of Deception by Teri Brown

Born of DeceptionTitle: Born of Deception

AuthorTeri Brown

Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: Born of Illusion (Book #2)

Publication DateJune 10, 2014

Format:  Hardcover, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062187570 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062187574 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by:  Bridget


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.

Quick & DirtyBorn of Deception is the highly anticipated sequel to Born of Illusion. It is set in the 20’s in the mysterious city of London. Filled with intriguing characters, wonderful romance, and a unique plotline this is sure to be a hit with all young adult fans.

Opening Sentence: A circle of children surround me, their bright faces turned upward, as if eagerly awaiting the cascading lights of a fireworks show

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Seventeen year old Anna Van Housen has finally gotten what she has always wanted, a chance to perform her own magic show. She has been offered an opportunity to tour Europe with a traveling group of performers and their first stop is in London. She is also going to finally be able to meet other sensitive’s like herself when she joins the Society for Psychical Research. Also, another big perk is that Cole Archer, the boy she is in love with, is also in London. It looks like all of Anna’s dreams are about to come true, but things don’t quite turn out as planned.

Sensitive’s have started mysteriously disappearing and no one knows who is responsible. The Society is supposed to be a safe haven for people with unique abilities. They are supposed to help them learn to control their abilities, but it seems that they just want to run experiments on them instead. Is someone within the Society involved in the disappearances or is the infamous Dr. Boyle behind them? As Anna struggles to find answers she finds herself at odds with Cole and how he feels for her. Will Anna be able to find the kidnapper before she becomes their next victim?

Anna is such an interesting character that was so easy to like. She is very independent, but at the same time she knows that she can’t do everything herself, which I love because sometimes in books when you get a very independent girl that’s not willing to accept help from someone else it tends to create a lot of unnecessary drama. Not that Anna’s life doesn’t have drama because it does, but I liked that it was created because of the situation she’s in and not because she has made foolish decisions. I also love that Anna is a magician. I have always found magic fascinating and Anna’s love of it made me understand her better. I think that Anna has a very strong voice and I really enjoyed being inside her head.

Cole is a very frustrating man that I absolutely adore. He hasn’t really had a lot of experience expressing how he feels, so when it comes to being with Anna it is very different for him. Even though he generally will show Anna affection he will never tell her how he feels about her, which can bring very frustrating. But Cole is just a good guy. He is always willing to help anyone in need and even though he can be a little clueless at times, I found him to be a very endearing character. I loved watching his and Anna’s relationship grow from the first book. It isn’t perfect, which made it seem so much more real. I think they are perfect together and I can’t wait to see where things go for them in the next book.

I think the reason I like this series so much is because it is so unique and different from anything else I have ever read. There aren’t many young adult books that take place in the 1920’s, at least that I have read. I just think that time period is so full of mystery and intrigue and Brown does a wonderful job implementing that into the world she has created. The first book took place in New York, but I loved that this one took place all across Europe. It was refreshing to have a different yet familiar setting. While I wouldn’t say that the writing was perfect, I do think that Brown really knows how to tell a captivating story that just completely held me enchanted. She did a great job weaving paranormal aspects into real life and that made the story feel more realistic. I also have to mention how much I love the covers of these books, they are so pretty and actually match the books really well. I can’t wait to get my hands on the final book and see how the story ends. I would highly recommend this series to anyone that likes real life magic or anything to do with the raging 1920’s, this book will be right up your ally.

Notable Scene:

We approach cautiously. The screams take on an eerie, keening quality, and my whole body trembles at the sound. It takes every bit of self-control I have to follow Calypso down those rickety steps. As we descend, the dank smell of an ancient basement assaults my nostrils. Fear and a strange sense of suppressed excitement ripple through the air, though I can’t tell if the emotions belong to Calypso or the terrified woman we find still screaming at the bottom. It’s a young woman with dark blond hair. Her face is dead white and her blue eyes are wide with horror. An upturned basket of laundry lies at her feet. I follow her terrified gaze and my stomach lurches at the sight that greets me.

Calypso skids to a stop and her hand goes over her mouth. The woman jumps when she sees us and then, as if released, turns and races up the stairs. I stand frozen, staring. Pratik is sitting up against an old-fashioned washing machine with his hands lying in his lap, palms upward. Something round and dark like a beetle gleams against one palm, but I can’t tell what it is. His vacant eyes are staring at something horrifying that only he can see and his dark skin is a sallow and sunken, as if his essence had been drained. Even from a distance I can tell that his clothes are mussed, as if they had been thrown on hastily. His white turban is nowhere in evidence.

Born of Illusion Series:

1. Born of Illusion

1.5 Born of Corruption

2. Born of Deception (June 10, 2014)

FTC Advisory: Balzer + Bray/HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Born of Deception.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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