Sunday, December 28, 2014

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White [Joint Review!]

Illusions of Fate5 out of 5 Robots!

Illusions of Fate by Oliver Harris
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: September 9, 2014
Hardcover:  275 Pages
Publisher: HarpeTeen
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon and Julia

Book Summary:
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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon and Julia's Thoughts:
1. Summarize your feelings for Illusions of Fate.
Shannon:  I just kind of adored it.  There isn't really a rhyme or reason to why but I found it to be a lot of fun, with interesting characters and a familiar yet unique setting.
Julia: Illusions of Fate is... magical. It will make your heart flutter. It is a fun, quickly paced standalone novel and the author did everything right.

2. Illusions of Fate has so many three dimensional characters, what did you think of them?
Shannon: I really liked how fleshed out the characters were.  They had flaws, but were immensely likable too.  They had a lot of witty banty, but without being obnoxious.  I especially liked when Finn, Jessamin and Eleanor are together.  I felt White did a great job of bringing the characters to life.  I could really get a feel for each of them as if they were in a movie in my head.
Julia: Everyone seemed so real. They all made sense, their reactions seemed to make sense. I loved how clever and funny they were too. The characters' personalities really complimented each other and all of them popped from the pages.

3. What about the romance? Chemistry?
Shannon:  Yes please!  I loved them together.  I loved the slow build and false starts.  I loved that they challenged one another and did not always see eye to eye (realistic given how different their backgrounds were), but it was also obvious how much they cared for each other, even when they didn't realize it themselves.
Julia: So much subtle romance and the chemistry is so perfectly executed. So adorable. It really pulled at my heart strings because line Shannon said, there was a slow start and false starts!

4. Illusions of Fate is a standalone- are you satisfied?
Shannon:  A standalone!  Hallelujah! Yes, I was really happy this is a standalone.  I was not happy to leave this world behind, but I liked that there wasn't some cliffhanger to contend with. 
Julia: It is such a relief to read a novel like this one that doesn't have a follow up! I'm getting tired of all the series. I am definitely satisfied with the conclusion!

5. What makes you want to recommend Illusions of Fate to friends?
Shannon:  I think this is White's best book to date.  I think it takes all the good elements of her previous books and makes them even better.  I think historical fantasy fans will like the Edwardian/Victorian feel of Albion.  I also think fans of Sherry Thomas' The Burning Sky will like this book!
Julia: It has everything. Romance. Action. Witty characters. Awesome plot. Defiantly one of my new favorite historical fantasy novels. 

6. What is your rating? Why!
Shannon: I'm giving it 5 stars.  I just had a lot of fun reading it!
Julia: 5 stars!! It had such a good feel to it, I really enjoyed myself.

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment :

  1. WOW! Two five stars! This should be a really good book!
    I haven't read anything by the author but I am definitely interested
    great review, both of ya
    Your reader,
    Soma R.



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