Friday, March 20, 2015

Review: Born of Deception by Teri Brown

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.

After reading the first book, I was eager to see how the story would continue. I ended up enjoying this one way more than Born of Illusion. In this book, the plot was interesting, the characters were intriguing, and the book itself was well-written. Some parts were predictable - including who was the mastermind behind all of the evil acts - but it did take a little time to figure out who it was exactly. At first, you will have your suspicions of who it is.

The new characters who were introduced were all fantastic; their back stories were well-planned out, their personalities all varied (none were similar or clashing), and they all had their own important place in the plot. There was not one part that was boring or extraneous; every scene was exciting and left me wanting to know what would happen next. All decisions made by the characters made sense, which is very satisfying as a reader.

One character however, did upset me just a bit, and I was surprised at how he acted in this book. I expected way more from Cole. He didn’t treat Anna fairly, he was very distant, and he never really showed his emotions very well. I understand that his character is like that, but it seemed like he was way more open and showed more of his personality in the first book. Honestly, I was really sad that he was like this this time around.

On the other hand, Anna was determined, intelligent, and never trusted a person too easily. Whenever she had an idea of how to solve an issue or find out an answer to a question she had, she would take action immediately; she would never dawdle around and wait for someone else’s help. This made the story faced-paced but not overly, which I enjoy from a book. Sitting around on an idea for too long can get incredibly boring. Born of Deception kept a good balance of preparation for action, action, and reaction.

Overall, this book didn't stand out entirely as one of my favorites, but it is worth reading, in my opinion.

Reviewed by J at YA Book Nerd Reviews, who was given this book from Novel Thoughts in exchange for an honest review. She rated it three and a half stars.

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