Born of Illusion by Teri BrownBorn of Illusion by Teri Brown

Born of Illusion

byTeri Brown

Hardcover | August 27, 2014

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For fans of Libba Bray and Anna Godbersen, this thrilling historical suspense novel is the story of a budding magician who has spent her life playing sidekick to her faux-medium mother—and trying to hide the fact that she possesses magnificent powers.

As the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini—or so her mother claims—gifted illusionist Anna Van Housen easily navigates the underground world of magicians and mediums in 1920s New York, though the real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother. But as Anna's powers intensify, she experiences frightening visions that lead her to explore the powers she's tried so long to hide.

Lovers of historical fiction and stories filled with romance and intrigue will fall for Born of Illusion and its whip-smart, savvy protagonist.

Teri Brown is most proud of her children, but coming in a close second is the fact that she jumped out of an airplane and beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She is a word scribbler, head banger, math hater, book reader, food fixer, kitty keeper, and city slicker. Teri lives with her husband and way too many pets in Portland,...
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Title:Born of IllusionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.22 inPublished:August 27, 2014Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062187546

ISBN - 13:9780062187543

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I had SO much fun reading Born of Illusion, and I loved the little details which make this book stand out from the crowd of newly-released YA. Between a super cool setting, bizarre character dynamics, and a little bit of real-life magic thrown in, this book has a lot going for it. Also, I think the cover is very fitting for the book and really stands out to me because of how well it was designed even if it isn't the most unique book cover I've seen. Reasons to Read: 1. An intriguing New York in the 1920's setting: This was probably my favourite aspect of the book: I adored this setting. You get jazz era prohibition, and we're just past the turn of the century when all sorts of ideas and things are all shiny and new (which we especially get to see regarding technology). And Teri Brown gives it enough attention, by including (brief) descriptions of clothing, scenes, and even the lifestyle in general. 2. Contemplative exploration of various relationships: Born of Illusion was heavily character-driven to me, best evidenced through the various relationships and character dynamics found in this book. Anna's relationship with her mother was the most intriguing to me, because it isn't your typical mother-daughter relationship but it's also very present in the plot and one of the main motivations for Anna's decision-making. Anna also manages to make a number of new friends, all of whom are vastly different from Anna but it's touching to see how friendships can come about in unexpected ways. 3. Magic that's more than an illusion: I loved that there was this struggle for Anna between pretending that the tricks and illusions she does with her mother are real for their customers, while at the same time hiding her genuine "magical" abilities from those around her. It just made for such an interesting dichotomy between these two types of magic, and made the story more believable for me as a reader. It took me some time to warm up to most of the secondary characters, because they felt very one-dimensional to me at first. This was definitely the type of book that takes a little bit longer to solidify its development, but once it did I was remarkably impressed with how thoughtful the plot was in Born of Illusion. I'm really looking forward to the sequel, Born of Deception.  ARC received from HarperCollins Canada for review; no other compensation was received. 
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 Stars for Strong Female Characters Let me introduce you to Teri Brown’s Born of Illusion. It’s the story of Anna, a gifted illusionist and daughter of the famous medium Marguerite van Housen. The trouble is … Marguerite doesn’t know about Anna’s mental skills, and it’s getting harder and harder for Anna to keep them hidden because they’re getting stronger and stronger. Anna’s had visions of the future before, but when she starts seeing images of her mom in terrible danger, Anna realizes that something or someone must be behind it. If you’re predilection or current preference is for magic, mystery, and a handful of handsome men, I think you’ll enjoy Brown’s story. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I really love how strong Anna’s character is and how fiercely independent (though sometimes inadvisably so) she can be. It’s no wonder two charming gentlemen, Cole and Owen, fall for her. Brown’s writing flows very easily, which adds to the action-packed scenes and heart-thumping moments scattered throughout the novel. The setting of New York City in the 1920s is an added bonus for me because I like being transported to another time period every now and then. We studied this book in summer school this year, and my students gobbled it up! We all can’t wait for the sequel, Born of Deception, coming out in 2014. For Teachers ... There’s a lot you can look at in this book, not the least of which is the rich setting of 1920s New York. Anna and Marguerite are awesomely strong female protagonists who juxtapose the male-dominated society of the time and place quite well. There’s a good deal of real magic and magic tricks mentioned here, which some kids might like to delve more into, and Harry Houdini makes a few appearances, so interdisciplinary activities should be no trouble to create. Girls may like the plot more because of the lead characters, but there is a lot of action/adventure that can lure the boys in as well. Quotation analysis was a big part of my lessons because there are quite a few idiomatic phrases and direct/indirect characterizations that helped the kids understand more of what was happening. I also did a Facebook/Twitter activity, which was a great hit. The kids went beyond my expectations, and totally impressed me!
Date published: 2013-09-17

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“I suppose I could wax on about this book’s strengths—its magic, romance and exquisite historical detail—but the bottom line is: Teri Brown’s BORN OF ILLUSION is the most thoroughly enjoyable novel I’ve read all year.”