01 September 2014

Magical Reading: Two Summer Novels

Born of Decption by Teri BrownAlthough Born of Deception, by Teri Brown, is the second in a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. Anna Van Housen, a psychic and illusionist, has left her native America to perform with a vaudeville troupe in London and become active in the Society for Psychical Research. Despite her high hopes for fame and success, everything seems to be falling apart. Anna is on the outs with boyfriend Cole and her fellow Sensitives (members of the society) are quarreling and some are even turning up dead. Set in the Jazz Age with great characters and a well-paced plot, Born of Deception weaves together historical details, mystery, and romance, making it a perfect read for the young magic lover. (Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, ISBN: 9780062187574; ages 13+)

The Illusionists by Rosie ThomasRosie Thomas's The Illusionists stars Devil Wix, who dreams of running his own theatrical show in Victorian London's East End. After teaming up with Carlo Bonomi, a fellow illusionist, Devil builds a troupe, which includes Eliza, a down-on-her luck artists' model. As Devil successfully produces the elaborate illusions that are bringing him fame, he finds his relationships much more difficult to manage. His partnership is deteriorating, and he doesn't understand the strong-willed Eliza, who seems to have fallen in love with him. Although Thomas's tale of illusion, murder, love, and self-reinvention is a little meandering, the vivid period details and cast of uniquely eccentric characters help keep readers caught up in the magic. (Overlook Press, ISBN: 9781468309904; adult)

4 comments:

bermudaonion 9/1/14, 8:02 AM  

My sister would probably like these.

Sheila (Bookjourney) 9/1/14, 10:07 AM  

There is something about this time of year that makes these books feel appealing... summer to fall... it is funny how my reading changes.

Daryl 9/2/14, 12:45 PM  

just finished The Quick .. slow to start but involving .. have you read it? I am adding these to my reading list because they sound good and seem to fit the mood i am in, thanks!

Amanda 9/3/14, 8:11 AM  

I just saw The Illusionists in my local bookstore a couple nights ago - looks fascinating! I'll have to see if my library has it.

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