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Born of Illusion by Teri Brown Book Review

Anna Van Housen has a secret. 
Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1)
A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians, m
ediums, and mentalists in 1920’s New York. As the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini—or so Marguerite claims—sleight of hand illusions have never been a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her own gifts secret from her opportunistic mother. Because while Marguerite’s own powers may be a sham, Anna possesses a true ability to sense people’s feelings and foretell the future.
But as Anna’s powers intensify, she begins to experience frightening visions of her mother in peril, which leads her to explore the powers she’s tried so long to hide. And when a mysterious young man named Cole moves into the flat downstairs, introducing Anna to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, she is forced to confront her past and rethink everything she’s ever known. Is her mother truly in danger, or are Anna’s visions merely illusion? And could the great Houdini really be her father, or is it just another of Marguerite’s tricks?
From Teri Brown comes a world bursting with magic, with romance, and the temptations of Jazz Age New York—and the story of a girl about to become the mistress of her own destiny.
When I first received Born of Illusion and had the chance to read it, I immediately started it. I loved the setting and it was a great book!

Born of Illusion follows Anna, a girl who’s believed to be Harry Houdini’s illegitimate daughter. She also opens up for her mom’s act in their magic show. My favorite part of this book was definitely the setting. I’ve always thought the 20’s sounded like a cool era, and this book did a really good job with the historical setting. There were so many different things going on at that time, like flappers and Prohibition. 

Anna was a great main character, especially with how she put up with her mom. I didn’t like her mom at all. She was just such a cold, selfish person, especially towards her own daughter. Their relationship was not the best. Unfortunately, I didn’t find myself liking either of the two guys Anna was interested in. I just felt that Cole was way too serious and he didn’t have much of a connection with Anna, while I just didn’t think Owen was right for her. Besides those two characters, I thought the rest were all great and I learned to either hate or love them ;)

Another thing that bothered me was the mystery in the plot. I guessed who had done what and figured out a lot of things before they were actually revealed. A lot of things in the plot were just very predictable. 

Born of Illusion was still a very good read, with an amazing setting. I’d give it 3 out of 5 flowers, and I’m looking forward to continuing this series.


  1. Another book on my TBR for such a while. I love books with the 20s as a setting. they are always fun.Great review.

  2. I love the Gatsby setting too. I haven't had too much luck with any of them, however. Boo. Anyway, I like the sound of this book. :)

  3. Love love love the 20's setting - one of my favorites!


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