Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White (3 stars)
Kel Thursday, December 04, 2014 reviewWhat can I say about Illusions of Fate? I liked it. It didn't have me uncontrollably jumping for joy; but it was a solid story, I never felt the urge to start a bonfire and I enjoyed it. Which is bad for review writing and usually results in a few tiny paragraphs because it's so much easier to write novel-length rants about things that bothered me. How long does it take to say I liked the world, characters, magic and commiserated with the study abroad experience? Okay, I could write a 20-page paper on that, but (*cue completely acceptable excuse*) it's LSAT week, so no. :)
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published on September 9, 2014
Published by HarperTeen
Final Rating: 3 stars
“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.
When I first heard about Illusions, everyone was mentioning its use of race issues. I was afraid the book would harp on race/skin color and result in soapboxing to the extent I'd get annoyed and not enjoy the story. I'm pleased to say that is not the case. The race issues are handled in such a way that they are an element of the story, not a social activism thesis; and the book delves into prejudices, assumptions and misconceptions on both sides of the aisle. More importantly, it's really not about that. It's about a scholarship student falling into a crazy magical world and getting wrapped up in a severely dangerous magical mystery...and romance.
Yes, the book is technically all about the developing romance between a certain two people, but you know what? It was well done, it maintained quirks of humor and, with a few exceptions, I enjoyed it. So there you have it. I enjoyed a primarily romance-focused book. I don't have a heart of stone- at least not entirely. ;)