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Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White (3 stars)

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What 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
Series: n/a
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published on September 9, 2014
Published by HarperTeen
Final Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis:
“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.

Review:
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. ;)

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  1. Hmmmm. This is the second "so-so" review I've read for this book. It sounds interesting - and the cover is beautiful - but I'm hesitant to check it out...

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    1. If you think it sounds interesting and you love the cover (which is beautiful!), I say go for it. It's a quick, fun read and, while it's not a 4-star for me (according to my Review Archive, only six books have been), it'll probably wind up being one of my favorite reads of the year. :)

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  2. lol! This sounds interesting. I'll add it to my ever-growing pile :)

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  3. Well maybe if it was a social activism theses I could have given it a go. As is...not so much.

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    1. No worries. It's not for everyone. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. I skimmed a bit since I STILL haven't written my review of this one, but I have to admit I didn't like it as much as I did White's other books in some ways and more in others *so conflicted*. The world was cool and I agree that I liked how the racial issues were handled, but the ending annoyed me >.>

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    1. I haven't read anything else by White, so no basis for comparison, but I can see the ending annoying some people. It was a little abrupt. I think it worked all right for me because it would have been too depressing otherwise. ;)

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  5. If you thought the romance was well done then I am sure it is because we all know by now how pick you are about that! lol

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    1. Haha, no pressure there! But yeah, surprisingly, even though it technically stems from a plot device notorious for forming insta-love connections, I still enjoyed the story. :)

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