Sunday, March 29, 2015

REVIEW: Born of Deception by Teri Brown

Born of Deception (Born of Illusion, #2)
Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.


It's been awhile since I read Born of Illusion, so my memory was a little rusty. I picked up the book anyway, as I happen to own a copy and, really, I should start reading the books I own. It was actually fairly easy to get into this book. My entire memory wasn't refreshed and there wasn't really I recap, but I could grasp enough to understand what was going on, especially since this read less than a continuation and more like a companion book.

This book takes place after the events of Born of Illusion. Anna and scored a spot on the vaudeville tour on the vaudeville tour. She moves to London to join a society full of Sensitives and gets to see her boyfriend, Cole, again. But when Sensitives go missing and one is found dead, Anna begins to question what is really going on here and whether she can trust the Society.

While I do not quite remember what exactly happened in Born of Illusion, I think it could have worked better as a standalone. I mentioned that this felt like a companion book, mainly because the major events in the last book ended and now there's a new mystery. But really, I felt like the mystery oddly took a backseat.

Anna really annoyed me in this book. I didn't remember Anna annoying me in the last book at all, but she was really bothersome in this book. Mostly because of the romance. Throughout the whole book, Anna complains about how distant Cole is, and he kinda is, but he is distracted. It really annoyed me how jealous Anna was at Cole being friends or just talking to other girls, one of which is married with kids. Then, she hangs out with a guy from her troupe, that actually wants to date her, and gets angry at Cole for being jealous. Hypocrite much?

I know I sound like I'm complaining, but I did like this book. My main issue was just the romance. I thought the the mystery was very interesting and I loved hearing more about the Sensitives. The 20's setting of this series is also great! Though, I really don't see the point in having a sequel. If you are a really big fan of Born of Illusion, then give this book a try.

I hereby give this book
3 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it

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