Anna Van Housen has a secret.
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, mediums, 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.
This was a really fantastic book! I enjoyed reading it so much! Such great characters, world building, and writing! And a really great idea to read about, too! I enjoyed reading this book a lot, and now I really want to read more!
I loved the atmosphere of this book! There's the questions that Anna has to answer, the magic, the romance, and the history, it was all there, and it was like another character, the atmosphere, that's how tangible it felt to me!
Reading about Anna's struggles was awesome! Not that she had them, but since they had them, and that was the way it was written. There's her mom, with her fake gifts, and her money schemes, and having to hide a part of herself away from her.
Then there's Cole, and his magic, and the question of whether Harry Houdini is her dad. And how all of these, or some of these, are connected, if they are. It was a really wonderful mystery, and yeah, a good part of the atmosphere!
Such a fantastic book, really enjoyable to read, and I can't wait to read more!
Author: Teri Brown
Series: Born of Illusion #1
Read: September 4th, 2013
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a Historical Fiction 2013 Book, and a DAC Book!
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Published: June 11th 2013