Born of Deception

Born of Deception

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by Teri Brown
     
 

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Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world.

After scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she's moving to London to chase her dream and to join the Society for Psychical Research, an underground group for Sensitives, people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the

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Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world.

After scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she's moving to London to chase her dream and to join the Society for Psychical Research, an underground group for Sensitives, 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 Society 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 secrets about the Society are revealed and Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. With her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the kidnapper 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.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Anna Van Housen, the heroine from Born of Illusion (HarperCollins, 2013) returns in this sequel. The book opens with Anna's arrival in England where she will rehearse her solo magic act before her upcoming European vaudeville tour. She is met by the enigmatic Cole, her former neighbor, fellow Sensitive, and boyfriend. While in London, the teen hopes to learn more about herself and other Sensitives—those gifted with paranormal abilities—by joining the Society for Psychical Research. Upon her arrival, Anna's hopes are dashed. Cole seems distant, and the Society seems more interested in controlling its members rather than helping them control their powers. When one of the organization's Sensitives is ritualistically murdered and the protagonist is targeted with a curse, the race is on to find the killer before it is too late. Anna and Cole's romance is plagued by the pair's reticence and new complications. His family resides in England and they don't approve of her background or career. Met with her beau's increasingly reserved and inattentive manner, Anna turns to handsome fellow vaudevillian, Bronco Billy, for friendship. Although she has temporarily relocated to London, is surrounded by a host of new characters, and embroiled in a new life, the lead's tale in this volume feels the same as in the first. Readers will be able to check off the boxes of romance, magic, mystery, and intrigue in this competent work, but it will most likely be popular with fans of the previous installment.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT
The Horn Book
Praise for BORN OF ILLUSION: “Anna’s strong personality and her complex relationship with her mother (who mixes love with professional jealousy), as well as a slightly supernatural romance, provide lots of teen appeal. ”
Carrie Jones
Praise for BORN OF ILLUSION: “Teri Brown deftly creates magic and romance on every intense page. Readers won’t forget the grace and gumption of Anna Van Housen.”
Booklist
“Those who became intrigued by Anna and her predicaments, powers, and feelings…will want to see what Brown has in store for this next trick.”
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Kristin Fletcher-Spear
This sequel to Born Of Illusion (HarperCollins, 2013) begins with Anna’s arrival in London, where she is joined by her love interest, Cole. Anna, a young magician who also has special abilities, such as communicating with the dead and sensing people’s emotions, is set to perform her first solo act on a European tour in the 1920s. Cole has embroiled Anna in a secret society for fellow Sensitives and the researchers who study their powers, but the society is in turmoil, as Sensitives have gone missing. Anna and Cole work together and continually fight as the danger increases. This sequel stands well on its own; Anna repeats herself to allow readers to catch up. The time period is depicted with discussion of fashionable hats and allusions to timely events, but little else. Anna is a feisty character who becomes tangled in a mystery and a fairly unbelievable love triangle between a fake cowboy and an upper crust Brit. Even though this is a fast read with an engaging cover, it is still a standard supernatural romance. If your library has readers who cannot get enough of this genre, then this series does have the uniqueness of being set in the 1920s. Reviewer: Kristin Fletcher-Spear; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-16
American Anna Van Housen, gifted teenage empath and illusionist, finds herself newly expatriated in Europe, but the dangers (and romantic tension) are just as great across the pond.In this stark departure from its predecessor, Born of Illusion (2013), and its glittering Jazz Age backdrop of séances and speak-easies, Anna finds herself in dreary London alongside her beau, Cole, performing at the top of the bill with a new troupe. In England, her affiliation with the Society for Psychical Research deepens as she familiarizes herself with many of its members. As she puzzles out which members she deems trustworthy, others start disappearing or, even worse, are found murdered. In a new country and with no certainties anywhere, Anna must use her powers—both psychic and physical—to find the perpetrator before it's too late. To make her footing even less steady, she meets another handsome performer who makes her question her longstanding feelings for the aloof Cole. Brown's sophomore tale offers a riveting mix of mystery, romance and history, paced with enough chapter-ending cliffhangers to ensure that its readers cannot—and will not—put this down; expect readers to clamor for more of Anna's adventures.A must-read for fans of historical fantasy. (Historical fantasy. 13-16)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062187598
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/10/2014
Series:
Born of Illusion , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
137,794
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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