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Posted April 15, 2011
Vira, the fortune teller at the Carnival of Illusions, has grown accustomed to telling people what they may not want to hear. Her visions always come true. So what happens when Vira sees her own future, and discovers that she's destined to be reunited with her true love, only to then be brutally murdered? Must Vira submit to her fate?
This story actually gave me chills. As with the other short stories in the Carnival of Illusions series, there is a dark undercurrent that passes through the characters' lives. Vira comes across as a very sympathetic character and I found myself very interested in what fate had in store for her.
This was a very enjoyable read.
Posted April 15, 2011
Another great book by Aubrie filled with amazing messages. A fortune teller, tells people to accept their life the way it is. There are so many things going on within these pages, and you grow with the characters. A few times I really had to stop and think, "What would I have said or done if I were in their shoes?" *****Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2011
Vira is a fortune teller at a carnival who works very hard at persuading people to accept the reality of their future instead of wishing for something else. Which is exactly what she does with the visions she has of her own life.
Bravian is the man of her dreams, who offered her a different fate years ago, and she refused. He left her and the carnival to make his own way in the world. Now he's back.
Will Vira's vision play out as fate foretold? Or will they find the courage to love again, and face their destiny together, no matter the odds?
Ms. Dionne's vivid imagery paints such a grand picture of carnival, I swear I could feel the summer heat, and smell the popcorn. I could almost hear the laughter and noise of the crowd as they traverse the midway.
Vira captured me right away, she's such a realist and that's refreshing for a woman in her position. However, like the rest of us, she refuses to give up on her dream of love, no matter what it might cost her. She swept me into the story and before I knew it, I was cheering her on to reach her goals, and holding my breath right along with her.
Bravian stole my heart right from the first because he's not perfect, but he's a hero, through and through.
If you are looking for pure entertainment, this is the story is a must read. Ms. Dionne has done a brilliant job of weaving unexpected twists and turns into the plot which will keep you riveted until the very last page.
Fortunately, it's part of a series, and I'm thrilled that there are more stories to read.
Posted July 5, 2010
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Carnival of Illusions is a collection of short books that encompass themes of rejection, betrayal, truth, forgiveness, acceptance, and independence, among others.
Seer's Destiny is about giving people truth instead of pretty lies and how people prefer the pretty lies. It's also about doing the right thing, even when you're terrified of the consequences and allowing others to fulfill their own destinies.
The atmosphere is appropriately dark and menacing. Vivid imagery brings the carnival setting to life and when death comes, it is both sorrowful, and peaceful.
Don't mistake this as a quick and shallow read. It definitely is not-subtle themes abound in this story, as well as the others in the series. The author deftly weaves them into ever scene, giving the reader an enjoyable read as well as topics for discussion. Great for YA readers as well as adults.
Posted June 29, 2010
This series, Carnival of Illusions, is a bright, breezy read that I enjoyed very much, a tour through a vibrant world where young women like Vira, Kaylee, and Mina, young women tormented and blessed by their unique circumstances confront issues of choice/decisions and their costs/consequences. The author creates likeable characters in these young women, and asks the question: Is fate inevitable or can these young women face their fears and their mistakes to create their own fate?
The first two entries in the series, Seer's Destiny and Chameleon's Colors have more of a fantasy element; Jester's Choice a more straightforward tale of a young woman tormented by a mistake in her past. All three entries are tied together by the strong description and vivid imagery and relationships of the Masquerade Carnival, the world the author brings to life.
If you get a chance to visit, I think you'll enjoy the journey.
Posted March 3, 2013
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