Thursday, 15 January 2015

Review: Born of Deception by Teri Brown


Author: Teri Brown
Pages: 336
Publisher: Baltzer + Bray
Release Date: June 10th, 2014
Status: Born of Illusion #2

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.


Born of Deception was a quick and easy read! It was a wonderful sequel, and I can't wait to read more!

The story picks up a few months after the events of the first book, and our protagonist, Anna, moves to London, England to star in a vaudeville act. For the first time in her life, she's free to pursuit her own ambitions without having to worry about her mother. She goes to London, a little nervous but hopeful with her future- especially since her handsome beau and magically partner, Cole, is there as well. But once she arrives, she realizes that the psychic society is in turmoil, and she's just walked during the wrong time.

This book was really good, and I thought it was well written. I found the plot okay, but at the same time, it was pretty easy to figure out who the main antagonist is as well.

For me, it was nice to see Cole and Anna's relationship tested, and two see them grow apart and realize what they mean to each other. I also loved Anna's mom's role in this book- she's not entirely as self-centered as she was in the first book (but her superficiality is still evident), and it was nice to see her new relationship with her daughter.

I loved the new characters in this book as well, and I found Bronco Billy pretty awesome. I loved Anna's relationship with her vaudeville family as well, and I hope they play a bigger role in the next book.

Personally, I didn't like the open ending with Calypso. Like, what's going to happen now? Is she going to come back with her father? Or are the threats from the first book going to come back? Or will there be new threats?

Anyways, I thoroughly enjoy this book, and I can't wait for the next book!

 Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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