Author: Kiersten White
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.
Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor.
What an absolute delight Illusions of Fate was! I love every book that I’ve read by Kiersten White so far. They’re all on different levels of love – some higher than others – but loved, none the less. And Illusions of Fate ranks very high on the love meter.
Jessamin moved from Melei, her warm and sunny island home, to cold, cloudy, and uptight Albion (think England) for school, where she unwittingly discovers a world of magic. Unfortunately, getting involved puts her in extreme danger.
Here’s the thing, I don’t really gravitate towards historical fantasy type books, because they often feel like so much work to get through. When I first saw Illusions of Fate, I didn’t even look to see what it was about or what genre it belonged it. All I saw was Kiersten White’s name and the gorgeous cover, which was all I needed to know.
Thankfully, the world-building was wonderful without feeling bogged down or tedious. It was light, yet thorough enough for the story. Honestly, it has a magical Jane Austen feel to it, especially when it comes to the characters.
The characters are actually my favorite aspect of the book. I’m such a character driven reader, and Kiersten certainly knows how to write them. I loved Jessamin (Jessa) immediately! Not only is she strong and independent, she’s also very intelligent. Best of all, her sarcasm and dry wit completely won me over.
The romance between Jessa and Finn is so much fun! There is no denying the chemistry between these two. Their banter and flirting had me smiling way too hard.
I can’t not mention Eleanor, who immediately declares Jessa as her best friend. Seriously, this girl had me rolling! She’s a flirt, a gossip, and much more intelligent than she lets on. Eleanor is definitely a standout character.
While I do think the “big showdown” was a tad anti-climactic, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Illusions of Fate is a quick read, but the twists and turns, and the mystery and danger were well done. As much as I love a good standalone, which this book is, I would be elated if there more of these characters in the future.
After reading and loving Illusions of Fate, I know without a doubt, that I’ll continue to impulsively grabbing any book written by Kiersten White. She hasn’t let me down yet!
Just a side note: The cover seems to get messed up when uploading to my blog, so it looks terrible. You can see it much better on Goodreads.