Born of Illusion

Born of Illusion

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.

Title:Born of Illusion
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062187543
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    Born of Illusion Reviews

  • Emily May

    This book was a very pleasant surprise. My copy of this has been waiting a while, constantly put aside in favour of other historical fiction novels that appealed to me more - for example, Out of The ...

  • Giselle

    Magicians, mediums, old school theatre entertainment, and a historical New York setting; I absolutely loved the atmosphere in every aspect of this novel!Anna Van Housen, the opening act of her mother'...

  • Faye, la Patata

    Read this and my other reviews at The Social Potato!A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way. Final Verdict: 2.5 / 5 Yeah...Not really sure h...

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    4.5 startStories about the sudden popularity of spiritualism during and right after World War I seem to be all the rage these days. First there were The Diviners by Libba Bray, then came In the Shadow...

  • Melanie

    See more reviews at YA Midnight ReadsThank you HarperTeen for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review. 'I was thirteen the first time I broke my mother out of jai...

  • Keertana

    Born of Illusion falls into that inevitably irritating category of novels which have received a mixed bag of reviews. A handful of my trusted reviewers loved this, another handful really enjoyed this,...

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    One of the recent trends seems to be historical fiction set in the 1920s. Born of Illusion is the third one I've read in the last year with a focus on the occult during the prohibition era. The fact t...

  • Brandi

    Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage ...

  • Kassidy

    *4.5*LOVED this book!! The 1920s setting is fantastic, the magic captivating, and the plot intriguing. This is such a fun book! I loved the characters, especially the main character, Anna, and her rel...

  • Danielle.

    Anna Van Housen is an illusionist who has the ability to feel people's emotions, communicate with the dead, and foretell the future. But these are secrets she keeps hidden, especially from her mother,...