If you’ve been looking for a book that combines magicians, m/m romance, and some real magic, then look no further.
I know you’re angry. It’s true, I was sent to expose your mentor as a fraud illusionist, and instead I have put your secret in jeopardy. I fear I have even put your life in jeopardy. For that I can only beg your forgiveness. I’ve fallen for you. You know I have. And I never wanted to create a rift between us, but if it means protecting you from those who wish you dead—I’ll do it. I’ll do anything to keep you safe, whatever the sacrifice. Please forgive me for all I’ve done and what I’m about to do next. I promise, it’s one magic trick no one will ever see coming.
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
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So I came for the magic and ended up staying for the characters. For some reason, books about magic seem to be a soft spot. Maybe because I’m obsessed with that brief moment right before the reveal, where people’s eyes light up, and you can see hope. That second where anything seems possible.
But I ended up staying, because how can you say no to a conman who actually falls in love and a precious cinnamon bun character who is afraid of his own powers? I can’t stay away. My heart was almost always in a soft tender mood. Whether it be from Thomas’ innocence and awful parents. Or Sav’s tougher exterior hiding a cynical heart beneath.
If you want your heart to just melt, then you should pick up Illusions. Whether it be watching a cynic’s heart melt, or a sheltered character learn to embrace his magic, both are equally loveable. Not to mention the last third of the book is magic on the pages. You fall into this illusion, and then Reynolds weaves us a complex tapestry of magic, secrets, and clues. It almost turns into a mystery. Going from this semi-historical fantasy to romance to mystery, Illusions has more in store.
About the Author
Madeline J. Reynolds is a YA fantasy author living in Chicago. Originally from Minneapolis, she has a background in journalism and has always loved storytelling in its various forms. When not writing, she can be found exploring the city, eating Thai food, or lost in an epic Lord of the Rings marathon.
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