Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (85)

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown 
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 show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?

Born of Illusion is the first book in a new series. Each book in the series will introduce a new historical figure, whose legend is shrouded in magic, along with the young woman whose fate is irrevocably tied to his. The through line in each of the books will be The Ghost Club, the real life secret society that was founded in 1862 by the likes of Charles Dickens, Sir Conan Doyle, and W. B. Yeats to advance mankind’s knowledge of the paranormal. The first three books in the series will deal with Houdini, Aleister Crowley and Rasputin.

June 11, 2013/Balzer + Bray/245 Pages/Young Adult/

-- I love anything that takes place in the Roaring Twenties, plus toss in some magic and mystery and I'm sold. Plus, this series sounds like it is going to be amazing. Charles Dickens, Rasputin, Houdini? I cannot wait to see what Brown has in store for us!

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  1. I can't wait for this one. I just read Teri's adult novel, Summerset Abbey and loved it so I'm even more excited for this one. Great pick!

  2. This one looks SO epic! I cannot wait for it.

  3. :O *recovering from reading the synopsis* this book sounds SO awesome! I love the roaring 20's too. I so want to know the secrets to this secret society and Houdini!? So EXCITED for this book, adding to my TBR pile! ^_^

    -Great pick Kelsey!! :D
    lisseth @ Read-A-holicZ [My Wow]

  4. I love the idea of a secret society and Houdini so I will definitely be checking this one out!

  5. Sounds like a great premise!! I hope you enjoy it when you read it.


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