Book Tuesday: Illusions of Fate

19367070[1]Title: Illusions of Fate
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Pages: 288

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.


It was so great to finally read a YA standalone novel! A beginning, middle and end–all in one book! I know, a rarity. Obviously I snatched the opportunity to read this the moment I found out.  Plus the cover is so pretty!

Jessamin is from the Island of Melei, something that doesn’t necessarily work in her favor in Albion where she is studying at University. A chance encounter with the enigmatic Finn introduces Jessa to a world she never knew existed, completely altering her destiny–or was it fate?

Jessa is a very intelligent heroine.  She’s great at science and Math which helps her in understanding the magic in this new worlds she’s thrust into.  Finn was charming (he spelled his hair to ensure that) and her friend Eleanor was very witty as well, as much as she tries to prove to everybody that she isn’t.  Lord Downspike is quintessential evil and we’re introduced to his darker side very early.  As much as I loved the characters they were a bit trite, and juvenile.  I know, it’s a YA novel, but it had a little more of a juvenile feel to it, compared to other YA I’ve read.

I enjoyed the twist at the end, even though it was predictable.  I would have liked less hints throughout the novel so it would have been a bit more of a shock when it happened.  I loved the issues the book brought up about racism, imperialism and acceptance.  I would love to see another book set in the same world.  Maybe one about Eleanor?? That would just be an entertaining story!


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