Posted on Jun 10th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: Born of Deception
Author: Teri Brown
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Edelweiss

Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.

Born of Deception is an interesting sequel to Born of Illusion. We get to journey to England with Anna where she gets to be a traveling magician in a troupe of performers and reconnect with Cole. This is also a convenient cover for her work with a secret underground group. Of course things go awry and members of the society begin to turn up dead.

This book seemed to be a bit of a departure from Born of Illusion, the first book in the trilogy. I wasn’t entirely sure what I expected from it, but it wasn’t really this. While this was an enjoyable read, it wasn’t as fabulous as the first one. I remember reading Born of Illusion and being absolutely enamored with the story, setting and characters. This time around I felt as though everything was a bit worn down and dull.

I think these feelings mostly surround the issues I had with the book in that for a vast majority of the time there wasn’t much action going on. In a way it seemed to be a little junked up with a lot of other things. Anna is traveling but there isn’t a whole lot going on there. We’ve got this weird love triangle of sorts with this new Southern Cowboy persona that just feels a bit too forced. I was really hoping for more mystery and intrigue and this book seemed to be lacking in both.

I still think the premise of the book is wonderful and overall was still very much immersed in the book from beginning to end. I will still probably continue on with the series to see how things play out.

 

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