3/30/13

Delusion


Author: Laura L. Sullivan 
Pages: 352 
Publisher: Harcourt 
Format: Hardcover (ARC) 
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): When two beautiful teenage stage magicians in World War II England meet a pair of handsome men who can do real magic, sparks fly. But is it illusion, or delusion? 

Opening-night jitters are nothing new for Phil and Fee Albion, who come from a long line of stage illusionists. The girls love to dazzle London audiences, but in the aftermath of the Blitz they're bundled off to the countryside, where they're safe from bombs and Nazis--and bored to pieces. Phil, always the passionate one, discovers a hidden college of real magicians led by the devastatingly handsome Arden. If only Phil can persuade these unworldly magicians to help England win the war! Daredevil that she is, she'll risk anything to give her country a fighting chance, even if it means losing her heart . . . or her life.



Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

My Summary: Phil and Fee are stage magicians in the time of bombings and the London Blitz. World War II has rocked the world, but the girls are safe in the countryside, practicing their craft: magic. Or at least what looks like magic. The girls are stage performers, and they long to dazzle the world with their skills....

When Phil accidentally stumbles upon a gathering of actual magicians, there's no going back for the girls. They soon discover that they are descended from a real magician, and that they may even be able to tap into their gifts. As the girls fall for the magicians, they realize that they must do everything they can to protect their country - as well as their loves - from the enemy.

My Thoughts: You guys know I love anything and anything historical fiction, so you can imagine how excited I was when I read the synopsis of Delusion. Magic plus historical fiction? Yes please!

Phil and Fee were completely opposite from one another, which I found to be really refreshing. I loved that the girls wanted to help their country in any way they could, even from their small-town prison. Phil and Fee's magical talents made me reminisce about the days when I was convinced that I would become the world's greatest magician... let's just say I'll be leaving the magic to other people. 

The writing really flowed in this novel. I found myself laughing and enjoying the progression of the plot, even if it wasn't always believable. The dynamic between the two sisters was awesome as well - it added an extra layer to the story and kept me reading.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction mixed with a little bit of fantasy and romance.

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