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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...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Emily Anne
So, I thought this book sounded pretty awesome, with it's pretty cover and cool synopsis. Unfortunately, I ended up not enjoying the book. The dull characters and slow pace made Delusion a disappointment.

Part of the reason I did not like the book is that most of the time the writing was in 3rd person, but could switch to first. And since I have an uncorrected ARC, when the view points switched, thewordsshoweduplikethiswhichisreallyannoying. No spaces. I got kinda annoyed at that, which is no fau...more
the golden witch.
1.5/5 stars.

Oh my. This one had a fantastic premise behind it - I can see why HMH snapped it up the way it did for a two book deal. However, the version I read in my ARC, really, really, REALLY needed a deep, good, thorough (like NaNoWriMo-worthy) overhaul of the whole thing. At least two more drafts' worth. Which is a shame, since this was one of my most-anticipated of 2013 so far. Basically, "Delusion" is a wonderful idea, with wonderful characters and a semi-solid lovely world, but just isn't...more
Sara
Delusion by Laura L Sullivan stars sisters Phil and Fee, magician sisters who have been exiled to the country during the war so they'll remain safe. While there they find a college of real magicians and is determined to get them to help with the home guard. Magic and love of course romance ensue.

This book has many issues that drag the book down making it unreadable even with it's original plot. The author has issues with switching points of views to the point that the reader can get lost. The pl...more
Liviania
DELUSION is one of those books with a killer premise. Twin magicians (as in Harry Houdini) are sent to the countryside during WWII wherein they find as school of magicians (as in Harry Potter). Unfortunately, it takes a long time to live up to the promise of that premise.

The novel is narrated in omniscient third, although it usually sticks close to Phil Albion, that is. After the death of her little foster brother in a bombing, she's determined to convince the sleepy, forgotten village of Bitter...more
Snorkle
Let's see. Where should I begin? Hm. Well. Hm. It was a bit of a slow start. I wondered why the fun things the summary mentioned weren’t taking place.

Oddities: I thought the whole special-embrace-with-foreheads-touching thing was a little weird. I mean, I get it, they’re sisters, they have this special bond. BUT I didn't get why they ALWAYS touched foreheads whenever they met. Or maybe I just read that wrong? Surely it wasn’t always. Because that’s weird. (It is weird, right?)

Okay, moving on. W...more
May
Stage-magician-twins Fee and Phil live with their stage-magician family in World War II London. After a bombing, Phil and Fee are sent to a little town out in the countryside, for their protection. But this little town, Bittersweet, doesn't seem to even know or care that their country is at war. Ever-passionate Phil makes it her mission to get the town involved in the war effort. In the process, she discovers a secret school of real magicians, and is determined to get them involved in the war ef...more
Jennifer
Summary:
Phil and Fee are twin daughters from a family of magicians. They are about to have their stage debut when there is a Nazi attack. This leads their family off to war and the two girls out to the country. In the country, they find a real magician school. Phil attempts to recruit these real magicians into the war, but it is very complicated and they don't want to. Arden is a magician at the university who eventually falls in love with Phil. Fee also ends up with a sweetheart.

My thoughts:
I g...more
Wandering Librarians
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Carol
As another reviewer said, great premise. My take? I expected a fun romp, and instead got a heavyhearted tome full of war, death, destruction and hopelessness. So, I suppose you can't have a book about war without these things, but I truly didn't expect all the moral ambiguity involved with becoming a spy. I felt the characters reacted to situations and each other in an unrealistic manner. Oh, I'm inexplicably in love with you! I will die for you! You're literally sleeping with the enemy? It's no...more
Ava
Most of my enjoyment of Delusion came from Phil and Fee, two theatrical fish-out-of-water in the quiet country village of Bittersweet. Shipped out of London by their parents to keep them out of harm's way, their arrival disrupts the villagers' complacent ways. Having been caught in a German air raid in London, Phil is driven to wake up sleepy Bittersweet and get it to prepare for a possible German invasion. No one takes her seriously, but that doesn't stop Phil.

Desperate to find volunteers for t...more
Montana G.
Both the premise and cover for Delusion were amazing, so I was eager to read it. I became a bit hesitant to read it after reading several negative reviews, but I hoped I would still enjoy it. Unfortunately, the plot dragged and I didn’t like the romance at all.

Delusion takes place during World War 2, when two magician sisters are sent off to the countryside after a bombing occurs in London. Both sisters, Fee and Phil, end up meeting magicians who practice real magic and Phil is determined to per...more
Krista
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A.Foulds
Oh woe. I have stumbled upon one of those infuriating unfinished books; where the end leaves you with unanswered questions and no promise of a sequel. Seriously, if your gonna open the doorway for another adventure dammit you need to write about the next adventure!!

Spoilers be here
Plot I think the plot idea was an interesting one. The whole magician thing was kinda strange and when we were first introduced to the whole magic thing at Stour, I think that scene was a let-down to the author. We wer...more
Klaudia Janek
VOYA Rating: 4Q 3P
Highly Recommended

This book was a very unique blend of historical fiction and true magic. Phil and Fee Albion, were set to debut their magic show until it was cancelled because of the London Blitz. They were immediately sent to a remote English village in order to stay safe from the Nazis. Phil still wanted to contribute to the war effort, but it was more difficult being removed from London. Phil and Fee happened to stumble into a magically cloaked village that was not intere...more
Sarah Evans
A strained combination of historical fiction and fantasy set in World War II England. Phil and Fee are the closest of sisters and partners in performance at “The Hall of Delusion”, the theatre and home for their family of top-notch illusionists from the legendary House of Albion. But the beginning of the London Blitz brings change when their youngest adopted brother appears to have been killed. On top of the that, the theatre is to be closed while their parents and eldest brother are commissione...more
Bookworm1858
Source: Received an ARC through Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the idea of magicians and magic interwoven into a plot set during the beginning of WWII so that was what initially grabbed my interest, in addition to the mention of sisters, my story weakness. I also love the green on the cover as well as the font. However I perused some reviews before starting the book and ran across one from The YA Kitten, linked to below, that gave me pause. Knowing what was coming (and know...more
Courtney
Twin sisters Fee and Phil Albion have been performers their entire lives. The family legacy is that of magic shows and illusions. Now, the time has come for the sisters to unveil their biggest illusion in front of an audience at the House of Delusion. All goes well until the Germans begin bombing London in what is now known as the London Blitz. The family and theatre are relatively unharmed, but the girls are sent to the countryside for their safety. This is fine for Fee, who hates any sort of v...more
Molli Moran
Looking back on Delusion, I'm conflicted as to really how to classify it, or what to say about it. Sullivan's tale is certainly imaginative, set against the backdrop of World War 2 - an event no one, not even our main characters could ignore. The War adds an element of unavoidable danger to the story, even as sisters Phil (Philomel) and Fee (Phoebe) are sent to live in the country, in a town that's almost impossible to find, on a map or otherwise. Here the story picks up, but despite the action,...more
Stephanie

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...more
Em
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Meagan Myhren-bennett
Delusion
By Laura L. Sullivan

World War II is about to change the world as 17 year old twins Phil and Fee Albion know it. The House of Albion has been in their family for generations. It is opening night at the Hall of Delusions when the blitzkrieg ends their act just as it is beginning.

Phil and Fee are sent to Weasel Rue in Sussex to the town of Bittersweet as their parents and brother Geoff join the war effort against the Germans. But Bittersweet is a town that has been forgotten where the war...more
Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
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I'm not completely sure what I was expecting from this book, I knew there would be magic involved and obviously it takes place during WWII, but the synopsis didn't really give much to what would happen (which I liked). I definitely wasn't expecting what I got out of this story though. I enjoyed how Sullivan shows a different side of the world, I find it interesting to read a historical fiction book that adds in the supernatural (it...more
Chelsey
The idea of magic and illusion has always drawn me in and I loved reading books and watching movies about either. Both, magic and illusion, allow you to believe in the unbelievable and I think that is how both Phil and Fee saw it as well. Their whole lives were spent learning and perfecting the art of performing illusion incorporated with magic tricks to an audience. It is in their blood. They are quite content performing night after night in the Hall of Delusion until the war hits London and fr...more
Jaclyn
Welcome to the House of Delusion

"If danger and evil were hideous, everyone could avoid them. The wickedest things are cloaked in beauty."

I love reading about red-heads. These are usually the best heroines that I have come across. When I read the blurb for this book, I was thrilled because I love magic and it seemed right up my alley.

The Good

I was enchanted by Phil and Fee who are incredibly different personalities. Phil is the tough, brave, significantly stubborn red-head that I am used to readi...more
Kathy Martin
This books seemed to have a split personality. It began like some sort of drawing room farce (perhaps by Noel Coward) complete with overblown and unbelievable situations and characters who were more caricature than character. The last half of the book took a turn for the grimly serious.

The main characters of the story are two young girls about age seventeen who have grown up in a family of performers. They are all stage magicians. Phil and Fee are polar opposites. Phil is the level-headed, phleg...more
Jenny
I really enjoyed this book and I hope to read other books by this author. The book was about two seventeen year old sisters during war in England. Their family is a long line of magicians (delusion) and their parents send the girls to farm country (trying to keep them safe). While there the girls discover a school of magicians (magic). Well, I enjoy stories with magic and war so I guess I should have known I would like this one! It was very good and I already recommended it to one of my friends...more
Aly (The Fabulous Ninja)
I actually enjoyed this book. Up until she fell in love with a complete idiot.



Why why why?!?!?! They had already expressed a disliking for each other!!! Does this mean that you need to go fall madly in love with him?!



Before this all happened, I was thoroughly enjoying the book. I wanted to give the book a good rating because I saw the previous ratings it got. They were not very pretty.

One more thing. the cover looks pretty beautiful right? No, in real life it just looks weird.

So overall, good pr...more
Anna
I was intrigued by the premise, but the changing narration and uneven tone made it difficult to enjoy. I wanted to know the secret so I did continue reading. There were parts of the plot that seemed so out of place, more fit for an adult romance book not only in theme but style.

Twins Fee and Phil are sent to the countryside to wait out WWII, only to discover a mystery in what seemed a quiet town.
Natalie
3.5 stars I liked the premise of the story. I would recommend it more for older teens. (view spoiler)
Tracie
Two sisters from a famous line of magicians are sent off to the countryside after a close call with a blitz in London during the war. The two find remance and some purpose to their lives in the sleepy little village and later become embroiled in a dastardly magical plot where the villians are aiding the Nazis with intentions to dominate the world. Some mature situations.
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