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When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers, and Americans suffering from these so-called adverse effects were given an ultimatum: Serve the country or be declared a
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company
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Emma Giordano
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god. Literally everyone on the planet needs to pick up this book. Absolutely hooked from page 1. I'm definitely going to be doing a spoiler free review on my channel, but WOAH. Any lover of Sci-Fi/dystopians (especially the darkest minds series because I swear it's like TDM's long lost cousin or something) wil 100% adore this book. I can't wait for the sequel!!! ...more
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I've had this book on my TBR for almost two years and I randomly decided to finally pick it up. This story was so much fun! I really loved the world and enjoyed the characters. The story had a lot of action and the plot was super interesting. I'd describe it as White Collar (the crime side of things) meets X-Men. My only complaint was there was ONE prominent female character. The only other females were merely mentioned or appeared on only a couple of pages. I really liked Ciere but it was just ...more
Wendy Darling
We hosted the exclusive cover reveal and early ARC giveaway for ILLUSIVE--take a look at the cool, moody vibe of this artwork and enter to win one of the very first copies available!


The author also tells us why she drove around looking for a great place to dump a dead body, all in the name of research. :D

Out July 2014 from Little Brown.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*swoons* The characters. The writing. The superpowers. The conflicts.

I have a massive crush on this book.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
This was billed on Goodreads as The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals. For the most part it delivered on that claim. The superhero elements of the story and the world building was very good. The plot was interesting, even if I do wish the heists had been a bit more exciting. The characters were as interesting as they were likable and even the villains had interesting and believable motivations for acting as they did.

This was
Helena Paris
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emily Lloyd-Jones has done it again! This was like a combination of Renegades and White Cat and I loved every second of it.

When vaccinated people get superpowers after a seemingly COVID-19 like virus (did I time this well or what?), they obviously turn to a life of crime in order to evade the government, which seeks to control and regulate them. Add in a found family vibe and some humour and you’ve got everything you could possibly want in this action-packed novel.

While it doesn’t pack the emo
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2017
This is so much better written than I was expecting, and the construction of the story with character revelations is expertly done. In a debut novel. Super impressive. A few niggles linger, but overall I really enjoyed it.

I've seen some people call this a superhero novel. I disagree. Yes, the folks in this book have acquired superpowers as a result of a rushed-to-market vaccine, but superhero fiction requires a bit more than that. There are a host of tropes necessary to tip a story into that sub
Mary ♥
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
5/5 stars

“Someone's at the gate," Kit says as he pours another swirl of batter onto the hot skillet. "Ciere, if it's your mob friends, please invite them in for coffee. Just because they're blackmailing you doesn't mean you shouldn't be polite.”


Mary's essay on obscure YA gems that deserve more praise part #something

Case: Illusive

Illusive was such a wonderful, refreshing read about superpowered humans, a solid sci fi plot with a kind of ordinary theme but nonetheless original and unique buil
Illusive had all the potential to be absolutely fantastic, but, in spite of having all the tools, the novel didn't really do much with any of them. From the start, Illusive has a group of very interesting characters, but nothing is done with them and most of them are not developed in the slightest.

For example, Cierre, the main character and one of the POVs in the novel, had many characteristics to her that would make her really awesome and interesting, but she never moved away from just that or
Nasty Lady MJ
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Well, it is a lot like X-Men and Ocean’s Eleven at its bare bones.

Oh, the plot is good. If you like action and reading about action this is your book.

Me though?

While I might like watching Bruce Willis blow up things on the big screen, it doesn’t really work so much in a book unless I feel the characters. Because, hello, I don’t see the explosions And that was my problem with Illusive.

Character development is a huge deal for me. I really can’t connect with
I enjoyed this book so much I literally want to throw it in people's faces. And yes, I know what "literally" means.

I don't think I've ever seen comps done justice like ILLUSIVE does to "X-Men meets Ocean's 11." It's suspenseful, thrilling, witty as all hell, full of fantastic characters and great dialogue, and really well paced. It's probably the longest YA I've read this year, and I wasn't nearly ready for it to be over when it was. As it is, I'd punch a lion for the sequel in my face right now
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Book One of the Illusive series
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC borrowed from a friend (thank you, Jess!)

Summary (from Goodreads):

The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unex
Zunaira Ghazal
This book, for me, was extremely, extremely hard to get through. From the very first page I didn’t like Ciere. She was weak willed and stupid; her mistakes and blunders caused people their lives. For a thief she was incredibly stupid, acted selfishly, lacked common sense and a good sense of her surroundings and was constantly causing trouble for characters that I actually liked. She lacked the confidence one has to possess to be a good crooked character (example Kat from Heist Society). She didn ...more
Cori Reed
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well this was a pleasant surprise! If you like stories about teens with super powers, I definitely recommend this one! It deserves more buzz!
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: scribd, audio
I LOVED the plot and action in this book! And the concept of thieves with extraordinary powers that came as an adverse effect of a vaccine is pretty cool too. But I wasn't emotionally invested here and didn't completely fall in love with the characters. The ending was badass though so I know I'm definitely going to read the sequel! ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: X-Men fans
"Protecting the immune and saving the world?"Daniel says,but his sarcasm sounds hollow even to his own ears.
Aristeus smiles."Something like that".

This book in only two simple words

The action we had through the whole book,the immunes,the fights,the plans all of it it is so X-Men,not like a copy of it but the feel of it.Personally I am a big fan of these movies so naturally I loved from the synopsis this book.I mean come on,read this and tell me you're not at least a little intrigued

The X-Me
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was awesome, I'm always a fan of books where the main character has superpowers and this one did not disappoint. I truly can't think of much to say because I enjoyed this book so much. Ciere's short-sightedness was a little annoying at times but other than that, this was a fun, up-all-night read. I can't wait for the next installment!
Kat (Lost in Neverland)

Ciere is immune. After a virus spread across the planet, a strange new vaccine was created and distributed rapidly among the public.
It wasn't until later that people began to have certain side effects.
Immune people popped up everywhere, given incredible powers from the vaccine. Ciere has been trained to use hers for thievery, until she and her mentor and best friend are involved in a con that may just lead them to the secrets of the vaccine.

This book isn't great, but it isn't bad either.

Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
A bit disappointed. Illusive has almost all it takes to be a great book. Almost.

The biggest problem: flat characters. I couldn't bring myself to care for these characters. The main character, Ciere, is so stupid that she made me want to weep, I'm not kidding. I wanted to put on my best Sheldon-Cooper-face and tell her how stupid and oblivious she was. It has been a while since I actually loathed a female protagonist so much and I didn't expect to hate Ciere, because young criminals are my favou
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Picked this up on a whim and so glad I did, this book is chalked full of amazing superpower elements, wonderful witty writing and thee best chemistry amongst thieves and thugs. Even though I was missing my dose of romance since this provided zero, we still have some lovely light tension that I'm wondering and hoping will be explored in later books. But what lacks in romance totally makes up in action, intrigue and thrills. Instant favorite!
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read. I heard it being described as a mix of X-men and Ocean’s Eleven and it is… ish. It is slightly less clever than Ocean’s, but definitely just as entertaining. Because that is what this book was, very entertaining. Even though it is with its 406 pages a bit on the longer side, I read it in a single sitting.

In the future described in this story, a virus has swept over the world which kills off millions of people. The vaccine that is created to save mankind has the side eff
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ciere is a great thief, and not just because of her ability to create illusions. (She's not that good at it really.) But her last heist of $40,000 put her in trouble with the mob, and her next heist is being eyed by the Feds. It'll take quick thinking and good friends to get her out of this trouble.

I love books about superheroes, so ILLUSIVE had one point in its favor when I started. I'm not big on dystopias, especially ones based on plague, so that was a point against it. In the world of ILLUSI
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Eh. This is a case of my expectations being too high, I think. I liked it, but it reminded me a lot of The Darkest Minds, only not as awesome. I'm curious enough to pick up the sequel, though. Maybe on audio since I really like Caitlin Davies' narration and Kirby Heyborne has really grown on my over the past few years. That's assuming they keep these same narrators, though. I hate when they change it up. ...more
Second read, July 2015

First read, January 2015: This book was incredibly awesome, and I absolutely adored it. It's entirely possible that my love for this book comes from the fascination with superpowers/heroes/villains I have right now, but if it's all the same to you, I still want to marry this book and have pretty babies with it. Amazing, just amazing! <3
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

SO GOOD. AWESOME ACTION AND PLOT. Took away 0.5 stars because the characters made dumb decisions, but otherwise SO cool. And the ending?! THE FRIGGIN ENDING. I literally yelled out OMG and threw my book down.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
One difficulty associated with being on the interwebs at all times is that I often can’t recall where I found a recommendation. My browsing process goes like this: click on a shiny link!, read about book, decide it is for me, go straight to library website, place hold… perhaps leave a comment? But most likely just close out the window/tab, and go on to the next blog post. Related note: I need to keep better track of the reviews that inspire me to click – and eventually read – books! Credit *must ...more
Maggie Feng
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
My first impression upon finishing this book was, That's all that happened? It's not by any means a bad book, and some people might like it for what it is, and I clearly thought it was "okay" given the two star rating, but after over a week later, I barely remember what happened until I read the summary again.

What we're lacking in Illusive is both character development and plot. We see characters with special abilities because of some freak vaccine that was meant for curing a disease, and we see
Lindsay Cummings
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing

ILLUSIVE is one of the most incredible books I have EVER read. This book blew me away.

The writing style, the pacing, the plot, the characters...the INCREDIBLE concept. Everything about ILLUSIVE was top notch. I was shocked that Emily Lloyd-Jones was a debut author. ILLUSIVE was written like a movie. I would not be surprised if, in the next few years, it found a place on the big screen. In this futuristic thriller, the world has been saved from a plague by a new drug. But a side
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 Stars

This was an enjoyable read.
There was action, kick-butt characters and the plot was unique.
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, own
This was such a cool idea! Criminals with superpowers - I'm on it! As I expected it to be, Illusive was a fast paced and action packed read. The superpowers reminded me a bit of both The Darkest Minds and Red Queen, but it was still an original story.

But while I liked the story, it was hard for me to connect with the characters. They were interesting, but I would've loved to get more insight to their backgrounds for example, or to their feelings. Maybe it was that this book is written in 3rd per
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Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. After graduating from Western Oregon University with an English degree, she enrolled in the publishing program at Rosemont College just outside of Philadelphia. She currently resides in Northern California.

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