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Born of Deception

(Born of Illusion #2)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  735 ratings  ·  154 reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
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2.5 stars

Words could not express how excited I was when I finally got my hands on Born of Deception. Born of Illusion, the first novel was equally mesmerizing and pleasantly surprising, however, I cannot say the same for Teri Brown's newest.

Anna Van Housen has always been one of my favourite protagonists ever since I met her in Born of Illusion. Her character growth throughout that novel was absolutely momentous and realistic, and I adored every bit of it. Un
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
*Spoiler free for the series*

Having really enjoyed the wonderfully atmospheric and captivating Born of Illusion last year, I was excited to get back into Anna's world full of magic and mystery.

Born of Deception is just as mesmerizing in its storytelling, and even more-so with its historical London setting. Brown is gifted in bringing these settings to life; making us walk the busy streets alongside our protagonist, feel the vibrancy of the city and the excitement of the crowds. As far as the wr
Miranda Lynn
I thought about maybe sugar-coating this review a little bit…but, to be honest, I was extremely disappointed in this book. After reading and liking Born of Illusion last year, I was excited for the continuation of Anna’s story. But I felt like everything that I enjoyed about the first book was left out of this one. I was hoping that the not-so-amazing novella, Born of Corruption, was just a fluke, but it turns out that this series just isn’t very good. I didn’t even love the first one, I just re ...more
"What the eyes see and the ears hear... the mind believes."- Harry Houdini

Setting:London, England; Paris, France and Budapest, Hungary; 1924

Coverly Love?:Yes! Her eyes are a beautiful shade of blue, and I love the outfit.

Plot:Now living in London and staring in a vaudeville show, Anna van Housen couldn't be happier. Not only is she doing what she loves, she is learning more about her powers and in a wonderful relationship with handsome Cole Archer. Anna also has the chance to meet other Sen
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via Edelweiss.

2.5 stars.

Born of Illusion was one of my favorite novels of 2013 and I dearly hoped Born of Deception would be just as good, but alas, sequels can’t always live up to their great predecessors. I wanted it to be SO SO GOOD and find another way to put it because it wasn’t as good as I wanted to be, but I don’t have a lot of words for this book both because it’s such a different novel from the fi
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Original and authentic, Born of Deception, does an awesome job following up Born of Illusion to London. I love the time period and how we're able to see a different setting compared to Born of Illusion. While it was a bit slow at times, the plot and the introduction of the Society definitely makes up for it. I love seeing the way the researchers and the Sensitives clash as they both try to ensure they get what they want. It was pretty to get susp
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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It's been awhile since I read Born of Illusion, so my memory was a little rusty. I picked up the book anyway, as I happen to own a copy and, really, I should start reading the books I own. It was actually fairly easy to get into this book. My entire memory wasn't refreshed and there wasn't really I recap, but I could grasp enough to understand what was going on, especially since this read less than a continuation and more li
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Despite having entirely forgotten Born of Illusion, I was excited to read Born of Deception. The good news is that I didn’t struggle with the sequel due to my memory lapse. There’s some recap and my brain also returned some things I’d forgotten. I enjoyed the first book, but was definitely hoping for something with a bit more oomf and emotion. Instead, I’d say Born of Deception is weaker narratively with more forced romantic drama. However, the paranormal romp across Europe is quite fun.

Read the
I don't remember Anna being that annoying in the first one 90% of the time I wanted to slap a fictional character ...more
Bonnie Randall
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal-ya
Anna's story picks up from where it left off in Born of Illusion, and we're introduced to a barrage of more characters; some real, like Bronco Billy and (eep!) Aleister Crowley, and some not, like Leandra, Harrison, Calypso, and poor Pratik.

I liked this story but did not love it to the same degree as Illusion; I missed the complicated yet caring relationship between Anna and Houdini, and wanted more strong scenes where Anna's mother wielded her not-supernatural-yet-fiercely-more-powerful influen
Anna, a young magician and medium, has just arrived in London from New York. She is hoping to get connected with a society of Sensitives, where she hopes to meet people like her, and to get advice on using her powers. At the same time, she manages to find a job with a group doing a vaudeville-like tour of Europe. Shortly after she arrives, though, a couple of the sensitives turn up murdered.

I really enjoyed this. I was sure frustrated with Anna and Cole and their lack of communication? Understa
Dark Faerie Tales
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Quick & Dirty: Born of Deception is the highly anticipated sequel to Born of Illusion. It is set in the 20’s in the mysterious city of London. Filled with intriguing characters, wonderful romance, and a unique plotline this is sure to be a hit with all young adult fans.

Opening Sentence: A circle of children surround me, their bright faces turned upward, as if eagerly awaiting the cascading lights of a fireworks show

The Review:

Seventeen year old Anna Van Housen
Dana Wallace - Not Enough Books, Not Enough Time

Okay, I hate to say this, but I think it holds true, at least with most of the books I have read this year, but depending on how long it takes me to read said book is how good the book is. If a book is good, then I will lose as much sleep over it as I can humanly possible. My boss's at work get so angry with me. "So Dana, how's your book going?" They never have to worry if I'm hungover (well, not that much), but they immediately assume that i
Man, Teri Brown what have you done to the characters that I really loved from Born of Illusion? They're barely recognizable here and seem to be paper-thin counterparts of the people that they were in the earlier book. Granted, I might've thought that the earlier book was a little predictable with the love triangle between Cole, Anna and Owen but I still found most of the book to be entertaining. Here though, the entire book is completely predictable and there's, yet again, another love triangle. ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Having loved the rich, atmospheric and complex Born of Illusion, I was looking forward to being reacquainted with Anna van Housen and her narcissistic but absolutely fascinating mother in Born of Deception. Sadly, Born of Deception failed to live up to my expectations and unlike the first book, it ended up frustrating me.

The problem with Born of Deception is that it strived to focus more on the unnecessary romantic drama than to focus on the promising plot line and world-building. It was a wild
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
After finishing and so enjoying Born of Illusion, I was desperately eager to dive into Born of Deception, chomping at the bit to see what happens to Anna and Cole when they head into London. And I was not disappointed! There's just something about these books--maybe it's the writing, maybe it's the characters, maybe it's the setting or subject (or all of the above!)--that just grabs me and makes me love them, despite any problems I might have.

Just as in the first book, the world of Jazz Age Lond
Like Born of Illusion, Born of Deception is a lovely written, mesmerizing and very entertaining look at magic in the 20's. Anna is still a formidable protagonist, although the plot in this one depended a lot on her making very stupid choices. Sadly, I have the same problems with this one that I had with the first one: the forced love triangle and predictability. I thought we had done away with the love triangle after the first novel, and while I do appreciate the turmoil in Anna's relationship w ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I received an ARC from the publisher and this is my honest review.

Born of Deception is the continuing story of Anna Van Housen and her "psychic powers". Anna moves to London to take a job with a Vaudeville troupe, to join a secret society of other sensitives, and to be with her boyfriend, Cole. The only thing that goes as planned is the Vaudeville troupe, and it is almost as if it's a secondary story whose only purpose is to introduce Billy; another boy interested in Anna.

The secret society is i
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
After the first book the author could have taken this book in a million different directions. Unfortunately she picked one of the most boring directions. I expected there to be some large conspiracy in the Society that was exciting and interesting, but instead she chose to make it about some random killer that had nothing to do with the problems in the society. She could have done so much with the problems in the society, making the killer be because of this split, but she almost completely igno ...more
Brimming with poorly-built characters, silly love triangles, predictability, and irritating plot points, Born of Deception is a lacklustre sequel to the fairly decent Born of Illusion. Anna is no longer a good protagonist—she gets jealous, angry, and foolish all for horrible reasons. Her struggling relationship with Cole is simply fluff to fill up the pages. The occult stuff and black magic is also getting a bit much, to the point where it's silly. Also, the plot was so cliché and predictable, a ...more
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
I've got to admit that the ending was what made me give it an extra star. *sigh* review to come. ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YAs who like more romance than plot
I think what we have here is the sophomore slump.

Anna, having survived being kidnapped and shot in New York, has made it to London to perform magic with a touring troupe, join the Society of Psychical Research, get away from her narcissistic mother, and be with her beau, Cole. However, almost everything on her to-do list goes South. Does she even still want to perform magic? What's wrong with the Society and why can she not trust anyone? Who's kidnapping and killing Sensitives? Will mommy deare
Nov 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
what i hated about this book:

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Fatima mehjabin
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book as much as the first one. Sadly, the sequel paled in comparison to the first book. Firstly, this book felt overshadowed by Anna's woes of love and jealousy. I am alright with it if it's done a few times in the book but if it keeps occuring, I lose my patience. Secondly, what was with the unnecessary introduction of a second love interest and Anna's indecision of her love towards Cole? However, I did like the beginning and ending of the book where a lot of the ac ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anna heads to London to start her first tour as a solo magician. She also is going to check out The Society, the organization Cole is a part of that studies people with abilities. She is hoping to find answers, but it seems she arrived just as The Society seems to be having their own crisis. At least she can escape with her magic.

Loved this duology and novella. They were a fast read, but packed with action and intrigue. I loved the setting of the 1920's, and interest in spiritualism by the peopl
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-fluff
Why are we still talking about Houdini?! This is the single most annoying plot thread in this series. Over and over again throughout two books now, characters constantly call out Anna's alleged parentage. For no reason. Without a tangible story gain, her 'father' is a constant distraction. Just like the rest of this book. The Sensitives plot distracts from Anna's culmination of success as a headlining magician. The touring show distracts from the murderous conspiracy behind the society's inner c ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
When reading the first in this series, "Born of Illusion" I took into consideration the age of the main character, Anna to understand her jumble of emotions. My expectations of the second book were that she would have matured a bit. The tangle of the story was very good but I began to get somewhat irratated by the romantic problems of Anna. I enjoyed the character of Billy but felt the constant focus on her romantic life destroyed the suspense and drama of the main story which deserved more focu ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
It may be closer to 4 stars than 5 stars. I am undecided haha. The best things about these books are the magic- the feel of how things were back then and how magic would have fit into their world.
The worst part of this book is the romance. Truly... I can't tell you where it went wrong without giving away the book. But can I just say, this romance is the one that isn't based on anything but twitterpation and the young, strange love of teenagers.
I still have to read the next book for the story t
Less Marguerite was a great thing, and I loved Billy because cowboy but just.... there was too mucy page time devoted to Cole and Anna, and their relationship that was NOT WORKING OUT whrn it could have focused on the plot instead. So ultimately the climax felt weak. And the duology hardly feels complete, there's way too many loose threads from the first book that this book failed to address. ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, paranormal
I liked the first book, but I just could not get into this one. I kept trying to read it but I would find myself getting very distracted. I like the concept and i enjoy the writing mostly, but i just couldn't do it. ...more
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