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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  3,277 ratings  ·  471 reviews
The mind-blowing beginning of a futuristic series about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

A new technology is sweeping the country. To enter Elusion®, you need an app, a visor, and a wristband, and you'll be virtually transported to an exotic destination where adventure comes without the c
ebook, 416 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Actual rating: 1.5
Even though I have way more important things to be concerned with than a kiss, that moment is replaying itself over and over again in my thoughts.
Oh, for fuck's sakes, girl. Get your head together.

This was not an outrageously terrible book, but it was completely insipid. At no point in the book did I ever find the main character to be anything other than incompetent and unreasonable. The plot leaves much to be desired, mainly because the main character's actions and thought
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1.5 stars


I had to DNF Elusion at 86%. Sure, there was only a tiny section of the book left but I just could not bear it any longer. Apart from a  refreshing idea, I can not wring out any other points which made Elusion an antithetically good book.

Elusion probably failed most in creating three-dimensional characters that were strong, thoughtful and likable. This book's main character, Regan, was neither strong, smart or a tolerable protagonist. Throughout t
1 star

*sigh* *whimpers* Elusion, I wanted to love you so badly. I put you on my most anticipated reads list for 2014 and... it didn't work out. It just didn't. I did not get along with this book.

So Elusion is a science fiction semi-dystopia in which this new technology, Elusion, allows people to escape their daily reality and go into a virtual idyllic world to relax and find their literal happy place. Our main character, Regan, is the daughter of the inventor of Elusion - although her father has
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought Elusion was a mind-blowing start to a series. I really on 't undersand all the negative reviews I've read about it. Did it have flaws? Yes. Did they keep me from really enjoying the story. No way!

What I loved about it?
-the plot.It's full of mystery and full of conspiracies. I couldn't stop reading. I just wanted to know what was going on and who I could trust.
-I wouldn't say I loved him but I was intrigued by Patrick.

What didn't work for me:
-there was information overload at times.
- t
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A visual demonstration of the story...


Ok.. After some thinking, I've revisited this review and rewritten it.

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Debbie Narh

It boggles my mind just how stupid some people can be over someone they find extremely attractive. People are willing to give up precious secrets for the sake of being 'cool' with someone hot. They don't care about the people they've grown up with nor do they care that this whole 'relationship' could be a fucking trap and you could get fucking killed for the sake of some fucking hot guy fucking looking at you for two fucking seconds like you're his everything. Is the risk of death  worth it
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dystopia fans
Elusion describes a society in which life has become so unbearable for regular citizens that they only wish to escape from the harsh reality even if it is inside their minds.

If I could choose my own escapes I would like to :


Enjoy the beautiful view of a rice terrace in Bali


Do ice trekking in Argentina without breaking a leg.


Explore a rainforest in Costa Rica with friendly mosquitoes.


Eat lots of cupcakes.


Go on a cruise in Halong Bay and stay up at night to see the stars.


Sunbathe on a Thai b
Savina M.
Actual rating: 1.5 stars

For a book that's supposedly driven by mystery, Elusion was terribly bland.

It's full of cliches , and it was so boring I nearly DNF'ed it halfway. This book is supposed to be "Suspenseful, thrilling, and romantic", and I felt like I should have cared about it but...

The Summary
In a post-apocalyptic world where readers have no fucking idea why it's even post-apocalyptic in the first place, a program called Elusion is invented. The program takes you to a virtual fantasy
Elusion was a mixed bag of tricks for me. There were some aspects of it that I truly enjoyed and others that did not work for me at all. Unlike many other novels in the same genre, the creators of Elusion, the authors, knew exactly what the game was and how it worked and their know how translated clearly into the prose so it never felt as though they were just making things up as the novel progressed. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the game they envisioned has its basis in reality and ...more
**I received this book for free from (Katherine Tegen Books) via (Edelweiss ) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

Elusion is the first book in the duology known as Elusion. Written by co-authors by Claudia Gabel, and Cheryl Klam, Elusion is a young adult, science fiction story featuring 16-year old Regan Welch as the narrator. The story is set in a fu
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)-- on hiatus :(
I read this before I officially started reviewing books, so what follows may or may not be accurate, but I'm pretty sure it is.

The Gist: Regan's father, an inventor, created a virtual-reality program called Elusion, which creates beautiful exotic locations for people to explore, but since her father's death, she can't bear to use the technology, since waking up out of Elusion's ecstasy-like dream state means remembering her father's death all over again. Her childhood friend Patrick, her father'
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: An amazing story that you devour like a chocolate cake, one that will leave you shocked and gaping at a cliffhanger. Well-paced, well-written . . . what isn’t to like?

Opening Sentence: “Don’t be scared, Regan,” My father says. “I’ll be next to you the whole time, I promise.”

The Review:

It is a different world than the present one — pollution has become a major conflict, and acid rains storm as citizens wear air purifiers with heavy-duty umbrellas
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
There’s the too easy way in which people come into the story. Need a random new hot guy? Here he is. Need a bloody bestie who sees the other in a different light?? Well, there’s one too. Or what of an unknown baddy off to the sides doing god knows what? Well there’s mentions of that as well. And what of a lead who’s too smart for her own good but not as smart as the rest of them most of the time? Well, we’ve got one of those too.

Frankly, I don’t see what the big deal is: almost every other elem
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-releases
This review was posted HERE (on The Eater of Books! blog), as well as HERE (The YA Bookcase blog)

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Book One of the Elusion series
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtu
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elusion is one of those stories where the line between reality and illusion starts out crisp and oh-so clear, but with each chapter our faith in what we think we know gets a little more shaken until suddenly the trust we had in ourselves and the characters is nearly nonexistent. The deterioration of that trust is what makes Elusion such a fascinating read, the solid foundation we had beneath our feet in the opening chapters crumbling beneath us just as Regan’s world falls apart around her, and t ...more
Kelsey van Dillen
This was exactly what I wanted to read. A great and exciting futuristic story that'll leave you wanting more.
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WHAAAAAAAAT. My brain feels like it's going to explode after that mindfuck of a climax and cliffhanger. Okay, first things first. This book seems to be very polarizing in the blogging community in the way that Mind Games was and that, to me, is because they're written in similar ways. First person present, sharp writing (except in Elusion, you get more description of the surrounding world, Escapes, etc. because it is
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Teen) and Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review of this book.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.
A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complicat
Completely Melanie
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. It was a random find on Book Outlet that I was drawn to by the pretty cover. I really enjoyed this. If you like the virtual reality aspect of Ready Player One or Warcross, then I think you would enjoy this book. It isn't centered around a game like those, but virtual escapes that some people believe may be dangerous and addictive especially when teenagers start going into comas after spending too much time in this virtual world.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read it two years ago and forgot anything that was in it
Jessica (BookRockGoddess) Bolton
Elusion is full of technology, suspense and a slight love triangle. I felt it took a little bit to get going but once it did you are on the edge of your sit trying to figure out what is true. I was so confused on what was the truth and what wasn't. This book really hits home for today's society with virtual reality and addiction issues for people who want to escape reality.
Elusion really takes all these concepts to a new level. Just once you think you have things figured out it turns it on its h

3.5 stars

Recently, I have decided that I want to try to listen to more audiobooks. Some authors are starting to release their books on Audible before ebook or print. Therefore, I would like to try to get used to audiobooks. I checked it what my library offered via Overdrive, their online audiobook and ebook service. I saw that they had the Elusion duology, which I've been wanting to read for a while, and decided to give it a try. I thought it was an
Stephanie • Ideally Inspired
an Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The moment I saw this book's cover description, I knew I wanted to it. I was lucky enough to not only get a digital ARC of this book, but also an ARC audiobook copy as well. My review will be covering both the writing, and the narrator's performance.


I loved the concept of this story. The idea of a virtual reality-type app that allows you to "escape" into new worlds sounds like something almost
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and entertaining read. Tends a little too steeply toward the usual tropes of this sort of YA novel (teen girl who is going to have to fight against seemingly invincible adults, two competing suitors who are both SUPER good looking, one rich, one not, one she's known since she was little, the other is new). I was disappointed that there wasn't really an ending and that it's just assumed I'm going to go find the next book in the series. That kind of thing is getting old.

Still, it was fun e
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3.5 stars

A sound science fiction that’s imaginative and hearty, Elusion by Claudia Gabel nails the technology aspect of a science fiction but lacks in all other aspects.

The technology that was infused throughout this book absolutely fascinated me. Elusion, a program that brought you to another world altogether so you could escape reality for the total of an hour, was without a doubt creative. Once we were put into the program, I was
It was part boredom and part frustration: these things made up my experience on reading Elusion by Claudia Gabel, Cheryl Klam. It was really underwhelming for me. I expected it to be this huge, engaging sci-fi/dystopia story about this futuristic society where people will rely on a pseudo-reality device. And perhaps along the way it will show that too much of it has also has it downsides (which is always the case, nothing is perfect as they say). Well, at least it tried to do deliver that, albei ...more
Rebecca (Unbound Pages)
This review is also on my blog, The Library Canary.

***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

First of all, this cover! Gorgeous isn’t it? I’m not going to lie; it’s what first drew me to this one. But this book is more than just a pretty cover. The story was intricate and filled with a massive mystery that I was completely unable to figure out.

Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

Basic Info

PDF file.
Pages/Length: 174pgs
Genre: Young Adult
Reason For Reading: Cover.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: Yes.
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 9
Plot: 6
Characters: 7
World Building: 7
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 6

Total: 6

In Dept

Best Part:
Worst Part: Similar plot.
Thoughts Had: I know this from somewhere....


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: Sure

Short Review: This book's
Hannah McBride
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-scifi
I first heard about ELUSION back in September of 2012 when I heard Claudia Gabel speak at the Baltimore Book Festival. I remember jotting down her book and making a mental note to research it later on because 1) the book sounded cool and 2) Claudia was a total sweetie. Having met Cheryl Klam a few months ago, I can honestly say awesomeness attracts awesomeness and that's why this pairing works well as a writing team.

Let's first talk about our narrator, Regan, who is strong, spunky, and fun in a
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