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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  7,463 ratings  ·  1,385 reviews
I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that h
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Emily May
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014, young-adult
“I clench my jaw and narrow my eyes. I am no wilting Alben, I am a fierce and strong Melenese woman. And I am not the victim of any cruel jokes. Spirits below, I will make certain he knows I am not to be toyed with.”

3 1/2 stars. It was, in fact, a solid 4 stars leaning towards 4 1/2 before those last couple of hastily pulled together chapters in which the author rushed us towards a conclusion and narrowly avoided necessitating a sequel. Messy ending aside, I enjoyed this novel a lot
✨ Helena ✨
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, I’m two-for-two now, with Kiersten White’s books. In two weeks, I’ve given both of them five-star ratings. WHY ARE THEY SO GOOD?!!!

“He follows my eyes and curses, then slides his hands beneath my legs and back. "What are you doing?"
"Picking you up so we can run!"
"Don't be daft, my hand is broken, not my feet!"
"Right, that was stupid. Stupid.”

Essentially, this book has a historical setting in the country of Albion. Jessamin is a spunky history scholar of mixed-race (half-Alben and half-M
Aj the Ravenous Reader
3.75 stars

A fast-paced, adorable historical fantasy for a change! Them fantasies are taking themselves too seriously, with too tedious backgrounds and intros, it even has to take one entire book for just these things. It’s high time one finally stands out for its brevity, strong and sure heroine, admirable non-condescending pretty hero, and a unique plot that involves magic, history, politics, several social issues, adorable romance, laudable friendships (involving not only humans but birds as
Simona B
“And how do you find the school?” he asks.
“Well, seeing as it’s always in the same location, it’s never very difficult to find.”

I know it's so dashingly idiotic it almost seems clever but ah, I burst out laughing like the fool that I am.

•One thing is for sure: Kiersten White knows how to write strong-willed, purposeful, sharp-tongued heroines (yes Lada my dear, I'm thinking of you. Always). Illusions of Fate features, Jessamin is a brilliant, hard-working young woman who's trying to build hers
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*



Big Edit: Basically, the author knew that she was copying and doesn't market it as a retelling, but as her own ideas. So not cool. Link to Interview. I can respect retellings but not when it isn't credited towards the original. I had to search to find if the author had had any experience with Howl's Moving Castle. This is a cheap rip off and unless the author somewhere wrote that these are not her own ideas, I'm not going to buy a single other book from h
3.5 stars

Well, whether or not you like this is going to depend on what you're expecting from it, I think.
To me, it was a lot like The Chaos of Stars, in that the magic stuff sort of took a backseat in the book.

In this, magic is something that only the nobility have running though their veins. Commoners don't have any idea that their countries' leaders are wizards.
Ok. Not wizards, Magic-users. Something.
Anyway, Jessamin comes from a made-up island called Melei, which I assumed was supposed to be
Buddy Read with the awesomeness that is Brit (Her review :D)
"I always draw FATE. But fate is a slippery thing, is it not?(...) Paths do not only go one way. We choose which direction to take. I refuse to believe that any outside forces can determine the course of my life."

I was drowning in a sea of bunnies, skipping across massive rainbows, riding on shiny unicorns, flying alongside fairies, and cuddled by clouds. Sheer bliss for this was pure and utter fluff.
⇉ And I ❤ every
Katerina  Kondrenko
6.5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
(please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

Shiro Sagisu – Fate
Lunik – The Game
Jamie Cullum – If I Ruled The World

Genre: historical fantasy, YA
Stuff: magic, aristocrats, colonization
Fail: rushed pacing
WOW: nice characters
POV: 3rd-person, female
Love-Geometry: seeming

"Dear Mama, I am being s
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you, like me, dismissed Illusions of Fate because...well, Kiersten White, then please, please give this one a chance. White's debut, Paranormalcy, released when I was just thirteen and my young, teenage self fell head-over-heels for it. Admittedly, it didn't contain a love triangle and, at the time, that was enough to get me to enjoy it. Its sequels, though, quickly highlighted the fact that White's premises was not nearly as original as I thought and neither was it nearly so well-executed.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
By once again using her trademark sense of humor combined with superior writing, Kiersten White added another work to her list of literary successes. Illusions of Fate has just about everything I’ve learned to expect from this excellent author: interesting characters, beautiful writing, dry wit and an unforgettable ending.

White penned Illusions of Fate with her usual elegance. Her writing flows fluidly and effortlessly, which makes our journey through this story a light and pleasant ex
Cynthia Hand
I hate it when people say a book is my best book, because I feel like that is subtly snubbing my other books, and . . .

I really like all of Kiersten White's other work, especially Paranormalcy and Mind Games, but . . .

I loved Illusions of Fate. I was completed absorbed in it. Jessamin is so completely interesting and kick-ass and Finn was so cool and sooooo hot, and the world and its magic was so finely built. And I wept over a bird. Which is unusual for me.

Her best book ever, in my opinion. :)
Neil (or bleed)
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

I almost on hold reading Illusions of Fate because I'm getting bored and the story doesn't make sense but fortunately I didn't give up on this one. The middle part until the end, I daresay, was great. It redeemed my dull moments reading this book and made me realized how satisfying and enthralling the story was.

The historical aspect and the characters were the reason why I continued reading this book at first but when the second part comes (which is the middle until end) there are several rea
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I love Hitchcock's Birds. I love Poe's Raven. I also love dragons. Basically, my love of creepy flying animals knows no bounds. So Illusions of Fate, with its abundance of creepy flying animals was right up my alley. (The only thing that could have made it better was a dragon.)

Full review to come.
”A well-wielded pen is a woman’s best weapon.”

TW: abduction, alcohol, animal death/injury, blood, bullying, colonialism, death of a loved one, drugging, eugenics, fire, forced marriage, gun violence, injury/injury detail (graphic), kidnapping, misogyny, murder, nightmares/night terrors, parental abandonment, persecution for witchcraft, racism/racial slurs, rape, sexual harassment, torture, violence, vomit.

Actual Rating: 3.5✶

Firstly, what the heck.

Secondly, I liked this! I’d heard practically n
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
Confession: I did want to read this book mostly because of the cover. Are you surprised? Of course not, the cover is gorgeous! Luckily, the summary also sounded pretty damn good which only made me want to read the book even more. Even though I’m a fan of historicals, the fantasy aspect of it had me intrigued. Illusions of Fate had me hooked from the first line:
Dear Mama, I am most certainly not dead.

Jessamin moved to Albion to study at a prestigious school, but being from Melei and with her
4.5 stars

I still haven't found a 5 star worthy book for this year, but I thought this was really close; in fact, I might round up to 5 if I dwell on the positive aspects of this book. I'm gonna make a bold claim by saying that this is fantasy lite at its finest. The word building, though lacking some details, is highly creative and inventive. The setting is different from the usual high fantasy setting and I thought the inclusion of racial issues and colonial references is a nice touch. It great
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It’s disappointing to see a novel that displayed as much potential as Illusions of Fate stumble over so many hurdles towards its fizzling ending. The book reaches out to readers yet repeatedly pulls back, offering moments of wit and spark amidst a rushed and underdeveloped concept that seems so unsure of itself. While it’s a quick read and never a slog, it sits comfortably in that middling spot, never quite striving for more.

Read my full review at Bibliodaze.

This is an entertaining fantasy read, with a historical feel. I really like the main character, she is interesting and different. The magic aspect of this book is really cool. I also like the political undertones that are thrown in.
I wish I could give it a higher rating, but it just wasn't GREAT for me. I liked it well enough, and there aren't any glaring faults, but it's just not very memorable.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic youn
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book starts with Jessamin, a young lady from the island of Melei has moved to Albion, to study in a college and avoid the hordes of eligible husbands her mother keeps flinging at her. One day she runs into a handsome young man who saves her from being assaulted, even though she could have taken care of it herself. Unfortunately for her, Finn, the handsome young man previously mentioned, falls madly in love with her, dragging her in the middle of a political war involving magic.

I really enjoy
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I almost DNFed this book. It has a slow and rocky start. But, I stuck with it and it paid off because I got to meet Eleanor. I want her to be my BFF. She is hilarious and awesome. Definitely the best character in this book.

And, since the story is pretty weak and rambling, it really is all about the characters.

Jessamin, the main character in this book is one of those characters that will drive you crazy. Constantly doing the wrong thing, super caught up in her pride, and not seeing things that a
Kristy (Book Nerd Reviews)
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Illusions of Fate may well be my favourite Kiersten White book to date. This beautifully written story is captivating, thrilling and intriguing. Coupled with a lush setting, and brilliant characters this is one book not to be missed!

Jessamin leaves her island home to move Albion to further her studies. And it is not an easy place for her to be. Jessamin is darker skinned, poor and from Melei, and none of these things are a good thing according to the wealthy, privileged, and mostly elitist socie
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

4 Stars

ILLUSIONS OF FATE is a magically enchanting, highly emotional, and beautifully written. With a spiraling world of ups and downs, that will have you swaying with the need for more.

With it's highly complex characters, to it's richly dramatic world, and it's sweeping magical undertow, it's made for a thrilling adventure that will keep you on your toes until the very end.

I was hooked from the beginning of ILLUSIONS OF FATE . It was something about this book that instantly drew me in.
I read this book as a part of BookTubeAThon 2015:
3. Read someone else's favourite book

Fantasy isn't my genre. I'm not a big fan of all this magic-related-stuff. And I didn't have high expectations, when it came to this book (let's be honest, I rarely do have them). And if I saw this book and knew no one of my friends read it, I wouldn't even pick it up. But I'm glad I did. Especially without reading the synopsis.

Illusions of Fate is one of those really fast paced books: you can't put it down. Ea
This book is so stinking cute. Like really, so cute.

This is my first Kiersten White book. I knew that I wanted to give one of her books a try, after reading her short story in My True Love Gave To Me. Now I want to go out and purchase the rest of her books, because this was just so adorable.

This was a nice quick read. It combines all of my favorite YA elements. Important friendship, sense of self and determination, throw in a little magic, and an adorable romance. You have a true winner. This b
Ok wow.. what to say.. what to say..

Well I did enjoy this book a lot, it was a lot of fun and it made me a bit emotional at times but most of the time I just wanted the book to finish. It wasn't boring but it just felt so.. I don't know. I felt like this story had no personality to it, it felt bland even though it wasn't. The plot, characters and world were cool as hell so I don't know why I felt the way I'm feeling about it.

I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a nice, fun read!

E.V. Fairfall
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Super fun book! We found Kiersten White through her short story in "My True Love Gave to Me" and will continue to read her work. ...more
shady boots
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-faves, covergasm
I liked this! Very different for Kiersten White, and different in a good way. I had fun.
I can't say that I loved the book but I certainly liked it.
The plot is fast paced and interesting, the plot twist is unexpected (even though I didn't trust the guy), the book has few plot holes, but overall I enjoyed it.
I liked the romance and the portrayal of the friendship. My favorite character is not Jessamin the MC, but she's pretty OK (even though I was annoyed at her at some moments). Finn is cute, I adored him a lot. (And loved him from the very beginning, guys named Finn are love by def
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Illusions of Fate is a book that would have completely won me over pre-blogging, but now, not so much. I still had a lot of fun reading it but the problem is that I am somewhat of a critic; I now notice things that might have completely escaped my attention before I became a blogger and that’s why I didn’t love this book.

For starters, the characters were all great from a glance but if you dig deeper… there weren't much. Jessamin herself som
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Kiersten White is the #1 New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of many books, including the And I Darken series, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Star Wars: Padawan, the Sinister Summer series, and HIDE. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where they obsessively care for their deeply ambivalent tortoise. Visit Kiersten online at ...more

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