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Thomas Pendelton was born into wealth and prestige. He has a sensitive heart and wants nothing more than to write poetry. Instead, he is apprenticing for Neville Wighton the Great, an aging magician who has become somewhat crazed over the years in his pursuit of fame. With Thomas’ help, Wighton is about to premiere the greatest illusion seen by man, for Thomas possesses so ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Entangled: Teen
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C.G. Drews
It is always a good time to dissolve into a book about magicians...so excuse me while I *flail* for this one. It felt like the Prestige (that is such a good and super dark movie??? everyone should see it go go) but softer and more focused on the romance. But afjskla I absolutely crave more magician-centric books, pls universe.

➸ So this is Historical Fiction...but with MAGIC.
Thomas is a magician, but like a real one. But his indentured to this asshat of a magician master. It's set in 1899 and everythin/>
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D.M.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Illusions is written in a series of diary entries, letters and newspaper clippings. Every magician wants to create the perfect performance. They want their final act to give the audience the overwhelming sense of something spectacular. Neville Wighton is no different. He learns a secret which makes his act go from mediocre to spectacular. His shows become sellouts but the secrets to his final act could be deadly.

Saverio is obsessed with finding out how his trick can be done. He's so obsessed he
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Luupi "The Reading Queen"
Recently in October I had to watch "The Ilusionist" for school and this book reminded me of it so much but better since it has a more deep and moving love story.

"And though I may still have to hide from those who would intend me harm, I can at least stop hiding from one person in particular... Myself."

Illusions is about Thomas and Saverio, both apprentices of famous magicians but for different reasons. The story starts when Thomas' magician perfoms an impossible trick that makes Saverio's magician seem less expectaculstory.
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Stella (Paper Wings)
"All's fair in love and magic."

In a weird way, this book reminds me of The Abyss Surrounds Us. The two books are very different plot-wise, but they're alike in that, although they both have interesting premises, solid worlds, and exciting plots, we all know we're only here for the Gay.

So. Let's 👏 talk 👏 about 👏 the Gay 👏. It's not the best romance I've ever read, but it is still so adorable. As the blurb says, one of two main characters, Saverio, begins to romance the other one, Thomas, in order to
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Shannon
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sionna
“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”

3.5 stars

This is a difficult book to rate and review. I feel like my emotions were on a roller coaster. I started out a bit apprehensive, fell in love with the format and the characters, started getting bored, interest sparked again!, then annoyance, with a satisfying ending. So, let me run you through this.

This book is told mostly (like 90%) as diary entries written by
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Shannon
3.5*

I was intrigued by the blurb for Illusions, (which I see has now changed on the retail sites), not having read too many books about magicians. And while I did enjoy the story and it had great potential, it didn’t turn out to be quite as entertaining as I had hoped. I didn’t actually mind the way the story was told through the journal entries of each character, and that may be because there was a lot more detail to them than what you’d normally expect to find in a diary format. Th
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Nicole Jacobs
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK, THIS STORY WAS BREATHTAKING ( I mean that quite literally, as a few scenes had me crying and therefore I had no breath)


This book sunk into my soul and made me feel everything I was meant to.

Illusions Is about two magicians apprentices, one that is trying to steal a secret of the greatest trick ever done. And one that wants love.

This book is almost fully written in journal entry format. At first I love and hated that. Loved because I always love when there are journal entrie
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becca
"Yet all my life, ever since I had a concept of what I am and how different I am from the world around me, I have searched and scoured for any sign that magic exists somewhere, with other people, but my searches have proved fruitless. If there are others who wield such talents, they have done a magnificent job of keeping that fact hidden. Just another sign that I must do the same."

First of all, thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for sending me a digital ARC in exchange for my hon
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Amelia Brunskill
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It was a wonderful mixture of magic, romance, and really excellent writing. I loved how distinct the voices of the two boys were, and how genuine their connection felt. My two thumbs, they are both up.
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Entangled Publishing, LLC. Trigger warnings: physical abuse, emotional abuse, homophobia.

Thomas is a magician’s assistant with a dangerous secret: the magic he performs is real. Saverio is the assistant of a rival magician, and he’s been tasked with unraveling the secret of Neville’s newest trick. Somehow, the man is able to disappear into thin air and reappear on the balcony. He decides to get close to Neville’s assist
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Brooke Banks
I received this book for free from YA Bound Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Welcome back lovelies! You're going to love today's feature Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds. It's a historical m/m romance with a touch of literal magic. My 5 star review is below along with a tour wide giveaway for TWO copies of Illusions!
ABOUT ILLUSIONS

ABOUT ILLUSIONS'S AUTHOR

IMHO: ILLUSIONS
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Content Warning: Abuse, Homophobia, Hate Crime, Depression, Public Execution

Told in alternating j
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Alex (Briennai)
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I came to this book expecting an exciting story about the lives of magicians entertaining people in the late 1800s. As someone who loves stories about old show business, I just KNEW that I was going to love this one. What I got was so much more than what I could have ever dreamed of. 

When I started reading the novel, I was reading chapters flipping back and forth between Thomas and Sav's diary entries. They hadn't met yet, and I wasn't sure when they were going to meet. All I knew wa
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Cas
Feb 21, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 30%

I would have preferred to watch paint dry in a 30°F room than continue to haul my typically stubborn ass through this book for even “just one more chapter” in hopes that it got better because I hate abandoning books. And considering I’ve suffered many books that have gone to the metaphorical Never Again Cemetery and taken years of my life with them, I think that says a lot.

Though, before I continue, I really do feel the need to say that I’m not calling this book bad. This
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Jackie
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-reads, lgbtq
An interesting idea and an overall okay read that dives into the world of love and magic.

“Illusions” sets up a struggle between two rival magicians as one succeeds at doing the impossible causing the other to send in his apprentice as a spy to uncover just how he was able to pul off his latest trick.

This is very similar to the idea behind “The Prestige” only with real magic and instead of trying to outdo the other we have one trying to uncover the secrets behind the illusion only to find that
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Laila
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for giving me a copy of Illusions in exchange for honest feedback.

I really enjoyed this book. I would call it mature YA with a hint of fantasy. The story follows Thomas and Saverio, the apprentices to two rival performing magicians. At the start of the book, Thomas's employer reveals what seems to be an impossible stage trick. When Thomas and Saverio meet by chance, the instantly smitten look on Thomas's face leads Saverio to form a plan for discovering th
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Zoe
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one of those books where I like the story, but the writing just didn't thrill me.

Illusions is told in a series of journal entries from two boys, Thomas and Saverio, who are both apprentices to competing illusionists. Sav is tasked with finding out how Thomas's master, Neville, is getting away with an incredible trick. The journey diverges, though, when Thomas and Saverio inevitably meet.

The story is good and the characters are fun to read; I truly did love getting to know them.

The wri
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Karyl Ahn White
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Illusions by Madeline J Reynolds

“And here I was thinking I wouldn’t have any fun in London”

My favorite line from the ARC.

I really enjoyed this book though it was a bit surprising. It was almost as if you’d climes I to your grandparent’s attic and finding a collection of diaries, letters, news clippings etc. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say there is interesting and unusual premise to the novel. There is romance which is beautifully written and
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All Things Urban Fantasy
The description of ILLUSIONS grabbed me--stage magicians battling it out to be the best at their craft and a secret romance between competitors. The historical setting and focus on illusionists captured my imagination.

ILLUSIONS is written in epistolary format. As such, the diary entries often feel like summaries. The characters have already lived through the events of the novel, and the diary entries highlight that fact. I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief that anyone would
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Eva
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
take two magician's apprentices, in victorian london, and have one performing in a magic show with an inexplicable illusion and the other out to figure out how it's done, and you have the barebones of this story. illusions is told from the perspective of the two apprentices, thomas and saverio, through their journal entries and correspondence.

we learn that thomas is hiding a huge secret, he is the explanation for the magician's tricks. he possesses a real power, magic to transform an
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Cheryl
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
The premise of this book is great. This is why I wanted to read this book. It would have been really good if the story had started out with the one scene towards the ending as the starting point of the story and then made its way backward. Due to the layout of the story being all in journal format. This way I would have been sucked into the story quicker. Not that I wasn't interested in the story but it just took me a bit longer. Also, it didn't help that I found the pacing of the story to move ...more
Noyontara
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
A novel setting which could have done with a better execution. Much of the potential went to waste on a trope-filled love story. The plot was pretty linear- there was nothing very fresh or unexpected, save for the twist at the end. The closing seemed a bit abrupt, after the meandering first half of the book. Could have been better paced. The dual perspective was well distinguished. A personal contention- I wish there was more backstory on both Thomas and Saverio's childhoods, inst
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Sam
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ayah
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a uniquely written, piece of heaven!

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Illusions is written in the form of journal entries, posters, letters, newspaper snippets, and I absolutely loved that. There were lots of original poems spread throughout the story, and God they were absolutely marvelous.

A sea of people, one face I see,

A world of sounds, one voice I hear.

A pair of eyes that lands on me,

A moment held forever dear.

A chance encounter, a twist of fate,

Two paths th
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Eli
JAN 11 - JAN 13 2019
1.5 Stars

Magic? Lgbt topics? Hell yes, you’ve said enough. Needless to say -- I really wanted to enjoy this one. But debut novels are the most unpredictable.

I absolutely struggled with this one. But I always try to get through a book, whether or not I’m enjoying it, in order to give a full and honest review. And I may have also kept reading in hopes it might get better.

It was an easy read, and could have easily been a great novel had it been written well. The plot/>Magic?
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Olivia
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Illusions" was an enthralling historical romance with supernatural elements. The premise set up at the beginning of the book is that we are reading the historical documents held by the London Metropolitan Archives- diary entries of Thomas Pendleton and Saverio Moretti (translated), magician's apprentices. Thomas is the apprentice for Neville Wighton, an up-and-coming magician, and a job which Thomas does not want- his parents have pushed him into it. Thomas would rather write poetry and study a ...more
Ana Santo
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are pondering about reading this book as a nice quick read, do it. But be aware and it’s also packed with a strong “punch of feels in the gut” and should be approached carefully.

This is the story of two magician apprentices: Thomas Pendelton and Saverio Moretti.

Thomas has a secret. He can do real magic. Saverio has a mission, learn the secret of Thomas’s mentor last trick that is enchanting people all over Victorian London.

Magicians, Victorian London, m
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Ashley
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first, I was not sure that I would enjoy this book since it is written completely in journal format and I typically cannot get into this writing style. This was not the case when it came to Illusions! I was absolutely entranced within the first few chapters.

It is such a beautiful story set in 1880s Europe, with two very compelling main characters. First you have Thomas, who is a sweet young man that loves his poetry and has a secret that if found out could put his life in jeopardy. Then you
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Briana
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was very hopeful and excited for this book and I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it immensely. The synopsis intrigued me, as I thought it had a similar premise to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, where a couple of magicians take on apprentices in a competition to see who would win in magic and skill. While Illusions did not have such a competition, it did have the same air
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Lenore Kosinski
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4 stars — Guess who has a crying headache now? Oh, that would be me!!! I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this one, as it’s a bit out of my wheelhouse in a couple of ways: a) I don’t tend to read historical; and b) it was written as a series of journal entries, which I wasn’t sure I was going to like. But that blurb just sucked me in, you know? Which, I must say, now that I’ve r
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