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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  54 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
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ebook, 380 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Entangled: Teen
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Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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. The beginnings
Nicole Jacobs
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
"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 honest
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 assistant in order
Brooke Banks
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!


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Alex (Briennai)
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 was that they
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 disco
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karyl Ahn White
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 so very heart touching that I find
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 and alter peop
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Review to come - I absolutely loved this story, it was so so beautiful.
Amelia Brunskill
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.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 of mystery,
Lenore Kosinski
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

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 s
Olivia Farr
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Yonia Santana
Disclaimer I voluntarily read and reviewed this advance reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. So thank you so much to the author, Entangled publishing, and Netgalley for giving me the chance to review this amazing book.

I give this book a 3.5/5 starts

The writing style of the books is interesting, and unique. Illusions is written in a series of diary entries, letters and newspaper clippings. The story is told in the point of views of two main characters. Thomas Pendleton,
I'm a bit conflicted on how to rate this, but for now I'll say it's 3.75/5 stars.

To start off, I'd like to say that this book is written in a journal entry format interchanging between the characters. If you aren't used to this format, it could be something you need to get used to, but it shouldn't be much of a bother. My only drawback with this format is that while I do get to connect with the characters really well as I see multiple perspectives, it does make the plot go much slower in the beg
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, I would like to thank Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read the ARC of Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds. I voluntarily read and reviewed this advanced copy; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book was not what I expected. I had heard that if you liked The Night Circus that you would love this book, however it was nothing like TNC and I am actually thankful! This is an LGBT romance, as well as YA fantasy.

The first thing I noticed about this book i
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read the ARC of Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds. I voluntarily read and reviewed this advanced copy; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Illusions is a story about two magician apprentices whose lives come together in the most magical way. Thomas is the apprentice of Neville Wighton, a job that he despises and with a secret that he anxiously wants to keep. Saverio is the apprentice of Paolo il Magnificente and tasked with disc
Lauren - SERIESous Books
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This is a voluntary review; all opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

This book took me awhile to get into probably because it is told through (primarily) journal entries and that delivers the story in a different way. You focus more on the characters, their feelings and daily events more so than the setting or interactions with other characters. But once I got into the groove of the POV format, the story was easy
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Since I read this through an eBook version, it will be interesting to see if this is another alternate formatted book. Illusions is told through two perspectives, each through written letters, pictures, and other forms to convey their stories. I think a physical copy of this book would be highly beneficial to the reader.

I was also surprised, since I rarely remember the synopses, that this was a LGBT romance between two male characters stuck in a forbidden situation. Set in historical London, we
Grace Bowling
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas and Saverio are apprentices for two competing magicians. Saverio is tasked with figuring out how the competition preforms their greatest trick. To do this he gets close to Thomas, and you can probably guess that he ends up falling in love with him, and things don’t go as planned when Thomas finds out exactly whats going on. On the other side of the story, Thomas is dealing with some major life changing things, trying to hide who he is what he is from the world.

This novel takes the form o
I love magic and book about magic, and even more when it's real magic. So obviously I had to read this one. Most of the book is written through our two main characters' journal entries, letters, newspaper titles or else, making us feel like the story was documented to us, until the very end (I found it a little sad we found out about this other narrative not until the last pages because I was suddenly way more invested, but as I said, it was at the very end).

The whole book seemed a little slow a
Staci Campbell

Although it was a seemingly slow start, it was a really intriguing read the entire time. Written from both boys POV, but in a journaling style!! This also made it very personal, and vivid!! The world building was impressive, however I would have liked to hear more about some of the other, lesser characters. Otherwise a vivid, lush, romantic, magical tale of power and the cost that comes with it!! A perfect LGBTQ read also!!! Loved that about this story!!

Saverio and Thomas have more in common th
Abbi Fricke
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-releases
I ended up rating this book 4.5 stars.

"Illusions" is one of my most anticipated books of the year so thank goodness I wasn't disappointed. The beginning was a tad slow, it took me up to 14% to get really into it. After I go through the first part I ended up reading the rest of this book in one sitting it was so good.

"Illusions" is about two boys: Thomas (16), who has actual magic and is an unwilling assistant to a magician, and Sav (19), a wannabe magician and a magicians apprentice sent to sedu
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The book itself is broken into three parts, with the first taking up over fifty percent of the length. Everything (except part 3) is written in diary entries with newspaper headings and fliers interspersed through. Part one is where the story is setup between Thomas and Saverio along with their emotional connection. While I appreciate that the setup
Macy Klingerman
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was so, so beautiful and I’m glad I got to experience it. I was so excited when I saw that it was about magicians, but my excitement tripled when I saw that it was an LGBT story! Illusions is told in multimedia format, through journals, flyers, among other things. I felt like this method of storytelling was super effective, and it added to the narrative, making it feel more personal somehow. Sometimes with multimedia books, it feels like nothing is added to the story, but thankfully t ...more
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