by Kiersten White
Genre: Ya Lit/Fantasy/Romance
Publish Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
“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 has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.
After reading Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy trilogy, I have pretty much put her on the list of authors that I will buy their book as soon as I know about it. She weaves a fantastic story, filled with humor and tension. I was not disappointed with Illusions of Fate. Almost as soon as I started it, I got caught up in the story; it was really hard to put down.
Jessamin, an “island rat” from Melei, is attending university in Albion while working in a hotel. One day she is rescued by a dashing stranger, Finn, and her life is forever changed. I loved how strong of a person Jessamin was; when she is drawn into Finn’s world of magic and political intrigue (very violently too), she does not accept help easily from anyone.
I loved the romance that developed between Jessamin and Finn. While she caught his interest at first sight, she was slightly afraid of him for awhile, and then it took her time to get over her prejudice of his being Albion. As she put it, she did not want to be his Melei pet.
The racism that exists between Albion and Melei is prevalent to this story, as some characters find love despite the distrust that exists between the two countries, while some bitterly resent Albion.
Another great aspect of this story was its basis around Victorian England. I love stories like this (some of my favorite romance books take place in this era). From women needing a chaperon in the presence of an unmarried male, to corsets, class stations, and the Queen, you can roughly place the time period it is supposed to take place in, but with a twist of magic added in. (Also a bit of a give away is the name of the country. Albion is the oldest known name for Great Britain).
There were twists in this story that I never saw coming, and I loved it! I literally gasped at one point, I was so shocked, which is why Kiersten White is one of my favorite authors. I always know I am going to love her books! (The book itself, without the dust jacket, is absolutely beautiful!) Seriously, go pick up this book! You will love it!