I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal, YA
Published by HarperTeen Pages: 288
“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.
I have had the first book of this authors Paranormalcy series sitting on my bookshelf unread. After reading Illusions of Fate I think that maybe I should give that series a try as I really enjoyed this book by the author.
Jessamin is a commoner and from an island that is regarded as a uncivilized country. She now lives in Albion because her mother wants her to go to school and find a wealthy husband. Jessamin would rather be back in Melei and the only reason she was able to attend school was that her father, who wants nothing to do with her, works there. Jessamin pretty much blackmailed her way into the school.
On day on her way back to where she lives she is attacked by a man and another young man steps in and helps her get away. Finn, is a lord and shouldn’t want to associate with Jessamin but he is charmed by her. Finn, does try and stay away from her for her own protection but by then it’s to late and now Jessamin is thrown into a world she didn’t know existed. The world of magic.
Lord Downpike wants something Finn has and thinks he can use Jessamin to get it. This puts her in a very dangerous situation. Though in the end it will be Jessamin’s wits that saves the day.
Jessamin is a real spitfire and very stubbon. She refuses to have Finn try and ship her off somewhere safe. She wants to stay and face the enemy with Finn. This might not always be the best option but I love a female character who doesn’t cower, so I really enjoyed Jessamin.
Finn, seems like a really nice young Lord and doesn’t really care about what others might think of him being with an island woman. He has no parents to shock or care about who he hangs around with, but I think even if he did he wouldn’t care. He does everything he can to try and keep Jessamin safe which is hard to do since she is so stubborn.
There was a twist I didn’t see coming in the true nature of who Lord Downpike was and why he is doing what he is doing. I was truly shocked and didn’t see it coming and I loved it.
I like the way they used magic and that only the nobles could do magic, so it was something you were born with and you couldn’t learn it. Not that you couldn’t learn about it and figure ways to help redo magic spells.
I think the only thing that I didn’t like and it’s not really that big of a thing was that I thought the ending seemed a little rushed. I was nearly done with the story and I thought to myself, ‘Is this going to be a series?” Then boom within the last few pages everything was resolved and I was like nope guess not.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to try more from this author. If you are into YA and magic then it will probably appeal to you and I would recommend you give it a try. It’s a quick read that I think you will enjoy!