Title : Illusions Of Fate
Author : Kiersten White
Pages : 288
Published : September 9th 2014
Publisher : HarperTeen
Source : Edelweiss
Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.
“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.
Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.
My Thoughts :
Jessamin moves to Albion from her home town of Melei to study at a prestigious school. Her biological father is a professor there and Jessamin wormed her way into the school through her father. She is determined to be the best and studies hard. Despite being wealthy in Melei, Jessamin has nothing in Albion. She has to work at a hotel to make ends meet.
One day while in the park she meets the mysterious enigmatic Finn. From then on it seems she bumps into him wherever she goes. Finn is rich, charming and Jessamin finds herself drawn to him, but is he all he seems? Jessamin discovers a dark and deadly side to Albion and she is dragged into it through Finn. She becomes the pawn in a deadly game an her only hope of surviving is sticking close to the person who brought this upon her.
This is by far my favourite Kiersten White book!! A fun romantic magical read.
Jessamin was an awesome heroine. Spunky, brave, smart and witty. Despite being seen as inferior by Albion society because she comes from Melei, Jessamin stays upbeat and doesn't let them get to her. She is the best in her class and extremely bright and she relies on no one.
The enigmatic Finn was perfect. Loyal, generous, brave and a true gentleman. Its hard not to love him. He tries to keep away from Jessamin simply because he doesn't want to pull her into his world but he just cant seem to stop himself. He was just an amazing character.
I also have to say that I loved Eleanor. She was such a fun person. Lol. I loved that she was so confident in herself and even though her family thought she didn't have a lot of magic, she still managed some awesome spells. She was a breath of fresh air!!
Overall I fell in love with the world Kiersten White has created. From the exquisite writing to the magical plot and from the fantastic characters to the witty repertoire, Illusions Of Fate is a must read. I loved everything from the pacing to the plot and flew through the book. Its has everything Ive come to expect from the author, fast pacing, fun characters, sweet romance and swoon worthy men. This is a book that will stay firmly on my favourites shelf. I hope there's more from this world because I need more Finn!!