Review “Illusions Begin” – N.L.Greene

April 15, 2014 Book Review, Initial Reaction 1

Review “Illusions Begin” – N.L.GreeneIllusions Begin by N.L.Greene
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Published on: January 14th 2014
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 295
Series: MysticSeeker #1
Genre: YA Thriller
Format: Review Copy

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 This book is part of the MysticSeeker Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Illusions Begin (MysticSeeker #1)
Magic Unfolds (MysticSeeker #2)
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.The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Katherine Rebecca has always done exactly what was expected of her. Her prim and proper upbringing taught her the importance of family, sacrifice, and social stature. She has followed in her parents’ footsteps, being trained and groomed daily almost from birth, to take over the family law firm. It was never a question of IF she wanted to but WHEN she would take the reins of the company.

She worked rigorously toward that predetermined goal her entire life. She gave up friends, boyfriends, and an exciting social life in order to propel herself through school and college.

Katherine Rebecca strives to please her parents. More than anything, she basked in their praise and approval. But now, at 21 years old, she finds herself leading a life that is nothing like the life she imagined for herself.

Becky has always possessed a deep love of magic. Ever since she was a small child she has been fascinated with magicians, illusions, mystery, and the vague hope that there was some sort of real magic in the world. But this is a secret no one knows, or at least that’s what she thought.

Until one day Becky finds a mysterious business card in her pocket that leads her to an equally mysterious man. He opens up a whole new world of possibilities to her, one with a tantalizing proposition that she never thought imaginable.

Could magic actually be real?

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Initial Reaction

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My Thoughts

This book is a great reminder that not all magic themed books have to feature wands and fantastical creatures to put its readers under a spell from which they are unable to take their eyes off the book until they reach the last page. The magic in this book is all about illusions and tricks, the kind of magic that you would go and see and then spend a week trying to figure out how it was done! To me, magicians are like rockstars, so to have an entire series dedicated to magic and the magicians behind it was something too good to miss out on, and so far I have not been disappointed.

Katherine Rebecca or Becky as she is known is the perfect daughter, having been brought up being groomed for the family business is is everything her parents expect and need her to be. But she is bored, and her love and secret ‘magical’ life is the thing that helps her to keep up the charade that she is happy in the life her parents have set out for her.

I have never like the whole “family business” thing, I have always thought that it is kind of unfair for parents to expect their children to sacrifice their own dreams to keep their parents dreams going. My dad owns a brewery: he loves it, I don’t. As much as I love my dad I do not see myself running the brewery once he retires. But Becky sacrifices her own dreams for her parents, and her selflessness along with her quirky thinking  makes her such a likeable character.

In this book we are lucky enough to have not just one but two delicious men to drool over and if there is one thing N.L.Greene is good at, it’s writing men worthy of our drool! Ethan, the very attractive cop, who is one of those men who just says and does all the perfect things as makes the butterflies appear in your belly. Everyone needs an Ethan in their lives, even if just as a friend. Then there is mystery man Blaine. I do love a mysterious man, as does Becky, and the attraction between them is immediately there. Don’t worry, there’s no insta-love, just normal chemistry and shock worthy sparks.

As well as the drool worthy men there is also Becky’s father and her Ex-Fiance Lance who make appearances in this book. I didn’t know how to feel about her father. I liked him, he was a nice man, but at the same time it annoyed me that he couldn’t see that his daughter was not happy with the life he had basically forced her into. Ex-fiance Lance is a douche, scumbag, sleaze ball… (I could go on forever!). Basically NOT a nice person in the slightest, who refuses to accept things not going his way.

And then there is the magic. The book starts with Becky’s earliest memory of being taken to the circus and immediately falling in love with the magicians. (Kind of reminds me of my first Book Day at school.) I find it really sad that she has to keep her love of magic a secret, and through the whole book its very obvious that she is lonely. She has no friends, she has no social life, all she really has is her magic.

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Final Thoughts

An excellent start to the series. N.L.Greene is perfect at drawing us in and giving us just enough information to get us hooked. I’m really interested to see how each persons story is going to develop in the following books and I can’t wait for more magic!!!

Re-Readability: Yes

I would recommend this book to fans of: books about real world magic, magicians, romance, coming of age character

Rating Liked.5

Check out my reviews for other books by N.L.Greene:
Twisted . Fractured Glass

Have you read Illusions Begin?

What is your favourite ‘magic’ book? What magical power/spell do you wish you could have/use?

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