Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds


Thomas Pendelton was born into wealth and prestige. He has a sensitive heart and wants nothing more than to write poetry. Instead, he is apprenticing for Neville Wighton the Great, an aging magician who has become somewhat crazed over the years in his pursuit of fame. With Thomas’ help, Wighton is about to premiere the greatest illusion seen by man, for Thomas possesses something no other illusionist has: real magic. Many in the theatrical worl...

Details Illusions

Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherEntangled: Teen
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Lgbt, Romance, Glbt, Queer

Reviews Illusions

  • D.M.
    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 ...
  • Luupi
    Recently in October I had to watch "The Ilusionist" for school and this book reminded me of it so much but better since it has a more deep and moving love story. "And though I may still have to hide from those who would intend me harm, I can at least stop hiding from one person in particular... Myself." Illusions is about Thomas and Saverio, both apprentices of famous magicians but for different reasons. The story starts when Thomas' magician per...
  • Stella (Paper Wings)
    "All's fair in love and magic." In a weird way, this book reminds me of The Abyss Surrounds Us. The two books are very different plot-wise, but they're alike in that, although they both have interesting premises, solid worlds, and exciting plots, we all know we're only here for the Gay.So. Let's đź‘Ź talk đź‘Ź about đź‘Ź the Gay đź‘Ź. It's not the best romance I've ever read, but it is still so adorable. As the blurb says, one of two main charac...
    Thank you to netgalley for giving me an e-ARC for an honest review."O, the things I tolerate to portray the ultimate illusion: love."Thomas is a gentle soul who wants nothing more than to write poetry, but he is stuck as a magician apprentice to Neville Whiton the Great because he hides a secret: he possesses real magic.Saverio is a magicians apprentice to the rival of Neville and has set out to find out how Neville does and unbelievable trick, b...
  • Shannon
    3.5*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 n...
  • Nicole Jacobs
    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 b...
  • becca
    "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 ...
  • 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....
  • Brooke Banks
    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! ABOUT ILLUSIONS ABOUT ILLUSIONS'S AUTHOR IMHO: I...
  • Alex (Briennai)
    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...
  • Jackie
    An interesting idea and an overall okay read that dives into the world of love and magic. “Illusions” sets up a struggle between two rival magicians as one succeeds at doing the impossible causing the other to send in his apprentice as a spy to uncover just how he was able to pul off his latest trick. This is very similar to the idea behind “The Prestige” only with real magic and instead of trying to outdo the other we have one trying to ...
  • Laila
    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 Th...
  • Zoe
    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 re...
  • Karyl Ahn White
    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 ...
  • Eva
    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 possess...
  • Cheryl
    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 ...
  • 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.
  • Ashley
    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 f...
  • Briana
    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 ...
  • Lenore Kosinski
    1970-01-01 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....
  • Corley Elizabeth
    2.5 stars.With how busy I've been this past month, I really wanted a book that didn't require a lot of thinking on my part. I tried out Illusions mostly because there wasn't anything else I felt like reading and because I'm interested in another of the author's works, but this turned out to be a fun, easy read. So while it wasn't groundbreaking over even very compelling and I did have problems with certain things, reading it was enjoyable. I curr...
  • Olivia Farr
    "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 int...
  • 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 startsThe 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 ...
  • Aly
    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 perspective...
  • Rachael
    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 f...
  • Ilona
    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 appren...
  • 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 int...
  • Kat
    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 ...
  • Grace Bowling
    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 wh...
  • Sophie
    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 t...