Review: Born of Deception

Jul •  3 •  2014

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Review: Born of DeceptionBorn of Deception by Teri Brown
Published by Balzer + Bray on July 3, 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Historical/Fantasy
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Loving the first book, I was so excited to have the second book in my hands. I was excited to join Anna and Cole once again in the world of Illusion and see what author Teri Brown has in store for Born of Deception.

This story continues following Anna and her new life alongside a tour where she is able to take the stage and perform her magical abilities. Along with this she ventures along with Cole into an underground society to learn more about her abilities and meet other people. However, was she safer back in the states? Full of action, adventure, magic, romance, and a definite twist, this book proved to be an exciting read that kept me on my toes after every chapter.

Anna has grown much from the first book but with her new life and her being on her own most of the time, I feel we are still seeing her naïve and vulnerability slip through the cracks and different questions pop in her head that make her rethink some things. I feel that Anna is going through the stage everyone goes through when they leave home and they have the world to themselves. However, although she may feel alone, she meets new friends as well as has Cole and her mother watching out for her. Anna is a lucky girl.

I want to say that Cole and Anna’s relationship grows stronger in this book however; there is much where they spend their time arguing. I can see that Cole cares about Anna but there are times where I feel that he is babying her and although it is for her own protection, he needs to know that she is now a grown woman and she needs to make some choices by herself even if they are mistakes. By the end of the book, we know that these two and perfect for each other and the questions that surrounded them and their relationship disappears.

The twist was great. I had a feeling but I know that most of the time my judgment is proven wrong. I was still excited to read how the plans were played out and how things were lined up to the revealing moment. I hope you love it just as I have.

Overall this was an exciting sequel. I am sad to see it end but Teri Brown is an author worth reading. Born of Deception is an exceptional read that stands out amongst the greats. I highly encourage you to check it out.

I give this book 4 bites!





  1. Jenny
    Jul 3, 2014

    I’m a little bummed that Anna and Cole spend so much of their time arguing in this one Chayse, but I’m glad by the end it’s clear they’re a good fit. Really looking forward to the twist you mentioned too!

  2. Candace
    Jul 3, 2014

    I loved the first book! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one, I’m glad you enjoyed!