Magicians and War: A Review of DELUSION by Laura L. Sullivan

Delusion Delusion
Laura L. Sullivan
352 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: OKAY

When two beautiful teenage stage magicians in World War II England meet a pair of handsome men who can do real magic, sparks fly. But is it illusion, or delusion?

Opening-night jitters are nothing new for Phil and Fee Albion, who come from a long line of stage illusionists. The girls love to dazzle London audiences, but in the aftermath of the Blitz they’re bundled off to the countryside, where they’re safe from bombs and Nazis–and bored to pieces. Phil, always the passionate one, discovers a hidden college of real magicians led by the devastatingly handsome Arden. If only Phil can persuade these unworldly magicians to help England win the war! Daredevil that she is, she’ll risk anything to give her country a fighting chance, even if it means losing her heart . . . or her life.

  Overflowing with magicians, war, and bravery DELUSION is a action novel that will make readers emotional – and maybe even bored? Read on.

   Phil and Fee Albion are two teenage girls in a magic show. Fee being the kind softhearted one and Phil the brave one. So when a bomb interrupts their magic show and destroys their home and one or two loved ones, Phil and Fee are sent off to Bittersweet, where Phil is bored and restless. Amazed that no one in Bittersweet knows about the war, Phil decides that it’s time she gives England a fighting chance. Soon she stumbles upon Stour, where a group of magicians, who want nothing to do with the war or anything that doesn’t concern them, are wasting their time. Doing her best between training the people of Bittersweet and enlightening the magicians, Phil is sure that England just might win.

    DELUSION takes place in England during the London Blitz and is mainly narrated from Phil’s point of view, but sometimes we can find Arden narrating. Towards the end of the novel the story became confusing. My best guess is that maybe Ms. Sullivan just wanted to get done with the story and start on something else. The writing had become choppy and it seemed like the characters were rushed when they spoke. But that was towards the end.

   DELUSION isn’t a book I fell in love with, but it’s still a good book. Rudyard, the headmaster of the magicians, was sometimes annoying, especially when he launched into a long explanation when Phil was curious. I really like Fee but she didn’t show up for half the story. Should you pick DELUSION up? I’m not sure, but you might as well just give it a try.

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    December 31, 2012

    I had some mixed feelings about this one as well. I really felt like it could have been amazing. Surprisingly I almost wish the magician aspect was cut out and the townspeople were more the focus. It was Phil's time with them that I liked the most. But that would change SO much and I did kind of like the romance. So yeah… good but not great.

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    December 31, 2012

    I'm not sure this is going to be a read for me. Sounds like you had some troubles with it. I always HOPE for the magic books to be good.

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    Christina K.

    December 31, 2012

    This sounds so unique but I see you didn't love it. Too bad, it was such a unique historical:)

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    January 2, 2013

    I had some big problems with Arden's actions toward Phil at the end but before that I was enjoying this rambling novel. Also agree that the ending in general felt rushed. I heard there is supposed to be a second novel, maybe?

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    January 6, 2013

    Huh. I don't know… this other blogger and two of her blogger friends made fun of this cover the other day which was a pretty funny post in general so I was hoping this review would redeem itself but I just don't think it was meant to be.

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    May 14, 2013

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