BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown (WoW #125)

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

Born Of Illusion

Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?

BORN OF ILLUSION will be released June 11th, 2013 from Balzer + Bray (HarperTeen).

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


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    February 13, 2013

    I like the sound of this one – thanks for sharing :)

    Here's my WOW pick.

    Wit and Sin

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    Jennifer Messerschmidt

    February 13, 2013

    Breaking people out of jail at 13 is a great skill! LOL I love books and movies about magicians.
    My WOW

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    Martina Koleva

    February 13, 2013

    I love the sound of it but I don't know how I'm going to overlook the fact that the book is set in 1920.. Oh well, I hope you enjoy reading it when it comes out. Great pick!
    Come check out my WOW post.
    PS: Love the cover!

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    Jenea Whittington

    February 13, 2013

    I want this so badly. Anna sounds like she is going to be awesome. Great choice.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's WoW

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    Patrick Castro

    February 13, 2013

    ooh! I picked this a while back! Can't wait for it too!

    Happy Reading!
    My WoW:

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    February 13, 2013

    Magicians :D Oh yeah!

    WoW Mel@thedailyprophecy

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    February 13, 2013

    I am sooo excited for this book too and that cover!!!!!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    Janita @ Book, Interrupted

    February 13, 2013

    I'm really excited for this too! I love the 1920s, and magicians. This just sounds awesome all around.
    My WoW :)

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    February 13, 2013

    Uuuuh sounds interesting. And that cover is just .. wauw!
    My WoW

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    Sandra @ Waiting For Wentworth

    February 13, 2013

    This sounds really good! Thanks for sharing.
    My Wow

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    Christianna Marks

    February 13, 2013

    Oooooo, this sounds right up my alley! I'm adding it to Goodreads right now!

    My WoW:

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    Tribute Books Mama

    February 13, 2013

    Sounds good to me, a great cover.

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    Jennifer @ YA Sisterhood

    February 13, 2013

    This one sounds really good, and I'm so glad it ended up on Edelweiss!!

    My WOW

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    Alyssa Susanna

    February 13, 2013

    WOW #125! That is awesome! And what a great WOW choice it is. I cannot wait to read this book! :D

    My WoW Post!

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    Tammy Sparks

    February 13, 2013

    This sounds amazing! Great choice, I believe I've already marked it to read on Goodreads, but I'm going to go check right now:)

    Here's my WOW.

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    rivie bleu

    February 14, 2013

    I've seen this before, it does sound interesting. I'm waiting for The Game this week

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    February 19, 2013

    wow! ;-)