What’s Next? (53) – Real Life, Illusions, and Spells

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Here are a few I have to (or want to!) read soon. Which first?

You Look Different in Real Life

For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they’re real life.

The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There’d be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star.

Now sixteen, Justine doesn’t feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies, feels like a disappointment.

But these teens have a bond that goes deeper than what’s on film. They’ve all shared the painful details of their lives with countless viewers. They all know how it feels to have fans as well as friends. So when this latest movie gives them the chance to reunite, Justine and her costars are going to take it. Because sometimes, the only way to see yourself is through someone else’s eyes.

Smart, fresh, and frequently funny, You Look Different in Real Life is a piercing novel about life in an age where the lines between what’s personal and what’s public aren’t always clear.

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?

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    May 30, 2013

    I'm loving the sound of Born of Illusion! I've been meaning to do this link up…must remember.

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    Jenea Whittington

    May 30, 2013

    Born of Illusion for sure! :)

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    Sam Kasbrick

    May 30, 2013

    The Indigo Spell. :)

    I'd appreciate a vote on mine!

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    May 30, 2013

    Born of Illusion!

    – Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

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    Jenna D.

    May 30, 2013

    Another vote for Born of Illusion!

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    May 30, 2013

    I”m reading BOW right now and it is UH MAZE ING. End of story. You must read it Hafsah. :D

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    Christianna Marks

    May 30, 2013

    Well I wanna read all of these, so I'm no help!

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    Nicole Hewitt

    May 30, 2013

    All of these sound really good, but I really loved the Indigo Spell, so I have to vote for that one. I'd love it if you'd vote on mine as well!

    Hope you don't mind that I created my own image for the meme – I just wanted to try my hand at making one!

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    Kim (YA Asylum)

    May 31, 2013

    I got to meet Teri Brown earlier this month, so I'm really excited to read her Born of Illusions book. It should be really interesting :) And the cover is gorgeous.

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    May 31, 2013

    Born of Illusion, for sure! It sounds ever so intriguing.