BORN OF ILLUSION
Readers will cheer for Brown’s Anna from the start. An expert in the world of illusions, Anna has a huge heart, brains and a desire to be normal. But the real high point of the novel is Brown’s 1920s-set world. There is a feel of magic — literally and figuratively — to everything, practiced by illusionists like Houdini and also in reality. This construct builds a plot different from most of today’s YA. One frustrating aspect, however, is Anna’s continuing indecision — or naïveté — toward the two men in her life. A mysterious and magical tale.