Parents' Guide to

Illusions of Fate

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Romantic page-turner has stellar heroine of color.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Very good, should be a series

This was a really good novel! I loved Jessamin - she's a strong-willed character who uses her smarts to save herself and others. And Finn is an interesting character; his romance with Jessamin just fits. I only wish the book was longer because it felt like it needed more expanding on the universe, and I honestly feel like this would work better as a book series. But I really enjoyed it overall! Violence: Lots of fantasy violence. A man breaks a woman's fingers with magic; blood is described. A few deaths. Characters are injured. A beloved creature is killed. Sex: Some references and blossoming romance between the two leads. Kissing is described but not in too much detail. Language: Some mild swears.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The saddest thing about ILLUSIONS OF FATE is that unless the fates magically turn this into a series, it's the last we'll see of Jessamin, a rather fantastic heroine. She's brilliant and fiercely independent and quite funny, especially when she writes home to her overbearing mother. Finn also is a catch of a mysterious romantic interest. Seeing the sparks that fly between the two -- the dialogue is especially strong -- makes this a real page-turner.

The magical world that author Kiersten White creates also intrigues -- with some aspects (the dual shadows, birds that turn into books) intriguing more than others. Some aspects are a little unbelievable, such as Jessamin's lightning-fast grasp of the magical world and how she can manipulate it. Still, the ending will definitely surprise and satisfy.

Book Details

  • Author: Kiersten White
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: September 9, 2014
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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