Illusions IMHO & Giveaway

Welcome back lovelies! You’re going to love today’s feature Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds. It’s a historical m/m romance with a touch of literal magic. My 5 star review is below along with a tour wide giveaway for TWO copies of Illusions!


I received this book for free from YA Bound Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Illusions IMHO & GiveawayTitle: Illusions
Author: Madeline J. Reynolds
Pub. Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher Entangled: Teen
Genres: Historical, M/M, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 380
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Thomas Pendelton was born into wealth and prestige. He has a sensitive heart and wants nothing more than to write poetry. Instead, he is apprenticing for Neville Wighton the Great, an aging magician who has become somewhat crazed over the years in his pursuit of fame. With Thomas’ help, Wighton is about to premiere the greatest illusion seen by man, for Thomas possesses something no other illusionist has: real magic. Many in the theatrical world are desperate to learn Wighton’s big secret. One such magician is Paolo il Magnifico. His apprentice, Saverio Moretti, is also seeking the answer. He has a scheme to get close to Wighton by seducing Thomas but seduction turns to real feelings. Now the young men must struggle to keep the secret of their romance, as well as the secret of Thomas’ magic, as both of these things could cost Thomas his life. Through journal entries, posters, letters, and other documents, ILLUSIONS is a story of love, betrayal, and of course, magic.


About Madeline J. Reynolds

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Madeline J. Reynolds is a YA fantasy author living in Chicago. Originally from Minneapolis, she has a background in journalism and has always loved storytelling in its various forms. When not writing, she can be found exploring the city, eating Thai food, or lost in an epic Lord of the Rings marathon.


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Content Warning: Abuse, Homophobia, Hate Crime, Depression, Public Execution

  • Told in alternating journal entries & poems by Thomas in between
  • Immediately engaging and swept me away, very easy to imagine and slip into
  • Could NOT stop reading. Pacing and flow is perfect.
  • Did have to flip back to check out the dates  as I was reading because I kept losing the time frame & dates, but that’s a personal problem
  • Journal entries were AMAZING. I love what was included and what was missing, leaving some to the imagination and between the lines. Voices and styles are very distinct for each narrator.
  • I love their getting to know each other and following romance. Thomas is an adorable cinnamon roll poet while Saverio is dashing, and mischievous. Saverio kinda reminds me of Flynn from Tangled, TBH. I can totally see him doing “the smolder” 
  • There’s no real explanation or world building in regards to the magic, it’s about their relationships and the now. I’m cool with that personally. But don’t go in expecting a ton of witchiness or spells or details.
  • Did not see that twist coming. Honestly thought it was going another way.
  • CRIED at the end. While in public on the bus. Embarrassing but so damn good.


Perfect for fans of Timekeeper by Tara Sim with less focus on the magical/paranormal aspects and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzie Lee, with a little bit of magic.



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