Ever since a vampire murdered her mother, Ava has been determined to get revenge. This all-encompassing drive has given her the fuel she needed to survive foster home after foster home.
But it’s been ten years since anyone’s seen a vampire, and Ava has lost hope that she’ll ever find one . . . until she stumbles across a hidden magic show where she witnesses impossible illusions. The magicians may not be the bloodsuckers she’s hunting, but Ava is convinced something supernatural is at play, so she sneaks backstage and catches them in acts they can’t explain.
But they’ve been waiting for her.
The magicians reveal they’re part of an ancient secret society with true magic, and Ava has the same power in her blood that they do. If she joins them, they promise to teach her the skills she needs to hunt vampires and avenge her mother. But there’s a catch: if she wants to keep the power they offer, she needs to prove she’s worthy of it. And to do so, she must put on the performance of her life in a sinister and dangerous competition where illusion and reality blur, and the stakes are deadly.
I love the cover of Cruel illusion and the blurb did sound so interesting and made me curious. Margie Fuston has a good writing style. Everything is easy to read and detailed. The book started off really well and I was really curious about what was going to happen next. But the more I read, the more I lost interest. It dragged on, I started skipping chapters because not much really happened. The characters also remained rather pale and I couldn’t really put myself in their shoes.
I put the book aside for a while in the hope that I would try it again and that it would get better. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case and after about 150 pages I did not finished the book. The book had potential, but its just didn’t grab me
The rights to the covers lie with the respective publisher / author! This book was made available to me as a review copy by Hodder & Stoughton. All reviews reflect my honest opinion.
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