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Monday, May 7, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Illusion by Frank Peretti

Illusion by Frank Peretti
Howard Books ~ 2012

About the book:

Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for forty years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the nineteen-year-old she was in 1970. Distraught and disoriented in what to her is the future, she is confined to a mental ward until she discovers a magical ability to pass invisibly through time and space to escape. Alone in a strange world, she uses her mysterious powers to eke out a living, performing magic on the streets and in a quaint coffee shop.

Hoping to discover an exciting new talent, Dane ventures into the coffee shop and is transfixed by the magic he sees, illusions that even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. But more than anything, he is emotionally devastated by this teenager who has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he first met and married some forty years earlier.

They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but even as Dane tries to sort out who she really is and she tries to understand why she is drawn to him, they are watched by secretive interests who not only possess the answers to Mandy’s powers and misplacement in time but also the roguish ability to decide what will become of her.

Frank Peretti has crafted a rich, rewarding story of love and life, loss and restoration, full of twists and mystery. Exceptionally well written, Illusion will soon prove another Peretti classic.

My rating:
My thoughts:

Since Illusion is only the second book I've read by Frank Peretti - the first being House which he co-wrote with Ted Dekker - I'm not that familiar with his writing, although many of his books I plan on reading.

I found the story to be very interesting and while a few things were confusing, it was still enjoyable! I think Mandy's character was really funny at times - especially when talking about computers, cell phones, etc.

There are a lot of magic tricks and illusions in Illusion and I found most of them interesting! Without giving away part of the story, I will say that what one character did in this story I didn't expect - it was a real sacrifice and made my opinion of him rise!

I probably would have given this 4 stars, except "Oh, My ***" and other similar things were said multiple times - didn't like that.

There were a few times I found myself not that into the story - it was interesting throughout, but I could set it down easily and not be anxiously awaiting to continue. That said, there were times that it was super suspenseful and I loved that part of the story!

Overall, Illusion was a great read that I enjoyed - I plan on reading more of Frank Peretti's novels in the future.

*I received this book for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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  1. Good review Melanie! I've read several Frank Peretti books and have liked the suspense of them. I think my daughter has all of his books, so Illusion is a must in this household :)

    Julie@My Favorite Pastime

  2. I'd like to read one of his books, I've heard a lot about them.


  3. I absolutely loved this story ~ I pretty much devoured it completely! I highly recommend it!

  4. Thanks for this great giveaway. I look forward to reading this book. Gale

  5. Ohhh I'd love to win this one! Thanks!

  6. Great review, thanks Melanie for being honest about your views on this book :)

  7. Great review sounds like a book I would like to read! Thanks for the giveaway as well!

  8. I like Peretti's books and this one looks really interesting.


  9. I love Frank Peretti's books.

  10. I like suspense books. I think this would be a good read

  11. I've always wanted to read one of his books, thanks for the review and giveaway.

  12. This sounds like an interesting premise for a novel, and an fun read. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

  13. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway! I've had my eye on this book and excited to the opportunity to try and win it!

  14. Great sounding plot line. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Carl Scott

  15. Illusion sounds really intriguing, please add me for Frank's newest book. Thanks!

  16. I'd love to win this one. Peretti is one of my favorites since I read his "This Present Darkness." Awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I've never read any of Frank Peretti's books, I'm kind of a scardy cat =). But this one sounds really good and I'll have to give him a go!

  18. I've read a few of Peretti's older books, but nothing since Monster. I always enjoy his writing and have been thinking about picking up this one.

  19. Excellent review. Peretti has been a favorite author in our home for decades! So looking forward to Illusion!

  20. This book looks so interesting - I would love to win it! I like books with time travel and this one sounds so original!

  21. This looks and sounds amazing - thank you for the giveaway

    scarlettkitty at hotmail dot com

  22. Sounds great enter me!!


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