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Peek Inside Illusions

Sav has one goal: Get close. Learn the trick. Get out. But when he discovers Thomas’s real magic is responsible for his master’s “illusions,” and Sav falls for Thomas, their forbidden romance could destroy their lives.


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Dear Thomas,

I know you're angry. It's true, I was sent to expose your mentor as a fraud illusionist, and instead I have put your secret in jeopardy. I fear I have even put your life in jeopardy. For that I can only beg your forgiveness. I've fallen for you. You know I have. And I never wanted to create a rift between us, but if it means protecting you from those who wish you dead—I'll do it. I'll do anything to keep you safe, whatever the sacrifice. Please forgive me for all I've done and what I'm about to do next. I promise, it's one magic trick no one will ever see coming.



“I LOVED THIS BOOK, THIS STORY WAS BREATHTAKING (I mean that quite literally, as a few scenes had me crying and therefore I had no breath). This book sunk into my soul and made me feel everything I was meant to.” – Nicole Jacobs, NetGalley

“I highly recommend for older teen readers and adults who like historical romance- this is definitely a worthwhile read!” – Olivia Farr, Goodreads

“I enjoyed this mysterious, magical, and romantic novel, and would recommend it to anyone looking for an enchanting LGBT read.”—Rachael NetGalley

"…an amazing story of love, and magic, and what happens when the two come together. This book would be great for fan of The Night Circus, or even a Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I highly recommend you look out for it when it hits shelves in November!” –Grace Bowling, NetGalley

“A truly wonderful and emotional LGBT romance that will keep enthralled until the very end. This book ruined me in the best way possible and I would definitely recommend reading it.” –Ashley, NetGalley

“this book definitely more than satisfied me and left me with an overall good feeling (despite almost making me cry.)” –Abbi Fricke, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635647
Release Date: Nov 6, 2018
Page Count: 384
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, historical victorian, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Nicole September 10, 2018

I LOVED THIS BOOK, THIS STORY WAS BREATHTAKING ( I mean that quite literally, as a few scenes had me crying and therefore I had no breath)

This book sunk into my soul and made me feel everything I was meant to.

Illusions Is about two magicians apprentices, one that is trying to steal a secret of... ...more

By Brooke November 18, 2018

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.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... ...more

By Alex November 11, 2018

I came to this book expecting an exciting story about the lives of magicians entertaining people in the late 1800s. As someone who loves stories about old show business, I just KNEW that I was going to love this one. What I got was so much more than what I could have ever dreamed of. 

When I start... ...more

By Karyl Ahn November 10, 2018

Illusions by Madeline J Reynolds

“And here I was thinking I wouldn’t have any fun in London”

My favorite line from the ARC.

I really enjoyed this book though it was a bit surprising. It was almost as if you’d climes I to your grandparent’s attic and finding a collection of diaries, letters, news cli... ...more

By Eva November 07, 2018

take two magician's apprentices, in victorian london, and have one performing in a magic show with an inexplicable illusion and the other out to figure out how it's done, and you have the barebones of this story. illusions is told from the perspective of the two apprentices, thomas and saverio, t... ...more

By November 17, 2018

Review to come - I absolutely loved this story, it was so so beautiful. ...more

By Amelia November 12, 2018

I really enjoyed this book! It was a wonderful mixture of magic, romance, and really excellent writing. I loved how distinct the voices of the two boys were, and how genuine their connection felt. My two thumbs, they are both up. ...more

By Ashley September 18, 2018

At first, I was not sure that I would enjoy this book since it is written completely in journal format and I typically cannot get into this writing style. This was not the case when it came to Illusions! I was absolutely entranced within the first few chapters.

It is such a beautiful story set in... ...more

By Briana September 10, 2018

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was very hopeful and excited for this book and I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it immensely. The synopsis intrigued me, as I thought it had a similar premise to The Night Circus by Erin Mo... ...more

By Lenore November 05, 2018

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4 stars — Guess who has a crying headache now? Oh, that would be me!!! I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this one, as it’s a bit out of my wheelhouse in a cou... ...more

By Olivia September 28, 2018

"Illusions" was an enthralling historical romance with supernatural elements. The premise set up at the beginning of the book is that we are reading the historical documents held by the London Metropolitan Archives- diary entries of Thomas Pendleton and Saverio Moretti (translated), magician's ap... ...more

By Aly October 16, 2018

I'm a bit conflicted on how to rate this, but for now I'll say it's 3.75/5 stars.

To start off, I'd like to say that this book is written in a journal entry format interchanging between the characters. If you aren't used to this format, it could be something you need to get used to, but it shouldn... ...more

By Rachael September 18, 2018

First and foremost, I would like to thank Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read the ARC of Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds. I voluntarily read and reviewed this advanced copy; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book was not what I expected. I had heard that if you l... ...more

By Ilona October 07, 2018

Thank you to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read the ARC of Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds. I voluntarily read and reviewed this advanced copy; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Illusions is a story about two magician apprentices whose lives come together in the most... ...more

By Kat November 12, 2018

Since I read this through an eBook version, it will be interesting to see if this is another alternate formatted book. Illusions is told through two perspectives, each through written letters, pictures, and other forms to convey their stories. I think a physical copy of this book would be highly... ...more

By Grace September 30, 2018

Thomas and Saverio are apprentices for two competing magicians. Saverio is tasked with figuring out how the competition preforms their greatest trick. To do this he gets close to Thomas, and you can probably guess that he ends up falling in love with him, and things don’t go as planned when Thoma... ...more

By Abbi September 11, 2018

I ended up rating this book 4.5 stars.

"Illusions" is one of my most anticipated books of the year so thank goodness I wasn't disappointed. The beginning was a tad slow, it took me up to 14% to get really into it. After I go through the first part I ended up reading the rest of this book in one si... ...more

By Macy November 05, 2018

This story was so, so beautiful and I’m glad I got to experience it. I was so excited when I saw that it was about magicians, but my excitement tripled when I saw that it was an LGBT story! Illusions is told in multimedia format, through journals, flyers, among other things. I felt like this meth... ...more

By Kat October 06, 2018

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher Entangled for the E-Arc copy of the novel.
Interesting is the first word when I think of this book. The journal entry format and the two magicians entwined in this story make is hard to put down. I usually do not enjoy this type of format to a novel, but fo... ...more

By Francesca November 02, 2018

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me a free copy in exchange of an honest review*

I liked this book very much. Set in late 19th century London, it narrates the meet cute of two magician apprentices: a cute MLM paranormal romance. It's well written, the characters are nuanced, we... ...more

By Rachel September 18, 2018

A cool magic and love story told through alternating journals. I hadnt read the synopses st all so had no idea what to expect but loved it. Both Sav and Thomas were great characters and the author did a great job intertwining the theme of illusion throughout.

Full disclosure- I received a copy of... ...more

By Ayah November 19, 2018

My review will be up soon.

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By Lucy-May November 16, 2018

This book has left me absolutely speechless; magic is at the centre of this story but the writing is 100x as magical. Although part of the plot was predictable there was enough suspense & surprises to make that irrelevant - the characters were impossible not to get emotional about & the p... ...more

By USOM November 14, 2018

(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

So I came for the magic and ended up staying for the characters. For some reason, books about magic seem to be a soft spot. Maybe because I'm obsessed with that brief moment right... ...more

By Charlotte November 09, 2018

*ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review*

This was a text that took a little while to build up steam, but kept me traveling with it due to my love of the characters. I highly enjoyed the slow build of the relationship with the hints of magic. While the magic could have been a bi... ...more

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Madeline J. Reynolds

About the author

Madeline J. Reynolds

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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