- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (October 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062321277
- ISBN-13: 978-0062321275
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,586,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 7 Up—A taut and swiftly paced historical spy mystery, filled with suspense and surprising plot twists. Samantha Donaldson, 17, works as a Girl Guide for Great Britain's MI5 during World War I. Her talent catch the attention of the military, who recruit her to join La Dame Blanche, a secret female spy organization, who promise that they will help locate her missing diplomat father. Her mission: impersonate a distant cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm's daughter-in-law, infiltrate the palace in Berlin under the guise of a governess, and locate a missing British spy sent there to find information on a new German weapon. Once she arrives, she must use her intellect and perception to make contact with the spy known only as Velvet. Brown has created a convincing, credible main character who behaves as a teen might under such dramatic circumstances by giving equal weight to her intellect and self-doubt. Her wartime Berlin comes to life, putting readers into the heart of the action. A romantic subplot is woven in without distracting from the main story. VERDICT A great fit for fans of Elizabeth's Wein's Code Name Verity (Disney-Hyperion, 2012) as well as more contemporary spy fare.—Hillary St. George, Los Angeles Public Library
“A slow-burning tale of espionage and deceit that explores the complexities and moral uncertainties of war.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A taut and swiftly paced historical spy mystery, filled with suspense and surprising plot twists...A great fit for fans of Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity.” (School Library Journal)
“A fast-paced thriller with a smart, savvy heroine at its heart.” (Booklist)
“[An edgy, taut thriller.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Young fans of spy thrillers…will devour this book.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
Praise for BORN OF ILLUSION: “Characterization is a strength in this first-person narrative, in which the setting, New York City in the 1920s, is so richly drawn as to become a character in itself …. Will appeal to fans of Libba Bray.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for BORN OF ILLUSION: “Anna’s strong personality and her complex relationship with her mother (who mixes love with professional jealousy), as well as a slightly supernatural romance, provide lots of teen appeal. ” (The Horn Book)
Praise for BORN OF ILLUSION: “Teri Brown creates a world of magic and deception, romance and intrigue. This book sparkles with dark arts.” (Melissa Walker, author of UNBREAK MY HEART and SMALL TOWN SINNERS)
Praise for BORN OF ILLUSION: “I suppose I could wax on about this book’s strengths-its magic, romance and exquisite historical detail-but the bottom line is: Teri Brown’s BORN OF ILLUSION is the most thoroughly enjoyable novel I’ve read all year.” (Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of THE TWIN'S DAUGHTER)
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Top customer reviews
I did love the main character, she's a very strong and smart female lead and I enjoyed the experience through her. However, I came way feeling that all the other characters came in and out so quick, and it being in first person, didn't allow me to get a good feel for the other characters.
I did, however, highly enjoy all the spying and intrigue going on. I thought those parts were well written and easy to understand and kept me turning the pages until the end. There were definitely a couple twists that I did not see coming!
I felt like the overall feel of the book was sometimes too modern (but that could just be me) and there were some parts where I thought the details were underdeveloped.
While it wasn't a perfect read, I still thought it was well written and a very engaging and thrilling read, so I would recommend it. I mean it's a historical fiction spy novel with a strong female lead, how could you really go wrong?
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Teri Brown does an excellent job of portraying the intricate webs of espionage and intrigue, especially at a time when countless lives depended on being the first to know. I particularly liked the chapter headings with espionage terminology and definitions, and I think the book was very insightful and well-researched in the area of female espionage in particular.
The twist in this book was quite unpredictable, and I found it to be a very fitting and satisfying wrap up for the plot.
I will certainly continue reading further historical fiction by Teri Brown.
INTERVIEW WITH TERI BROWN
I loved the women’s spy group. If you ran one, where would you send your spies?
Teri: In Portland, Oregon, we have an ice cream shop called Salt & Straw that has the craziest ice cream flavors known to man — honey and lavender, roasted cherry and bone marrow, blackberry and goat cheese with habanera — things like that. And they all work. Their ice cream is nationally known and so incredibly dreamy delicious. Every month they temporarily unleash a set of new flavors on the world. Yes, that is where I would send a spy — to uncover all their secret recipes and find out what they were working on ahead of time. You’re welcome, world. I’m nothing if not civic minded.
Tell us about this forbidden attraction to our German hero!
Teri: What’s not to love about dangerous attractions? Especially when you are 17 and undercover in Kaiser Wilhelm’s Palace! Plus, Maxwell Mayer wears his guard uniform so very well and has a touch of melancholy about him. Who can resist a handsome, tortured hero in uniform? Certainly not Sam. But there’s that whole being an undercover spy on the opposite side of the war thing that keeps getting in the way …
Head over to the HEA Blog to read more of Teri's interview!