Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
About the Book: Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?In case you didn't catch the reference, that "greatest magician of all" refers to Harry Houdini. Yeah. Why don't we have more YA about Harry Houdini anyway? The guy was awesome...
Apparently this is the first in a series, but I'm not sure they're all about the same characters? Maybe they're just connected by this mysterious society. All I know is there isn't much info about the second one yet beyond that it deals with Rasputin. Interesting. I'll have to keep my eye out for that one.
And what do you think of the cover. Hmmm. Something so unique and intriguing and yet slightly disturbing. I think it might be the color of her eyes.
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