Born of Illusion - Teri Brown *Genre* Historical Fiction*Rating* 3.5-4.0*Thoughts*Born of Illusion is the first book in a new series by the same name with Born of Deception releasing in 2014. The story takes place in New York City during the Prohibition period of the US which I could never understand and was glad when the politicians corrected their mistake. I'm a sucker for stories that take place in NYC and in the Roaring Twenties was such an interesting time after coming out of World War I, the Spanish Flu, and the sinking of the Titanic. Brown lends credence to the validity of the story by apparently understanding what she was writing about with her research.The story is filled with magic, the possibility that Harry Houdini may have had a daughter, a mysterious society that seems to collect special people, and of course, romance, and a little danger thrown in as well for good measure. I enjoyed 16 year old Anna Van Housen the main protagonist and storyteller. I loved that she's apparently the real thing, unlike her mother Marguerite Van Housen who I really had disliked. "I was thirteen the first time I broke my mother out of jail. After that it got easier, though I have to admit, even I had trouble getting the door unlocked whole hanging off the back of a paddy wagon. Is not an experience I wish to repeat."Anna's exploits were fun to read about and follow and I found myself immersed in her struggles to find a way out from under her mothers harsh rules and requirements while trying to understand her supposed connection to Houdini as well as her own growing magical abilities. After years of doing things that weren't exactly legal, it's nice to see that she's apparently heading in the right direction while her mother is heading in yet another.I'm a true hater in everything that smells like a 3-way love triangle which is why this isn't rated higher. It becomes absolutely mind boggling after reading so many over the course of a year. For Anna, it's interesting that her friend told her to string both Owen and Cole until something better comes along or her heart makes the correct choice. In all honesty, I never did feel that Owen and Anna had any sort of connection. Cole is an odd duck as well, but, as soon as they met, you could tell that they had a strong connection despite all the secrecy that came attached to Cole and his presence in NYC. The story, at times, frustrated to me. I won't lie about that. Anna's supposed abilities let her down in a major way that could have had severe consequences for both her and her mother. This was why I was jumping up and down like a rabbit trying to get inside the story so I could shake Anna into waking up before it was too late. Obviously, this is the first book in a new series thus not all story-lines have been wrapped up. I'm definitely looking forward to the next story in this series.*Recvd via Edelweiss on 02/01/2013* Expected publication: June 11th 2013 by Balzer & Bray