Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
“A well-wielded pen is a woman’s best weapon.”
Jessamin is an outcast in a country that deplores her kind. She’s a native of the island Melei, sent to the shores of Albion to further her studies and better her chances at a future. It is here that she meets the mysterious Lord Finn Ackerly who charms her with golden shimmering locks and sincere kindness. Finn introduces her to the world of nobility, a place with money, power, greed, and perhaps a little bit of magic.
When this new world threatens everything Jessamin has tried to build, a new life, friends, and people she loves her world becomes smaller and smaller. Finn has secrets that become integral to the vicious Lord Downpike who has been waiting to find a weakness in Finn. And now he has one…Jessamin.
I found several issues with this novel, mostly little things. First off, the girl depicted on the cover looks white—Jessamin is described as black or someone with deep brown skin as she is from an island. I’m not sure why that was done because it totally disrespects the main character and it makes no sense as to why the cover wouldn’t have depicted a more realistic version of her skin tone. Second, the book was a little too reminiscent of Cassandra Clare’s books, more specifically The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. The main character has ‘golden’ hair, described similarly to Jace from Mortal Instruments. There is also the use of shadows, similar to shadowhunters, and she even uses the word ‘infernal’ a few times. Not that Clare has ownership of that word, but it just seems fishy considering there were some very real similarities between the books. Despite this, I enjoyed the book. Jessamin was strong and she refused to be a damsel in distress. She wanted to save herself and I admire that. I felt like the story was too short, everything became too tidy at the end and it all happened within 10 pages. Much too short. It had great potential, and I think it was still successful to an extent, but I just wish there was more.