Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets the gorgeous, enigmatic Finn, who introduces her to the secret world of Albion's nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn't - power, money, status...and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, and the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess them. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits, can stop him.
Illusions is quite possibly my favorite Kiersten White book to date. It is a funny, heartwarming, wrenching, romance mixed with a mystery full of twists and turns, all leading to a shocking conclusion that will leave you in awe of Ms. White.
Jess is strong-willed and determined to use her intelligence to make something of herself, quite possibly by sheer willpower alone. She left Melei to go to a private school in Albion, only gaining admittance because of a family connection. Her father, an Ablion man, had visited Melei to research a book, so Jess is neither fully Melei or Albion and fits into neither place. She's strong, but she's stubborn to a fault and distrustful.
Finn is a mystery. He clearly appears noble and comes to her aid in a moment of trouble, but doesn't reveal much about himself and beyond a strong attraction, strange things seems to happen when Jess is around Finn. The two keep crossing paths until Finn decides that it is best that they are not friends. When Jess receives a mysterious invitation to a ball, she assumes it is from Finn.
Once it becomes clear that he cannot avoid Jess, Finn is willing to give her his heart, but he's driven by loss to complete the tasks for which he came to Albion. Thrust into a world of magic and danger, Jess is more confused than ever. Once Jess finds out the truth about Finn, the two of them become completely adorable. Finn is so awkward and Jess clueless. It's is a so much fun to follow their journey.
I won't give away any spoilers, I will only say that you will be on the edge of your seat to finish this one. Illusions is a great read - you should all go read it now!