ARC Review: Illusionarium By Heather Dixon

Illusionarium by Heather Dixonillusionarium

Published May 19, 2015 by Greenwillow Press

368 Pages

ARC received from Publisher in exchange of an honest review.


What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.

Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he’s a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.

My Thoughts:

The Storyline….
The storyline for this book sounded very interesting to me. I am not a real big fan of historical fiction or steam punk stories but I had thought that I would give this one a shot. I also enjoy stories from the female POV and this one being from a male POV, I had enjoyed it more than I intended to!

The Characters…..
So, one would think that my favorite character would be Jonathan??? Well, not so much, I have my eye on Lockwood:) He is just enough of that snarky bad boy that we all love and I just couldn’t get enough of him in this book. Jonathan is a really good guy and don’t get me wrong, I liked him and enjoyed his POV, but I just fell for Lockwood from the very beginning! The relationship between Lockwood and Jonathan was rocky in the beginning and it still was a bit love/hate as the book ended but the two seemed more like brothers than friend and I very much enjoyed it. I also thought Divinity was a hoot and a half!

The Romance…..
There was a tiny bit of romance in the book. Not as much as what I like but I still enjoyed it all the same. It was a bit refreshing to actually have a storyline that was not all about the love the characters felt for each other but it was solely based upon a young man’s love for his family.

The Ending….
The ending was beautiful and wrapped up neatly. There were no other questions rolling around in my head and I felt very satisfied with the way in which things had ended for all the characters involved.

“Well Jonathan,” said Lady Florel, beaming. “Shall we fetch that cure?”





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