Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon Blog Tour + Giveaway

Author: Heather Dixon
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: May 19, 2015

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.

Illusiunarium was instantly on my radar. I tend to enjoy books that are hard to sum up and if you’ve read the synopsis for Illusionarium then you know this book doesn’t easily fit in to a box. It is one part alternate history, another part parallel world story, and a third part steampunk-esque sweeping, stand alone, novel. 

My favorite thing about this novel was the world building. This story had a lot of moving parts but Heather Dixon managed to make the world building easy to understand while also giving the world a rich history. 

I really liked that this book was written from a male point of view. There are not nearly enough male POV books in YA so I always get really excited when I stumble across one. 

Jonathan, the main character, really made the story for me. He lived in a morally grey area and his father continuously pushed him to only do the right thing. Jonathan though could see the other side of the story. There were times while reading Illusionarium where I felt like I was watching the rise of a villain. It wasn’t until near the end of the story when Jonathan finally decided where he landed on the moral issues raised in Illusionarium. 

Overall, Illusionarium was an interesting and original read. I enjoyed the moral grey area the main character occupied and the original world building. If you enjoyed Illusions of Fate by Keirsten White then you should definitely check out Illusionarium!

About the Author

Heather Dixon grew up in a large family with four brothers and six sisters. She is a storyboard artist as well as a writer, and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Viennese waltz is her dance of choice. She is the author of the novel Entwined.

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1 winner will receive a finished copy of ILLUSIONARIUM plus an ARC of THE UNQUIET by Mikaela Everett. US Only.

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  1. I am very curious about this novel. I so adore the cover!

  2. I've been interested in this book for so long! I can't wait to pick it up!

  3. I saw this and added it on GoodReads a while back, my library didnt get it yet though. I want to read it though.

  4. Ah can't wait to break into this one! A male protagonist for a change sounds refreshing, and I am someone who strives off good world building as well, so this is perfect!

  5. I have read this post like two times now and then forgot to comment. The trailer for this looks amazing, so I must read it. Thanks for the chance to win it!