Review: Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: July 15, 2014
Cover: The cover was kind of basic. Illusive took up most of it. All I have to say is that they really like their 3D letters.
Characters: These characters were a great bunch. Characters like these only come around every once in a while, but when they do, it’s magical. If you couldn’t tell, I loved the characters in this book. My favorite was probably Devon. He was just so snappy and British. I feel like if I was a criminal or in this book I would be him. The biggest crime I would have committed would be spray painting the Headmistresses wall. I related a lot to him.
My second favorite character was Magnus. I literally died when I found out he was an escort. And Devon’s reaction to that was hilarious. I’d probably be uncomfortable too.
I didn’t really care for Kit. I think Emily Lloyd-Jones wanted us to like him...maybe...but I liked to despise him. I couldn’t really get a read on him. Like am I supposed to like you or nah? I didn’t like him though. I didn’t like him and Aristeus. How do you even say Aristeus? The whole book, since I didn’t know how to pronounce his name, I called him Artesian. Whoops.
Plot: The plot was interesting. I haven’t really read anything like it. Futuristic criminals is an interesting topic, so if anyone knows of any other books like it I would LOVE to read them.
Illusive was very fast paced. It never slowed down once. I’m not totally sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. There wasn’t a lot of details. It was like BAM one thing happens, BAM something else happens, BAM something entirely different happens. That’s what I like to call BAM BAM BAM. I sound like that character off of the Flintstones. I wished it would have slowed down a bit. It needed more details and more time for suspense. You were at a climatic scene and it was BAM BAM BAM. Situations weren’t explained that well. I had to reread a few sections cause I was like ‘What???’ after reading them. So I didn’t really like that.
Overall: This book was okay. I didn’t really get the whole switching POV (point-of-views) between Daniel and Ciere. Daniel didn’t have as big of a role as I expected when I first read his POV chapter. Also, his POV chapters were very random throughout the book. I didn’t notice a pattern. Maybe, if there is another book, Daniel will have a bigger role?
The ending wasn’t predictable at all. I did not see that coming. It was like BAM I just happened to realize I was holding myself back. And I realized my full potential as soon as Aristeus said those words. I didn’t like that part; it didn’t seem to fit into the theme of the book. I never suspected that it would be one of those novels where the character was trying to find herself. Actually, that’s the thing, I never knew she was trying to find herself. Or that she needed too.
Overall, I realize I’ve gotten meaner as the review went on. I really like the characters, the plot was good, it’s just the details that are getting me. It’s needs more details and it’ll be better.