Thursday, November 8, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Illusions by Madeline J. Reynolds

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour + Giveaway for Madeline J. Reynolds' Illusions! Today, on our tour stop, we want to kick off this tour with an exclusive excerpt! So... Check it out and grab your copy now! Don't forget to follow the tour, HERE!
Young Adult
Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Publish Date:
November 6, 2018
Entangled: Teen

Dear Thomas,

I know you're angry. It's true, I was sent to expose your mentor as a fraud illusionist, and instead I have put your secret in jeopardy. I fear I have even put your life in jeopardy. For that I can only beg your forgiveness. I've fallen for you. You know I have. And I never wanted to create a rift between us, but if it means protecting you from those who wish you dead—I'll do it. I'll do anything to keep you safe, whatever the sacrifice. Please forgive me for all I've done and what I'm about to do next. I promise, it's one magic trick no one will ever see coming.





October 12, 1898

            Two days.
            Two miserable days, which are sure to be the longest of my life.
            I have been a complete and utter mess, and all the while, Neville has never been happier with me. Strange, since I still have not actually performed this grand feat he has planned out. One would think that would have him just as anxious (nay, more) as I. Or one would assume that at the very least, he would consider changing his mind.
            I am not even suggesting that he has to cancel the performance—he could simply rework the set. Find another trick with which to close the show. A trick he has already mastered over his long career—one that he can pull off without as much magic and as much risk.
            My accident in the theatre still has the man reeling. He is certain that our premiere will be just as spectacular as he first envisioned it. *I am making note now to take special care during the performance that he does not come anywhere near me with that cane.*
            He is so confident in how smoothly everything will run that he canceled our final rehearsal. I hardly knew what to do with myself, but in these past weeks I have been making myself physically ill with worry, so I needed some sort of distraction.
            Part of me wanted to return to Manchester Square. Perhaps I would be so fortunate as to run into a certain handsome stranger again, but I quickly dismissed the notion as foolish. The chances of him being there a second time were slim at best, and even if I did see him, what would happen any differently? What new courage would I have now that I did not possess during our first encounter?
            I ultimately landed on reading, which was sufficient distraction for a few hours’ time, but now I lie awake in bed, restless once more. I have a life-altering decision before me. Do I throw the act entirely? Let Neville Wighton’s good name and his career tumble down while I revel in his embarrassment and shame? I am quite past any guilt for these secret thoughts. The man has been tormenting me ever since he employed me. Not to mention, with his career in ruins, the magician would no longer need an apprentice. I would be free of him. And I certainly have the power to make it so…the real question is if I have the bravery.
            Or, do I actually attempt the feat and risk exposing myself? It hardly seems worth it at this point, but my parents arranged this apprenticeship for a reason that I cannot ignore.



**About the Author**
Madeline J. Reynolds is a YA fantasy author living in Chicago. Originally from Minneapolis, she has a background in journalism and has always loved storytelling in its various forms. When not writing, she can be found exploring the city, eating Thai food, or lost in an epic Lord of the Rings marathon.
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