Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book Review: Illusion by Frank Peretti and GIVEAWAY

After seven years, New York Times bestselling author Frank Peretti is back! On March 6th his new book Illusion was released and it is already making its way into the New York Times bestselling list.

From the back cover of the book:
Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for forty years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the nineteen-year-old she was in 1970. Distraught and disoriented in what to her is the future, she is confined to a mental ward until she discovers a magical ability to pass invisibly through time and space to escape. Alone in a strange world, she uses her mysterious powers to eke out a living, performing magic on the streets and in a quaint coffee shop.
Hoping to discover an exciting new talent, Dane ventures into the coffee shop and is transfixed by the magic he sees, illusions that even he, a seasoned professional, cannot explain. But more than anything, he is emotionally devastated by this teenager who has never met him, doesn’t know him, is certainly not in love with him, but is in every respect identical to the young beauty he first met and married some forty years earlier.
They begin a furtive relationship as mentor and protégée, but even as Dane tries to sort out who she really is and she tries to understand why she is drawn to him, they are watched by secretive interests who not only possess the answers to Mandy’s powers and misplacement in time but also the roguish ability to decide what will become of her.
Frank Peretti has crafted a rich, rewarding story of love and life, loss and restoration, full of twists and mystery. Exceptionally well written, Illusion will soon prove another Peretti classic.
I love to find a book that keeps me up late at night and is hard to put down. There is something about a good story that allows you to be a present observer as the story unfolds. Once I began to read, I was hooked!

If you are familiar with Frank Peretti, I would warn you that this is not a book with a Spiritual theme, but rather a mystery, thriller, and sci-fi book. While you might find some spiritual elements that come into play in the story (the main characters are Christians) this is not a book like This Present Darkness or Piercing the Darkness.

While I personally had a hard time following the explanation of Mandy's "translocation" in time as well as the details of how it took place, it did not in any way deter me from thoroughly enjoying the story. While it is not my favorite Peretti book, this novel is a great read.

You can visit Frank Peretti's website by clicking here.

On to the fun part...


The nice people at Howard Books publisher and Handlebar Marketing sent me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. However, they also sent me an extra copy to give away!

I promise, this is a great book! And who doesn't like to win free stuff?

So this is how you enter the giveaway. Simply leave me a comment here and on Saturday I will announce the winner by using random.org. Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you win!

Ready. Set. Go!


  1. I love Frank Peretti! He is definitely a talented writer. I loved the Oath and have just read his Monster book.

  2. I've never read any of Frank Peretti's books but I have to admit that this one has my interest piqued - I, too, love a book that I cannot bear to put down (in fact, there's a YA book I'm in the middle of right now that I want desperately to get back to LOL)! I definitely think that reading this book would be worth my time!

  3. Tom Nesler12:58 PM

    I will throw my hat in the ring. I promise that after I read it, I will pass it on to anyone who did not win and still wants it. --Assuming that I win...:-)

  4. Looks good! I love Peretti and you already have my contact info ;)!

  5. I like Frank Peretti. :) It's great that the publishers gave you a book to give away!

  6. I used to love reading Frank Peretti books - glad he has a new one out. Hope you're doing well and finding time to write, Ellen - I've enjoyed checking out your blog. If I win, you can contact me at robynmulder at hotmail dot com ~Robyn

  7. I don't usually like Peretti books, but this one sounds like my cup of tea! If I win, my e-mail is josie.siler@gmail.com!

  8. Sounds a bit bizarre. Sign me up!

  9. Sounds haunting! Thanks for sharing with us over at NOBH!


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