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Illusionary, by Zoraida Córdova

perpetualpages's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

CWs: some descriptions of execution and torture; blood, graphic injury, and violence; exploration of trauma; some fade-to-black sexual content

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annarella's review

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5.0

I loved Incendiary and loved illusionary.
The author is a talented storyteller and this story kept me turning pages.
Great world building and character development.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

heather3106's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

cypherly__'s review against another edition

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.25

jordanlamagna's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional hopeful inspiring sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

 
This book picks up where Incendiary leaves off, with Renata working to free her people, while also battling with all of the memories she is holding in her head.

This book didn't really do it for me. I think it may be hard for me to put into words what bored me. While the first one was full of tropes, but in a good way, this one was full of tropes that just annoyed me. There was definitely some insta-love going on, which is always hard for me to get behind. But my biggest gripe is that I was just bored. The action wasn't exciting enough to keep me interested. The romance was boring. The conclusion was predictable. Maybe I wasn't in the right head space to enjoy this book at this time, but it just wasn't for me.

TW: death, murder, torture, violence

 

cakt1991's review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

 
Illusionary concludes Zoraida Córdova’s Hollow Crown duology, and it does so in epic fashion. Picking up right where the prior book left off, it builds perfectly on the first one, with character growth and culmination of plot threads. 

I love Renata’s character arc through this one, where she is continuing on her path of discovery and finding herself. I also liked her evolving relationship with Castian, going from being enemies to something more, even if he wasn’t even that present on the page, not to mention starting off in a bit of a villainous role in the prior book. 

I also loved the greater insight into Moria’s politics, history, and landscape. With the shift away from the castle to a “road” setting, it served as the perfect way to expand, while still all remaining grounded, and then all coming full circle at the end. 

This is a satisfying conclusion to the duology, although I would not be opposed to some other stand-alone or prequel  work in this world. If you enjoyed the first, you will enjoy this one as well. 

thebooktaurus's review

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adventurous challenging dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

wherethewildreadsare's review against another edition

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

actuallyeeyore's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

blues_and_reads's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional funny hopeful mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5