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Illusion of Stars by Sarah Marie Page | A Review


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First things first!!!....This is a review of an ARC sample from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review...
Illusion of Stars is the first book written by Author Sarah Marie Page. I was not expecting what I read......OMG!!!!!This is definitely one of those books you find by pure accidents and then you could not let go after finishing it and it stays with you for a lifetime.....I just finished reading it and I am going to write my review before i forget things to write about. So let's get into it.

Blurb

She's stealing more than secrets.

As the royal physician of a tiny, windswept island, Isabel spends her days trying to keep the queen from dying and the mad king from streaking naked down the halls. But when her best friend is found murdered on the beaches, her world is ripped apart. Desperate for answers, she discovers a stash of letters that reveal a terrifying truth: the neighboring kingdom of Volgaard possesses a kingdom-shattering weapon and is poised to conquer everything in its path.

Seeking vengeance, Isabel infiltrates the enemy. Her mission? Woo Erik Lothgarson, the general’s steamy, illusion-magic wielding son, and steal the dangerous weapon. She can bring Volgaard to its knees—if she isn’t caught. 

But as Isabel dances along the knife edge of deception, the lines between truth and fiction blur, and she must wrestle her quest for vengeance against her undeniable attraction to the enemy.

GENRE 
Adult Romantasy

THEME AND TONE
Simply Beautiful

LANGUAGE AND WRITING STYLE
Easy to Read

CHARACTERS
Multilayered Complex Characters

TROPES
☙ Enemies to Lovers
☙ She is a Spy
☙ Who did this to you?
☙ Romantasy
☙ Magic and Politics
☙ FMC struggling to make a place for herself.
☙ Ruthless Kingdom Politics

MY REVIEW

The book gripped me from the very first scene of two friends trying to sneak out of the castle. Their banter and friendship dynamic was everything and then I finished that chapter and the last line of that chapter stuck with me......because It was ominous that something is going to happen soon.

I could not put the book down and kept reading. The plot and storyline was perfection and it is a real Enemies to Lovers where Isy (FMC) is sent to spy and gather secrets for her Kingdom behind the enemy lines. The Erik (MMC) was a powerful something can conjure amazing level of magic. Both characters go through some terrible situations and grow closer. But Isy kept spying only to find out later in the story that she was on the wrong side of the war.

There is also a tragic backstories for both Isy and Erik. Because of those tragedies it was easy to understand the motivations and the steps both were taking. The friends dynamic and the banter was also top notch. The romance between the main characters was swoon worthy. And those scenes where MMC teaches her to be a spy under pressure....lol...those scenes were hot as hell...you got to read this book. 😅 Eric devised a perfect way of doing two things at the same time.....teaching Isy and getting closer to her.

On the whole the book was amazing. It's a 5 star from me. I cannot wait to read the next book.

MY RATING
Overall: ★★★★★ | 5 Stars

Plot: ★★★★★| 5 Stars

Romance: ★★★★ | 5 Stars

Characters:★★★★★ | 5 Stars
Pacing: ★★★★★| 5 stars
Mystery: ★★★★★| 5 star

Banter: ★★★★★| 5 star
Ending: ★★★★★| 5 Stars
Fun: ★★
★★★| 5 Stars (it was little but was perfect)

Spice Level: 🌶| 1/5

Book Cover:★★★★★| 5 Stars 

THE BEST PART
☙ Hans ❤💔
☙ Isy poisoning Erik's men and then treating them
☙ Erik teaching Isy to be a spy
☙ The Plot Twist  

THE WORST PART:
☙ The Death that started it all.

Best Words

“Everyone wants somethings. Hans words. What do you want?”
Sarah Marie Page, Illusion of Stars

She: You like warm sweet, things. Remind me to introduce you to Cinnamon Buns.

He: I don't know who cinnamon bun is, but I would love to meet her.

Sarah Marie Page, Illusion of Stars

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