Review: Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

Posted March 17, 2014 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 6 Comments


Author: Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

Series: Elusion #1

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Format: ebook

Release Date: March 18, 2014

Source: eARC received from publisher via Edelweiss

Rating: 4 Stars

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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This
has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my
open and honest opinion.***

from Goodreads:
Soon, Elusion® will
change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and
wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure
can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented
the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is
about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death,
Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means
crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s
addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of
Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with
his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a
disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and
loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

First of all, this
cover! Gorgeous isn’t it? I’m not going to lie; it’s what first drew me to this
one. But this book is more than just a pretty cover. The story was intricate
and filled with a massive mystery that I was completely unable to figure out.
The main character
Regan’s father is the inventor of Elusion. But after he dies, Regan withdraws
and is unable to use the program because it brings back painful memories. But
when people start attacking his work, Regan wakes up. She won’t stand for that.
She was fierce and I loved that she wanted to defend her father’s and family’s
honor. It’s what I would have done in her situation. I didn’t have a close
connection with Regan, but I did like her as a character. She was willing to
(reluctantly) admit when she was wrong although at times she definitely had
blinders on to avoid seeing what was going on around her.
The romance was okay. I
didn’t not like it, but I wasn’t
swooning over the guy or anything. I thought it was sweet, but there were a few
times when it felt a little cheesy. But I was more interested in the other things
that were going on in the book so it didn’t really bother me.
The technology and all
the tech talk in this book were pretty cool. Not that I understood most of it
because I am certainly not a coder nor am I a science person, but I found it so
interesting to read about and the authors introduced it in such a way that it
wasn’t boring and it was also pretty easy to follow. I loved learning about the
Elusion program, how it worked and how her father created it. It was the
perfect amount of detail. I never found it overwhelming, but it also gave the
story real believability.
What I really loved
about this book though was the fact that it kept me guessing the whole time. I
had no idea who to believe or who to trust and I LOVED that. It kept me turning
the pages, anxiously trying to figure out the truth. I haven’t read a book that
had me in the dark (in a good way) as much as this one did in so long. It was
refreshing to NOT be able to figure it out until the very end when it was being
told to you.
This book was a quick
read that I couldn’t put down. I HAD to keep reading to figure out what was
really going on. The world-building was great and the characters were pretty
good as well. If you like technology or books that can keep you guessing,
Elusion is definitely for you! Happy reading all!
Have you read this one yet? Did it keep you guessing too? How did you feel about the ending? 

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6 responses to “Review: Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

  1. I'm not into scifi but recently I started opening up to them. This is one I really want!

    I like cheesy love scenes. Sometimes the big swoon/sexy scenes are too much for me.

    Thank you so much for sharing your review!

  2. I haven't read this one yet, but I love that it always kept you on your toes! It sucks to hear about the romance. I think lately I can't seem to be impressed with the romance in these books. Nevertheless, I'll be sure to read it soon 🙂 Great review!

  3. I love the premise of this book and I'm so glad to hear that you liked it because some of the reviews haven't been that great. I love that it kept you guessing, but too bad about the romance. Sometimes cheesy can be good, though! I'm sure I'll read this one just because of the sci-fi technology stuff, I do like that. Great review! ~Pam

    • Yeah, I've seen some negative reviews too so I was a little worried going into this one, but I guess it just worked for me! I will warn you though, the ending is a bit odd. Kind of a cliffhanger, but I can also see how people might think it felt incomplete.

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