Format: ebook, paperback
Series: book 1 of 6 the Honeyton series
Rating: 16+ for language, drug use, themes
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24329026-the-illusion-of-annabella
In the first book of the series, we meet Annabella and her five siblings who appear to have the perfect life until the day of Annabella’s birthday. She realizes the cracks in her perfect world before tragedy strikes. Now, the five kids need to try and deal with the loss with Annabella carrying guilt that goes to the core. She is spiraling down to self-destruction until she meets new next door neighbor Luca tries to show her that she can be happy in the world still.
What the kids have to go through is quite tragic, and even more so for the main character Annabella . We get a glimpse of the world that they have (and it looks like the story-book kind of life) but that is short lived. Annabella not only has to live with the physical reminder of the day, but the mental one as the guilt eats her alive.
Sorensen proves once again why she is one of the best writers when creating characters. She creates five unique differently siblings and on top of it, she proves the many different ways that someone can cope with the loss of a loved one. I was able to understand each of the siblings and what is going on in their heads despite it being Annabella’s book. It makes me excited for the rest of the series.
One of the things that I didn’t like about it (but it’s a preference that many will probably not agree with) but I wish there was more of a romantic story between Luca and Annabella. I personally love it when Sorensen writes romance into her novels because the subtle, yet descriptive, way she writes is so vivid, that I feel like I am in the moment with them. I just wished for more of it in this book.
I like the ending the most about this book. Annabella is carrying around a lot of guilt throughout the book, but the way she handles it is the best. She is able to move on from the guilt while preserving the ‘illusion’ of the perfect world to her siblings. Of course, that could change throughout the series, but for now, it was satisfying.
This song reminded me of this book.
“Last Night” by Skillet
To follow Jessica Sorensen:
The Honeyton series
The Illusion of Annabella
Reclaiming Jessamine (2015)
The Metamorphosis of Nikoli
What did you think of The Illusion of Annabella?