Review: ‘Elusion’ by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam

Review: ‘Elusion’ by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl KlamElusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Series: Elusion #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 18th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: gift
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.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

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In a world where acid rain falls from the sky, and pass cards are your lifeline, Regan is the daughter of the inventor of Elusion, a virtual reality world where people can do and be anyone they want. After, the sudden death of her father, she tries to get on with life with the help of her best friend Patrick. Some things start to happen and she realizes that her father is still alive and trying to warn her by placing clues in the Elusion’s reality world.

I felt that Regan couldn’t really see Patrick. She seemed to be so naive as to be with someone she trusted with her life. But I knew she would realize things sooner rather than later. Then there’s the other love interest..I didn’t feel for him either..So to say that I was a fan of the romance in this book? Nope. I kind of wished it wasn’t in there because I wanted a bigger focus on the virtual realities and the mystery she was unraveling instead. Trying to find her father is Regan’s ultimate goal and I liked that she was so determined to get to the bottom of everything, including not trusting people she knew her entire life. Even though the romance was something left to be undesired, I ultimately enjoyed the world and it’s science fiction elements.

Only recommended for people who like science fiction and if you also like romance, even better, because it’s there, but for some reason I wasn’t feeling it. I’m still pretty interested to find out what happens next which is why I’m on top to get Etherworld read soon.


Sometimes it’s better to walk away than to act tough. When you cross the line and do something violent, there’s no going back. It stays with you. Forever. (103)
Even when relationships become fractured, or someone dies, the connections you have to your family are never lost. (161)
I don’t make promises I can’t keep. (352)

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  1. Leigh (LittleBookStar)

    March 3, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    I love love loved this book! The concept and the plot twists kept me engaged. I did not like the romance either :/ but I was able to look past it since the story is just so gripping!

    • giselle

      March 4, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      I really wanted to forget the romance lol sometimes they’re not needed! I’m in the process of reading the sequel so yay!

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