I was given an Advance Readers' Edition of Ivy Pochoda's The Art of Disappearing to review.
When Mel Snow meets magician Toby Warring in a dust roadside bar, she has no idea that he will be her husband. But just two days later the couple is married and beginning their life together in the shadow of Las Vegas, where Toby hopes to make it big. Mel knows that magicians in Vegas are a dime a dozen, but Toby is different-his magic is real.
When a trick goes terribly wrong during his big debut, Toby and Mel flee the lights of Las Vegas for the streets of Amsterdam where a cabal of old-time magicians, real magicians, like Toby, take them in. Under their spell and haunted by failures, Toby soon disappears into his magic, leaving Mel to wonder if the love they share is genuine or if it is all just an illusion, conjured up by a lost magician looking to save himself from being alone.
The characters in this book are well developed and interesting. The amount of detail is great. The book moves fast at times and very slow other times, it requires a great deal of attention to detail.
Toby and Mel's relationship develops as the pages turn, leaving you wondering what is going to happen next. It is a story of "real" magic intertwined with a complicated relationship between what is real and what is not. A mix of the past and present leading to an uncertain future...
A good book overall. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.
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