Here's the summary from Goodreads: The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals. When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief. After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't? The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.What I Liked: 1) Okay, a better movie comparison of this book I think would be Now You See Me. Although the characters all have "mutant-like" abilities. Either way, there are aspects from all three of the mentioned movie comparisons that I love that make an appearance in here. I'll start with the magic aspect of it. The "abilities" these characters have are more like magic to me than mutant abilities like X-men but they were impressive and very interesting. I thought the addition of these qualities made the story pretty unique. 2) The way they acquired their special abilities was interesting. It wasn't a "born with it" kind of thing like on X-Men. I swear I'm going to stop with the movie comparisons. But it definitely changed the way that I thought about the characters, knowing why they were this way, and why they lived the way they did. 3) I don't know why stories with THIEVERY aspects to them fascinate me. Not just books, but TV shows to. I love White Collar. And this one was no different. There are varying story arcs in this book about the criminal activities of the characters, and instead of feeling rushed and convoluted, it created a gripping and exciting story. Author Emily Lloyd-Jones doesn't go to heavy on the details, but gives you enough for your imagination to follow along with the story.
What I Didn't Like: The only thing I wanted more of, was more relationship development between the characters. Main character Ciere has relationships with several of the other characters, but while I was told they existed, I never really....saw them come to life. It was as if someone handed me a blue square and said "this is the sky." I'm all, okay.....it's the sky. Prove it. That's what was missing from Illusive.
Overall Thoughts: Illusive is a fun and fast-paced novel with some twists that I didn't expect. The characters individually were built pretty well, and the story line was gripping and entertaining. I hope that in the future, say for the next book in the series, Emily L-J will develop the relationships a little better. I like to be shown things in a story, rather than just told. She may have told me that these relationships existed, but I found very little proof of them as the story progressed. There is a follow up novel due out in 2015 that I'm willing to check out.
My Rating: 4 shots