Illyria by Elizabeth Hand

Illyria

Hardcover
 144 pages
Published May 13th 2010
 by Viking Juvenile
 
 
Madeleine and Rogan are first cousins, best friends, twinned souls, each other’s first love. Even within their large, disorderly family—all descendants of a famous actress—their intensity and passion for theater sets them apart. It makes them a little dangerous. When they are cast in their school’s production of Twelfth Night, they are forced to face their separate talents and futures, and their future together. This masterful short novel, winner of the World Fantasy Award, is magic on paper.
 
 
This was a hauntingly romantic  book.  I know many people  will find the relationship between Madeleine and Rogan to be immoral but that really never crossed my mind while reading this book.   I felt while reading this book the author was alway skirting around the supernatural.  This book makes you feel that Rogan is something other than human and without Madeleine he will die.  There is also the magical theater in the wall that the author doesn’t fully explore.   I just felt that even though this book is good it could have been a lot better.  I think the author touched on a lot of things that she was leery of adding to the book in order to take away from the realistic feel.  I liked the book but I just feel it lacked the true story and maybe that is what the author was going for. 
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