One of the best things about writing and blogging is all the fantastic people I meet along the way.
And all the amazing books I get to read.
The Amazing Illusionary
Desiree Williams’s Illusionary is no exception. Her YA fantasy was released into the wild a wee while ago, and I get to be part of the blog tour introducing it to the world.
First of all, the cover is gorgeous. All pink, and glow-y, and, well, gorgeous!
So what’s this story about? Well…here’s a little description to wet your reading appetite 🙂
Dorothy got sucked into a tornado.
Alice fell down a hole.
Wendy flew to Neverland.
Kamryn? She tripped down the stairs.
Now, Kamryn Kensington finds herself in a strange new world. Within minutes of her arrival, she dodges an archer’s arrow and avoids getting sliced up by a cosplay reject holding a dagger to her throat. And that’s before the storyteller’s breath brings stories to life.
Home is the mission—to return to her family and pursue her life’s dream of art and travel. Yet the longer she’s in the Land of Ur, the harder it is not to feel for the people she meets. Even her artistic side can’t help but breathe in the beautiful wonder and magic of this new world. So when the Oracle hands her a different quest, she takes it on the condition he sends her home afterward.
No one thought to warn her of a jealous queen and her dragon minions. Or that, by helping her, the cute storyteller would go crazy. Or that her heart would rip in two when she left. Those would’ve been great facts to know ahead of time.
Considering that nothing in Ur is what it seems, the mission proves to be more than she ever imagined. But more than her own future will be in jeopardy if Kamryn doesn’t succeed.
What did I think about this irresistible story?
I loved it! Kamryn is such a fun heroine. Even though she’s been thrown into a strange land, she rises to the occasion with determination and a saving sense of humour. And I enjoyed her artistic bent that sees the beauty in everything around her. And Reese? What a swoon-worthy hero. The romance was satisfying without being too sentimental or mushy.
The imaginary Land of Ur was also well-developed. I had no problem imagining it’s forests, castles, Jolly Harbor, and other places (don’t want to give away too much!) because of all the descriptions that kept my mind spinning.
Beautiful truths like sacrifice, bravery, and true love just add to this wonderful story.
If you love fantasy, romance, and adventure, then you will enjoy this book!
Desiree has put together an amazing prize package to celebrate the release of Illusionary. Look at all this swag!
- “Make everyday an adventure” pillow
- “Don’t Grow Up! It’s a Trap!” metal sign
- book cozy
- signed paperback of Illusionary
- notebook with pens
- sketch book with colored pencils
- “Eat Cake for Breakfast” travel cup
Enter to win right here —> —> —> Illusionary giveaway
winner will be selected Monday, Jun 12th at approx. 9 AM (EST).
Don’t forget to check the other blog tour stops!
- Launch Day – HOPE through the Pages
- Spotlight – Rachel Lopez
- Book Review – Jebraun Clifford – Dream. Write. Repeat.
- Interview – Jilligan’s Island
- Book Review – She Hearts Fiction
- Book Review – Chrissi Reads
- Spotlight – Dreams of Faerytales
- Guest Post – Jannette Fuller
- Wrap-Up Post – HOPE through the Pages
Desiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes.
You can find out more about Desiree and her books at www.desireewilliamsbooks.com
Check out more about Illusionary on Goodreads
Put Illusionary on your TBR pile today!
Jebraun Clifford always wanted to step through a door into an imaginary kingdom, so it’s no surprise she now calls Middle Earth home. Too short to be an elf and too tall to be a Hobbit, she lives in a gorgeous town smack-dab in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island filled with thermal activity,
stunning lakes, and enough Redwoods to make her Californian heart swoon. Her unpublished YA fantasy, The Two Queens of Kyrie, won both the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2015 First Impressions contest and the 2016 Genesis contest. She loves coffee, tree ferns, dark chocolate, and Jesus, and harbours a secret penchant for British spelling.
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