Genre: YA fantasy/romance
Published November 10th, 2015
Published by S McPherson Books
When 17-year-old, Dezaray Storm drunkenly stumbles across a portal one night, her downtrodden life begins to change, mainly because she starts living someone else’s life.
Accidently trading places with the most powerful sorceress of the realm, Coldivor, Dezaray finds herself assuming the identity of her magical lookalike, having to convince everyone in the realm that she is the real deal.
Aside from a few minor hiccups along the way, like the fact that she is not magical nor does she know even the simplest cards trick; Dezaray soon finds herself settling in. Particularly in the arms of Milo; a blue-eyed jokester with the ability to teleport.
However, it doesn’t take long for Dezaray to realise that life on the other side is far from glitz and glamour and that creatures unimaginable are hunting her. A war is brewing between the seven empires of Coldivor and those that long to take over. Dezaray’s enchanted double is their only hope; their secret weapon, set to be unleashed on her eighteenth birthday when she is bequeathed with the powers of her forefathers.
But for the enchantress to return, Dezaray has to leave, and the thought of going back to Islon fills Dezaray with dread, for more reasons than one. Torn between a reality she can’t stand and a fantasy she can’t keep, Dezaray is struggling to see how any choice she makes will lead to a happy ending.
Another version of me in another world, that I can make my way to? Isnt one of me enough? Of course for me it is, but for this book, the plot works well. One dimension is the living room I am sitting in now, the other, a magical world of all the fun fantasy things that so many books are made about.
If you read other reviews, you can see we all have basically the same overview, and all trying not to give away too much, if any plot.
For me, this writing seems more like an imaginary friend and world that one builds in their head, because their life has been hit with many horrible instances of abuse, tragedy, etc. That is actually as much underlying feeling/premise, as it is used to build the world and story.
I do not like the female protagonist, and for me, that is a huge problem for a work. I would still suggest reading this, because as a single father of 8 daughters, the female protagonist must meet a horribly high bar, so the author cannot be blamed for not meeting my expectations.
The one thing I will say, is that this is a “Jack-of-All-Trades” book that has a litle something for any, and everyone. All the fantasy, real life, adventure, romance, thrills, mystery/suspense, etc. No matter what your taste, you can get something out of this.
Dark, clear type. excellent font size, good quality paper, cover sells nothing, please redesign it! It sells for $12.75 at Amazon, but I think $10.99 would be more fair.
This is a good read for a quiet day outside in the good weather, or a really late night in bed, in the bad weather. Nothing intense, just the kind of work for taking time to yourself, a time off kinda read.
It is 4 stars if you are not picky about the girl that is the star of the show, 3.5 if you are…
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