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.
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S. McPherson’s Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time
This is a deliciously difficult post and I have to curb my appetite as the amount of rambling that could go on here would be mind-numbing even for the biggest book lover. My favourite books!! Always a tricky topic to tackle but as I manically wipe drool from my lower lip, I try and name my top ten. This may change by the time I reach the end of this article and remember a little gem I have presently forgotten but there you go.
I’m going to start at the beginning, when I was just a little girl. I won’t go as far back as Spot or touch and feel books of course but to when I first discovered the wonders of reading and all the fantastical worlds it could take me to.
In no particular order, my favourite children to middle grade books growing up were:
- Well Loved Tales: The Twelve Dancing Princesses (A hidden world under the bed where they can dance all night? Umm…Yes!!)
- The Magic Far Away Tree by Enid Blyton (Oh, Moon-face!)
- EVERYTHING by Roald Dahl but let’s say ‘The Witches’, No, ‘Matilda’, No, ‘The Twits’… I can’t decide.
- Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry (and all in the series)
And now let’s fast forward many years ahead where my taste in books hasn’t really changed but has gotten more detailed and perhaps a bit darker. Still give me magic, giants, alternate realities and talking things but deliver it a little differently. Today, in 2016, I would say my favourite books are now (again in no order):
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (Obviously!! All of them in any shape or form!!)
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (No alternate reality I’d like to be a part of but what a world!)
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (just makes you want to say ‘awwww’ doesn’t it?)
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (I actually only started this series a few months ago! I know!)
- Game of Thrones (Need I say more?)
- Divergent series (I absolutely devoured this.)
And there I have painfully picked a top ten. I hope many of you out there can relate to my choices. I’d love to hear about some of your top picks. Feel free to get in touch on twitter. I’m @smcphersonbooks J