Friday, June 9, 2017

Illusionary Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Hello, friends! It's been ages since I've posted...and I was actually supposed to share this post at the beginning of today, not the very end. (My sincere apologies to the author and tour coordinator!) But here I am, peeking around the corner to share about a book I was eager to read. :) 

I hope you'll enjoy learning about this new release - and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post, which ends very soon!

About the Book

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.

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My Review

Believing I was in for a treat because I enjoy this author's style and stories, I dove headfirst into Illusionary...and found myself on an intriguing adventure!

Kamryn is a relatable modern heroine, a girl who desires space to find herself and support to follow her dreams. But on the brink of her great escape, she falls, hits her head, and ends up in a completely different world.

The Land of Ur is home to some sweet characters, clever and bizarre situations, and even a few dangers. There's enough movement to keep the pages turning and the mind engaged.

But I think what really sealed the deal for me - what made this book not just an enjoyable read, but one that stands out - is how the ending comes together. And you know I can't tell you how it all goes down! Let's just say the conclusion adds a whole new level of meaning and a few extra twists for good measure.

The journey to get to the fabulous finish is a fun one, and I was especially satisfied with those last chapters. I appreciated Kamryn's character growth and the way her eyes open to a world beyond her own sphere. Illusionary is a great ride that will leave you happy for the heroine's promising future!

*With thanks to the author for providing me with an e-ARC of the book.*

About the Author

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.


Desiree has graciously offered to give away the following prizes: a “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, and an “Eat Cake for Breakfast” travel cup.

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Laura A. Grace said...

Loved your review, Amber! I do agree that that ending was so good. It made teary for sure. ;)

Thank you so much for being part of the tour and no worries about posting later in the evening. So thankful you enjoyed this one, Amber!

Chloe the MovieCritic said...

Yay! You are still here! I have been missing you!!!! How are things going?

Great review Amber! I really want to read this now!

Amber Holcomb said...


Thank you!! :) Definitely a great ending - enjoyed how it all played out!

And thank you for the opportunity to be part of the tour, and for your understanding about my tardiness!


Amber Holcomb said...


Aww, you're too sweet! I know I've been crazy-absent from the blogosphere lately... Anyway, thank you for asking about me! Things have been quite busy preparing for the wedding and all the transitions coming this summer, but I've been doing really well. :) How have you been??

Also, so glad you enjoyed the review, and I hope you enjoy the book if you read it! It's a neat story. :)