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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 4 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: October 25, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KISGVX8
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I blinked before I whispered, ❝What?❞
❝You heard me.❞
Kristin Ashley sure has set the bar high! With each book I read in The Fantasyland series, I realize I may never take a chance at fantasy/PNR again. I have LOVED each book in this series. And that surprises me each time I finish a book from the series. I have tried others, but none have intrigued me. I have not finished any of them, until now.
Fantastical is the third book in the Fantasyland Series. As with the others in the series, this deals with a heroine who awakens in an alternate universe.
When Cora Goode awakens in a place where animals speak and the world is vibrant and full of color, she knows things are not good. Then her "sister" Rosa is taken by Minerva and all she wants to do is awaken from the bad dream. Only this isn't a dream and everyone blames her for the situation. Her "twin" in this parallel universe is awful, mean, rude and cunning, and out for only herself. No one likes her, including her "soul mate" and husband, Noctorno (Tor) Hawthorne. To make matters worse, everyone believes she is the "bad" Cora and hates her. Including the man she is said to be married to, the black prince.
She tried to convince him that she was not of this world, was not the Cora he was married to. But Tor didn't believe her. He was convinced it was another game Cora was playing. However in the process of trying to convince him, Cora falls in love.
❝I was falling for a black prince who conquered lands, took care of his people, gave in when I wanted to save a tiny bird and took time to show me his world.❞
I believe Tor was falling for her, too. He was just confused. (I have to believe this otherwise, his antics would thoroughly piss me off. And I loved him, so that would be sad!) There were times when he acted like he loved her, when he acted like he believed her and then others when he stated she couldn't fool him and he would not be played.
When the two souls meet, the love was undeniable and undeniably hot! Kristin Ashley knows how to write those scenes, you know which ones I'm talking about. The ones that get you as hot and bothered as her characters? yeah. I thought so.
❝I'm about to F my wife and the only words I want her saying when I do it are 'yes', 'Tor', 'my prince', 'baby', and 'oh my God'. Am I understood?❞
She always writes kick-butt, strong female characters, and sexy as heck heroes. And I eat it up like caramels! (Because those are my favorite candies.)
I'm off to read the next book, and all about the mysterious, heartbroken Appolo, in Broken Dove.
Utter escapism. I dissolved into the pages and enjoyed the ride. There were some similarities to others in this series, but then the ties between these books begin to become clear, so this is crucial element. I find the movement between the two worlds very tense and my heart sinks in these moments. As usual, great characters, believable, with depth that draw you in and gets you a little hooked. This is becoming a favourite series.
Yet again, our heroine is thrown into an alternate universe world, and oh, man I am loving that plot! I always loved the time travel type books! So wickedly awesome! Anyway, The world/land this time is very fairytale like. Our heroine, Cora, can talk to birds, there are horses and hot princes. The Cora of this fairytale world is now in Cora’s human/earth world. Cora learns that the Cora of the fairytale world is a bitch, so Cora has some work cut out for her because a lot of people hate her.
We have Prince Noctorno, who we just call Tor. And he doesn’t like Cora of his world very much, so him and Cory butt heads a lot. And he doesn’t believe her crazy story. They eventually begin falling for each other HARD. I think Cora and Tor are so adorable together. But man, these princes/kings in this Fantasyland series are so possessive. I get it, but man, oh man! We do have another act that I find somewhat unforgivable and cruel that our Prince does. I was totally hating on him a lot for some time.
So FANTASTICAL did have its moments, but like I said, I didn’t dig the plot all that much, and I just didn’t connect with it all that much, like I did with the previous book. And I did have major annoyances from our main characters a lot, with things they did and said. I did enjoy the ending a great deal! I think that was my favorite part of the book! But that being said, I can’t wait for the next book! Awesome stuff is in the works.
*Reread Aug. 2016*
The Golden Dynasty is one of my favorite KA books but, in my opinion, this is one of her best series in that every book is a winner. I decided a reread was in order to get reacquainted with Noc once more before I dive into his story, Midnight Soul.
Noc is our world's twin to Tor, the Hero of this book. Sometimes when I reread a book I'm not as dazzled as I was when I first read it, but not in this case. I love Tor and Cora's story. I like the enemies turned lovers plot and how Cora was able to win Tor over. It was sweet and romantic and, yes, fantastical. I loved it...again.
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