It’s day three of shining the spotlight on Kristen Ashley’s Fantasyland series. We have two great 4 star reviews for Fantastical, the 3rd book in the series, one from Splage and another from Kristen. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the reviews for the 1st two books in the series you can view Wildest Dreams here, and The Golden Dynasty here.
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Fantastical by Kristen Ashley
on November 2nd 2011
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
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Cora Goode has woken up in a fairytale world where she can understand what birds are saying to her, men ride horses and have fluffy feathers in their hats and furniture zigs, zags and whirls in miracles of construction.
The problem is, she thinks she’s in a dream but she’s actually taken the place of the parallel universe Cora and without realizing it, our Cora does something that starts a centuries old curse that will sweep the land if she gets captured by the evil Minerva.
At this point, her dream world becomes a nightmare.
Luckily, hot guy, fantasyland Noctorno is there to save her from the clutches of the grotesque vickrants sent by Minerva to capture her. Unfortunately, hot guy, fantasyland Noctorno doesn’t like the Cora of his world all that much (to say the least) and he thinks our Cora is her. And no matter what our Cora says or does to try to convince him, he won’t be convinced.
But Cora needs Tor to keep her safe and guide her through this fantastical world as she hopes one day to wake up in her not-so-great apartment in her not-so-great life in her world. The problem is, the more time she spends with the gorgeous warrior Tor, the faster she falls in love with him.
*image courtesy of Dorsey*
4 Stars! Kristen Ashley Does Disney??…with a Rating NC17 of course.
This series has been such a wonderful unexpected surprise for me and book 2, The Golden Dynasty even makes my top 4 of KA favorites. I am not a big fan of anything even slightly paranormal, but KA just touches this realm in this series, and therefore I enjoyed her fantasy world.
At first, when I began reading Fantastical I felt like I was in the animated movie Snow White with birds singing and fluttering around the characters heads. There was such gaiety with Cora, the heroine, and her sister Rosa, as they floated and frolicked humming and singing their Tra-la-las. Also adding to the Disney feel were three gallant knights riding in on their pure white, steel gray and midnight black stallions with dreamlike names of Dashiel, Orlando, and Noctorno (also called Tor who was the hero). You can’t forget the evil witch Minerva and her flying minions, the Vickrants,…think flying monkeys in Wizard of Oz. Of course, you also have the rolling hillside, charming villages, and the majestic castle…think Disney’s recent movie Tangled where everything is sparkling and green with a magnificent Cinderella-like castle. KA’s vivid descriptions are what conjured up all of these fantastic memories in my mind of favorite and beloved animated movies of my past. She transported me, I LOVE IT!
Fantastical is the third book in the Fantasyland series, and this romance series is a fusion of several sub-genres. It is a mixture of time travel to a parallel universe, it is historical, yet, there is no history just a more primitive time setting. As well, there is paranormal because of witches, sorceresses, and gods.
Cora (the good) wakes up and finds herself in a parallel universe, it felt like King Arthur’s time frame. She is married to a prince and future king who hates her. She was supposed to be the other half of his soul which he welcomed, but instead the Cora of his time is a cold, spoiled manipulative bitch who destroyed his feelings for her. The bad Cora is now in the future causing havoc in the good Cora’s life. I have to say there were some good twists that I was hoping KA would explore in one of the Fantasyland series and it appeared in Fantastical. Hint: Multiples are a good thing!!
There also is this whole curse hoopla, which was silly and a little crazy, but brought together the star-crossed lovers. This book was not as wild of a KA adventure where the action feels like it is on steroids. Instead of going full steam it sort of trotted into the climax, not necessarily a bad thing because the ending was still fulfilling and sweet. I also missed the abundance of those fantastic, stirring monologues and dialogs from the hero and heroinge that appear many times throughout KA stories and just melt your insides. Fantastical had KA’s typical steam factor of hot, crude at times, and oh yes, HOT, as well as, one or two heart breaker and heart builder moments that brought tears to my eyes.
This book was a compilation of similar traits or storyline aspects of the two previous books in the series and had the KA marvelous story structure. If you love KA’s style, her over the top alphas and strong sassy heroines, her intense and passionate love stories, Cora and Tor’s story will be a satisfying delight. I would just recommend to spread her books out. If you are a chocolate lover don’t deny yourself your perfect fix and don’t overdose enough that you become sick of it… Spread it out so you are satisfied, stimulated and content…that is what I do. Result: I AM AN ADDICT!
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading Fantastical. This book definitely had a fairytale feel to it and reminded me somewhat of Disney’s Enchanted, which I love.
The hero, Noctorno (Tor), and heroine, Cora, were delightful together. I especially loved Cora’s use of the current American slang. It added a certain authenticity to the book that isn’t necessarily common in time travel or paranormal plots.
I will admit that there were times I felt the storyline became a bit convoluted and confusing, and I felt I was left with more questions than answers. However, that may be due to the fact I didn’t read the first two books in the series. Go figure!
Other than that, I had a great time reading this very entertaining and sexy book.