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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.

©2011 Kristen Ashley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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It's the Same Story...

I'm now listening to the third book in Ms. Ashley's series and I've just realized...they're all the same book. Same character, same plot, just with a few key detail varied to make it seem different. Let's start with the characters:
1) Heroines (Seoafin, Circe, and Cora) - all women from the "real" world who are transported to a parallel universe where they assume the lives of their parallel world's twin. All the woman are unfailingly optimistic, even in the face of things and situations that would scare the CRAP out of anyone else. They use the same phrases and terms (freaking cool, freaking awesome, etc.) and pretty much have the EXACT same personality. Seriously, how many times and ways can a character say, 'honey', 'baby', and 'holy crap' without it becoming so repetitive and annoying that you want to scream?

2) "Heroes" (Drakkar, Lahn, and Tor) - all verbally and physically abusive alpha males that seem to take pleasure in denigrating their women. Not a one is ever apologetic for his actions and all seem to believe that women are only for the sole purpose of sexual release and procreation. And what's worse? ALL the heroines in ALL three books take it on the chin and then look up adoringly at their oh-too-hwat-to-be-believed male abusers. Let me be clear - there is a fine line between an alpha male and a misogynistic abuser. All three of these male characters happily leap over that line and into the latter. I'm all for strong men who stand up and beat their chests, but I also am for strong women who don't take their sh*t.

Now the plots. All three of these books felt scripted to the same outline:
A) Woman wakes up in a new world
B) Woman gets married or finds out that she is recently so
C) Male abuses woman verbally and then gets physically abusive when new woman doesn't "act right"
D) Woman fawns over man's perfect (chest, abs, butt...insert appropriate body part) and realizes that "he can be really sweet" (which is the catch phrase of most abused women...look it up) and that she is falling in love
E) Woman realizes that man has been keeping a big secret (all of which take away the woman's ability to control her own life, BTW)
F) Quick jump back to the "real" world (except Wildest, but still...)
G) Back to the parallel world, where the woman realizes that "this is where I was always meant to be!" (insert gag here)
H) Baby

The End

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Favorite in the Series!

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Character Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 ( Narrated By Tilly Hooper )

Quick Thoughts: Hands down my favorite in the series. I think Fantastical is everything that is Magical about KA's writing. She beautifully wove Cora and Tor's love story. I LOVED IT!

Audio Quick Thoughts: On the same hand as KA's writing on this one, Tilly was in her element. She brought Cora and Tor beautifully to life!

Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews

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A Fantastical Adventure!

Wow...this was a great addition to the series. This third installment plot started out similar as the first two previous books. Girl wakes up in a different universe, girl doesn't want to fall in love with the hero but ends up falling in love anyway. Cora happens to trade places with a princess that happens to be a bit*h so everyone hates her guts. She brings a curse to the land and her "husband" has to save her and his land happens to be Hawkvaile. This book had a twist where both Cora and Tor are transported back to our word, so it was interesting to see how Tor went about our world. At the end it was a nice set up for the next book. If I had to put them in order according to the first 3 books this would fall second after the Golden Dynasty and Wildest would come in 3rd place. This is well worth the credit. On to Broken Dove!!

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long time KA fan - HATED this

The dialog was shallow, inner monologue was repetitive and annoying (phrases were literally repeated ridiculously throughout), didn't care about the characters, no sexual tension, and even the love scenes were dull. It pains me to give KA a bad review, but it really was that bad.

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Uh Oh, Uh Oh, Uh Oh! Kristen wrote a boo boo!

This book, in my opinion, is the only dud in all of Kristen’s fantasy books. Cora has the vocabulary of a 12 year old boy, with paragraphs consisting of the following noises, uh, uh, uh, umn, umn, Tor!, Tor!, Tor! Ugh! She always needs help catching an obvious clue, and is almost too stupid to live. Tor is an obnoxious, abusive, selfish ass and there is no chemistry between the two main characters. I sped up the narration (Sorry Tillie, because you are wonderful.), skipped chapters, and rolled my eyes so many times my eye sockets ached. So no, I didn’t like It, but the first two were pretty good, hopefully the next two will be also.

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Read book 2 first

You can read book one and two out of order because there is little or no reference to the stories in either book. Book 3 has references to both book one and book 2. You could still enjoy this story without reading one and two first but for a full understanding of future implications, read one and two first.
This story kept my interest throughout but I didn't feel as caught up in the action as the first two books. The prologue at the end of this book introduces you to the story in the next book.

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Fantastical!

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A parallel world, twins, one in one world one in other, and witches, good and bad.....wonderful writing, storyline takes you away to a fantasticial world where colors are brighter, life is more treasured and a love story of all time. Narration is wonderful.

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  • 12-07-16

I ENJOY THIS AUTHOR'S BOOKS

If you could sum up Fantastical in three words, what would they be?

Sexy Fantasy Escape

What did you like best about this story?

I love that none of this author's stories in this series are about real life situations. I like the fantasy and mysticism of the books. I have enough real life. This is a nice escape

What does Tillie Hooper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her enthusiasm to bring out each character. She has an flowing style that is pleasant to listen too. She is excellent

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't want to give anything away. It was towards the end of the book when Noc and Tor were protecting Cora

Any additional comments?

If you want a nice way to leave our hustle and bustle world, at least in your mind, this series of books is for you.

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AHMAZING!!!

First I loved this story. Original, funny, schmexy... but I have to give props to the narrator. She was great! She nailed this character.

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I am loving this series, I really wasn't sure about this book in the beginning but wow I am so glad I stuck through it.

I loved that we have Cora going from her world to the parallel universe. But then also she goes back to her world but with Tor.

It was so different from the other books because they never had the man have to go back to the 20th century before. I just love how much I liked that.

Anyways back to Cora, she just struck accord in me, she had to deal with the other Cora’s actions in both universes. It kind of broke my heart a little. But she was fierce and didn't let that get her down oh no it didn't.

What a fabulous tale of finding love then having to really fight to keep it. I really enjoy the narration of this book as well as the others.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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  • Nicky HOOD
  • 08-18-20

Another hit, Fantastic!

A 5 star book narrated by a 5 star narrator. I absolutely loved this entire series. Kristen Ashley you are my hero . If you have an imagination and love books filled with all the emotions imaginable then this series is for you.

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  • Nalana
  • 05-21-18

Part 3 of a great collection of books.

I really enjoyed this book, the characters are great. Looking forward to the next the book.

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  • Susan
  • 11-09-17

Fab fantasy romance

I am not usually a fan of fantasy books but this one I loved, mainly because it is character driven, with the fantasy element simply adding a new dimension (literally!) to the plotline. Set in the same world as the two previous books in this series, my only criticism is that the epilogue was really the prologue of the next book.

If you are a romance reader who normally avoids books which depart from the real world, this fantasy series by Kristen Ashley is a good place to start. The first three books could be read as standalones, but as the fantasy element follows a developing storyline through each book, it’s probably best to read them in order

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  • AMW
  • 02-18-20

kristan ashley

another fabulous fantastical book I recommend. Thankyou Kristan you have done it again. recommend highly