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.
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"KA HAS WRITTEN ANOTHER FAN..FREAKIN..TASTIC STORY"
Cora went to bed in Seattle and thought she was still dreaming when she woke up because she was in a parallel Disney-type fantasyland where she had a beautiful whimsical sister who tra..la..la'd her way into Cora's bedroom and in her dream there were vivid colors, a talking bird.. and 3 very handsome men on horseback. But Cora's beautiful dream wasn't to last long as it quickly turned into a nightmare because she accidentally set off a curse and had to be rescued.. by the wickedly handsome, sexily scared and darkly brooding Noctorno (aka Tor). And Cora very quickly realized this was no dream but her bitter reality as Tor (aka her husband) unceremoniously dumped and left her in a cave while he went off to kill Thumper for tea.
Their soul-mate match may have been decreed by the Gods but it was the furthest thing from a love match because Tor, her infuriating and irritated husband, didn't like his alternate wife who had been mean, selfish, lazy, demanding, greedy, unkind and cold in bed.. the total opposite of Cora. But, as the insults and sexual tension grew, just how was Cora going to convince Tor that she wasn't who he thought she was, that she was actually a nice person if he believed her and that she wasn't up to her old tricks. However, as tempers flared igniting a volley of insults and a wealth of fiery banter, their attraction to each other and sexual awareness grew.. until once again Cora's naivety in this alternate land accidentally brought a swarm of flying demons to their door.. and their story was just beginning.
Four days from its release date and already this book has received 85 5 star ratings and 17 4 star ones and I'm not surprised because Kristen Ashley has spun such a beautiful fantastical tale where a dark handsome Prince, a Castle, communicating with animals, witches, winged demons, soul mates and curses become a reality for one regular girl. Cora and Tor are wonderfully entertaining characters with their wickedly humorous dialogue, their instant sexual attraction, their passionate pleas, their heartfelt tender words of love that melt your heart and their turbulent rollercoaster relationship made this a compelling and addictive listen. Like all good rollercoasters there's dips, turns, highs, lows, twists, laughter, excitement and breathless times too as this exciting story unfurls. Told from Cora's POV - she's funny, talkative, entertaining, loveable and all heart - and once the moody, bossy, angry, sexy and stubborn Tor finally thaws out they ARE a love match made by the Gods.
Worth a credit? YES YES YES - Kristen Ashley has set the bar very high as this compelling and addictive series continues and Tillie Hooper did a great job at bringing everything to life. The story (and couple) from book 1 are mentioned in book 2.. and both couples (and their armies) join Cora and Tor in this book's sweet Epilogue as the secondary chilling and sinister storyline heats up for a good vs. evil battle. As always, this book has left me wanting more from KA.. and thankfully book 4 is primed and ready to go... so see ya folks.
"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!!
"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.
I absolutely hate protagonists that don't listen or are so stupid! Cora, ugh!!
But of course KA wins as always!
"5 Fantastical Stars"
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.*
"Favorite in the Series!"
Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
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
"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.
Great addition to the series. Very exciting and original. Enjoyed the time they spent in our world. Go KA!!
"I enjoyed, but not as much as first two"
This is the third book in Kristen Ashley’s Fantasyland series. In this series, we continue to have a female who is transported from our world into a parallel universe that is more like a Fantasyland (hence the series name). Two out of the three books in the series, the women have no idea what is going on, they just all of a sudden in a different world. They don’t understand what is going on or where they are at. None of the men know what is going at the beginning.
In this book, Cora Goode goes to sleep, but wakes up some place completely different. She is all of a sudden hearing birds talk to her. Her sister is there and she is like someone from a fairy tale as well, as she brisks about singing. That is until Cora lets her sister see her fiance before the wedding which brings about a curse. Obviously, the Cora of our world knows nothing about said curse, but the Cora of this world did. So everyone thinks she planned this.
Noctorno (Tor) Hawthorne is the prince of this land. He is also the ruler of another land that he conquered himself. His people and his men love him. He is the leader that everyone wants from a prince. However, no one likes his wife, Cora. She is nothing like the Cora from our world. The Cora of this world is lazy, selfish and quite frankly, a bitch. Tor doesn’t like her, but she is also the other half of his soul, so he’s stuck with her.
I enjoyed watching as Cora worked so hard to make people like her. It was not an easy task as her other self had gone so far out of her way to make everyone else’s lives miserable when she was around. She tries to explain to Tor that she is from a different world and that she isn’t the same Cora as his wife. He doesn’t know what his wife is up to, but he will enjoy the time that he has with this less bitchy woman. He is also a bit of a jerk in that it takes an awful long time for him to believe Cora.
While I enjoyed this story, it wasn’t as good as the first two stories in this series. I’m not 100% sure exactly what made me like it less. I think at times, it felt a little too Disney, maybe. There is also the case that both Cora and Tor go back to our world for part of the book. I don’t think I liked that part as much as when they are in the fantasy world. I don’t want to give this the impression that I didn’t enjoy it, I did. I just didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the first two books. I’m excited to jump into book four to see what happens next and what hero and heroine we have coming up. In this series, unlike most PNR series I’ve read, you meet pretty much a whole new cast of characters for each book. The previous characters do make appearances, but they are extremely small.
Once again, Tillie Hooper did an amazing job with the narration. I don’t think she can beat the narration of Golden Dynasty, because that book had the amazing language that she made sound like she had been speaking it for years, but she did an amazing job here. I really enjoy how she does all of her voices, male and female. In this book, she had to voice a bird, which was different. The bird didn’t talk like animals from The Lion King (i.e. like people), but more like a bird giving you it’s thoughts. I thought she brought that out really well in the way she portrayed it. If you haven’t tried Tillie Hooper, I highly recommend her.
**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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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