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By Minks on 27-10-16
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!!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By C. Hampton on 20-03-17
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)
20 of 24 people found this review helpful
By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 09-01-17
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
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By shoegal on 06-01-17
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By KM on 07-12-16
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By N. Stocker on 06-11-16
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.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful