Fantastical (Fantasyland 3) by Kristen Ashley
3rd in a series of interconnected standalones. Though they are about different couples, they start tying in more later in the series. You should read in order.
I am so in love with The Fantasyland Series by Kristen Ashley. Her books are always an escape, but this series is so much more. I never thought I’d be into fantasy, but once again, Kristen Ashley converted me. I loved Wildest Dreams and I adored The Golden Dynasty. They were two new permanent favorites. I loved Fantastical as well, but not quite as much as the first two.
Fantastical was more like a dirty Disney movie than anything else, believe me, it’s not bad, just sweeter and fluffier than the first two.
“I woke up in a parallel universe. A fairytale land. A fantasyland. Where they ride horses and birds talk to you and the air shimmers like it has glitter in it.”
Not only does Cora wake up in a new place, she has a sister about to get married, and she is married as well. To a prince, albeit one that doesn’t like her other-world twin very much at all.
“Does this mean I’m a princess?”
“That’s usually what happens when a woman marries a prince.”
So, as you can see, we have talking birds, sparkling air, princes and princesses…what else do we need for the perfect Disney fairytale? An evil witch! Yup, it’s in here! In fact, Cora accidentally sets off a curse, and needs to be rescued by none-other than the husband who hates her, and even more, blames her for starting the curse!
“Do you have to have the last word?” I snapped.
“Yes,” he returned.
“Jerk,” I gritted out.
“Cow,” he returned.
Oh my God! He just called me a cow!
“I hate you,” I spat.
“That feeling, my love, is mutual,” he returned.”
He doesn’t believe that this is a different Cora than his wife, but as they are forced to spend time together, things begin to change of course.
“Quiet,” he repeated with a growl, “I’m about to fuck 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?”
One really fun feature is that a portion of this book was spent in our world. It’s fun to see these people who have no electricity play with a remote and see cars. We also meet Tor’s ‘our world’ twin, Noc (their names are both Noctorno), and I had hoped to read more about him, and now I know we do. He shows up in Broken Dove and gets his own book in Midnight Soul.
To get on with the review–though the romance took a while to be all-consuming, I loved that we had to wait. It was totally worth it. Tor turned out to be another delicious Kristen Ashley alpha. A hardass with a soft center.
“In this world,” I kept whispering, “you were the only thing I had but you were the only thing I needed.”
Despite Tor being a douchecanoe in the beginning, I totally loved him in the end. <3
- It was like a sexy Disney movie. Fun and different. What girl never dreamed of being a princess?
- I loved Cora’s our-world slang.
- Great blend of romance, excitement and relationship angst.
- Spending time in OUR world with people from THEIR world.
- Crossing over from the first two books.
- Falling for Noc, and looking forward to his book.
- I loved Cora’s inner voice.
- Epilogue! <3
- This was a bit lighter and fluffier than the first two in the series. Kind of like the movie Enchanted a little. I still loved it, but not quite as much as The Golden Dynasty, but I am not sure I will ever love a book that much!
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.5 Stars, 4 Heat
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