4.5 stars

Kristen Ashley – Fantastical (Fantasyland #3)

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.


Out of the three books I read from the series so far this one surprised me the most. Based on the blurb I didn’t expect to like it as much as i did. It’s on the shorter side compared to the previous ones and not as eventful either still a pretty satisfying and well rounded story.

The main character doesn’t know what’s going on just like in The golden dynasty, but in this case she thinks she is simply dreaming. She thinks this for white a long which causes a lot of complications for her. This belief of hers kind of becomes the source of most of the conflicts in the book. Also this is the first book in the series that shows any kind of indication that there is going to be a meeting, a common ground between the couples from the different stories.
The plot takes place in a really poetic atmosphere; it’s a bit like in the 14th century France.

I can’t say that this book is action packed because everything remotely action like play out in the background a we only hear about them from second hand recounting. However the way Tor and Cora relationship changes and plays out is more than enough to meet my expectations and satisfy my need for excitement with the numerous different unexpected turns in the storyline. It’s not boring for sure.
A new and notable element to the book that here the characters spent more time in the modern world too.

Cora is the most pacifists among the characters yet. She is full on hippie. She is really good, kind, happy and peachy character. Unfortunately she is a bit slow-witted at times which drove me up the walls. Also she cares too much about what others think of her which is one of her draw backs. She is against any kind of aggression and really determined to stand beside her views. Her relationship with Tor goes seemingly very smoothly but there is a twist which refutes this.

Tor is handsome, brave, dahlia and noble character who is also could be fair and kind if the original Cora didn’t make his life a hell. Because of this he has a hard time to accept and believe the new Cora even if he deep down knows that the two girl are not the same. A couple o times he disappointed me but compared to the situation he handled himself well.

One thing tough, it’s a pity that we don’t see more of Tor brothers because from that little scene they appear in the seemed really sympathetic. Unlike Rose who just with two sentence irritated me as hell. The other Cora is really spoiled, shallow and acted in an unbelievably disgusting manner. She would have deserved a more severe punishment.

A beautiful and picturesque story and worth every minute I spent reading it.


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