Review: Fantastical by Kristen Ashley

Title:  Fantastical
Author:  Kristen Ashley
Series:  Fantasyland, #3
Publisher:  N/A
Release Date:  November 1, 2011
Pages:  kindle edition, 338

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.

“Quiet,” he repeated on 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’.”

FANTASTICAL wasn't all that great. Didn't dig the plot all that much. And I think that is because I had such high expectations due to how amazing the last book was. I mean, it could've been better than it was. But make no mistake, it was still very enjoyable. I am loving Kristen Ashley's Mega Swoon-Worthy Alpha Male Heros! They turn me on so bad!

Yet again, our heroine is thrown into an alternate universe world, and oh, man I am loving that plot! I always loved the time travel type books! So wickedly awesome! Anyway, The world/land this time is very fairytale like. Our heroine, Cora, can talk to birds, there are horses and hot princes. The Cora of this fairytale world is now in Cora's human/earth world. Cora learns that the Cora of the fairytale world is a bitch, so Cora has some work cut out for her because a lot of people hate her.

“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.”

We have Prince Noctorno, who we just call Tor. And he doesn't like Cora of his world very much, so him and Cory butt heads a lot. And he doesn't believe her crazy story. They eventually begin falling for each other HARD. I think Cora and Tor are so adorable together. But man, these princes/kings in this Fantasyland series are so possessive. I get it, but man, oh man! We do have another act that I find somewhat unforgivable and cruel that our Prince does. I was totally hating on him a lot for some time.

So FANTASTICAL did have its moments, but like I said, I didn't dig the plot all that much, and I just didn't connect with it all that much, like I did with the previous book. And I did have major annoyances from our main characters a lot, with things they did and said. I did enjoy the ending a great deal! I think that was my favorite part of the book! But that being said, I can't wait for the next book! Awesome stuff is in the works.


  1. I’ve never read anything by her. Her books sometimes just sound too strange for me hahah, but I’m sorry this wasn’t as good. Maybe I should give her a try!

  2. Haha! Maybe I can offer certain books for you to try out. The Gamble is one of my favorites and it’s not overly weird or anything. It’s a beautiful love story, great storyline and side characters and a fairly normal read. I would maybe start out with that one. I <3 it so much!

    Sometimes I have to be in the mood for her books b/c there are overly long. This one I’m reading is 968 pages, so I’m on a little break right now.