Fantastical (Fantasyland #3) by Kristen Ashley
“In this world you were the only thing I had but you were the only thing I needed.”
Kristen Ashley does it again! I loved this next installment in the Fantasyland series. Cora wakes up in a new land where she can talk to birds and has a sister who literally tra la la’s. Turns out we all have twins in a parallel world and Cora has somehow switched with hers. Very soon she unintentionally brings a curse upon her and her sister, and Cora’s husband whisks her off to safety. Unfortunately for her, Cora in this world is a raging bitch and her husband loathes her.
Cora sets about trying to convince her husband, Tor, that she is in fact a different Cora. Of course, because she sounds like a crazy person he doesn’t believe her. So Cora continues about her business, literally doing stuff like this:
No seriously, she cleans a cave. A place that will probably always be dirty.
Tor begins to think that the old Cora is playing him and is continually suspicious of Cora’s motives. Meanwhile Cora is wandering around admiring her new clothing and the general splendor.
Together, they do their best to avoid the curse cast by an evil witch. Tor brings her to his castle and that’s where I’ll stop.
I really liked this book. Obviously most people won’t like it as much as the Golden Dynasty but I found this book to be quite the little gem. There were some obvious Disney elements that I found charming. Cora was such an endearing character and I loved how she believed the best in people.
Tor, well he was kind of an asshole for the first 60% or so but he made up for it in the rest of the book. There was some definite angst that I gobbled up like an angst addict.
I’d just like to note that I’m glad I read this series in order because factors from book 1 appear in book 2, and continue into book 3. I have a feeling they will become very important as the series continues.
Only one little thing bothered me, and that is the fact that I don’t remember KA adding a character description for Cora. Maybe she did and I missed it, but it’s not the first time I’ve read a KA novel and had no clue what the heroine looked like. And for some odd reason, my weird brain pictured her:
My only guess is because I used the Anna gif in my status update.
Anyhoo, love these books and onto the next!