[Review] Fantastical by Kristen Ashley

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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.

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3stars

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I accidentally started reading the third book because I thought it was the first, which is stupid. Thankfully they’re standalones. I gotta say… I enjoyed all the freaking plot holes. I found them amusing actually. It’s one of these books you enjoy reading even though they’re a bit horribly written. Hahaha I really like how awful it is. Can’t explain it.

Writing Style

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So much wasted potential because of the writing style. The book was written in first person POV, which is always what I prefer. I like that I was able to be in Cora’s head but sometimes it was, kind of, too much… I felt like I was reading the diary of a 15 year old girl instead of a book written by an adult…

The fact that the lead was actually in her thirties, made it even worse. What do I mean exactly?

[Another slap on the ass. Serious ouch. God, I hated it when he did that.]

Really? Serious ouch? I expect a better description about how she felt at that time.

[“Put your hands on me”, he commanded, his knee pressing between my legs.
Oh my!
“Um, okey dokey,” I whispered again and slid my hands up his arms and around his shoulders.]

Who writes okey dokey during a sex scene, expecting to take the book seriously? I was facepalming and laughing instead of enjoying reading it.

[Tor’s room were the shit. In fact, his entire castle was the shit. In fact, his entire princedom was the shit.]

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Do you guys understand what I am trying to say? This description was definitely not the shit.

Not to mention ALL the awkwardly written sex scenes… All the awkward talking and questions like “who am I?” and “who are you?” in every single scene. Yes, we get it. He is your prince, your husband etc. and you’re his wife and princess. How many times do I have to skip these kind of scenes to avoid reading the same stuff again and again?

Plot

The plot had so much potential. The world building was actually pretty amazing and unique. There was this extraordinary, magical world with pretty colors and beautiful scenery. Cora was transferred into that world and tried to survive while she had to endure all the things that went wrong because of this change. (Not gonna spoil). So if the book was written in a different way, I would have loved it.

The plot holes frustrated me a bit to be honest but secretly I found them entertaining and I ignored them.

For example when Tor was transferred to Cora’s world, he demanded he drive the car.

[I showed him around the console, explained the basics, he started up the car and away we went. No joke. He was a natural. He even figured out the road signs and traffic signals and only asked what a few of them meant.] 

This can’t be. Nobody can be a natural when it comes to driving, especially someone from an entirely different universe where cars are not even close to be discovered.

Because the number of silly things like this was huge, I decided to ignore them and just focus on the main plot.

Characters

Cora Goodie is not the worse female character out there. Ignoring the fact that she annoyed the hell out of me at some points, she was most of the time a strong female lead. She was opinionated, (kind of) determined, brave, friendly and fought for her rights and her loved ones. I enjoyed the fact that she could be emotional and not ice cold when she had to. Vulnerability is not always a weakness.

She was annoying when she was acting like a teen in front of Tor but I forgave this behavior because she had to do with the other half of her soul. Love makes us all fools sometimes. Plus, adults need a break from adulting.

Tor was not my type of book boyfriend. I accept that he was a prince, taught to order everyone around but I can’t accept how possessive he was. I felt like I needed space. What saved the situation was his sweetness and all the caring. He was rational and smart apart from handsome and well build. He was the voice of Cora’s conscience and thankfully her protector from all the evil out there.

Overal

I pushed the strict side of me away. I was going for one star but because of all the potential and the little details I enjoyed I decided against it. I admit that I had fun reading it, even if it was for the wrong reasons.

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[Kristen Ashley]

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Thank you all so much for reading! Can’t wait for your opinion. Have you read the book? What do you think? Would you read it?

[Blogger Award] The Encouraging Thunder Award

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I can never be thankful enough to Raven [Dreamy Addictions] and Giselle [Hard Work Boulevard] for always supporting me and nominating me for sweet and awesome awards! You girls are in my top 5 favorite bloggers! ❤

So for The Encouraging Thunder Award the rules are:

ϟ Thank the person who nominated you.

ϟ Post the encouraging thunder logo.

ϟ Mention your purpose in blogging.

ϟ Nominate others for the award.

ϟ My purpose in blogging.

Ι just started blogging because I simply wanted to connect with people and share my opinion. After so many months my purpose is almost the same. I’ve met so many wonderful people and I still want to get to know more bookworms so I keep blogging and blogging. The only thing that’s different is the fact that I wish to be professional reviewer. I’ve made the first steps and I enjoy it enough to know that I want to blog in order to be able to help authors promote their books or help them get better at what they do. I really want to know that my opinion matters somehow and it helps people, authors, publishers and other reviewers. I blog because I think it’s important to let people know they did well and that no matter how many people disliked their books, they still worked hard for them and they deserve a praise. I blog because even if I did dislike a book, there’s still a chance that my opinion will help the author with the next book. I blog because I really like to compliment and help people. I really do.

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I will tag my newest friends and followers just to encourage them and get to know them better!

Alysyn [Reinreads]

Ana [Ana Spoke]

(Take a look at this lovely author and her books)

Arianna [The Daydreaming Bookworm]

Melanie [The Aspiring Novelist]

Michalah [Cape Town Dreamer]

Morgan [Hopeless Book Addict]

[Redheaded Book Lover]

(I super support redheads cause I used to be one! 😉 Please share your name if you want!)

Taryn [Tantalizing Tales]

[Bookland Special] 50 followers

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I am really excited to announce that I have my first 50 followers! I cherish and treasure each and every one of you, thank you so much! Sadly, I am was not expecting to reach 50 followers so soon and to be honest I didn’t prepare anything. I promise that I’ll be ready when 100 bloggers hit my follow button and I’ll celebrate with a bookland special giveaway~

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Thank you again, my sweethearts!

[Blog Goals Wednesday] Progress and new goals

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The last couple of weeks was a mess. I haven’t finished a single book because of my exams. I am mentally exhausted and worn out. Sadly, I have one week left and I need to do well, so my blog can’t come first. I will keep my daily posts but I can’t review books at the moment.

previous goals

~Write at least 2 reviews~

I need to finish the books I am currently reading, without stop studying for exams. 

~Make a couple of blogger friends~

I have to search for more blogs and make some friends. Have to like more blog posts and comment more often. 

weekly goals

~Write at least 2 reviews~

I need to finish the books I am currently reading, without stop studying for exams. Same as before!

~Have at least 10 likes in a post~

I know that my blog is still new and that I’m not really popular and I need to change that with baby steps. 10 likes in a post are quite hard for me, so this is my first achievement!

[Monday’s Top 5] Favorite female characters and how they look like in my mind

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It is true that us girls usually talk about our book boyfriends and we barely notice the female leads. Well basically we experience everything they do, especially if there’s a first person POV, and we put ourselves in their shoes. As a result we unconsiously ignore the fact that these heroines are the most important character of the book and we focus on the male leads. Today I am going to present my favorite female book charcaters, the reasons why I chose them and how they look like in my mind.

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Maggie Masters/Jacobson – Significance by Shelly Crane

I know that Hollie Shay was casted for that role but she is not even close to how Maggie is supposed to look like. Maggie should be cute and and pretty with redish hair and cute freckles.

Why is Maggie my number 5?

That girl was normal and after she touched Caleb, her significant, her life changed. Suddenly she was important to a whole race of people and out of nowhere she even had enemies. Not to mention that later she found out she was actually THE visionary, the leader of Virtuoso. So, having to deal with the fact that people wanted her dead because they were afraid of her or that they insisted she should leave her significant and practically have half her soul taken it’s not simple. Maggie had to fight for her significant and demanded that they should treat Caleb as her equal. She had to fight in order to keep her people safe and modest because nature was punishing them by stoping the imprintings and she had to fight for her own life. Also she was a great mother and years later when people mistreated her kids and almost took her daughter’s significant, she had to start a war in order to finally earn the freedom her people deserved.

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[Blog Goals Wednesday] Progress and new goals

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previous goals

~Search for daily post ideas.~

That means that I have to come up with standar daily posts that will keep you entertained and my blog active. ✔

~Be done with all the graphics~

See these cute icons such as ‘weekly goal’? I need to create more, about all daily posts. ✔

~Edit my posts~

My posts need to be pretty and similar to each other. They need to follow the same pattern. ✔

weekly goals

~Write at least 2 reviews~

I need to finish the books I am currently reading, without stop studying for exams.

~Make a couple of blogger friends~

I have to search for more blogs and make some friends. Have to like more blog posts and comment more often.

[Sunday’s Getting to know me] 5/100 questions

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1. Who is your hero?

Depends on the meaning. If the meaning is “a person admired by someone” then my heroeine is my mom. She gave up her youth in order to take full care of me and my younger brother and till now she manages to be the best woman I know. She is strong and brave and always stands by our side. Even though she works about 12 hours a day she still manages to keep the house clean and tidy, cook and listen to our problems. I don’t know how she finds time to rest or if she can rest at all. Thank god my brother and I are no longer children and she doesn’t have to worry about babysitting us. Anyway, somehow my mom has a solution for anything that keeps me awake at nights and she can be a great friend when I need her. She is my very own personal nurse when I am sick and no matter where I am, I’ll always go back to her in order to take care of me. I love my mom so much and I hope that I’ll be like her when the time to have my own family comes. She is amazing.

2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I am really satisfied to be living in Greece. Well, yeah the economical crisis ruins it a bit but who cares? Greeks are happy and cheerful all the time, with no strict or weird rules and laws and you’re really free to have an opinion without being judged. It’s indeed a free country. The furthest distance to the sea or a beach is a couple of hours away and you can live on a mountain at the same time. Jealous much? Greek cuisine is freaking delicious and you can find olive oil anywhere. We have the Mediterranean spirit. Summers are hot and winters are cold enough. Well, I admit that greek mean are HOT and greek women are beautiful and I would only date greeks. Maybe spanish dudes cause they have enough similarities to our culture. Anyway my answer to that is that I would prefer to live in a greek island (any island in Aegean sea) if I could, instead of a city.

3. What is your biggest fear?

I have two big fears. First of all I am afraid to die while suffering from sickness and the second one is being alone and unloved. I don’t know what scares me the most.

4. What is your favorite family vacation?

Christmas? Who doesn’t love to be around family at Christmas?

5. What would you change about yourself if you could?

I need to stop overthinking and live freely. I analyse and overthink every single word I hear. Especially when it comes to my boyfriend, sometimes I am just being too weird and freeky. I need to relax and enjoy my life, my family my relationship and my friendships!

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6. What really makes you angry?
7. What motivates you to work hard?
8. What is your favorite thing about your career?
9. What is your biggest complaint about your job?
10. What is your proudest accomplishment?

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[Blog Goals Wednesday] First weekly goals – Blog’s to-do-list

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I am a mess and I need to fix this. Because I started taking this whole blogging thingy seriously, I need to get organized. I can’t have a site looking like this because I know I can do better. Well I admit that since I am not a pro, my site is quite simple and elegant without too much effort. I need to keep it simple but I have to upgrade it a bit, don’t you think?

I need an emergency plan and of course your help. I need your ideas and I am desperate.

weekly goals

~Search for daily post ideas.~

That means that I have to come up with standar daily posts that will keep you entertained and my blog active.

~Be done with all the graphics~

See these cute icons such as ‘weekly goal’? I need to create more, about all daily posts.

~Edit my posts~

My posts need to be pretty and similar to each other. They need to follow the same pattern.

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~Research for blog post ideas

~Host a challenge or an event

~Giveaway stuff

~Follow more book bloggers

~Finish my draft posts

~Favorite more quotes and post them

~Mini tutorials about book stuff

~Make blogger friends

~Ask and answer questions

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Please help me find more ideas and make my blog better. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment because it’s important to know your opinion about anything.

Thank you.