Series: Fantasyland #3
on November 1st 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Also in this series: Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland, #1), The Golden Dynasty (Fantasyland, #2)
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.
Also by this author: Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland, #1), The Golden Dynasty (Fantasyland, #2)
If WIldest Dreams was Frozen and Golden Dynasty was Game of Thrones, then Fantastical was Disney’s Enchanted. Light, fluffy, and fast, Fantastical is the third book in Fantasyland series and introduces us to a whole new realm of Kirsten Ashley’s parallel universe.
Fantastical begins with our heroine, Cora Goode waking-up in a Beauty and the Beast, Disney-esque world complete with elaborate furniture, talking birds, and a sister who sits on a balcony belting out high-C’s. Cora unknowingly triggers a magical curse in the first 20 pages and finds herself on the run from an evil sorceress with her Fantasyland husband, Noctorno. Unfortunately, Fantasyland Nocturno doesn’t really like Cora and is less than happy about being her knight in shining armor.
First, I had to admire Cora given her circumstances. She wakes up in a strange land only to find that the person she’s swapped places with is lazy, scheming, and generally unliked. (She’s also a princess, but that’s about the best thing going for her) You’d have to have a pretty thick skin and I don’t think I could handle that. She takes it in stride though and is relentless in getting Nocturno to believe she’s from a different world. Eventually, Cora starts to wear down, and I can’t blame her.
Also – I had to feel sorry for Noctorno, or Tor for short. I’d also be a total grouch if I found out the woman married was, well, less than okay. He’s a pretty stereotypical Prince – tall, dark, brooding, and handsome with complete confidence that he’s, well a prince. He was a little high handed and arrogant with bossing Cora around. However, I do wonder if he felt somewhat entitled after saving Cora’s previously ungrateful self.
Overall this was a super easy and fluffy read. Fantastical was a much quicker book to digest (yummy!) than the previous two Fantasyland books. This wasn’t my favorite in the series, just okay. Fantastical read a lot like Enchanted with the magical transportation to other realms and I found myself wanting more of the bad guy. While it could serve as a standalone, I highly recommend reading at least the second book in the series, Golden Dynasty first.