Fantastical Audiobook by Kristen Ashley (REVIEW)

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Review of: Fantastical Audiobook
Kristen Ashley

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On December 2, 2016
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Fantastical Audiobook

By: Kristen Ashley

Narrated by: Tillie Hooper

Published by: Audible Studios 10/25/16

Fantastical Audiobook by Kristen Ashley

3.5 Hearts Rating Image- Hot Listens

Fantasyland #3

14 hrs and 4 mins

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Fantastical Audiobook Sample

Fantastical Audiobook

3.5 Hearts

This is the third book in Kristen Ashley’s Fantasyland series. In this series, we continue to have a female who is transported from our world into a parallel universe that is more like a Fantasyland (hence the series name). Two out of the three books in the series, the women have no idea what is going on, they just all of a sudden in a different world. They don’t understand what is going on or where they are at. None of the men know what is going at the beginning.

In this book, Cora Goode goes to sleep, but wakes up some place completely different. She is all of a sudden hearing birds talk to her. Her sister is there and she is like someone from a fairy tale as well, as she brisks about singing. That is until Cora lets her sister see her fiance before the wedding which brings about a curse. Obviously, the Cora of our world knows nothing about said curse, but the Cora of this world did. So everyone thinks she planned this.

Noctorno (Tor) Hawthorne is the prince of this land. He is also the ruler of another land that he conquered himself. His people and his men love him. He is the leader that everyone wants from a prince. However, no one likes his wife, Cora. She is nothing like the Cora from our world. The Cora of this world is lazy, selfish and quite frankly, a bitch. Tor doesn’t like her, but she is also the other half of his soul, so he’s stuck with her.

I enjoyed watching as Cora worked so hard to make people like her. It was not an easy task as her other self had gone so far out of her way to make everyone else’s lives miserable when she was around. She tries to explain to Tor that she is from a different world and that she isn’t the same Cora as his wife. He doesn’t know what his wife is up to, but he will enjoy the time that he has with this less bitchy woman. He is also a bit of a jerk in that it takes an awful long time for him to believe Cora.

While I enjoyed this story, it wasn’t as good as the first two stories in this series. I’m not 100% sure exactly what made me like it less. I think at times, it felt a little too Disney, maybe. There is also the case that both Cora and Tor go back to our world for part of the book. I don’t think I liked that part as much as when they are in the fantasy world. I don’t want to give this the impression that I didn’t enjoy it, I did. I just didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the first two books. I’m excited to jump into book four to see what happens next and what hero and heroine we have coming up. In this series, unlike most PNR series I’ve read, you meet pretty much a whole new cast of characters for each book. The previous characters do make appearances, but they are extremely small.

Fantastical Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

Once again, Tillie Hooper did an amazing job with the narration. I don’t think she can beat the narration of Golden Dynasty, because that book had the amazing language that she made sound like she had been speaking it for years, but she did an amazing job here. I really enjoy how she does all of her voices, male and female. In this book, she had to voice a bird, which was different. The bird didn’t talk like animals from The Lion King (i.e. like people), but more like a bird giving you it’s thoughts. I thought she brought that out really well in the way she portrayed it. If you haven’t tried Tillie Hooper, I highly recommend her.

Author: Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she’s been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Herr 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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Narrator: Tillie Hooper


I like to thank Audible Studios for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Melanie this looks like a good series that I might like too. Too bad this novel didn’t raise the roof.

    • They can’t all be 4.5 or 5 star reads. I did really enjoy it, and that is enough for me. 🙂

  2. I felt the same way with this story, it was enjoyable but it didn’t knock me back off my feet like the first two in the series. Now that I’ve finished the first four I am seriously hesitant to pick up the fifth book, I’ll probably wait until you listen to it and then make my decision…no pressure or anything lol.

    • Hahaha. I already have book four. I still need to start it. I’ll let you know. 🙂

  3. This is the one I have next for the series. Good to know that it’s a bit difference and I need to alter my expectation level. The last one was so intense and captivating.

    • It is hard to compete with Golden Dynasty. That was an amazing book. 🙂

  4. I’ve had that happen where one isn’t as good as the previous books. Glad you still enjoyed it though!

    • They can’t all be blow your mind. This was still really enjoyable, so that is enough. 🙂

  5. It sounds like there is a lot packed into this book. I hope the side characters were fun enough to make up for Cora’s character!

    • There are several really good characters in this book. 🙂

  6. Too Disney. That is an interesting comparison. I am glad though that you still enjoyed it even if it wasn’t as good. Hopefully the next will wow you!

    • Yeah, when she wakes up, it did seem very fairy tale (in the Disney sense, not Grimm sense). LOL

  7. So does “our” Cora lucid in the psyche of the “other” Cora? Lol

    I hope you have a great week ahead!

    • The two Cora’s never meet, but the two Tor’s do. I can’t imagine meeting myself from an alternate universe.

  8. I’m SO loving the sound of this book! I feel like I’ve ‘watched’ thus book on Tv, like I feel like this plot was used before, maybe I’m thinking of a fairytale or something?? But I’m glad you liked it even though it kind of fell short for you as far as the other books!I hope your next read makes up for it!

    • It wouldn’t surprise if something like this was on TV. I haven’t seen it, but it seems like you can find anything on TV anymore. 🙂

  9. This is an author I want to try Sometimes it happens, some element is just missing.

    • I’ve heard she has some really good historicals and contemporaries too.

  10. Oh I have been wanting to try this author and I do think I may have to try her fantasy first. This one sounds good even if you liked it less than the others. At least you still want more. 🙂

    • She has several genres that she writes and I’ve heard great things about all of them. Fantasy is more my kind of genre, so that is where I started. I might try a contemporary at some point.

  11. I haven’t yet started this series although I’m thinking I may listen since you enjoy the narrator so well. 🙂 I’m sorry this one didn’t quite hit the mark but I’m glad you did get some pleasure from it. KA hasn’t disappointed me yet but I’ve heard mixed things about this particular book, so… There’s a first time for everything, yeah? LOL Great review, Melanie!

    • I haven’t read any books outside of this series, so I don’t know how they compare. I really enjoyed the first two books. I’m hoping the next one will pick things back up. I do highly recommend this narrator.

  12. I still need to give her books a go. I have a number of her contemporary ones and an erotic one I think. Might have to try this series eventually, too 😀 The world sounds fun even if this one wasn’t quite up to the others.

    • I might try one of her comtemporary books after I finish this series. I’ve heard really great things about them.

  13. I love that Cora is swept into a parallel fantasyland! I think this sounds like a great concept!

    • I really like the concept of a parallel world too. It has been a lot of fun so far.

  14. The concept of this series does sound fun with someone from our world landing in a different world. And how the persons in the two worlds are so different from each other. I can imagine it takes him a while to believe her, but those situations can be a bit frustrating to read as you know they are telling the truth. Too bad you didn’t enjoy it as much as the first two books in the series.

    • They can’t all be 5 stars. It was still a fun read. I’m excited to start the next one. 🙂

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