I now you re judging me lolWhat the hell is wrong with this woman I really don t Long Legs and Even Longer Short Stories know lolDNF 25% No RatingOnce again I don t like a book that everyone else loves I feel so inadeuate It s really a matter of personal preference To be uite honest I m full of shit I don t like certain characteristics in the books I readIn this book there were two1 Information overload I don t want tonow what colour the dot on the carpet is I don t want to Een probleem melden know what the heroine made for supper and how awesome it wasEg I was wearing ice blue too An ice blue velvet gown that had thisick freaking ass sheen at the tip of the pile that looked iridescent white like the shimmer on top of new snow The neckline was suare had thick braided embroidery around the edge and it shoved my breasts up so I was giving some serious cleavage The sleeves of the dress hugged my body from shoulder to wrist a sharp point of embroidered edged material coming down my hand that hooked at the end around my middle finger2 The heroine talked way too muchEg ElvesOh my GodHow cool this world had elvesI looked back at Frey and whispered How coolAt this point I figured it was time to bring out the white flag and call it a day 45 Ho Boy stars She waits for me at windows and buys me dragons There are reasons we walk this earth I m coming to realize mine Wow I mean wow I did not expect this book to be as wonderful as it is I love Kristen Ashley I now that 99% of the time I can read one of her books and love it Admitting that I can now say I was extremely skeptical that KA ueen of contemporary romance could pull off a fantasy bookSo I need to go and eat myself some humble pie Because this shit was fucking awesome Finnie tragically lost her parents at the age of fifteen Upon learning there is an alternate universe where everyone has a twin and that her parents were still alive in that world Finnie pays a huge sum of money to a witch to switch places with her and her other twin Upon arriving in this new world this is the note her switch twin left for her Seoafin Tonight you marry The Drakkar In the ancient tongue this means The Dragon Good luck Sjofn And so Finnie is thus married to a man she s never met before within one hour of reaching this new world Even worse he seems to absolutely despise her My husband was clearly not only scary but also a dick Finnie s adventure begins from hereI was completely enraptured with this book I could not put the damn thing down unless I had to for important real life things You now like work and stuff I really wish I had begun reading this book on a three day weekend or something I loved the world building This is one of the few KA books where I didn t get annoyed with the endless clothing descriptions because well the clothing was pretty damn cool in this fantasy worldExample A this is how I pictured the wedding dressI definitely had some issues with Frey throughout the book those of you who have read it now what I mean Basically he earns himself a spot on my men can be stupid shelf because his thoughtless actions throughout the book were guaranteed to make Finnie feel hurt and betrayed Otherwise Frey was all KA alpha male sexiness Is this book perfect No But it s incredibly interesting enthralling and everything I hope a Kristen Ashley novel to be HAHHAHA IT S SO FUNNY TO HAVE A FEMALE PROTAGONIST WHO SPEAKS AND ACTS LIKE A TEN YEAR OLD HAHAHAHNOThe writing is weird The characters are weird The length of this book is weird as well as it could ve been 200 pages shorter The whole atmosphere is weird as fuck But above all the female protagonist Finnie is dumb as
I have no words would describe how I ve felt while I read her silly conversations Every little thing she does is described to the smallest details Who the fuck cares what the stove she prepared her meals looks like or what exact colour is the bow on her underwear Kristen Ashley tried to make her look like a fresh funny and just modern character in this weird fantasy world but she only made one whiny stupid and unbelievably ignorant female protagonist I wanted to pull my hair at the way she speaks or the way she just gets angry at Frey for not taking advantage of her WTFYOU THINK I M KIDDING If I see word cool one time I m going to cut a bitch Let me give you an example passages from one of the chapters As we raced through the forest I was seeing I needed way practice on Caspia as Frey and his men snaked at a full gallop through the trees sometimes coming so close I could feel the win as we whizzed by them and all the boys as far as I could tell did this without hesitation using nothing but instinctIt was super coolOnly I can penetrate it and you as you re with meWow CoolOnce they formed they immediately turned touched a glittering branch and grew to the size of a normal human right in front of my eyesUnbelievably coolAnd we do hope you are present when there are future joyful messages we will share with out lord FreyJoyful messagesCoolApparently whatever the news was it was j Reviewed by Rabid Reads45 starsBR with my peeps at Buddies Books and BaublesSpecifically Robin Bridge Four Stephanie and Chrissy ALSO it s all my fault preensSO If we re Goodreads friends you probably already now this if we re not you soon will I LOVE Kristen AshleyLOVE herAbout three years ago I stumbled across one of her books on one clicked it read it and then read every single one of her other 40ish books back to back It took about a month but I did it Yes I did Bc MANIAC cantstopwontstopThere are two reasons why this is the first KA review I m posting1 I m OCD so even though I ve read several of her paranormal books since joining Rabid Reads I ve read them out of order and thus they must wait2 KA writes a lot of romantic suspense and as awesome as it is no paranormal elements so no RR review shrugsBut don t be mislead by my previous lack of SUEE on the KA front #BC TRUST ME IT S THEREFINNIE WILDE IS AN #trust me it s thereFinnie Wilde is an junkie She comes by it honestly being the daughter of two adrenaline junkies but as fun as that sounds it s actually uite sad Finnie is essentially an orphan having lost both mother and father to said adrenaline junkie ness when she was twelve so she jumps out of airplanes in an attempt to feel closer to her long departed parentsWhen she learns about an parallel universe populated by alternate versions of ourselves she enlists the help of a witch to contact Alternate Finnie who is than eager to arrange a temporary body swap Real World Finnie is ecstatic bc Alternate Finnie s parents are very much ALIVE so against the admonishments and skepticism of her friends RW Finnie pays Witch an exorbitant fee to perform the swap of her and Alternate Finnie s consciousnesses Meet Frey Drakker swoonsOne of the most powerful and feared men in the realm he has agreed to marry to Alternate Finnie to secure an alliance with. Seoafin “Finnie” Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash But she never forgets and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin she finds a witch who can send her there so she can.Hell I Have No Words
Kristen Ashley È 5 reviewHy can t he be normal Why the fuck do hyper sexualised hyper masculine men have to be the norm in this genre He threatens her with sexual violence multiple times before telling her it s against the law He throws her around and pins her down That sort of play when consensual is fine but it isn t She is actually scared of him What stupid fucktard books like this teach girls is that if they feel frightened of a love interest that is arousing instead of a very clear indication that the girl should gtfo of the relationship They have a fight over him sleeping with another girl and in a fit of immaturity he gets revenge by telling the MC he is going to go fuck the other girl Then the MIL tells MC she should offer him incentive not to cheat by giving him the best sex she can ffs He makes a permeant and life changing decision for the MC without even fucking telling her but its ok cause they are soulmates ffs His and frankly the author s disturbing attitudes towards homosexuality are also completely normalised The causal disgust and despair about girls who waste their beauty by being gay only fat ugly chicks can be dykes La Cure de Glace: Manuel Pratique de la Cure de Glace (French Edition) k actually made me angry and a little ill It also seemed to have this weird pro life underpinning as well To put it shortly And Drakkar you re a cuntRecommended for Abso fucking lutely nobody DNF Chapter 10 I skimmed I skipped I jumped Imagine my surprise when after the skims skips jumps I saw Chapter 10 What That s it Ho boyI freaking lost itAwesome it wasn tReally it was really not cool Freaking un awesomeun coolun whateverChapter 10 of 32 And then I said Bibi you must not do a DNFAnd I said Bibi what will people think And what about Finnie s clothes The ice blue gown with the bell sleeves Then the cloak picked for its warmness and all the platinum threads and silver this and dark wood that Huh Surely you can take Eek Whelps Ho boy Oh God Sueeeee Okay that last one is all me The point being I need to take a step away from this book lest I gouge out my eyesFinnie at 30 had the speech pattern of a 12 year old Frey the H was sterile devoid of any gravitas beyond his hunk ness status Don t misunderstand the story and plot were exciting and different Finnie pays a million dollars to magically teleport from present day to medieval times hoping to connect with her long deceased parents This medieval world ran parallel to hers than this there lived another version of her in said world Teleport switch places stay for a year afterwards beam me up Scottie back to the present she goes Except in the other world circumstances are not as expected Sounds freaking cool right Yes one would think so Until it wasn t The author s use of the basest most simplistic vocabulary turned a really interesting plot into a prosaic sophomoric story Meanwhile I understand this book is 500dear lawd pages long I imagine half of that can be done away with had the editors done their job To fill a book with collouial and idiomatic phrases etc is vexing to this reader Could this be the reason KA is such a prolific writer Pick 20 words switch them up repeat at close intervals then BAM 100000 words done and published Huh There it goesmy last nerve One last thing here s a uick survey of the most repeated words and phrases 1 Then got over 1000 results2 Cool 803 Really 904 There was 1105 Freaking 706 And then 1307 And I used over 1000 timesAm I being a bore Perhaps even nitpicking Sigh 5 Wee One stars I m not a huge fantasy reader I don t mind reading it every now and then but it is not my genre of choice Wildest Dreams makes me want to change that I wasn t sure what to expect with this one but I loved this book Oh Frey he was just amazing And Finnie was pretty great too Are you ready to be transported to another world A world where most everyone has a twin Finnie is spending a lot of money to have a witch transport her to this world for a year She will switch places with her other world twin who happens to be a princess Finnie has her reasons for this The biggest is she needs an adventure and she wants to see her parents again She had absolutely no clue what she was getting herself into When Finnie arrives in Lunwyn she realizes that she was left in the dark by her other world twin Ten minutes after she gets there she is expected to walk down the isle and marry The Drakkar Frey Drakkar does not care for Princess Sjofn Finnie s other world twin and he makes that very clear But Finnie he realizes fairly uickly she is nothing like Sjofn and he s very taken with her Frey scares Finnie a bit at first but then he starts to show his sweet side He s protective very alpha male sexy and just as adventurous as she is I love Finnie and Frey together I really like the back and forth communication between the two Finnie is always using words Frey does t get and it s fun to hear her explain them It s good you re hot Frey Drakkar and good in bed and command elves and dragons or you d seriously be in trouble Heept smiling but his brows drew together Hot I nodded Hot Handsome good looking pleasing to the eye I leaned into him Hot He tipped his chin back and laughed then still laughing rolled me to my back his arms around my belly tucking my side into his front he looked down at me and uit laughing And it is good you are beautiful Finnie Drakkar or you would have a very pink arse for risking such a venture Finnie expected the adventure of a life time but she never expected to fall in love Frey has fallen for her as well He comes to the conculsion fairly uickly that she is not of his world and he s not willing to let her go back Frey will do whatever it takes to eep Finnie here permanently He does the man thing and makes huge decisions without her input I wasn t happy about that but I think it was of a time period thing for some of the choices he made Even so I still just adored this guy Everything he did right or wrong he did for the right reason It doesn t matter what time period the book was set in a KA alpha is a KA alpha Always a little bossy protective sexy and swoony Finnie was a fun heroine I loved her sense of adventure and positive attitude I had so much fun reading this book It felt like an adventure in itself I Well
drooled my way through of Kristen Ashley s non pnrnon fantasy books and then in dire need of a KA fix because no matter how fast the woman writes it isn t fast enough I decided to bite the bullet and give this series a tryI am so glad I didIf you have any doubts if you find your ass planted firmly on the fence of indecision #stop Just hop your ass down off that fence and read #Just hop your ass down off that fence and read They re different than the non pnrnon fantasy books that s true but so so good none the less So yeah clue non pnrnon fantasy books that s true but so so good none the less So yeah clue and just read them If you re already a Kristen Ashley addict or interested in checking out her books be sure to stop by our Kristen Ashley Addict s Support Group here on Goodread. Is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn a woman he dislikes but instead his Finnie a free spirit with a thirst for venture just like him without her nowledge he orders his new bride bound to his frozen world everlasting But at the same time Frey plunges Finnie into a web of political intrigue that includes assassination plots poison magic mystery and drago. .I Drooled My Way Through
Her father a significantly less powerful bc Frey is just that badass and important but still powerful ing BUT He is not happy about itAlternate Finnie is as beautiful as her RW counterpart but that is where the similarities end Alternate Finnie feels constrained by the limitations of her world She is tomboyish in a reality where a good and proper princess does not favor hunting and archery over womanly pursuits or gasp prefer the company of women to men waggles eyebrows something she admitted to Frey after imbibing too much wine during their betrothal negotiationsBut Alternate Finnie is as pragmatic a choice as any and Frey has never considered marrying for any reason beyond necessity so the marriage is arrangedWhich brings us to the circumstances Finnie finds herself in post swap in a FANTASYLAND version of our reality filled with magic and herself a princess about to be wed to a man she has never metYes reallySound a little far fetched to you A little uh huh sure whatever you say boss I m inclined to agreeBUTIf you re unfamiliar with KA you don t now this yet but KA can do things that others cannot do To KA an outlandishridiculously far fetched scenario is a playground To KA women who make choices that would be uestionable in any other context are instead uirky and fantastic To KA brutish and extreme examples of alphaholes are sex on a stickIt s bafflingAnd WONDERFULYou should read it nods emphaticallyIt is worth noting that the only reason this is a 45 and not 50 star read is an excessive use of the term cool in the beginning of the book I am not grading it on a lesser scale bc indie It s really that good That being said Kristen Ashley is not for everyone If you do not enjoy supremely Alpha type males similar to those you find in Kresley Cole s IMMORTALS AFTER DARK series then I d skip these However if you do enjoy that Les Paradis Artificiels kind of character I encourage you to exercise your ability to one click bc despite KA s extreme popularity her books are still downright cheap so even if you don t love it like I do you won t break the bank over that discovery It s a basic cost vs potential benefit scenario people Check it out I just don t think Kristen Ashley and I are going to get along I nearly rage uit this book three times I will try not to use all caps in this review but I make no promises Spoilers abound I m not tagging them so read further at your own risk The first time I nearly uit this book was when Frey our hero straight out told his wife he was willing to cheat on her with his former lover Oh And when after saying this she didn t respond to him being all handsy he got upset about her DARING to deny him her body The second time I nearly put this book down was when Finnie s mother explained that it was a woman s burden to deal with Every once in awhile I crave a story with an over the top Alpha and a sassy heroine Inow that I can always count on Kristen Ashley to deliver when I m in a caveman sort of mood Her heroes are always uber masculine and about as far from metrosexual as you can get Though what they lack in sensitivity they make up for in pure primal sex appealTrue to form Wildest Dreams did not disappoint on any of those fronts In fact travelling to this alternate universe felt much like travelling back in time by a few hundred years and then throwing in a plethora of supernatural elements This story takes us to a world where there are ancient royal families ruling over their lands where travel is by horse and wagon and where witches elves and dragons exist Fantasyland is an apt name for this series and I am already hookedThe first book in the series Wildest Dreams introduces us to this magical world The descriptions were so vivid that I felt like I had been transported right alongside Finnie I listened to the Audible edition of this book and #I THOUGHT THAT THE NARRATOR DID A FABULOUS JOB #thought that the narrator did a fabulous job am glad that I chose to listen vs read this time around If like me you enjoy a good audiobook from time to time this is a great selectionKristen Ashley has built an alternate world where everyone has a twin Although they may have a physical twin in this alternate world the personalities and other characteristics are certainly not identical With the help of a witch and a large dose of magic people in this world may communicate with people in this alternate world or even travel between worlds That is how this story beginsSeoafin Finnie Wilde has plenty of money but has lost the most meaningful people in her life her parents Ever since her parents died in a plane crash while on one of their adventures Finnie has been heartbroken She misses them than anything and like them Finnie is always up for an adventure When Finnie discovers the existence of an alternate world a world where there are living versions of herself and her parents she decides she is going to go there Communicating with the her in this other world through a powerful witch she comes to an agreement with her to trade places for one year Despite the pleas of her best friend Finnie pays a fortune to the witch and sets out on the biggest adventure of her lifeOnly when Finnie arrives in this new world she uickly discovers that the other her hasn t been completely forthcoming about everything Stepping into the shoes of Princess Sjofn she is set to wed the fiercely intimidating and ultra male Frey Drakkar immediately upon her arrival in this new world Finnie doesn t even have time to read the note that Princess Sjofn left for her before she is marched down the aisle She s been dupedTo make matters complicated it is clear that Frey Drakkar does not care for Princess Sjofn In fact he seems to barely tolerate her presence After whisking her away to a remote cabin far away from her parent s castle he promptly takes off leaving her to fend for herself in this new landDetermined to make the best of the situation Finnie makes the most of her time while Frey is away She befriends the inhabitants of the nearby small town and bides her time until his retu This is actually a decent book if you don t mind causal homophobia and accidental sexism Personally I fucking #hated itLeaving aside the derivative unoriginal title and world Fantasyland are #itLeaving aside the derivative unoriginal title and world Fantasyland are fucking idding me and the TSTL MC lets talk about the big elephant in the roomDrakkar The male love interest He is a bossy controlling asshole who constantly pins the MC down and won He is a bossy controlling asshole who constantly pins the MC down and won let her move interrupts her and makes major life decisions on her behalf To the girls that think this is hot have you ever been in a relationship where you are continuously over powered and interrupted It isn t hot it isn t sweet and it isn t cute how protective he is It is suffocating and fucked up It genuinely concerns me that young girls are reading these sort of books and swooning Tell me how much your swooning when you re in a huddled in refuge terrified and broke ladies Have the adventure of a lifetime But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn she realizes she’s been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar Thrown into inauspicious circumstances with years of practice Finnie bests the challenges and digs into her adventure But as Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who.