Series: Fantasyland #1
on August 15th 2011
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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 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 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 knowledge 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… dragons.
by Kristen Ashley
I went into Wildest Dream with low expectations. Kristen Ashley and Fantasy? A parallel universe which is inhabited by doppelgangers of most people in our world? I just didn’t see it. Now imagine my surprise when this turned out to be a delightful, well-plotted and developed story with magic, dragons, elves and two wonderful main characters I fell in love with in the blink of an eye.
Rich, young, beautiful heiress loves adventure just as much as her late parents who died in a plane crash. She has been missing them for such a long time. When she is being offered the chance to travel to another world where she will see her parents again…well, not exactly her real parents, but their carbon copies…how can she say no to this? I wouldn’t! In exchange her twin has to travel to her world.
“There are reasons we walk this earth, I’m coming to realize mine.”
I loved Finnie’s open, effervescent, bubbly, adventurous spirit. She was lovely, sweet, endearing, brave, even daring. With her beautiful personality she wraps the seemingly broody and cool Frey Drakkar around her finger. I loved how she adapted but still stayed true to herself.
Since this is KA we expect, of course, one of her signature alpha males and as it happens Frey fits the bill. Most of the time he is super-sweet with Finnie and it’s so adorable to see how she charms him with her spirit. But being the powerful man he is, he is also manipulative, a little deceitful and sometimes a big ole jerk.
I loved these two, they were so crazy about each other and there wasn’t a minute I doubted their connection. They were destined to be together. Frey and Finnie charmed me with their banter, their deep feelings for one another and boy, they were hot together!
“You’re beautiful, Finnie, but by the gods you have never been more beautiful than you are right now, spread before me, wrapped in my wool and filled with me”
Wildest Dreams is a divine introduction to this series. It has the feel of a medieval magical world with a little Game of Thrones thrown in the mix. Now I’m off to read Golden Dynasty, which is supposedly the best in the series!