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 adventure 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.
©2015 Kristen Ashley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Tillie Hooper does a fantastic job. Kristen' work is an acquired taste no doubt, she has her own rhythm (mad long sentences, repetitive thoughts). This narrator is the first I've heard to make it sound natural.
The story was fun, giving a real warm and fuzzy feeling whilst listening. Ms Hooper narrated superbly, although making too big of a deal of the letter 'r' in 'arse' (that grated a little, but only a small thing in the scheme of things).
Whilst I was fairly convinced there would be a HEA in this winter wonderland princess story, it was very enjoyable to see the twists and turns that Ms Ashley could bring in, to make the story both 'believable' and interesting.
Thanks for a great book.
I wondered if the grit, heart and humor that is Kristen Ashley's writing would translate into fantasy land, or get lost in bizarre. It does translate and it doesn't get lost. I liked the contrast between worlds, it makes for tension and humor and Kristen Ashley does both of these superbly.
Overall this book was enjoyable and kept me reading, a little too much sex/graphic scenes, don't really need that much info thanks. Performance was good, didn't think there needed to be so much put on with Fray Drakkars voice, but maybe that's just personal taste. Story was good but the last 3-5 chapters felt rushed and almost like a quick lazy finish, like there were parts of the story missing, so that was disappointing. but it was enjoyable enough :)
I read this novel when it first came out on Amazon. I'm a fan of the Rock Chick audible books but not many others of Kristen Ashley's as I'm not a fan of the narrators. Tilly Hooper however is perfect!
"Ho, Boy! Adventure, Romance And Great Characters!"
This was my first Kristen Ashley story and "wow" it was amazing! She did an wonderful job creating such a unique and fantastical world, where both the plot and characters were well developed. I loved Finnie and Frey! Finnie was something else.
Tillie Hooper's performance ROCKED! She did an amazing job on the different characters, and delivered the witty dialogue flawlessly. I will definitely be on the lookout for more stories narrated by her!
Well worth a credit!
""So freakin'" AWFUL!!!!"
Almost everything disappointed me about this book. But the top four disappointments: Full of anachronisms, full of cliches, cringey dialogue and the narrator's over enunciated voice.
No, thankfully I've read other articulate writers who can express their ideas much more eloquently.
The narrator over enunciated her words to the point that I felt like it was the equivalent of nails on chalkboard every time I heard her say "so freakin' cool!" (I am not sure how many times she says this, but it's a lot. At least 40 times?) Additionally, I now hate the word "twitched", because everyone's mouth "twitched" all the time plus the narrator over enunciates the "ch" sound so much I dry heaved every time I heard it.
The two main characters, Finnie and Frey. They were one-dimensional, their love was unbelievable, and their actions didn't make sense. He acted like no one any self-respecting woman would love, and Finnie accepted all of his disrespect. UGH! He was simply an a-hole and I could not identify with her nor root for their "love".
The only reason I forced myself to listen to this book was because I wasted a full credit on this audio book. The premise was good (which is why I bought it in the first place) but the execution was not. I'm mad at myself, for I read the negative reviews, but I didn't take heed.
Although I never read "50 Shades of Grey", I read enough reviews to know the writing itself was not quality, so I stayed far away. However, if "50 Shades" (sexy writing) appeals to you, which I know it does to many, then you may possibly enjoy this book.
"I gave it an honest try..."
...but I was so annoyed that I couldn't finish it. Maybe the ending is stellar and will redeem the bad writing and vapid lead, but I got a little over half way through before being too revolted to keep listening another 7 hours. The narrator did well enough, considering how little she had to work with. So...here's the laundry list:
Problem 1: the writing. "Soooo coooool" and "frickin awesome" would be acceptable in moderation, but those are the main adjectives. Kristen, get a thesaurus! Also, the dialogue is inauthentic, and her descriptions of emotions and emotional growth are ham-handed. Her descriptions of places and sex scenes are good, but that is not enough to support the plot.
Problem 2: Finnie is horrendous. Aside from the choice to go to the parallel world, she doesn't make any major decisions or assert herself; things just happen to her. That is absolutely not in the spirit of an adventurer, so her primary motivation immediately falls through. Her other motivation, grief, is treated superficially, so there's really no other motivation to make her interesting or sympathetic. However, it's awesome to see a female protagonist who chooses to be domestic and really owns her femininity, given that so many female protagonists take on traditionally masculine traits, so hooray! There is a redeeming quality!
Problem 2(a): Whenever Sjofn is discussed, she sounds much more interesting than Finnie. Why aren't we reading about her?
Problem 3: this book is surprisingly anti-woman. I expect women authors to know better than to write so many women who are motivated only by the need to impress men. Most of the women are shallow, irrational, don't make their own decisions, or all three. The relationships between the women are completely unrealistic, and there is a conversation where Finnie's other mother actually tells her that she just needs to sleep with Frey more and then he'll be faithful. Ugh. Finnie is not responsible for Frey's behavior, period, but Finnie doesn't seem to realize this. For the author to claim that women are responsible for men's actions, especially when the women don't actually make many significant choices, is both ridiculous and medieval.
Problem 4: Frey is boring. He doesn't respect women, as shown by his conversation with his second-in-command right at the beginning of the book, and he's never willing to meet Finnie halfway; she always has to accommodate him. He is emotionally two dimensional and magically overpowered to boot. He's basically an anime hero, or something you would expect from an adolescent male writing a wish-fulfillment character.
Problem 5: Plot? What plot? The only plot points that I was trying to stick it out for were a) dragons, and b) Finnie's response when she finds out Frey has bound her to the parallel world. Maybe then she will grow a backbone.
So, in conclusion, bleh. Don't waste your money.
"Witty, romantic fantasy, and WELL narrated!"
Thank you for getting the narration Right on this one.
This is a very fun and at times very moving read. On to the next one in the series.
"What. The. Actual. F?"
A completely different story.
Never have written it.
Sexist, demeaning, disgusting
I just can't.
How has this story gotten such good reviews? The whole thing is demeaning towards women and I am genuinely disgusted. I listened to the first few chapters and then could not force myself to continue ... Spoilers ahead...
So, things I tried to ignore but ultimately could not...
1) This princess is a lesbian and is being forced to marry and when she tells her future hubby, he's so repulsed by her (and by the fact that she wears pants -_-) that he hates her with a fiery burning passion. BUT, he likes her butt in said pants and even though he hates her, he wants to watch her fool around with another woman because he thinks it'll be 'interesting'.
2) Frey, or as we will now refer to him, Creeper, doesn't realize that said princess is so horrified by the idea of marrying him that she's switched universes with her alternate self Finnie. Finnie's main objective in switching universes is to see her parents again, who died in her world. BUT, when she gets to this new world she is forced to marry Creeper and then dragged by him to the middle of nowhere and abandoned at a lodge (with carriage and horses, let me clarify). Does Finnie, our supposed adventurer, grab the horses and set off to find her parents? No, she has to, in very great detail, clean the house. Then she goes through her 'very sexy underwear' and makes friends with the locals who (SURPRISE) teach her to cook! Oh, and don't forget baths in a nearby stream. Can't forget the baths.
3) Then Creeper comes back to check on his wife with his friend in the middle of the night, and his friend gives us this little nugget here:
“I must say, Frey, I wouldn’t give a gods damn that one preferred tart. That was my new bride, she’d be tasting my cock either straight through her mouth or because I was thrusting it so deep, she’d savor it in her throat,”
4) This is where I stopped because I couldn't even. But, I read through some other reviews on here to see if anyone else was as appropriately appalled and I learned that Creeper ultimately messes with Finnie's birth control so she gets pregnant and has to stay with him. Yeah, that sounds totally okay.
This story had it all great story. Highly recommended Finney comes from our earth to its alternative universe sister to see her parents again having lost her own when she was 15. Her alternative self also wants to switch but doesn't fully disclose her reasons and situation. When Finney arrives she is immediately dragged off to her arranged marriage.
Clearly she is confused but she is plucky, thinks on her feet and is up to meet her adventure head on.
The dialogue is witty the story cute romantic and full of twists. Definitely worth a credit
This book makes me feel like I should have written novels in my freshman year of high school. I could have been a best selling author! Apparently, you don't need to have a large vocabulary or the ability to form a decent storyline.
I kept trying to finish this book but the way the author makes the main character out to be some daft, whiny, doormat is hard to listen too. I don't understand how this book got such high ratings? It does no justice to women. It's almost as if the writer was trying to justify all the stay at home moms out there with this character by saying "women who stay home , cook, clean, please their husbands and parents are the right sort of women that everyone likes". Anyways, the book was bad in my opinion and I was a stay at home mom. The writer is poorly written and the plot is crap. Save your time and money.
"Kristen Ashley is a rock star!"
Such a rich vibrant new world. It's such an awesome blend of the modem with almost a historical novel feel with the addition of magic and dragons. Perfection!
"One of the few who didn't like it"
I think I was hoping for something original, judging from the extremely positive reviews this book received. Unfortunately, although it has a nice writing style, the book borrows way too much from cliche situations that I could not be bothered finishing it. Not nearly enough attention to the kind of detail that would have built this new world into something wholistic and real. This 'alternative world' was a romantic take on historical Europe with some unoriginal fantasy. The main character, Finny, used language that should have caused at least some comment, if not confusion from her contemporaries in the alternative world (eg: "fricking cool").
All in all, it didn't have anything new that could capture my attention
The performance by Tillie was spectacular, she is energetic and extremely entertaining in her reading of his poorly written book. Tillie pulls you right into the story, she changes her voice depending on what character is speaking. I mostly find audio books put me to sleep, but Tillie had me staying up and wanting more.
The downfall to this book is the book itself, Tillie, though giving a wonderful performance, could not make up for the uter lack of skill the writer has with actually writing. She repeats words consistently, the majority of the words being "awesome" and "freak'in," too the point you want to pull your hair out and send the woman a dictionary.
If you can tolerate these two words too the excessive amount in which she uses them, the please go ahead if only for listening to the Tillie Hooper's delightfulperformance
"Brilliant Story Well Narrated"
Loved it - nearly 19 hours filled with a good story.
During the narrative we are following a year in the life of Seoafin "Finnie" Wilde who changes places with her doppelganger, Princess Sjofn from another dimension. It is an arranged exchange but unfortunately for Finnie, Princess Sjofn has not been honest about her circumstances and so the tale develops.
Finnie is a little rich girl who loves adventure and is able to stand on her own two feet.
Tillie Hooper was an excellent narrator and the tale progressed well so at no point was I bored. However on occasion I wanted Finnie to stand up for herself a little more.
Wildest Dreams is worth its credit. I will in due course read it again.
"Fantastic Audio book"
Brilliant, loved the story when I read the book, the Audible Version made it come alive,.
Narration was great.
"wildest dreams loved this from beginning to end."
I can't wait to read the next in this series hopefully it will be just as good
Really enjoyed listening to this story unfold. A fabulous romance to warm your heart.
"To be taken with a grain of salt"
I just cannot like any single character in the book. The writing is very good and there is nothing to complain there but the characters are everything I hate in books: a girl that cries and expects to be rescued, a man who is overbearing and selfish...
"Hot and Wild backed with a good story!"
It stands in a class of its own - sci-fi soft porn? It is one of the sexiest most addictive reads I've ever read.
Most would say a sci-fi "50 Shades of Gray" but I beg to differ. It's a saucy read no doubt but it has a great romantic story thwarted with problems of political/power struggles, a clash of culture and discrimination on several issues. It's an all encompassing goodread which ranks higher than ordinary porn fiction of E.L. James and Sylvia Day by virtue of its elements of fantasy that make is a real erotic escape!
Everything - she did a good job of representing the voices of stern, strong male and fragile/softer females...her ability and voice range is impeccable
Ooh, I'm not sure but I'm sure if anyone could replicate the sexual activity in detail (which is the most enjoyable part of the read), it would certainly be too pornographic for the big screen
Otherworldly, Elves and Dragons
Finnie, She was a total kickass heroine. Who found a wish to help her travel to another "Earth" and she took the whole adventure in her stride.
It was ok and she pronounced all the strange words spot on.
Frey coming back.
This book is full of well developed characters, great plot, lots of emotion, and the bark of a Adela tree.
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