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Illusional Reality by Karina Kantas

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Illusional Reality, Karina Kantas, new adult, fantasy, romance, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: March 12, 2016

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‘Romance, Magic, Action…Illusional Reality has it all.’ Emily Woodmansee

Nobody expects to stare death in the face only to find out your entire life is a lie. Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filed with happy people that try to forget their land is on the brink of destruction.

Becky will soon learn that her arrival is no accident. If learning that she is Thya, the heir of the enchanting land isn’t enough, she’s then told that an Oracle prophesied that she will save the gentle Tsinians from slavery and domination by Darthorn, the Warlord of Senx.

It is at a festival where she is introduced to the Tsinian council and her kinsmen, that she learns the whole truth. The council are so certain that a union between Darthorn’s son, Kovon and Thya will create peace between the two lands. However, Darthorn has plans for Tsinia as does Kovon for Thya and neither are good.

Although her future has been planned and if she is to save Tsinia she must marry Kovon, Thya gives her heart to another. A love that is forbidden and dangerous.

Illusional Reality is a story about hope, courage, love and sacrifice.

‘This story is unique. No typical fantasy stereotyping.’

Review

When Becky is saved from a mugging (or worse!) by a strange man named Salco, her relief at being rescued is cut short when an assailant who is apparently not a mere street thug tries to take her life. Upon awakening from what she is sure is a nightmare, Becky finds herself in a strange new place.

Becky discovers that her real name is Thya and she is the princess of a kingdom in this strange new land. She was sent to Earth to protect her from Darthorn, the Warlord of Senx, and her destiny is to broker a peace between Tsinia and Darthorn by marrying Darthorn's son, Kovon. However, after meeting Kovon, Thya realizes that Darthorn and Kovon plan to use the marriage as a means to covertly break the alliance and enslave the population.

While their devious plans give Thya a reason to deviate from the path the council has set for her, Thya has another reason refuse to marry Kovon; she has also fallen in love with one of her tutors who has promised himself to another.

If you can imagine a unique fairytale for adults, then you have a pretty good idea about what's in store for you in Illusional Reality.

Before I go any further into the review, let me assure you that the romance described in the blurb is quite clean; clean enough for a teenager to read, but the plot and dialogue are definitely not what you'd find in a YA novel.

There are some elements that really make this fantasy stand out from the rest in this genre:

First, Kantas has crafted a language for this alternate, utopian world; it's English but it comes across as English translated from a different language because of how the dialogue is structured. Not only did I find it interesting, but I found it refreshing because I wasn't stuck trying to figure out how to pronounce the words.

Second, Kantas balanced the magic and whimsey in the book with dark political intrigue. I thought it made her alternate world realistic and more appealing to different audiences.

Third, the society Kantas created is different than other alternate reality fantasies I've read before. Many of the different fantasy novels I've read in the past regarding utopian alternate realities generally have a well-established group of rebels who challenge the existing system. In the case of this book, the protagonist is the one who shakes things up by questioning the system; one that she, as the heir, is supposed to uphold.

Finally, how Kantas chose to write the romance is unique. I got the impression that the romance between the protagonist and her tutor was hot and heavy; however, it was only an impression because Kantas didn't share the intimate details of the love scenes.

If you enjoy spin-offs of the Disney fairytales in which everything isn't black and white, or good and bad, I think you'll enjoy this book. I know I did, and I hope Kantas plans on writing a sequel for Illusional Reality because I'll definitely read it!

About Karina Kantas

Karina Kantas, Illusional Reality,
Karina Kantas, author of Illusional Reality. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Karina Kantas originates from the UK, but has lived in Greece most of her life.

Karina is a prolific author and publishes in the fiction genres of MC thrillers, fantasy, horror, comedy, romance and thrillers. When her imagination is working over time, she writes thought-provoking/dark flash fiction.

Titles to date:

The OUTLAW series In Times of Violence Urban thriller YA
Huntress MC thrillers/romance
Lawless Justice Vigilante MC thriller
Road Rage MC thriller

Collections:
Heads & Tales Flash and short fiction.
Undressed Flash, poetry, prose

Stone Cold YA Supernatural thriller
Illusional Reality New adult romantic fantasy

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