Series: Fantasyland #5
Reading Challenges: Read All the Books Challenge
Don’t you just hate when an author tries to make you like a character you loathed, lol.
Franka was a character that I seriously didn’t care for, from her first introduction into Kristen Ashley’s Fantasyland series to the beginning of Midnight Soul. Even though I loathed Franka, the superb writing style and ability of Ashley’s pen did its job of making me look at her character in a different and somewhat new light.
If you haven’t caught on yet, Midnight Soul didn’t suck as I thought it would, considering who one of the main characters happened to be.
I was so ready to hate Midnight Soul but because it had been so long since I binged the Fantasyland series I forgot the delicate details that made Franka such an abhorrent character. This memory lapse ended up working in Franka’s favor because I think I would’ve refrained from giving Midnight Soul a chance because of old negative, and still smoldering, feelings towards her.
At first I wasn’t a fan of KA pairing up Noc and Franka together, but from the finished results of Midnight Soul I’m starting to realize that there’s always a method to her madness. Noc matched everything of who Franka was that I kept wracking my brain as to why I didn’t put two and two together during the previous stories of this series. I’m also glad that Ashley used Franka’s relationship with her deceased consort to show the progression of Franka’s feelings towards Noc because I think it provided an element of authenticity.
The first half of Midnight Soul consisted of Franka’s story finally being told and the coming together of Noc and her, and the second half consisted of pretty much tying up any and all loose ends/storylines within the Fantasyland series. Normally this format wouldn’t bother me, but I felt that Midnight Soul came across as two novellas smashed together to create one full-length story to finish up the Fantasyland series. It was a great idea but I felt the execution wasn’t where it should’ve been.
Midnight Soul was an utterly beautiful story that I’m glad I took a chance on, and even though the last protion really felt familiar and somewhat reptitive to past ending of KA’s stories its overall story reinforced the claim that the Fantasyland series is an all-time favorite.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: