Genre: Fiction

Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley

Posted August 18, 2017 by Leona Woolfolk in Books / 0 Comments

Midnight Soul by Kristen AshleyMidnight Soul by Kristen Ashley
Source: Purchased
Format: Kindle
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.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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