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Tsinia, a magical world on the brink of destruction. 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 filled with happy people that try to forget the threat that looms over them. Becky will soon learn none of this was an accident, and the council of TsTsinia, a magical world on the brink of destruction. 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 filled with happy people that try to forget the threat that looms over them. Becky will soon learn none of this was an accident, and the council of Tsinia are certain her union with Darthorn's son, Kovon, will create peace. And although her future has been planned out, she gives her heart to another. ""llusional Reality was definitely one huge ride. The story is very unique, you won't find any stereotypical fantasy ploys in this novel! Karina Kantas has managed to do the almost impossible by weaving a thrilling story with romantic twists that will have you turning pages all night, and most probably give you quite a large book hangover. S.H...

Title : Illusional Reality
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ISBN : 9781326583668
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Number of Pages : 152 Pages
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Illusional Reality Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-25 12:51

    I absolutely loved reading this book. It is unlike any other i have ever read and i was instantly drawn into the world of this book from the very start. The main character Becky gets stalked, injured and then finds herself in another reality and is known by the people in this new reality as a woman named Thya. She is not just any woman to these people. To them she is their queen and their savior and so Becky/Thya finds herself battling in a war using newly acquired powers that she never knew she possessed to bring this new world called Tsinia peace and harmony and so she battles against Kovon a Senx warlord. She doesn't really want to be a part of Tsinia but finds herself making sacrifices and becomes attached to the people of this world and wants to do right by them and ultimately finds herself falling in love with Alkazar. This love is forbidden as he belongs to someone else but their love is meant to be. I absolutely loved these two characters and was rooting for them and their forbidden love from the start. I don't want to spoil anything but the ending of the story is amazing. I would highly recommend that people read this book as its definitely a work of great masterpiece and you will not be disappointed.

  • K.S. Marsden
    2019-06-16 06:50

    Becky is quite content with her life, before she is stalked, injured, and dragged into another world. When she wakes up, people are calling her Princess Thya and expect her to be their saviour, to marry a dubious lord, and perform all sorts of miracles.I received a free copy from the author as a birthday prezzie.This was a fun little fantasy read.It wastes the small amount of time on Earth, before jumping into Tsinia and all its drama.Tsinia is a land of magic, grace and wisdom. Its people only want peaceful lives, which the live by a code that cannot be questioned. Unfortunately, they are under the constant threat from the neighbouring Senx, and feel only a political marriage will solve their problems.I got the impression that the Tsinians were a little bit cowardly. Despite their own (very strong) magic, they would rather sit back in their tree homes and entrust that everything will go well; that a higher power will protect them. They are not a pro-active race at all.Despite the fact that Becky/Thya grew up in a different world, they are happy to sell her off in marriage before she has even set foot in Tsinia. The Tsinians are content for Lord Kovon to rule over them by the law of marriage; rather than suffer a war and have the same result.Thya is an interesting character, she enjoys being treated like a princess, and is keen to learn about the land they want her to rule. I thought at times she was... not exactly self-centred, but she did act without thought of consequence. I couldn't believe how she spoke to Kovon and Darthorn, without any attempt to mediate the situation.She's the same with the Tsinians at first, making no concession or compromise, though her actions and choices could doom them. She has a detached air that everything will be alright, and only steps up to fight and defend her people when Alkazar kicks her into action (not literally).The book took me a while to get into, mainly because of the language barrier.Now, as I've said before (and even said to the author), if you have a Fantasy set in another world (and especially if it covers several countries in that world) I would be very disappointed if they all sounded like an American teenager.There has to be something in the language, flow, syntax, phrases etc. that tells me This Is Elsewhere.And all of the above has to be in balance with what is being expressed and how easy it is to understand.Kantas makes a very good attempt at this. And... some bits were nice and poetic, but a lot of it looked like it had gone through Google Translate, or a thesaurus a few times.The most common one was "sight" which solidly replaced every see, look, view, regard etc.Then there were some word choices that quite simply...English is too deeply ingrained, that the constant use of these words broke the flow.I think I would have been more immersed if Kantas had created a different language, or explored the different influences on the English language.That being said, I did still enjoy this story. I found the first half slow to build, but then I was hooked. I absolutely loved the ending, and how it gets there and everything. I don't want to say anything, because I don't want to spoil it.There are so many books that tail off and finish weakly, taking the easiest path. Kantas gives an absolutely cracking ending.

  • Ember Rain
    2019-06-16 08:07

    I absolutely loved this story! Becky ends up in an alternate dimension and is the princess and didn't know about it and is faced with all kinds of obstacles to overcome and she adapts to her surroundings well for it all being thrown at her so suddenly. This was a lovely magical story that has a little bit of romance and heartache and fantasy all mixed in and a mostly clean YA read I give it 5 stars and truly enjoyed everything about it!

  • Marie
    2019-06-18 07:54

    Grabbed me in the first chapter! Though this started out as your typical, "Oh by the way, you are unique and have to save our people" fantasy, it quickly became a more interesting tale. Thya discovers her true identity and though she tries to take it all in stride, it's obviously still really hard for her to let go of her life on Earth. Though the Tsinians strike me as pretty naive (They have been constantly attacked by their enemy for decades and all of a sudden decide he is trustworthy? Really?) Thya isn't and doesn't play around when it comes to people she doesn't trust. She basically tells the guy who killed her parents, and now wants to marry her as part of a peace treaty, to stick it where the sun doesn't shine. We see her character grow stronger of mind and more confident as the story progresses.Full of action, a budding romance, betrayal, and some really cool yet terrifying magic, Illusional Reality was a fun read that I just had to finish in one sitting.

  • Tre Talbot
    2019-06-13 13:09

    This was a very interesting book, we're taking to a whole other place where Becky learns she is actually Princess Thya of Tsinia and has unique gifts. The story moved along nicely, I did have a few gasps from time to time and enjoyed it from beginning to the very end. Was not expecting the final results at all.

  • Luciana Correa
    2019-05-20 12:48

    Ilusional Reality may not be the kind of paranormal book you are used to reading. However you are sure to Find a beautiful princess and a touching love story. The enchanted land of Tsinia, the powers of its people and the struggle to win over evil bring the book the sweetness of fairy tales.The vocabulary needs a little time for the enchanted landers also have a special way of speaking. Despite of that, the story flows with a good pace once you get used to it. Some moments are sad and others are happy but it's the end that surprises the most. In fact, it seems to me that the story has no end and needs another book to find it. The last paragraph sounds like a cliffhanger to me yet a following book is not mentioned.I do hope it continues! Come on Karina! Sit down and write!

  • Clarissa Boggs
    2019-06-06 08:42

    What a marvelous book, Becky was my favorite character ,so sassy . It's a dream world you want to live in,five magical stars

  • Lavern Winters
    2019-06-12 11:59

    An enjoyable fantasy that took me less than a full day to read. A plot that captured my imagination; a page turner. I will post a more in-depth review at a later date.I started reading this book last November and had not finished. So began at the beginning again and it became apparent to me why I had quit reading before. The use of an odd configuration of the English language to emulate a different language structure and usage made it difficult to relate to the characters and dialogue at the beginning. However, this time I stuck it out and as I read, the story developed nicely and it became easier for me to decipher the meanings of the strange turn of speech. I got used to it.The characters were pretty well developed and the plot pulled together nicely. An ordinary young modern day business woman is pulled into an alternate reality where she is no longer an ordinary citizen. This fantasy clearly delineated good and evil. With a mild mannered people to represent a good, peace-loving people in need of a strong ruler. Evil portrayed by a dictatorial monarchy intent upon world conquest. Magic plays a essential role in the battle between good and evil in this story. By the conclusion of this adventure there is an unknown evil that afflicts the heroine. But this hint of what is to come will have to wait for another story taking place in this world. I have my suspicions as to it's source.At first I was thinking of a mediocre review because I had a problem with the language though not the plot or the characters. As the plot developed and my comprehension of the language got better and I increased my regard for the story and my rating improved. The pace varied, some parts seemed a bit slow and others raced ahead. Overall, the slow parts were not extensive enough to become boring and the fast parts did not leave me behind or leave out essential details. I read it pretty much straight through (other than sleep cycles). I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more books by the author that take place in this world.  It is an interesting world with much potential for more adventures. I would recommend for for ages 16 and older as there are a couple of sex scenes, though they are not graphic and were dealt with tastefully and modestly.Illusional Reality is a great read for fantasy lovers! The author has created an alternate reality in a world with unique magical elements.

  • Lene Blackthorn
    2019-06-08 12:45

    This unique magical world took my breath away in the very beginning and I couldn't put the book aside until the last page.Becky thinks she is an ordinary human being, an adopted child, when she suddenly wakes up in a fae realm called Tsinia. Not only she is one of those who possess extraordinary powers; she is the princess with the most outstanding gifts of power, destined to be the savior and defender of the land. Though offered to take the reign, she refuses to accept the crown repeatedly, only wishing to aid her kinsmen and protect the land. Becoming familiar with her former homeland, princess Thya falls in love with her tutor, Alkazar. Although they are destined to be together once, the time has not come yet and her victory over evil forces carries a bitter flavor.Humble and noble characters full of emotions and temper drive the story forward, leaving the reader breathless in anticipation of their future actions and life situations they must endure. I loved Thya's warm heart and awareness of her duties and rights and admire her for the strong will she uses to guide the others and helps her surroundings. Her determination to fight for her love followed by the failure still causes ache in my heart. Alkazar is loyal, faithful and just, charming and likeable character who is bound between duty and desire.I am still awed by the imaginative and spellbinding world the story is set into. Experiencing the world on my own would be an amazing sensation. I hope many will discover this book and enjoy the tale at least as I did.

  • Lorraine
    2019-05-28 07:10

    An interesting and enjoyable read from Karina Kantas.This well-written story clipped along at a good and steady pace. The detailed descriptions let me see the magical land of Tsinia, with it's tree-top dwellings and it's friendly and peaceful inhabitants. Senx, the home of her 'intended', Kovon and his father, Darthorn, is a much darker and gloomier place.The main characters are well fleshed out, and Thya/Becky runs through the whole spectrum of emotions, from disbelief to acceptance, anger to peace, and love to heartbreak, and I felt them along with her. I am hopeful that Illusional Reality is the first book of a series!

  • Nicole
    2019-06-08 08:49

    Oh my, what a world Karina has designed here.She has created her own planet, inhabitants, speech, dress, all unique and vivid.Karina sets up some great and compelling characters. Thya, alkazar, Omad, kazer, kovon, siren are all intriguing for their own reasons. We love them, we hate them. I'll let you make your own opinions. This truly is a fantastical world with magical gifts, a reluctant princess, an angry warlord and oracles, and contains lots of espionage, treachery, suspense with a bit of romance thrown in.I love it when a book doesn't spoon feed the story to you and rather lets you discover things progressively and with an ending like this one, fair warning guys, "Cliffhanger ahead".I really enjoyed this unique and interesting story and I'm sure you will as well.

  • Shelly Wygant
    2019-06-18 12:48

    What happens when one day you are pulled from Earth and find out you are princess who is prophesied to save the gentle Tsinians from slavery and domination by Darthorn, the Warlord of Senx.A wild ride happens. This is a fast acting story that is full of evil, good, mystical abilities and so much more. As Thya tries to deal with all she has learned she also tries to avoid war and save the Tsinians.Ms. Kantas creates a magical world. However there is more than happiness, friendship, and love in that world. A darkness lurks in the background. Add a scorned lover to the mix and there is enough angst and action to keep you turning the pages.

  • Barbara
    2019-06-08 06:42

    Illusional Reality by Karina Kantas is an outstanding read.Becky is taken from her comfortable existence to Tsinia. Known as Thya, she is told she is to save the magical realm by marrying Kovon, the son of a warlord from Senx, a nearby land. Through encounters with the people of Tsinia, Thya forms her own opinions, despite what ruling members of the council advise. Realizing Tsinia is to light as Senx is to dark, her decisions provide many moments of intrigue as well as danger. Friendships are formed and yes, a possibility for romance.Illusional Reality is truly an epic. I identified with the characters, loving the facets of their personalities. Well done. 5 stars.

  • Adam C C.
    2019-06-08 10:06

    The author gave me a free copy for an honest review - Although this isn't the kind of book I often read, I fell in love with Becky straight away for me she was a well-rounded character that hooks the reader's attention straight away. The journey this character takes is unique in its own right if i was in the movie bizz, this would be one I'd option in a heart beat!On the flip side of the good and evil mix I did near the end feel a bit of a soft spot for the books villain and would have loved to get to grips with his backstory alittle more and see how it led up to the events of this book.All in All a surprising read WELL DONE,

  • Julie Stafford
    2019-06-02 06:55

    An Awesome Read!!Karina Kantas does an exceptional job with Illusional Reality from start to finish. The action never stops. Karina brings to life the fictional world of Tsinia in such a way that you almost believe it is real. All of the characters are fully fleshed out and very interesting. Thya, or Becky, is the princess of this magical world and faces many trial and tribulations. She passes them with flying colors. She is a bold and strong female character, not afraid to stand up for what she believes, even if it means she loses her life. The ending was a big surprise. You don't want to let this one get away. I sure hope Karina has another one planned!! A must read!!

  • Jin
    2019-05-25 07:42

    This is a great read. The characters are vivid, the world is believable. A definite must read. I was also able to pick up on some subtext about how women are treated in society in certain parts of the world. There are twists. Over all the flow is good, the story idea is great, the story arc is good. And this book is not one to rush through. You want to read it at a nice pace. Savor each page.

  • Wanda Luthman
    2019-06-11 09:55

    When I started reading Illusional Reality, I was instantly sucked in and couldn't put it down. I absolutely loved the story from start to finish. I could totally see this as a movie like The Hobbit or Lord of The Rings. What a great world the author created! I instantly connected with Thya (Becky) and felt for everything she went through. I respected her resolve to accept her fate. She is a strong and kind woman. The beautiful love story was intense and romantic leaving me wanting for them to work everything out. A great piece of writing and I highly recommend this book!

  • Dawn
    2019-06-12 13:05

    This was quite a ride...The characters were really fun...The personalities of the characters were well stated throughout the book...Well done... I enjoyed this book...Thanks to the Author for doing what you do for yourself and us readers...It's definitely appreciated...I definitely tried to put the book down it felt like it was glued to my was just like a morning cup of coffee good to the last drop

  • David Lee Crites
    2019-06-01 11:51

    I read during my commute, so I get 20-40 minute snatches of time, and that's it. Having a book that is easy to read - and keep up with, is very important. With most books, you have to back up a page or two. That is something I NEVER had to do with this one! It is well written and captures the imagination, guiding you into the new land and language with such easy grace that you hardly are aware of it. Great read; great book!

  • J.L. Heritage
    2019-05-20 11:45

    An interesting read that captured my attention.Kantas' descriptions gives the reader the ability to create a vision of her mythical world, pulling you into the story.The main characters were suitably developed, meaning the reader was able to form a bond with them as the story progressed.A pleasant story with all the right emotions.

  • Cathy McGough
    2019-05-22 07:06

    From the very first paragraph I was totally into this book. We meet Becky, whose life is in danger and then she is whisked away to another world where her name is Princess Thya. We learn about a whole new world, about magical powers, Thya's family history...oh and there is romance too. Looking forward to where the author will take us with the next book in this series.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-14 12:43

    A thrilling twist of fate book! Very original too! Thya a average girl gets a twist in her fate! Alkazar a dreamy teacher that helps guide her and teaches her new life! Just a fantastic story and I couldn't put it down can't wait for the next installment!

  • Molly Harbridge
    2019-05-26 14:12

    TouchingWhat a delightfully touching love story! Our author entwined our world with a fantasy one with action, magic and of course, love.

  • Paula Genereau
    2019-06-20 07:57

    This book was a good one. I liked it. You just never know what your life holds.

  • Traci Sanders
    2019-06-04 11:03

    The title of this book is perfect. What girl hasn’t, at one time in her life, dreamt of traveling to a foreign land and not only discovering she is a true princess, but also meeting her Prince Charming? But wait, he’s already promised to another! What’s a girl to do? She could use her powers to entrance him. (Yep, this girl has superpowers too!) But Thya wants to snag this guy on her own merit. I enjoyed the fact that this author didn’t make it so easy for Thya and Alkazar to form a connection and be together right away. All sorts of elements stood in the way of their union, and just when you think they are finally going to have a happily ever after moment, another plot twist comes along. Truth be told, this story didn’t jump out at me right away. The cover is remarkable and the title is memorable, but the story itself just didn’t pull me in at first. There were a number of characters introduced quite quickly in this tale, which is probably what threw me off in the beginning. As well, it has a modern-turned-medieval feel to it that was a bit challenging to navigate at first. With all of that said, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book once I did two things: Imagined all of the characters with British accents, appearing like the characters in one of my favorite movies,The Princess Bride. In stories like that, a multitude of characters are often introduced simultaneously, as those from royalty typically have many servants and court members who perform various tasks. Immersed myself in the language and time period. Because I’ve been reading so many modern tales recently, it took a few chapters to get “into the groove” of this story, but once I did, it was a riveting tale. I particularly liked the names the author came up with for the cities and characters; they were true-to-form and believable. As I progressed through chapters, the characters’ roles were further brought to light and a tangled web of deceit, murder, betrayal, and malice was unveiled. I was drawn to each character, though some were more developed than others, and turned page after page to learn more about them. And just when I thought the author was going to relieve some of my angst and allow Thy and Alkazar to be together, another plot twist was revealed—one that left room for a sequel. If you want to find out what it was, you’ll simply have to pick up this story. Full disclosure: There were a few grammatical errors and head-hopping issues which pulled me out of the story on occasion. With a light edit, this title could definitely garner a GOLD-worm rating based on the likability of the story. I do look forward to seeing what this author comes up with next!

  • Charity Rowell at On My Kindle
    2019-05-24 07:10

    I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.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!

  • Timothy Bateson
    2019-06-04 13:11

    Not what I expected from the coverThe cover of this book very strongly suggested that this would be a science fiction story, and I have to admit, I didn't read the cover blurb before opening my copy. What I discovered was a story that better fit the Fantasy genre instead.With that said, I really enjoyed the story, even though I found the Tsinian speech patterns very difficult but colorful.Becky's journey through the story is actually very enjoyable to read, especially when you remember she is not from the same world of the Tsinian's and they expect her to save them all.As much I'd like to say that the entire cast popped out of the page, and demanded my attenion, I did find that sometimes there were too many view point chatacters in the same scene.

  • Bookish_Haze
    2019-05-31 10:43

    Disclaimer: I willingly received an ARC of this book from the author or publisher of this book in exchange for an honest review, this doesn't in any way affect my opinion on the book.You can see this and other more detailed reviews on my blog.This book was quite surprising in its creativity. The author gave life to a new dimension. This with their people and their wars, their peculiar speech patterns and clothing, and their views, ways, and laws.Though sometimes the speech was a bit strange, it was entirely understandable, and it gave a bit of character to the story. All in all, it was a pleasant read once I got through all the introductions and descriptions.

  • LisaMarie
    2019-06-11 09:07

    A fantastical romance in another dimension!Illusional Reality is the first book I have read by Karina Kantas and what a wonderful book to start my journey with a new author!Becky is pulled from our world when her life is in peril. Only to learn that she is Princess Thya of Tsania and her people are under siege by the evil warlord of the Senx.She must come to terms with who she is in a short amount of time, learn the customs and ultimately save her people.She falls into a forbidden love and her life will never be the same.I really enjoyed this story. Outstanding world building. Magic and mayhem. Strange creatures, speech and dress.And what a cliffhanger ending!!!!I literally screamed.... "Noooooooooooo"

  • Ariel Hess
    2019-06-17 12:11

    *I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion.*This book was a very interesting read. It is a fantasy fiction YA novel that provides a bit more on the romance side. The main character Becky is transported to a new place where she is deemed to rule. In the beginning she thinks she is dreaming. I liked the romance and the action but I wanted to know more about the unique power that Becky possesses. I also wanted to know more about the people and their unique powers. Why is she so strong and why aren’t their others like her. The novel is well written and I would recommend it to others who like a contemporary fantasy YA novel.