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Monday, November 14, 2016

Illusional Reality by Karina Kantas - Book Review, Character Interview & Giveaway

Book review

Review by Anniek

Becky is doing fine as a human in the human world. She has a nice apartment and a good job. She is satisfied with how things are going for her. When a taxi driver throws her out of his cab Becky finds herself alone at night in a neighborhood she doesn't know. Rescued by a stranger Becky is taken to another realm, Tsinia. In Tsinia she is not Becky but Thya, the rightful heir to the throne. Thya has no time to easily adjust to her new life since she is promised to marry Kovon, the son of a warlord from a nearby land called Senx.

Kovon is a cruel man who has the blood from Thya's parents on his hands. Thya is not willing to marry him, but does she have another choice? The people in Tsinia live in peace and only defend themselves when they have to. Some have special abilities which they will use in battle if they are attacked. Thya is trained by Alkazar. He teaches the new generation of Tsinians how to use their gifts. It turns out that Thya is incredibly powerful and has many abilities that need to be accessed and trained. While being trained she is looking for another way to ensure peace between Tsinia and Senx than marrying Kovon, a man she despises.

Alkazar is a wise and patient man who is instantly drawn to Thya. He can't do anything with his feelings and desires since he is betrothed to Siren. Every person in Tsinia is promised to someone at a young age. They aren't allowed to love whomever they choose, but what if their heart wants them to be with another person than the one they're promised to? Alkazar is wonderfully charming and I liked the way he interacts with Thya. He's also loyal and will fulfill his duty even if it breaks his own heart. Thya is a strong-minded person. She takes her duties seriously and works hard to develop her abilities. She is a quick thinker and is not afraid to go to battle by herself if that is necessary to keep Tsinia safe.

Karina Kantas has created a beautiful magical realm. Tsinia sounds like an amazing place to live. The vivid descriptions of how the town has been built and how the people interact with each other together with the language that's being spoken fired my imagination. I could imagine Thya's life there without any difficulties. She is a person I immediately connected with. She is a great main character and she kept surprising me. Because of all these positive features Illusional Reality drew me in and kept me hooked until the very last lines. I love it when a writer can do that. It is a story full of adventure, magic, love, betrayal and jealousy. This enchanting world mesmerized me and I really enjoyed reading this amazing story.


Illusional Reality ends with a cliffhanger so be aware of this since the second book in this series is not out yet.

The eBook version of Illusional Reality is on sale right now for $0.99 - 99p.
You can get your copy here:

About Karina Kantas

Karina Kantas is the author of the popular OUTLAW series. Thrillers involving outlaw motorcycle clubs. She's also the author of the loved fantasy, Illusional Reality.

When her imagination is working over time, she writes thought provoking dark flash fiction.
There are many layers to Karina's writing style and talent. As you will see in her flash fiction collections. And in UNDRESSED she opens up more to her fans. Giving them another glimpse of her warped mind. When Karina isn't busy working on her next best seller, she's designing teasers, book trailers, recording audio or videoing small readings and then working on social media.

Karina writes in the genres of fantasy, romance, sci-fi, horror, thrillers and comedy.

Her inspirations are the author S.E.Hinton and the rock band Iron Maiden.

You can find her on Facebook and Twitter, where she loves hanging out with her readers.

Titles to date:

***The OUTLAW series*** MC thrillers
In Times of Violence
Lawless Justice
Road Rage


Heads & Tales

Stone Cold YA Supernatural thriller.
Illusional Reality romantic fantasy.

***Coming soon***

Broken Chains (MI5 thriller)
Illusional Reality book 2 (fantasy)
Predator (erotic horror)


With Thya (main character of Illusional Reality)

1. Thya, could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am Thya from the generation of Ganty, born rulers of Tsinia. I am also guardian of the Changlins, the source of Tsinia power.

2. If you had a crystal ball what would you like to see in it?

*Shakes her head* I would never delve into dark magic. Darthorn, the previous warlord of Senx, had a similar crystal. I was witness to its evil power. We retain the oracles. A Zenith receives a vision and deciphers the meaning. Tis how my return was prophesised.

3. Could you describe yourself in 5 words?

Compassionate, stubborn, loyal and powerful. *laughs*

4. What's the biggest difference between Thya and Becky?

Becky’s life was boring. She slept, ate and worked. Worked too darn hard. My life here is the total opposite, Tsinia is magical. The people are brave and loving, alas there is danger and uncertainty to face every morn. In my wold I was ordinary Becky. In Tsinia I have gifts, powers. I can move things with my mind using the gift of Flite. I also retain the rare gift of Yepsy, the ability to control the forces of nature. Alkazar says there is so much more I can learn and that tis unknown how far my power can reach. I think their healer Valcan is worried for me. *shrugs*

5. Can you tell us what you find the most magical about Tsinia?

The people. Their resilience. Their gifts. If you saw what my gentle kinsman are capable off you too would be in awe.

6. If there's one thing you could change in Tsinia what would that be?

A magical force field that would protect Tsinia so they can live in peace.

7. If you could introduce something from earth on Tsinia what would that be and why?

This is a difficult question for me as I love the simplicity here and any technology would ruin that. Okay, shoes! Our feet are bare and I do not like looking at mine. So, slipper like shoes. To protect my feet. But that is selfish Tsinians have thick skin and do not require shoes.

8. What will you be doing in the future?

I’m going to return home shortly, and my love Alkazar will be joining me.


One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will win an Illusional Reality tote bag filled with surprises.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. It sounds so different to anything I have read. I know I am going to really enjoy it, thanks for sharing it .

    1. Thank you Judy. I hope you do enjoy the book. I had so much fun writing it.

  2. This really looks like a very good read that I will enjoy reading. I also love the colors of the cover!!

  3. Congratulations on your book's release, I enjoyed reading the interview! Good luck on the tour and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

    1. Illusional Reality came out in March and readers are loving it! I hope you will read it.
      It's on special for this draw so everyone can afford to download at 99p - $0.99 Amazon price is $3.99

  4. The book review sound good. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover and interview too.

    1. Thank you Solange. I'll be using the same artist for book 2.

  5. The cover is super great! Can't wait to read this book!

    1. I know you'll enjoy it. I was so lucky to find this amazing artist who bought my idea to life.

  6. Lovely giveaway for the darker nights

  7. I liked the interview, thank you.

  8. Great interview...very different way of doing these things. I'd like to ask Karina how easy it was to speak as Thya and if she shares similarities with either her or Becky in their personalities?

    1. Hi Johannah. That's an awesome question.

      Thya was easy to understand and relate to as I am Thya. I ate with my kinsmen, I battled with the warlord of Senx. I experienced all her emotions. Becky worked to live, and again, I have been in her shoes - working a nine to five job, and I didn't like it. But that's life.
      Becoming Thya, I was able to leave reality and jump into make believe and that was very exciting. I allow my readers to do the same.
      I am stubborn and I don't like being told what to do. I'm very self efficient but sadly I don't have any powers :(

  9. Sounds like an interesting book, and that cover is certainly eye-catching!

    1. Thanks Cynthia. It's exactly what I wanted. I hope you enjoy the book.

  10. I love thrillers and some supernatural themes. Not sure if I've ever read a supernatural thriller, so this would be a new experience for me :)

    1. I specialize in thrillers, namely MC thillers; dark romance about outlaw motorcycle clubs.
      I came out of the cinema after watching Lord of the Rings and I had to write Illusional Reality. It's new fresh and you will really enjoy it.

  11. I love the title together with a book cover pic!

  12. Illusional Reality is not your usual fantasy and you will love these characters and their special stories.
    Get the novel here at only $0.99

    Have a listen to a short narration from Illusional Reality

  13. Replies
    1. Thank you Kim. It's still on special for one more day $0.99 99p

  14. Looks like a great read and love the giveaway too.

  15. This sounds great! Looking forward to reading it!

    1. Looking forward to your review. The book is $0.99-99p. For one more day.

  16. Good luck with the release!


  17. Sounds like a great book. Good luck with the release and thanks for the giveaway.

  18. It would be great to win
    an Illusional Reality tote bag filled with surprises.
    This sounds like an interesting book.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  19. I like the idea of the two worlds. Illusional Reality sounds like a really great book. Thanks!

    1. Thank you Penny. Illusional Reality is on special for one more day only $0.99 - 99p

  20. Looks like a great read, thank you

  21. Tsinia sounds a really wonderful world! The inhabitants all must have great stories to tell!

  22. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  23. Ha ha, I like your comment regarding feet. I feel exactly the same about mine!