Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

No spoilers.

Wondrous Strange
Author: Lesley Livingston
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: YA, fantasy
Pages: 327
First Line: "Puck's tortured words rang in Kelley's ears as she lifted her head, struggling against the darkness that threatened to descend upon her."

Summary: Seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow always thought faeries were just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery. He's a changeling -- a mortal taken as an infant and raised among Faerie -- and within short order he's turned Kelley's heart inside out and her life upside down.

For Kelley's beloved Central Park isn't just a park -- it's a gateway between her ordinary city and the Faerie's dangerous, bewitching Otherworld. Now Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her, but to the heritage that awaits her...a destiny both wondrous and strange.

Source: Back of book

Review: Not the best Faerie book I've ever read, but it was certainly enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the Shakespeare references, and I hope that there are more in the sequels (it's supposed to be a trilogy, I understand). I wish there had been more stuff in Faerie shown. . .but I did like the kelpie stuff and the addition of the siren, which is generally unusual. Usually, it's a glastig. The story is fairly unpredictable and the style isn't bad or distracting. Worth a read.

Worst part: I didn't like how Auberon was characterized. I didn't feel it was very in-character as far as Faerie goes.

Best part: Oh, dear. The Shakespeare references. Except there weren't enough!

Grade: B

Other Books by This Author: Darklight (the sequel to WS).

33 / 50 books. 66% done!

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