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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Book Review: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Wondrous Strange (Book 1) by Lesley Livingston
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336
Received From: Publicist (Thanks Karen!)

Summary: Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her. Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year. This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening . . . something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her. Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery—and her growing feelings for Sonny—in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance. Wondrous Strange is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader.

My Review: Wondrous Strange was beautifully written, I fell in love with the story off the bat. At first, I was a little confused but after I got passed a few pages it made more sense to me. I love Lesley's writing, her words awakened my imagination. The world she conjured up was so interesting. I love the whole idea of Central Park being a gateway to the Fae World. I don't think I'll ever look at that park the same again haha. The main character, Kelley, was a very likable character. Her personality was so relatable where you can't help but want to protect her just as much as Sonny. *Sighs* Oh my Sonny, he was so romantic and just wow, he gave me goosebumps when they were together. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of Faerie books, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one! I cannot wait to pick up the sequel! I definitely, 100% recommend this book if you're looking for a YA fantasy novel with action, romance and suspense.

Look out for my review on Darklight coming soon...

My Rating: 5 out of 5
Author's Info:

Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare. She frequently performs with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a co-founder. She is also the author of the second book Darklight.


Erin said...

I haven't read this series yet because I wasn't sure I would like it. I have this book though so I guess I should just dive in. Thanks for the review.

Sophia (FV) said...

Wow what a great cover! Very nice review as well! :)

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Sonny. *swoon* And, lol, I'll keep an eye out if I ever visit Central Park. Great review, and I look forward to reading your review of Darklight! :D

Sueann said...

I just ordered this one and Darklight. Can't wait to get them both. Thanks

Kelsey said...

Great review, I loved this book & Sonny as well :)

Monster of Books said...

I adored Wondrous Strange, and after I'm done all the books I'm reading writing now I'm going to read Darklight next :)

Alyssa Kirk said...

She does a great job creating alternate worlds! And gotta love a romantic guy. Thanks for the review.

Anonymous said...

nice review! i've heard nothing but good things about this book! gonna read it!

Alyssa said...

Great review! I loved most of the aspects of this book, too. However, I was definitely annoyed by the apparent "insta-love" between Kelly and Sonny. Am I the only one who thought their love was a little sudden??
- Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
Book Review of Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

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