Tuesday, September 1, 2009

REVIEW: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston


Kelley Winslow is a seventeen year old actress who is living her dream in New York City. That is of course, if her dream was being the understudy for a third tier stage company. When the lead actress breaks her ankle Kelley is promoted to playing the fairy queen Titania in the production of a Midsummer Night's Dream. She thinks this could be her lucky break. Kelley soon learns that Faeries are more then mythical, they are real and when she meets the handsome and mysterious Sonny Flannery, she finds out just how real they are.

Sonny is a guard of the Samhain Gate, the doorway between the mortal and Faerie's otherworld. The gates slowly open the 9 days up until Halloween, when the human world is exposed to an onslaught of destructive faerie creatures. Sonny is instantly drawn to Kelley as she appears like a firecracker to his senses. Sonny learns that Kelly is no mere mortal and with this secret they are plunged into a dangerous plot that Kelley must stop to save New York city and Faerie kind alike.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for like 4 months and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. I loved this book. I was never a huge fan of faerie books but I just found myself drawn into this one. I think because most Faerie books are unrealistic I can’t find a connection. Lesley Livingston writes a story with spellbinding writing and incredible plot and characters but it’s somehow still believable. Oh and might I mention she’s Canadian! *little squee*. The novel is just genuinely original.

I was intrigued by every character not just the main ones. Kelley is able to be vulnerable but strong at the same time. She is completely defensive to Sonny at the start laughing at him when he talks to her about Faeries and always going for the mace haha. And Sonny *fans herself* is just a strong adult character but still young and almost vulnerable too and able to kick some major angry faerie butt. Even the minor characters are intriguing and memorable.

This novel just kept me guessing. I was never really able to anticipate what was going to happen next. And best yet, there is barely a cliff-hanger at the end… enough to keep you guessing but not like Crap! Now I have to wait a year for the next one to come out. Not that I am not eagerly awaiting the release of Darklight to come out in Dec. 2009 because I am! Pick up a copy of this book if you haven’t read it already…. You gotsta!