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Blogger Book Review: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 15, 2011

Good morning, inkpoppers! Today we treat you to a review of Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange, the first book in her bestselling urban Faeries trilogy, courtesy of Lena from Addicted 2 Novels. Stop by Addicted 2 Novels to read more of Lena’s reviews; right now, get swept away by Wondrous Strange.

“I actually read this a while back, recently picked it up and reread it. I forgot how beautifully well-crafted this story is. Lesley Livingston created this world that’s not only enchanting, but also filled with love, danger and, of course, faerie games.

“The book is centered around Kelley and Sonny. Through alternating points of view, each character shows you what it’s like to be ‘something special.’ Kelley is a teenage girl who moved to New York to become an actress. She gets her first big break when she’s casts as Titania in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Then, she meets Sonny, who is anything but normal.

“Sonny is a warrior for King Auberon, the Winter Faerie King. Every year, around Halloween, the gates between the Faerie world and the human world opens. The fey will try to sneak into the human world, and Sonny must make sure this doesn’t happen. Being a warrior for King Auberon has it’s perks. Sonny can sense every living thing around him, and that’s how he first meets Kelley. She’s a firecracker among sparks.

“Slowly, both Sonny and Kelley not only begin sharing their worlds with one another, but also begin to discover the truth behind some, for lack of a better phrase, faerie tales. They both will find out who the other really is, and who they themselves are meant to be. And boy howdy, is it a glorious ride!

“One thing I love about this book are the interactions between Sonny and Kelley. It isn’t insta-love. You actually get to watch their relationship build, and I can’t tell you how much I loved it. Though you can tell they’re physically attracted to each other in the beginning, you still get the bits of drama, hatred, fear, and sizzling heat that comes along with passion.

“Another thing I love about this book is how the author weaves in bits and pieces of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The references aren’t overwhelming, nor lacking. It’s just the right amount.

“Last, but certainly not least, my favorite (and hopefully your favorite) category: swoon-worthy male. You know if I love a book, there has to be a swoon-worthy boy, and, in this case, his name is Sonny. He’s sweet, fearless, loyal, and just all around amazing. I’m so grateful half the story is told through him. He has a great voice, and it needed to be heard.

“‘Wondrous Strange’ does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, and while it’s annoying (because cliffhangers always are), the story still wraps up quite nicely. After reading ‘Wondrous Strange’, I couldn’t wait to read ‘Darklight’. I recommend ‘Wondrous Strange’ to anyone who is a fan of ‘Wicked Lovely’ or ‘Eyes Like Stars’.”

Thank you to Lena of Addicted 2 Novels for chatting with us about Wondrous Strange.

Over to you…have you read Wondrous Strange? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

2 Responses to “Blogger Book Review: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston”

  1. Narnia Fan said

    What a great review! As a fan of fantasy, Shakespeare, and the fae, I’ve been wanting to read this for some time. Maybe now I’ll quit wanting and actually pick it up! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Cheerio!
    ~Kristen

  2. redheadheroines said

    I did really want to love this book. I agree with you that the inclusion of Shakespeare’s lines was perfectly balanced and really added to the story! However, I have to disagree on the insta-love. I thought that it was a case of annoying insta-love, and this is probably the only reason why I won’t finish off the series. The rest of this novel was definitely great, though! 🙂
    – Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

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