Friday, 24 September 2010

Book Review: Wondrous Strange - Lesley Livingston


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 differnet is happening... something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faeries 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.
- From inside book jacket.

I love faeries. Better than vampires, and definitely better than werewolves. So, when I heard about Wondrous Strange, I had to read it.

Kelley Winslow is one of my favourite heroins. She's sarcastic, strong, and doesn't let the fact that faeries have suddenly found their way into her life, let it come tumbling down around her. She was interesting, and entertained me throughout the whole novel, and there wasn't one bad bit about her. She's in love with Sonny Flannery, a Janus guard, who has to guard the Samhain Gate, and their romance was funny and new. Instead of having a laid back guy and a serious and determined girl, it was the other way around, and was unlike many other romances in books, which is always good.

A lot of the book is based around A Midsummer Night's Dream. I have seen the play a few times, but knew very little about it, before I read Wondrous Strange. Now, having read it, I know a whole lot more. It inspired me to go and read A Midsummer Night's Dream, but I haven't actually got around to it. And I probably won't, but at the time, I was quite interested. And, the good thing about this, was that even though I didn't really know much about the play, it was all fit perfectly into the story, and I didn't need to know anything about A Midsummer Night's Dream to understand Wondrous Strange.

Wondrous Strange is really good, and is one of my favourite Faerie series. With magic, romance, action, and fun, it's unputdownable! I really recommend you go out and buy it immediately, and read it. You won't be disappointed.

I give it 5 Feet!

1 comment:

  1. I totally loved the inclusion of lines from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", too! I am not a very big fan of fairy books in the first place, so maybe that's why the rest of the book was a little lacking to me. Great review, though! :)
    - Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of "Wondrous Strange" by Lesley Livingston

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