Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

I'm so excited to do a review for this one! I picked up this book at my school's book fair. I've heard a lot of good things about this one and I was excited to read it! And I've been so into fantasy, folk lore stories and this was one of the most enjoyable ones.

Kelley Winslow is living her dream. Seventeen years old, she has moved to New York City and started work with a theatre company. Sure, she's an understudy for the Avalon Players, a third-tier repertory company so far off-Broadway it might as well be in Hoboken, but things are looking up—the lead has broken her ankle and Kelley's about to step into the role of Titania the Fairy Queen in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Faeries are far more real than Kelley thinks, though, and a chance encounter in Central Park with a handsome young man will plunge her into an adventure she could never have imagined.

For Sonny Flannery, one of the Janus Guards charged by Auberon, the King of Winter, with watching over the gate into the lands of Faerie that lies within Central Park, the pretty young actress presents an enigma. Strong and willful, she sparks against his senses like a firecracker and he can't get her out of his mind. As Hallowe'en approaches and the Samhain Gate opens, Sonny and Kelley find themselves drawn to each other—and into a terrible plot that could spell disaster for both New York and Faerie alike.

From the first few pages of the book, I was totally hooked. I think you could pretty much sum up what is in the book from the synopsis above. Kelley's an aspiring actress trying to make it in New York, working at a theatre as a stand in for the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. She's actually got the talent. Until at the Central Park, she meets the strange, and handsome Sonny. He guards the Samhain gate to the Otherworld which prevents from beings from the Otherworld from coming over to the mortal world and cause trouble.

Sonny is somehow intrigued by Kelley and she noticed how she strikes out, and how she's different from others. From that moment on, he just can't seem to get her off his mind and becomes very drawn and attached to her, much to her annoyance. She doesn't believe about him being one of those from the Otherworld. But as she eventually gets to know about him, both of them are in for the dangerous journey that they thought would never come. There's a lot more to Faeries than Kelley thought.

This book was like cotton candy, cause it was just a delicious read! It took me sometime to get into the book, but the story just has this amazing flow. I love getting deep into the Faerie world, and it is actually really fascinating and beautiful! Wondrous Strange just had all these characteristics mixed together so brilliantly. Like, theatre, romance, folk lore, magic, fantasy with some urban twists here and there. Let me tell you, the romance is so devouring, and so humorous at some parts. She doesn't give in to Sonny that easily, laughs at his face, which then leaves him confused and frustrated, and it just gets so humorously sweet from there. I totally love the characters in this book, and how the details were so carefully thought out, it's just amazing, really. It was all so vibrant with splashes of color within the characters and the plot. I just can't bring enough praise for this book. Bravo!


Grade: A

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