21 February 2010

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

17 year-old Kelley Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what shethinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelly's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye.

Enter stage right: Kelley Winslow.  Enter stage left: Sonny Flannery.  Meet at center stage: an excellently crafted romance.
Of course, it's one of those she's high-ranking, he's a guard type of things and they can't be together because of something or other but for once, I really liked the romance brought up between them.  It didn't seem...skimmed over or over done.  There aren't any long, hideously sappy scenes but the romance scenes are charmingly sweet. :)

I also love the ending.  The way out isn't just handed to Kelley.  She actually has to sit and think.  Another thing about Kelley's character: she really rocks.  She doesn't fall at Sonny's feet.  She gets ticked off at him a lot in the beginning.  But then again, at the end, there's the whole "can't be without you" thing with both of them, but still, it wasn't enough to deter me from the book.

Overall, there is just something that really gets me with this book.  I can't wait to get the sequel.  Actually, it was seeing the ads for the sequel over and over again that got me to read this book in the first place.

Make sure to check out the trailer for Darklight!

Book Info:

  • pages - hardcover, 328
  • published - December 2008
  • publisher - HarperTeen
  • genre - fantasy
  • received via - library :)
  • rating - 4/5
  • series - Wondrous Strange
    • Wondrous Strange
    • Darklight
    • Tempestuous