14 March 2010

Darklight by Lesley Livingston

Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was Faerie royalty, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved New York City from a rampaging Faerie war band. When a terrifying encounter in Central Park sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful—but cut short. For they’ve been plunged into a game of Faerie deception and wavering allegiances in which the next move could topple a kingdom...or part them forever.
Kelley and Sonny are back again, just not together. Sonny's in the Otherworld doing the Winter King's dirty work and Kelley is stuck in New York City doing her lines for "Romeo & Juliet" to the Mighty Q's satisfaction. Then suddenly, Kelley's thrown into the Otherworld accompanied by Janus Guard Fenn Wolf. Joyful reunion Sonny and Kelley may have had, but they've got bigger issues on their hands. They're thrown to hell and back, finally coming to rest back at the theater where just previously, Kelley had been rehearsing for "Romeo & Juliet". Thus reigns a fight of epic proportions, resulting in a stunning ending that will leave you...well, stunned.

Overall, the best part to this was the building up of mystery. All these things are happening and you're just like, "What is going to happen next, gosh darn it!?" I read it in a day, it was that compelling. You want to know who's behind what, who's gonna get beat down next, what monster is going to come up behind you when you round the next corner. All that with some signature humor from Tyff (she's a riot) and Kelley NOT acting like a damsel in distress (girl power ROCKS) and you've got a thoroughly enjoyable read.

It doesn't happen very often with these kinds of dire situations, but I actually love the couple that Sonny and Kelley make. Sonny doesn't have that whole so-called "heroic" mindset of, "It's too dangerous for us to be together," spiel and Kelley does not drop at his feet. Kelley has a mind of her own and stands up to people when she needs to. Sonny may have an undying devotion for her, and that's fine, but I'm happy to report that their romance isn't over-dramatized with all the pathetic soppy-ness that could be found in most novels like this. It was a happy relief to find that they actually had a foundation, and were not together merely for the physical chemistry they may have had.

I just have to say this right now. The ending? Totally made me thwack myself on the forehead with the book. I kid you not. I did it repeatedly. Part of the frustration came from a key point lacking in the author. I felt that Lesley Livingston did not make the significance of the ending clear enough. So Kelley's reaction made me growl. I was like, "She needs to just tell this guy to go. It does not require that kind of dramatic action." I didn't see what the big deal was about the possession of power. Besides that though, the ending was bloody brilliant--literally.

Book Info:

  • pages - hardcover, 310
  • published - December 2009
  • publisher - HarperTeen
  • genre - fantasy
  • received via - library :)
  • rating - 4/5
  • series - Wondrous Strange
    • Wondrous Strange
    • Darklight
    • Tempestuous