Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Description from the Publisher (HarperCollins):

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 different is happening . . . something wondrous and strange. And Kelley’s eyes are opening not just to the Faerie 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.

Wondrous Strange is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader.

Book: Hardcover (336 Pages)

Published: December 23 2008

Date Read: February 18 2010

Book Source: Library

My Thoughts:
Wondrous Strange is a debut YA novel in a series by Lesley Livingston. It is a cute and fun story about Kelley, an understudy in an off Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream whose life suddenly begins mirroring her character.

I was not as engaged with the story as I hoped. I think for me it was too young, I would have enjoyed more drama, conflict and romance and less humor. Reading reviews for the sequel, it seems that some of these concerns may have been addressed. So I may check that out to see what happens next in the story.

If you enjoy young YA fantasy stories about faeries you should give this book a try.

3 Stars

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