Living Within the Pages – Book Review #13

27 01 2011

Title: Wondrous Strange

Author: Lesley Livingston

Series: Wondrous Strange trilogy (#1)

Amazon Rating: 4

Goodreads Rating: 3.75

Alex’s Rating: 4

Seventeen-year old Kelley Winslow moved out of the safe haven of her aunt’s home to pursue an acting career in the Big Apple. Paired with a diva/model of a roommate, Tyff, Kelley’s life is a far cry from the average teen.

The young teen heads off daily to her way-off Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the understudy, hoping she will one day get to don the sparkly fairy wings in the costume closet of the Avalon Grande, her home away from home.

But a turn in Central Park one night leaves Kelley’s green eyes wide-open to a new world. A world where the impossible does exist and Faeries are much more than Shakespeare’s play minions with mischief on their minds and sparkly gossamer wings on their backs.

Kelley meets Sonny Flannery, a member of the Janus Guard. The Janus Guard was created by the Winter King, the true Auberon (and not the creature Gentleman Jack portrays on stage) to control the rifts in the Samhain Gate–a magical passageway where Lost Fae have slipped through into the mortal world and creatures of the Shadowy Queen Mabh try to come through and wreak havoc.

Enter the real Puck/Robin Goodfellow, the Queen of Air and Darkness, Herne the Hunter, the other Janus Guards, and a plethora of fantastical creatures that will take your imagination on a wild ride trying to put some portrait together of this magical world based in the heart of New York City. Throw in the dangers of the Black Shucks, the Wild Hunt, and a betrayal that will harm the very fabric of Kelley and Sonny’s world.

I fell in love with Kelley and Sonny and the twists and turns neither one of them, nor the reader, were expecting. The third-person narration works wonderfully to get in the minds and eyes of all of the characters and truly breathes life into the world Livingston created for the pleasure of young adult and adult readers alike.

What a great addition to my paranormal collection and the beginning of a wonderful series.