Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ivy's review on Wondrous Strange

Wondrous Strange
Author: Lesley Livingston
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Source: Bought
Series: Wondrous Strange series Book One
The Other Books: Darklight, Tempestuous
Extras: Trailer
Buy at: Amazon

Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .

 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.


Rating – 4/5 stars

Judge the Cover – I love the cover! The girl is beautiful. The only I wish would have been shown more, is her necklace.

Selecting – I saw the trailer for Tempestuous, the third book of the series, and it was amazing.

Review – For starters, I do admit that I was hesitant before reading this. I thought it was going to be a difficult read since I don’t know a whole lot about Shakespeare plays. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to connect to the story because of this. Man, was I wrong.

For starters, this is so different from Wicked Lovely. There was great characterization and unique storyline; it was hard not to fall in love. Whether you like fairy books or not, you should give this book a try.

Kelley and Sonny are our main characters, switching off points of view every chapter. It was easy to follow. You switch between how a human sees the world, and how a changling sees our world. Kelley, is the human, she has moved to New York to start off her passion for acting. So far, it only landed her as an understudy. After the lead has an accident, Kelley takes up the role as Titania in A Midsummer’s Night Dream. She struggles with remembering her script, which she goes to Central Park to practice the lines.

This is where Sonny comes in. Sonny is a changling, a human that was taken by faeries to live with them. He is trained to be one of thirteen Janus, who protect a gate between the Otherworld and mortal realm. King Auberon has blocked off the gates so no fairy can come to the mortal realm and cause harm. Every nine years, the gate opens for nine nights before Samhein, which Halloween. Sonny and the others have to kill any faeries trying to escape to here.

Sonny senses Kelley and tries to cheer her up, because she is struggling. After handing her a flower, he disappears. Later that night, Kelley finds a horse drowning in the lake and saves it. She faints while in the lake and someone saves her.  She goes back to her apartment and finds the horse in her bathtub. Sonny, after going back to guard, finds the horse tracks and discovers it’s a kelpie. He also sees Kelley’s flower and script. This leads them to meeting more, which later on, Kelley is discovered to be something than more. She and Sonny’s lives are intertwined more than anyone can suspect.

What I like so much about the story, is Kelley and Sonny. Their first couples of meetings are so hilarious and such enjoyable parts to read. I will just finish off with saying… BUY IT!

Favorite Character – Kelley is such a great character. You get so attached to her story. She was honestly one of the great female protagonists ever.

Least Favorite Character – Black Shuck were really scary. I wouldn’t face them in the dark.

Favorite Scene – When Kelley goes into the bathroom, she steps out of the shower and finds a surprise. The horse she saved is in her bathroom, climbing through a window. Then, later on, he gets into the bathtub and won’t move. It was a great part to read.

Author’s NEWS – Lesley has a new book coming out in 2012 called Starling. I heard this is going to be a new series for her, so hopefully it’s as great as Wondrous Strange series. 


  1. This book has been on my shelf for (ashamed to admit) over a year and I still haven't read it. I think I'm going to have to make some time to read it!! Thanks for the great review!

  2. You're not the only one. I had this book for a month. I would start it, then quit after the first few pages. I'm glad I finished it though, it was actually really good.