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Monday, May 10, 2010

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston: Book Review

Wondrous Strange
by Lesley Livingston
HarperTrophy Canada
ISBN: 978-1-55468-274-4
Ages: 12 and up (Or mature 10 and up)

Description: 17 year-old Kelley Winslow doesnt believe in Faeries. Not unless theyre the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespearethe 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 Nights Dream, wishing is probably the closest shes going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, thats what she thinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelley's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeares plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye.

Good Stuff

    Delightfully imaginative
    Stories about the Fae often irritate and confuse me, but not in this case.
    Tons of magic, suspense and romance
    Interesting characters
    Intelligent and witty dialogue that is very realistic (well as much as you can in a story about faeries)
    Beautiful cover
    Fast paced storyline
    Great secondary characters (Hopefully they will be developed more in the rest of the series)
    wonderful descriptions of the theatre world
    Heroine is wonderfully human. She makes mistakes, learns from them and she is just plain interesting
    Loved the horse in the bath scenes
    Some of the early scenes between Kelly and Sonny are wickedly funny
    Sorry Twilight lovers (I like the books too -- not those horrendous movies) but this is much more age appropriate for the YA category.  Also Kelley is far more interesting and less wussy than Bella -- sorry it had to be said, cannot tell you how many times I wanted to smack Bella upside the head
    Author is Canadian : ) and she doesn't write depressing stuff set in the bush

Not so Good Stuff

    Some of the Fae lore information irritated me a little (just a personal observation, nothing against the author)
    Had a sudden urge to read Shakespeare
    The main characters name is Sonny

What I Learned

    The Fae really are not nice creatures for the most part
    That it would be kind of cool to have a horse that lived in your bathtub -- but only if you had more than 1 bathroom of course

Favorite Quotes/Passages

Over my dead, shapely body, the Faerie sneered.

Well. I think it is safe to say that, in my absence, the power grabbing and backstabbing and political intrigue has officially reached an all-time Otherworld high.

I HATE the courts! She spat. Why can't they just leave off with all the stupid homicidal meddling.

Ask that Sir Lancelot creep, Tyffanywy snapped. Wait -- no, don't. It was complicated.

Who Should Read

    Fans of stories about the Fae
    Those who are usually irritated about stories about the Fae
    Young adults -- even as young as 10 will enjoy it
    Lovers of the theatre world


5 Deweys (Buy it, trust me I'm a Librarian)


I received this book from  the Harper booth at the OLA conference.  This copy is signed by the author who was very lovely and fun to chat with

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