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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 doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the 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 Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what she thinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelley's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s 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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