The Compulsive Reader: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Monday, September 15, 2008

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Kelley is a young actress, trying to make ends meet working as a stage hand and understudy in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in New York City. One night while practicing her lines in Central Park, she meets Sonny, who, unbeknownst to the mortal world, guards the Samhain Gate to the Otherworld and protects the city from the beings that would try to cross over and cause chaos.

Sonny senses immediately that there is something different about Kelley, but is unable to pinpoint what it is. He is inexplicably drawn to her, much to her dismay, and Kelley refuses to believe his ridiculous claims that she is not of this world. Soon the truth comes comes out though, putting Kelley and Sonny into more danger than they could have ever foreseen...

Wondrous Strange is a beguiling read. It combines the excitement of stage life, the diversity of New York City, and the thrill of magic to pull insistently at the reader until they fully succumb to this romantic and dangerous read. Kelley is your likable, average heroine who's just trying to get by on her own, and her practicality and wit punctuate the story with a modern and full-of-attitude flair.

The plot is well drawn out, and the balance between the fantastical elements and moments of reality is perfect. Some more critical readers might feel as though Kelley's acceptance of her role in the Otherworld is a bit rushed, but Livingston's convincing voice and attitude-filled characters will quickly overwhelm any lingering doubtful feelings. Wondrous Strange is a stirring and adventurous book with wry humor, colorful and expressive characters, and an unbelievably addictive quality.

Wondrous Strange will be available from HarperTeen on December 23, 2008, so get cracking on those Chrsitmas wishlists by putting Wondrous Strange at the very tip top!


WannabeWriter said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this book. I'm having a very faery-filled year in reading. :]

Khy said...

Pretty cover...*-*

I can't wait to read this! Gah.

Anonymous said...

Oooo!! This looks really good, and the cover looks fabulous! Great review!

Anna said...

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