Okay, so we've all heard a little bit of the history and myths surrounding Halloween, or Samhain if you want to get really technical. It's supposedly the one night a year that all the spooks and creepy things escape into our world, wreaking havoc, thus inspiring mere mortals to dress up, which snowballed into an entire holiday filled with candy and costumes and scary movies, oh my!
Okay, but my point is, here's a book that is all about what actually happens when those spooks and creepy things are set loose in New York City! And while the book isn't technically out yet (waiting sucks, I know), you should know about it and then put it on your Christmas lists, because it's pure awesomeness, and its author is AMAZING!
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
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.