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Product Details

  • Series: Wondrous Strange Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061575399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061575396
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7–10—When Kelley moves to New York to pursue her dreams of theatrical success, she expects that her only encounters with mythical beings will be confined to the stage, in the Avalon Grande Theatre's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. All of that changes when she meets Sonny Flannery, who introduces Kelley to a world she never knew existed. A member of Auberon's Janus Guard, he patrols the portal (in Central Park) between the human and faerie worlds on the few dangerous nights when it opens and members of the Unseelie Court can pass into the mortal realm. He is strangely drawn to Kelley, and as he gets to know her, he begins to suspect that there is more to her history than either of them know. Through encounters with sirens, hellhounds, and kelpies, Kelley and Sonny are drawn irrevocably into a battle among the Fey. Despite the budding attraction between them, forces they can hardly understand seek to keep them apart. Set against the backdrop of present-day New York City, this enchanting first novel weaves together the worlds of theater and magic in a way that is sure to please fans of both. Readers will revel in the hints of Shakespeare within the text as they are introduced to faerie creatures both familiar and "wondrous strange."—Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY
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From Booklist

This addition to the bevy of books about teenage girls turned faerie princesses stands out with a balanced mix of faerie lore and authorial invention. Kelley, 17, gets her big break when the woman playing Titania in an off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is injured. But the world of Faerie becomes too real after Kelley rescues what she thinks is a drowning horse in Central Park Lake only to have it appear later on her balcony and station itself in her bathtub. Suddenly she’s caught the eye of Sonny Flannery, a human changeling who guards the Gate between Faerie and Manhattan, and the longer he watches, the more certain he is that she is Auberon’s stolen daughter. Kelley is appealingly feisty and stubborn, and her romance with Sonny develops quickly but believably. Some of Livingston’s plot twists strain credibility, but the big reveal of Kelley’s parentage is well played. With an ending that promises a sequel, this book will capture readers eager for romance, magic, and suspense. Grades 7-10. --Krista Hutley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian Literature and Shakespeare. She frequently performs with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a co-founder. She is also the author of WONDROUS STRANGE and DARKLIGHT.
You can visit Lesley online at www.lesleylivingston.com

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book for all readers--young and old!
Maureen Lipinski
All I really have to say about the writing is that is was beautiful and lyrically done and I loved that she wrote both Sonny and Kelley's side of the story.
The Book Pixie
Interesting characters, and a little something for everyone from fantasy, suspense, action, adventure, and romance.
B.A.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By SilverSparrow04 on February 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Now I'm not great at expressing my view on things very effectively but I will try my best.

Good - description, characters, unpredictable most of the times, an ending that wasn't sad or happily ever after and "closed"
Bad - the middle dragged a little, ended with questions in my head (but this is OK since there are at least two more books in the series), and the name Sonny (I like the name itself but to me it didn't really suit the character).
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The book basically had me hooked from beginning to end and only had me putting it down once to get a drink. The character of Kelley (protagonist) is both funny and lovable. She is 17 year old actress living in Manhattan working in an off, off, off, off Broadway production of A Midsummer's Night Dream with a bunch of kooky yet lovable actors and a crazy director.

Sonny Flannery is a changeling (a mortal child taken by the faeries and raised by them) who guards the Samhain Gate in Central Park with 12 other changelings. Though they aren't technically faeries this has made them immortal.

The story switches POV between Kelley and Sonny giving you an effective view of both Kelley's world and the world of faeries.

Like I said before there was good description throughout the book, the switching of POVs carries the story along smoothly and there are many lovable characters. For me my favourites were Kelley, her roomate, Maddox, Jack ( actor) and Bob (another actor). I also liked how the author kept true to the dark and tricky nature of faeries and their uncanny ability to deceive very effectively when they cannot lie.

There was however a point in the middle of the story were I felt the plot (right term?
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Catt on December 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There is definitely magic between author and reader, props to you Lesley! Can I just say how much I absolutely LOVE this book?! The awesome Lesley Livingston has woven an incredible story including fairies and memorable cast of characters. Not to mention embedding humor and romance onto every page.

Even though the story is told in third person, Lesley has described everything vividly. I was absolutely dazzled by how amazing this debut book is. Every once in awhile, there's a special book that is absolutely a gem. This is it. For me, this is one of the best books I have ever read!

The characters come to life and you feel like you've known them all your life. You'll feel their emotions like they were your own. Kelley has become one of my favorite characters and so has Sonny and practically everyone in the book.

Wondrous Strange includes the excitement of theater and the magical elements of the Celtic myths. The whole experience leaves you breathless and hungry for more even though the last page satisfies you... but only for a little while. Luckily for me and all the readers that want to read this book, there will be a sequel!!

I cannot use enough words to express how much I LOVE this book! It'll appeal to teens as well as adults too, so I strongly suggest it as a Christmas present. Trust me, the person you give it to will love it!
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Rinehart VINE VOICE on January 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
So many things were right and wrong with this novel. First off the premise, the girl with the mysterious heritage, a horse in her bathtub, Oberon/Auberon. Those are the things right with the book. The inside look at a working theater was great too.

But the story's potential was only hinted at.

The guys especially are oddly emasculated.

Sonny is sorta mysterious. He's handsome and has an irresistible need to protect the girl. His friend Maddox feels wrong too.

Then there's Mabh, oh, I don't even want to go there, it makes me want to reconsider the three stars I gave this book.

The heroine's Aunt, well, I'm paraphrasing here, but anyway this is how it went in the book; "Auntie dear, was I like, adopted?" gasps Kelley.

"Um, oh my golly gee, I didn't want you to know . . .but, yes. Yes you were, sorta . . ."says Auntie.

"Ohhhh, well, let's never talk about this again, cause it will drag the story down, alright?" says Kelley.

"Sure honey," says Auntie.

Okay, so I shortened the scene a bit, but really, not by much.

I was so excited to read this book. I love stories that involve the Fae (Stormborn, The Pillars of the Earth Series and Eragon) but this wasn't as fun or interesting as I thought it would be.

All in all, I did finish the book, if a book is bad I give it just 80 pages and then set it aside. I guess it's a buyer beware situation. I'm not saying don't read Woundrous Strange. I am saying that there are so many great series out, that I personally would save money for them and borrow this one from a friend or the library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Troutman on January 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
authors such as Holly Black, Cassandra Clare and Melissa Marr; you will love this book. I thought it was a great fast read and when it ended i was left wanting to read more, not wanting it to end. i highly recommend this book, and cant wait to see what else this promising new author has up her sleeve.
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