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Darklight (Wondrous Strange, Book 2) (Wondrous Strange Trilogy) Hardcover – December 22, 2009
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Fans of Livingston’s first book, Wondrous Strange (2009), won’t want to miss this action-packed sequel. Sonny is in Faerie destroying the remaining members of the Wild Hunt while Kelley occupies her time in New York acting in a play and exploring her newly discovered powers. They are brought together when Kelley, attacked by an unidentified but powerful enemy, flees to Faerie with the Fennrys Wolf, a Janus Guard member who protects the gates between worlds. Bad-boy Fennrys adds an intriguing wrinkle in Kelley’s devoted but increasingly strained relationship with Sonny. This middle book ends with an ominous cliff-hanger, leaving all characters in dire straits, and readers will anxiously await the concluding volume. Grades 7-10. --Krista Hutley
“Fans of Livingston’s first book, Wondrous Strange (2009), won’t want to miss this action-packed sequel....Bad-boy Fennrys adds an interesting wrinkle in Kelley’s devoted but increasingly strained relationship with Sonny.... Readers will anxiously await the concluding volume.” (Booklist)
“In the world of Twilight read-alikes, Livingston’s novels stand out. Kelley has personality and spunk that Bella and others are missing, and the “star-crossed” romance between Kelley and Sonny is more emotional and genuine than others in this genre.” (School Library Journal)
“Will enthrall fans, and its cliffhanger ending will leave them screaming for more.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
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All the usual suspects make their appearance. Such as Kelly's parents Auberon and Mabh, Sonny, Tyff, Puck and even the Janues Guard. We get to learn a little more about the Fennerys Wolf and new characters come into play.
There is more interaction between Mabh and Kelley which is really interesting. I got to see a different side to Mabh's personality this time as well as Kelley's.
Sonny and Kelley, I love them as a couple and I got to see that dynamic a little more in this book. I love the interactions between them. However the ending to Darklight has shattered my heart and I must read book 3 "Tempestuous" and pray that things are discovered, mysteries revealed, enemies defeated and a happy ending. Most of all I want that happy ending.
I am really looking forward to book 3. This is a great series that should be read by everyone especially if you love stories about fairie.
The play being performed now is Romeo and Juliet, and like with A Midsummer Night's Dream, the story seems to loosely follow that of the old Shakespearean play. Do not expect a happily-ever-after as this is a very raw and real story of lovers, and as Shakespeare knew, love can often lead to tragedy and madness. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and smile (sometimes at the same time), but only for so long before some action hits you square in the chest.
I thought this was brilliant writing on Livingston's part. The way the stories of characters you thought were separate are slowly revealed to be interconnected to each other in a vast and complex web will have you wondering how the author thought all of this up, and how long it took her to weave it so intricately!
I have recently become a fan of fae novels - I love the way they are spun from centuries-old legends to become something that could be believable in modern times - but I have been mostly disappointed with what I have read. As a non-YA reader, I have found most writing in fae stories to be juvenile, even (and especially) for 7-12th graders (which is classified as YA). The authors talk down to the readers, the plot twists seem to be written by separate authors as they never seem to make sense, and the protagonists act like whiny 10 year-olds that have been injected with experimental teenage hormones. Despite that, I still love reading the different ways in which authors have constructed the fae world, and so I keep reading - and boy was I glad I did! I was pleasantly surprised to stumble on this lovely piece - good writing, and lovable and relatable characters. I especially love that the main character of this story has her two feet firmly planted on the ground and understands that she can accomplish whatever she wants as long as she puts her mind to it - and accomplish she does! The road is long and not without it's bumps and bruises, but she holds her head high and saunters through it all. Gotta love a girl with a good head on her shoulders!
My only small quarrel with this book is that I did not enjoy the world-building as much as I would have liked. After the introduction to Faerie in the first book, I was looking forward to learning more about the world in this second book, but the author seems to skip over much of that, giving only short descriptions of the land and the new creatures that are introduced. I had also had a hard time getting past the differences in this story compared to legend (especially with "Auberon" and "Mabh"), and it was never really explained why it was different, which seemed a little odd. In the end, however, all of that was easy to overlook as I got wrapped up in the story. This was one of those rare times when the sequel was even better than the first book! I can't wait to read number three!
Having developed the characters & plot line in the first story, Livingston sends us on a bit of an adventure in this story. We travel to Otherworld with both Kelley and Sonny, and we learn a bit more of the history of the Fae Race. There are more questions than answers in this book, making me want to read the third series as soon as it's released :)
Livingston's writing is superb. I'm in love with it! It flows so smoothly that you forget you are reading a book. I also love that you don't just get the story for Kelley's point of view but also from Sonny's. Which was especially nice in this books since they are in two different realms for most of it.
I love the Faeries in this series. They are perfect! Not overly mean. Not sugar sweet. They are cunning and sly and mischievous. I was thrilled with all the characters in this book. None of them lost their luster from the first book. There was a lot of development with the characters. And some old characters being shifted to new interesting roles.
There was of course a huge twist! I didn't see it coming at all! And it definitely makes me hungry for the next installment. Overall this is one of the best YA series out there. Lesley's writing is excellent. If you haven't read them yet, what are you waiting for?
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Darklight is the second novel in the trilogy that began with Wondrous Strange. This was a okay but not great book.Read more