Book Review: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Posted May 21, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Library, My Own, Paperback in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Wondrous Strange by Lesley LivingstonWondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Series: Wondrous Strange #1
Published by Harper Collins on May 8th 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 335
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library, My Own, Paperback
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Kelley Winslow is living her dream. Seventeen years old, she has moved to New York City and started work with a theatre company. Sure, she’s only an understudy for the Avalon Players, a third-tier repertory company so far off-Broadway it might as well be in Hoboken, but things are looking up—the lead has broken her ankle and Kelley’s about to step into the role of Titania the Faerie Queen in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But Faeries are far more real than Kelley thinks, and a chance encounter in Central Park with a handsome young man named Sonny Flannery plunges her into an adventure she could never have imagined. Sonny and Kelley find themselves drawn to each other—and into a terrible plot that could spell disaster for both New York and the Faerie realm alike.

“Wondrous Strange” by Lesley Livingston was such a fun novel to me. I mainly listened to the story on audiobook but I also have the paperback so a few times I was falling along with the story. Kelley is a bit naive but I learned to really like her. She is 17 and working in Manhattan. She is striving to be an actress. The book starts out informing her that she in no longer the understudy for “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and she will be playing the lead Titania. Now Kelley thinks she finally has her big break.

Then we have Sonny Flannery. He is the other point of view in “Wondrous Strange.” Sonny is a changeling. Changelings are mortal children that were taken by faeries as babies and are raised in the fairy world plus they are granted immortality. Sonny finds out that there is something different about Kelley and he is determined to figure out what it is.

I really liked the characters in this book. I thought Kelley was a little annoying at first but she grew on me by the end of the story. Sonny is a great character. He wants to do what is best for people even though he doesn’t love his life. He wishes he got to live the life that was stolen from him yet he doesn’t want to sound ungrateful for the life he has.

I thought the writing was decent. I can see a lot of room for improvement but it wasn’t bad for the first novel in the beginning of the series. I look forward to the other two books by Livingston. As far as the audiobook. It was a little weird that Lesley Livingston was reading her own story. I didn’t get as much enthusiasm as I do with most audiobooks. Part me wonders if it is because the author is reader her own books. I do with the audiobook was a bit more animated.



About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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