Thursday, October 4, 2012

She's Just So Super Super Special

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Summary: Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .

For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.

Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.

This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening . . . something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her.

Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery—and her growing feelings for Sonny—in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.

Wondrous Strange is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader.

Review: A flawed novel with a super special main female character and instalove.

This is the second novel that I have read where Central Park in New York City plays a big role and I must admit I like the idea. I have only been to New York City a few times and I didn't realize how big Central Park is or how much of a sanctuary it can be for the inhabitants of the city. I found the reason for the closing of the gates a bit silly, but I suppose that makes sense to a faerie. 

I really had a big problem with Sonny seeing Kelley and immediately thinking of her as his firecracker. That implies possession and he barely even knew her then. What if she had had a boyfriend or a husband or a girlfriend? I saw the big secret coming from a mile away. There was no effort to conceal or slowly reveal. Also, I didn't like the romance between Kelley and Sonny. A person can certainly turn your life upside down, but it shouldn't take a few short encounters and a dream or two. They only knew each other for a few days before they were using the world love (although it was done in reciting play lyrics). It does not work like that!!


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to fans of young adult faerie series. 

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