Review: Darklight by Lesley Livingston

Title:  Darklight

Series: Wondrous Strange #2

Author: Lesley Livingston

Published: December 22, 2009 by HarperTeen

Excerpts: Faerie can’t lie…or can they?

Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt. Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.

When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magic is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power. Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom…or tear them apart.

With breathtakingly high stakes, the talented Lesley Livingston delivers soaring romance and vividly magical characters in darklight, the second novel in the trilogy that began with wondrous strange.

From the Publisher

Quotes: “What did the Faerie that attacked you look like?”

“Super creepy. Ripped jeans, weird tattoos, bad hair. And, come to think of it, really nice boots…”


“On his feet.”

Sonny winced and rubbed his temples. “Where were you attacked, Kelley?”

“Okay, see…that was a joke.”

― Lesley Livingston, Darklight

“He can’t die! He’s the bloody King of Winter.”

Don’t be absurd,” said Bob, rolling an eye at the wounded Janus. “Just because he’s immortal doesn’t mean he can’t die!”

― Lesley Livingston, Darklight

My Review: I started listening to this during one of my readathons and so far don’t get the point of the storyline. Must listen to the last one as I simply can not start a series and not finish it!

My Rating: I gave it 1 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Would I recommend: No, because the storyline really wasn’t appealing to me.


Review: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Title:  Wondrous Strange

Series: Wondrous Strange #1

Author: Lesley Livingston

Published: June 16, 2009 by HarperTeen

Excerpts: 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.

Quotes: “Kelley. Your name is Kelley, isn’t it?” He didn’t wait for her confirmation. “Yes. Well. Tell me…that bit just now…was that from Dante’s Inferno?”

Uh…no,” Kelley stammered. Her face felt hot.


I’m in for it.

Are you sure?” he continued. “Because it most certainly wasn’t from this play. And it bloody well sounded like hell.”

― Lesley Livingston, Wondrous Strange

“She drew herself up and took in a breath, concentrating on her inflection so that she could indulge him in his game. Then she leaned forward and, in her best, most sincerely love-struck voice, breathed, “I love thee.”

Sonny’s face was just inches from hers. His storm-gray eyes flashed, and the dark silk of his hair drifted across his cheek as he leaned in his head. “Perfect.”

So was the kiss.


“I love thee,” Sonny murmured, all pretense gone.”

― Lesley Livingston, Wondrous Strange

My Review: Because the primary storyline is based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night dream I struggled to understand what was happening. I’ve never read that story and guess I’ll have to add it to my must reads in order to understand the sequel to this book.

My Rating: I gave it 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Would I recommend: Maybe, if you have read Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Otherwise I wouldn’t recommend it because I found the plot totally confusing!