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.

Really?”

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.

Perfect.

“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!