Author: Lesley Livingston
Published by HarperTrophy
Wondrous Strange #1
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Summary: (From Goodreads)
17 year-old Kelley Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what she thinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelley's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye.
Spellbinding. That's the world that comes to my mind first when I think of Wondrous Strange. It was not just a good book. It was a great book! Very great, in fact. And, no surprise, I loved it!
I am seriously a huge faerie fan. I love books based on the fey world. Wondrous Strange had probably one of my favorite fey worlds. (But I pretty much love every fey world.) But this one stood out to me, specifically because I think even people who aren't fey fans who read this one would really love it. Seriously. The world that Livingston built was an extremely gorgeous, fleshed out and detailed world. It made a huge bang for me, and every character had such a beautiful meaning linked to them through the faerie world, I'm sure anybody would love it. The world of faerie structured in this book also had such a magical and vivid feeling, it gave me shivers.
Well, speaking of the charatcers- Kelley and Sonny. Sigh. I loved them! I loved all the characters in Wondrous Strange! Lesley Livingston did an amazing job of creating a cast of believable but very detailed and complex characters. I loved reading about them! Some made me grin and giggle, some made me sigh, some I loved to relate, and others made me want to gasp in fear. There was serious variety in the personalities of the characters, people. That's what blew me away.
Besides that, the plot came across as pretty original. It was enjoyable, and it did take me awhile to figure out the lines of it. There was nothing that was obvious at all. I finished this book in a day, since I could not to just figure out "what would happen next!"
If you're looking for a great read that you'll love in every aspect, even if you are not a fey fan, check out Wondrous Strange. It's way more than just a faerie read.