Friday, 12 December 2008

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

First novel by Toronto, Ontario author Lesley Livingston.

Kelley had originally been cast as the understudy to Titania in a New York City production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". When the actress cast in the role breaks her ankle, Kelley is forced onto the stage. While practising her lines in Central Park, She meets Sonny, the changeling son of the Fairy King Auberon. This is a mutual and immediate attraction between the two.

This is a great way to start a teen novel. Fairies, magic and the promise of blossoming love.

As in a high school romance, we meet Kelley's friends at the theatre and we meet Sonny's fellow Janus, changeling guards assigned to Central Park. There are confidences shared as well as advice given and ignored. Rings very true to life.

I like the character of Kelley. For a seventeen year old, she knows what she wants in life and is going after it. She is a strong role model. Her only weakness I noticed is when she allows Sonny to take her to 'the Green' for protection. However, if he didn't take her there, it might have been hard to introduce the character of Herne, who had previously led the Wild Ride.

This was a fun read. A few un-expected twists and turns in the plot kept me guessing what would happen next.

Even though this is by a Canadian author, I won't be counting it towards my books for the Canadian Book Challenge, those I am limiting to books by First Nations Authors.

I look forward to passing this along to my niece.

Review at Reader Rabbit

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This novel was a good read(binge read for me) and satisfying, but of course it takes a bit of belief as the author seems to just jump into all the magic. Kelly seems so easily swept up into it all. she is inconsistent in this manor, she is very skeptical of Sonny but easily falls into the faerie realm.

I especialy like how the author took shakespeare and incorperated his writings into the book. As well as the twists in the agreements that Sonny, Kelly and the King make. The Kelpie was also amusing, and of course Kelly is wearing a gorgeous dress during all of the excitment. This is of course a must for this type of novel . :P