Book: Wondrous Strange
Authoress: Lesley Livingston
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Condensed: A chance encounter with a hot guy and drowning horse at Central Park forever change Kelley's world. Now the hot guy is stalking her (and claiming she is in danger), the horse has set up camp in her bathtub, and she is having incredibly dark dreams about blood spilling through New York City. Sirens, hellhounds, and kelpies OH MY!
My take: Never one to enjoy theatrics it took me a moment to get pass the theatrical opening but once I did I was thrust in to the dark and fantastic web of faerie lore Lesley Livingston weaves. Lesley's faeries are a fierce array of personalities and breeds. But perhaps my favorite character in the book was New York City her self. She too seems come alive in this tale that will have you craving a trip to Tavern on the Green and a friend like Puck.
Adventure-o-meter: High. Poor Kelley and Sonny can't seem to steer clear of danger.
Kiddie-o-meter: While there is no sex or social commentary in this one there is 1 well placed curse word (b*tch) and a very dark and ominous side to these fairies. WS is chocked full of killings and creatures that enjoy killing. Some of the dark references include a couple of scenes with some red-eyed hellhounds and a part in the book when Kelley describes the scene before her as "a panorama that could have come from a Hieronymus Bosch painting - of demons torturing the souls of the damned in hell". Consequently I recommend this one for older teens only.
Adult-o-meter: Adults should totally dig this one. It is full of action and fascinating creatures.
My rating: 4 stars (While it is well written is was too dark for me to love.)
Worth-a-read?: Totally. But if you are like me and tend to stray from dark tales - check it out from the library first.
Noteable: See below to browse inside this book. The follow-up book (Darklight) is due out this December (2009) and has an equally interesting cover.
Share worthy: "She turned and saw someone standing in the shadows. Long hair hung in a loose sable wave to his shoulders, framing the sharp angel of cheek and jaw. A face she knew. Kelley felt the blood rush from her head as her heart thumped wildly. Moonlight glowed in his eyes."
Final say: Who doesn't want to dye their hair red after seeing this cover?