Wondrous Strange

Wondrous Strange

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Book - 2009
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Kelley Winslow is living her dream. Seventeen years old, she has moved to New York City and started to work with a theatre company. Sure, she’s only an understudy for the Avalon Players, a third-tier repertory company so far off- Broadway it might as well be in Hoboken, but things are looking upthe lead has broken her ankle and Kelley’s about to step into the role of Titania the Faerie Queen in Shakespeare’sA Midsummer Night’s Dream. Faeries are far more real than Kelley thinks, though, and a chance encounter in Central Park with a handsome young man named Sonny Flannery plunges her into an adventure she could never have imagined.
Sonny is a Janus Guard, charged by Auberon, the King of Winter, with watching over the gate into the land of Faerie, which lies within Central Park. For Sonny, the pretty, young actress is an enigma. Strong and willful, she sparks against his senses like a firecracker, and he can’t get her out of his mind. As Hallowe’en approaches and the Samhain Gate opens, Sonny and Kelley find themselves drawn to each otherand into a terrible plot that could spell disaster for both New York and Faerie alike.
Canadian author Lesley Livingston explodes onto the stage of teen fantasy with a debut novelthe first in a planned trilogythat puts a fresh new spin on classic faerie lore.Wondrous Strange blends a gripping plot with fully believable characters, fascinating ideas and just the right amount of romance to create a story that is vivid, thrilling and engaging. Readers of Herbie Brennan, Holly Black and Melissa Marr will find a new favourite in Lesley Livingston.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperTrophy Canada, c2009
ISBN: 9781554682737
Branch Call Number: YA Livin
Characteristics: 327 p


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0Charlie Jan 18, 2017

An enjoyable book for a teen fantasy fiction reader. I have read this kind of thing before - young adult experiencing a lot of firsts - new job, away from home, young love, heir to the Faerie Realm, monster death threats. . . The first book in the "Faerie Trilogy" series. I was satisfied with the ending to this work but probably won't make an effort to read the next 2 books.

BakerStreetIrregular May 14, 2015

I had really high hopes for this book and it's been on my to-read list for quite some time. I really wanted to love it, but unfortunately it just didn't impress me. I loved all the faerie lore, but the dialogue between Sonny and Kelley was rather annoying. I haven't decided if I want to read the other 2 books in the trilogy.

Jul 31, 2014

This was such a great book!
I started reading it because I was reading the Starling series that is written by Lesley Livingston as well, which is all about the Fennrys Wolf and how things happen with him after this trilogy. When I began reading this book I became overly excited and jumped for joy at the mere mention of his name (obsessed much?...maybe just a little...or a lot....:D)
But as I read more I came to love the characters in this book as well.
I am currently starting the third book and can't wait to see the outcome!


Dec 27, 2013

This was such a great book! It is a wonderfully different love story with lots of twists and turns. Trust me, you won't be disappointed If you read this series.

navy_lion_68 Aug 21, 2013

I love this book!! This book describes the begining of an epic love of two Fairie Folks. The main character is a mysterious girl who lost both parents but lives with her aunt. The male character is a guard to a magical gate.

Mar 23, 2013

loved this book! kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! it seemed interesting in the beginning, and the next books in the series are just as amazing

AbyssalCrime Dec 11, 2012

I really enjoyed this book, the characters kept me entertained throughout the book. I can't wait to finish the series.

JasmineAurora Jul 20, 2012

I really didn't like this and I found it very boring.

librarylover101 Jan 15, 2012

I really liked this book, when i first got it I didn't think I would like it, I thought it was for kids. It proved me wrong this book was amazing I was really happy when the book got chosen to be picked as a Stellar book award nominee. I also read the sequel and the last book in the trilogy. This book kept me reading and wondering what's going to happen next, and waiting for the next book.

Dec 13, 2011

doing this book for my english project..... its alright, but kinda boringg......

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Jul 31, 2014

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Jul 31, 2014

When Kelley, actress at the not-so-high-up theatre Avalon Grande, meets the mysterious Sonny Flannery at Central Park, she comes to know him as her Handsome Stranger. But when things intensify, and she starts to fall for Sonny, things begin to unravel. Magical, wonderful, dangerous things. And Kelley is put in a position that could make or break her. Will she be able to overcome these most unexpected obstacles? Read Wondrous Strange to find out.


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