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Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

 

 

THE STORY:

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.

WHY I LOVED IT:

With her masters in English with a specialization in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare, and a principal performer and founding member of the Tempest Theatre Group, Livingston clearly knows her stuff. Further, she’s a very good writer, and I often read a line two or three times to relish in the music of it. The plot is fun (lots of little girls dream of being faerie princesses, but Kelly never loses her strength of character and intellect) and the action in the first book moves quickly. I found the second, Darklight, slower to get to the pace set in the first, but the ending is strong and will have readers eager for the third.

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