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Wondrous Strange Hardcover – 1 Jan 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Teen (Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061575372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061575372
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,280,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Plentiful action, a complex, slow-to-unravel setup, and humorous plot strands (such as the fairy horse that follows Kelley home to live in her bathroom) ensure that the pages keep turning in this clever debut."--The Horn Book

"Oh, bestselling Twilight, thou hast a strong contender...this book has it all."--Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"This enchanting first novel weaves together the worlds of theater and magic in a way that is sure to please fans of both. Readers will revel in the hints of Shakespeare within the text as they are introduced to faerie creatures both familiar and "wondrous strange."--School Library Journal

"Kelley is appealingly feisty and stubborn, and her romance with Sonny develops quickly but believably. ... With an ending that promises a sequel, this book will capture readers eager for romance, magic, and suspense."--ALA Booklist

This enchanting first novel weaves together the worlds of theater and magic in a way that is sure to please fans of both. Readers will revel in the hints of Shakespeare within the text as they are introduced to faerie creatures both familiar and wondrous strange. --School Library Journal"

Kelley is appealingly feisty and stubborn, and her romance with Sonny develops quickly but believably. ... With an ending that promises a sequel, this book will capture readers eager for romance, magic, and suspense. --ALA Booklist"

Plentiful action, a complex, slow-to-unravel setup, and humorous plot strands (such as the fairy horse that follows Kelley home to live in her bathroom) ensure that the pages keep turning in this clever debut. --The Horn Book"

Oh, bestselling Twilight, thou hast a strong contender...this book has it all. --Globe and Mail (Toronto)" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare. She is the author of Starling and Descendant, the first two books in a darkly romantic trilogy set against the backdrop of Manhattan and Norse mythology. Lesley has also written Wondrous Strange, which won the Canadian Librarian Association Young Adult Book Award in addition to being a White Pine Honor Book, as well as Darklight and Tempestuous. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
I came across Wondrous Strange when i was just browsing, and after looking into it a little further i added it in my wish list. It took two months for me to get my hands on it, but it was well worth the wait!

Kelley is an actress struggling in New York. One morning she is given the part of Titania in production of A Midsummer Night's Dream when the actress is injured. Jumping into the role, Kelley is a little surprised to find she's nervous and forgetful on the stage, and so goes to Central Park to run lines. There she meets Sonny - a handsome boy with a very dangerous occupation. Pretty much straight after that chance meeting, everything starts to go wrong.

Finding herself being pulled into a magical world after rescuing a horse who follows her home, Kelley discovers a past she would never have dreamt of, and finds out about another totally different world to her own, as well as getting closer to Sonny.

Kelley and Sonny are wonderful characters - some of my all time favourites. As the only human, Kelley reacts to being told about faeries like any sane person would - which is refreshing from a lot of the books of the same genre. She is also very tough and determined, too, making her a perfect heroine.

Sonny is the same. I absolutely loved how sweet and sensitive he was, but also hard-fighting and strong at the same time. In fact, all the characters are superb. Even the secondary ones are intriguing and complex like Maddox, Sonny's right hand man, and Chloe, a beautiful siren. I loved them all.

You wouldn't believe this was Lesley Livingston's first book, and i certainly hope it isn't her last. Wondrous Strange ended on something of a cliffhanger, and it is killing me not knowing what happened to Sonny and how Kelley will cope. Fingers crossed there is a sequel in the works!
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved it, I LOVED it. I love it so much I want to marry it. If you are a fan of faerie books, you'll want to read this one. If you've tried faerie books before, but didn't like them, you'll want to read this. If you aren't a fan of faerie books, you'll still want to read it. It's that good.

Incredible characters, incredible writing, incredible plot. It was really just so fantastic, it's hard to find the words to describe it. I never in a million years would have guessed this was a debut novel. The key to my heart is great characters and storyline, and this book had it all and then some. Even the minor characters stood out to me, and they were fascinating. Like Chloe - she is a siren, has a very minor role, and yet she is very memorable. As well as a few other characters..... but I don't want to give all the goods away.

Completely original plot! I figured a few things out, but other things I was oblivious to until they were revealed. I've read other faerie books about the faerie "royalty" - if you've read Melissa Marr you know what I'm talking about here. Not that I'd even compare this book to Marr's because they are at totally two different ends of the spectrum. And I don't mean that in the quality of writing, because they are both fabulous writers. Did I just write fabulous...don't you just love the plethora of "f" adj.!? Do you think I'm subconsciously doing it because of the whole faerie thing... freaking fantastic fascinating fabulous faeries! I promise I did NOT do that on purpose!

Great writers write what they know.... what movie is that from? Never Been Kissed! I think that statement definitely has some truth to it. Kelley is an actress (a struggling actress to be more specific). The theater scenes within the novel were marvelous (notice no `f' here!
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I will start by saying that this is a very nice book, with a very nice story and Kelley is a very nice
lead character. But I want so much more from a book than just nice.

There was some real originality here with the story and I really did like Kelley, but then some aspects
of the story seemed far too familiar and some plot twists were just too convenient, and not clever enough.

I will admit that I didn't guess that Queen Mabh was who she was, but then when it was revealed I wasn't all
that shocked by it.

Really just a pleasant read if you want something light, I never really got the whole world in peril
drama, it was not very dramatic to me in the way it was written. Not awful, just nice.

And I agree with other reviewers, give Melissa Marr a go, she is the superior of the two in this genre.
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The cover reminded me of underwater mermaids for some reason. Maybe its the blue or the bubble like flower thingys in the background I'm not so sure.

I'm not really sure what I think of the story. I liked the concept (even though I have seen it before) and I liked the characters. However nothing really seemed to POP out and be all WOW.

Out of all the characters I liked the horse the most. Hmm I guess thats saying something. That being said it's not like I didn't like the rest of the characters. I just felt like I needed to know more about Kelly and Sonny and even 'Bob'. From a character point of view I felt the book was too short not allowing for much character development but then again this is the first in a trilogy so hopefully there is more to see later in the series.
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