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Wondrous Strange

Wondrous Strange
Author: Lesley livingston
pages: 336
publication date: September 22 2009

17 year-old Kelley Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what she thinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelley's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eyery:

Kelley is an actress, more like an understudy/ stagehand, but the leading actress breaks her ankle and suddenly Kelley is the star of the play. The first few rehearsals go not so good, she then goes into the park to practice more and that’s when everything starts.

First she meets a mysteriously handsome guy giving her a rose, days later she sees him showing up wherever she is. As she goes to rehearsals she finds out the play is more real than she thought. There aren’t just people playing fairies in the play, there are actually real life fairies in the Shakespeare play.

As the connection between sonny and Kelley deepen they find themselves both in more danger than they ever thought possible.

Kelley then learns what she really is and then all hell breaks loose, literally Queen Tatiana releases a bunch of her fairies to attack New York.

As I was reading this book I couldn’t help but compare it to the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I know that they are both VERY different plots and all but some of the fairies’ names were the same, which makes sense because those are real characters from a Shakespeare play. I think.

But I did love this series and couldn’t stop reading it; I held this book off so long. I kept checking it out of the library and then returning it without reading and now I look back and think about how stupid that was. I loved the first book. I immediately ordered the next two books in the series.

5/5 stars


Chey said...

Interesting! I just ordered this book last night and now I'm super excited to read it.

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