Wondrous Strange

Wondrous Strange Since the dawn of time the Faerie have taken For seventeen year old actress Kelley Winslow faeries are just something from childhood stories Then she meets Sonny Flannery whose steel gray eyes mask

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  • Title: Wondrous Strange
  • Author: Lesley Livingston
  • ISBN: 9780061759147
  • Page: 123
  • Format: ebook
  • Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken 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 UsuallSince the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken 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 in this dazzling page turner filled with luminous romance.Wondrous Strange is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic between author and reader.

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    1. I think I’ve written and then rewritten this review about a hundred times now! And I know it’s going to come across one way, and that’s just how it’s going to have to be, because I simply cannot write it any other way. So here is goes fangirly-ness and all. I hope you last through it.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 [...]

    2. Wondrous Strange is one of those gems that I stumbled across completely by accident. I was in the book store looking to grab the second book in the BIFN series and of course I had to spend some time browsing while I was there. The cover of this book (gorgeous yes?) caught my attention, as did the title. Both of them put me in mind of "Wicked Lovely." It was too much to resist. Without even reading the inside flap, I grabbed the book and headed to the register. This was a fortuitous happening. I' [...]

    3. I mostly just liked seeing how Queen Mabh, Fennrys Wolf, the fae lord of the Spring Court, and all of the other typical mythological figures + the characters from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream would fit into the story. Kelley gets thrown into the role of Queen Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and is wandering around Central Park practicing her lines when she runs into a Sonny. He's one of the Janus Guard who protects the mortal realm from escaped fae and there's a portal in the par [...]

    4. Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestI didn't post any status updates for this - stealth review!!!When you're as busy as I am, you want to have a book on you at all times. At any given moment, I have one to two books in my purse, even if I'm just going to the hair salon. You never know when you might be kept waiting! WONDROUS STRANGE was my most recent book purse and I finished it in just two days.I was a bit hesitant about starting this book. It came out in 2009, at the start of the [...]

    5. Reviewed by The Story Siren for TeensReadTooI 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 year [...]

    6. Always choose a book by its cover ahem.First, a disclaimer! I liked this book. Despite what I am about to say next.Definitely better written and far less angsty thanWicked Lovely, somewhat lacking in the descriptive area (esp. in comparison to the Marillier I just read--Wildwood Dancing) but the story ties up nicely and the characters are amusing. It was more humorous than I expected, which was good. It was less dramatic than I expected, which was not so good. (I know, ambiguous, huh? I expected [...]

    7. I see that most people seem to have really liked this book, but it really rubbed me the wrong way. It felt very flat and predictable. I would have liked to have had a sense that there was real danger at hand, but the writing lacked the necessary tension to pull off the New York City apocalypse scenario. (See: The City's End Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York's Destruction) I generally really enjoy books like this, but it just didn't draw me in. I love the cover art, [...]

    8. Unreadably bad.If I found a fairy horse in my bathtub, I'd call animal control. Come on, you're mature enough to move to NYC on your own and make a living as an actress but you don't know how to call the police?It probably didn't help the book that the main love interest's name is Sonny, and when I think of Sonny, I think of an annoying, chubby little boy in 4th grade who annoyed the f*** out of me.

    9. I'm a huge Shakespeare fan so I loved all the references. Also really liked Bob and the kelpie horse. There's a great twist you won't see coming. If you're in the mood for fairies, give this one a try.

    10. At seventeen, Kelley Winslow has finished school and moved to New York to pursue a career on the stage. Being promoted to understudy for Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream is a dream come true; when the actress playing Titania has to pull out and Kelley is given the role, it's so much, so suddenly, she's terrified and messes up all her lines. She finds a quiet spot in Central Park to practice, and it's there that she meets Sonny Flannery.Sonny is a stolen child in Auberon's Fae realm, now serv [...]

    11. Wondrous Strange to me offered a very clever, very interesting amount of mythology and folklore to explain the faerie world. This is particularly interesting because the entire story takes place in New York City - the "Otherworld," as it is known, is only referenced.There's something in particular that I found really neat: So often in faerie fiction, you hear the same things over and over: Seelie/Unseelie, Winter & Summer Courts. Well, those concepts are all here, but Livingston brings more [...]

    12. *Slight spoilers*I write this review as I stare at my Pretty Pretty Princess board game.Why?Because this book makes me wish I was a ginger fairy princess myself, so that I could take Kelley's place and think rationally rather than try to save a half-ton horse, especially when it's a kelpie and trying to kill me so it can eat me. Or try to prevent hypothermia by taking the hottest shower ever. THAT'LL help meI got to page 80 something, and I just couldn't kid myself, I was bored out of my fucking [...]

    13. Kelley is an actress. Well, actually more of an understudy/glorified stagehand, but when the person playing the faerie queen breaks an ankle it’s . . . show time! Or more accurately time for Kelley to forget half her lines and stomp off to Central Park for some serious rehearsal AKA self-reproachment.Which results in . . .A. Kelley receiving a rose from “the mysterious good-looking guy” (whose real name is Sonny, and who is actually a changeling human in charge of guarding the gate to faer [...]

    14. Wondrous Strange is another YA fantasy take on the 'normal girl becomes a fairy princess' theme. The setting is New York City, and the scene opens with a 17 year-old living on her own, with a job as an understudy in a way-off Broadway production. Predictably, the star twists her ankle, and the heroine is thrust into the main part, as Titania in Shakespeare's play, and fairy-fueled chaos ensues shortly thereafter. The main problems with the book are over-used cliches, poorly-drawn characters, wil [...]

    15. this book was hilarious but in a bad way. intrigued me because it was a modern take on shakespeare's a midsummer night's dream but it was so poorly written and executed that it had me laughing at it's sheer stupidity. ashamed to say i finished it. dialogue could've been written by a 12 year old.

    16. After a couple false starts, I read this book. Honestly, the first chapters were pretty weak. There was nothing about it that made me interested in the rest of it and the flash forward at the beginning didn't really add anything for me. In fact, I dislike those.Once I got past the rather boring beginning to the point where Kelley meets Sonny and finds the kelpie, it started to get better. It was all really predictable. Still, it's always interesting to see how someone takes something like fairie [...]

    17. It had such promise, and it disappointed. The premise intrigued, but the writing was flat and immature. The characters were two dimensional, not well developed, and did not grow. Questions were left unanswered, certain plot developments were glossed over, and there was a serious lack of character introspection, which would have given the book more depth. The romance was poorly written. It seemed as if one moment they are somewhat friendly strangers, and the next in love. It also suffered from a [...]

    18. Being a Shakespeare lover would help with this book. That's not really me. I mean, I like Midsummer Night's Dream, but actors, especially theater people who do Shakespeare are annoying as hell. I was born and raised in L.A every other person I knew in my twenties was an actor. Most of them are fine, unless they are in character, but this brand, the Renaissance festival folksh!My next gripe is the love interest guy's first name is Sonny. Really? My dog's name is Sunny - a big yellow lab. It's a g [...]

    19. The rating is a gift, I know it's a book certain people will really enjoy. I didn't finish it. I didn't care for the way it was written, the tone nor the way the story was laid out. I suppose it might be that I'm just too old, too male, and too well read. Please enjoy this if it's your cup of teaor fairy wine. It's not mine. I have a long to be read list and I really wasn't enjoying this, so please my "friends" who have enjoyed this series, don't hold it against meI just didn't care for it.I wen [...]

    20. Non potevo scegliere un titolo migliore di "Wondrous Strange" per affrontare il mio periodo di ritorno al passato, a quando leggevo i meravigliosi fantasy della collana Lain della Fazi.Questo libro mi è piaciuto tantissimo, partendo dai personaggi per poi arrivare a tutta la trama. Ho amato in particolar modo i continui riferimenti a Shakespeare e Sonny, il protagonista maschile.Ci sono dei libri che semplicemente, con poche pretese, hanno una struttura fatta molto bene e riescono a coinvolgere [...]

    21. 17-year-old Kelley is the red-headed understudy for role of Titania in an off-off-off-off Broadway production of Mid-summer Night's Dream who gets the literal lucky break. The leading lady "busts an ankle" and joy of joys she has the part. Hooray, great story about alternative career paths and following your dreams.Except not, at all. This is yet another story about an ordinary girl who finds out she's a fairy princess, specifically Irish and with all the fun trappings and problems. After readin [...]

    22. Wow. This book was really good. Lesley did an incredible job at creating a magical fay story based on a Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was fantastic. The writing was beautifully done- it pulled me in from the beginning. I had a hard time putting the book down.The characters were amazing. Kelley was perfect. I loved that she would not believe Sonny about what he was trying to tell her. She would have none of it, convinced that Sonny was stalking her, which any woman in her right mind would think a [...]

    23. Wondrous Strange was a magical mix of fun and adventure. With every faerie story I’ve read, it’s either been strictly intense or dolled up, but I love that Lesley Livingston found a happy medium.Kelley is probably one of my favorite literary characters of all time. She’s snarky, sarcastic and strong, and she doesn’t let the sudden intrusion of powerful faeries into her life get her down. Her stubborn but highly entertaining attitude stayed in check throughout the entire novel, and I love [...]

    24. WONDROUS STRANGE is one of those books you read on a crisp fall day--and seeing as fall has already fallen here in Deutschland, it was the perfect story to fill my YA/paranormal/fantasy cravings.I loved Kelley's character. She's spunky, funny, and strong--things I always look for in a heroine. The way the Shakespeare elements were woven in with the Faerie elements was fantastic. I mean, *spoiler!!* having Puck actually be Puck? Genius!And oooooh, I loved the Queen Mabh element. Just imagining he [...]

    25. I loved this book, I hated the ending though. - cause it made me cry. :( Ah- who am I kidding, I LOVED it! It was hard to put it down. I finished it the night after I got it, because I sat around and read it the entire weekend. I love the characters, even the ones I love to hate. You never expect what will happen next.I just could NOT believe that Sonny couldn't stay with Kelly, ooh- if I could get my hands on Auberon. He's so EBIL! That final scene made me cry for a whole hour. They're so in lo [...]

    26. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wondrous Strange. The main character Kelly was brave and spunky, but not so much so that she lost her femininity. It was romantic without being over the top and it had an element of innocence to it that I loved. There was also humor in there that was a nice surprise. As soon as she found the horse in her bathroom I was hooked. I also loved how A Midsummer Night’s Dream was woven into the plot.

    27. Non mi fa piacere vedere un'unica storia divisa in tre volumi senza apparente motivo e questo è proprio il caso della trilogia di Wondrous strange. Ciò premesso: la prosa della Livingston è buona, forse un po' troppo ricca di orpelli qua e là, ma buona. Il punto di forza di questa serie sono indubbiamente i suoi personaggi che risultano essere credibili e di gradevole lettura, ma veniamo alla nota dolente da parte mia: la trama.Il sistema magico/fantasy funziona bene e, come scrivevo poco fa [...]

    28. No bueno. I really didn't like this book. I went into it thinking this was actually going to be enjoyable BUT I'm not sure where it went wrong. It took such a long time for the story to actually get going that I trailed off a bit. Kelley was such an inconsistent character. She had attitude but then was incredibly insecure. She tried to be a badass but failed miserably. I didn't like her. I didn't like any of these characters. Even the idea that she was stolen because Sonny was stolen was this we [...]

    29. 3.5Hace 8 años sin duda se habría convertido en uno de mis libros favoritos, pero a estas alturas me solo me parece una lectura nostálgica y entretenida- Razones por las que me gustó este libro:° Es simple ° No es un libro pretencioso° Mitología feérica irlandesa- Puntos en contra:Es demasiado simple, sobre todo los diálogos

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