Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Book Review: Wondrous Strange

From Barnes and Noble:

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.

Wondrous Strange was a very well written novel with characters that are so well developed you feel like you have known them forever. There is Kelly, who is a mature young women who is already out of the house and living in New York City. Her passion is acting and graduated high school early to follow her dream. Then there is Sonny, who grew up in the faerie world and knows not much about the world he is truly from. He longs to meet the mother he never knew and feels strongly protective of this girl that fascinates him so much. Kelly and Sonny have great chemistry that flows and doesn't feel contrived, it feels real. There are many Shakespeare references that make the story more well rounded but those who don't have a grasp on Shakespeare or read any of his plays, might feel confused. The plot line was pretty good, though often I felt confused on certain things that were not well explained and were not resolved in the end, such as the character of Puck who I never really got a grasp of. The world of faeries created was very detailed and real but the fearful and dark atmosphere that the author was going for didn't really play out. However it could of just been me I think because I read Melissa Marrs Wicked Lovely which creates such a unique and scary faerie world that no other book can compare. However, this book was a fun read and kept me interested until the very end. I haven't decided if I will read the sequel Darklight but i probably will just to see the continuation of Kelly and Sonny's story. Read on my fellow bookworms!

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