Book Review: Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

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 eye.

I didn't like this one quite as much as Wicked Lovely...but it was still a very nice read.  There was a little bit of a cliff-hanger ending, and I'm looking forward to the next one in this trilogy. I had to buy these because my library didn't have them; most of the books I read I rent from the library. However, I don't regret buying this series!

Just One Gripe:
There were some overdone parts.  The one that stuck out the most to me was when Sonny and Kelley were on the merry-go-round.  Livingston describes Sonny on the carousel as: "Kelley started at Sonny, who sat easily on his mount, like a knight in shining armor on the back of his charger."  I almost went into hysterics reading that part. 

The Best Thing About This Book:
The cover was so beautiful it made me buy the book before I knew anything about it!

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Setting/Imagery: 4/5
Originality: 3/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  17/25

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