Book Review: Darklight by Lesley Livingston

Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and save the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt.  Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and queen Mabh herself. 

When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short.  An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everythign to claim that power.  Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom...or tear them apart.

Darklight is the second novel in the trilogy that began with Wondrous Strange.  This was a okay but not great book.  Some of the language gets a little sappy, and we have several common themes in this book:

  • Questioning who the other person is based on what they have to do to survive...ex: do I really know him at all? How can he do xyz when I thought he was...?

  • A forced separation whereupon one partner befriends someone of the oppposite sex and makes the other partner insanely jealous

  • The whole "I hate my parents," "they don't understand me" thing

  • Pretending like you don't love the other person to get them to leave and guarantee their safety

Yes, Darklight contains all of these themes and more! I liked the first book, Wondrous Strange a lot better. This book just seemed like filler to me. Maybe it will pick up with book three. At the least I will keep reading this series in the hopes that Livingston will redeem herself and live up to the beautiful covers her books have.

Just One Gripe:
I don't like the name Sonny.  It makes me think of Sonny and Cher every time I read it!

The Best Thing About This Book:
The beautiful imagery.

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters:  2/5
Plot:  2/5
Setting/Imagery:  4/5
Originality:  3/5
Ending:  3/5
Total Score:  14/25

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1 comment:

  1. lol about Sonny name. That was the same problem I had with him since book 1. I thought this book was a let down, and it's shame considering how much I like Wondrous strange. I tole myself that I would read temptuous but after your review on it I think might reconsider. (Such a shame the covers are gorgeous)

    here were my thoughts on Darklight, BTW very similar to yours!


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