Wondrous Strange- Summer Reading Challenge
By Leslie Livingston
Published by : Harper Teen
Published on: September 2009
Summary from Goodreads.com: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 am not entirely sure how I missed this book- I thought I was pretty up to date on books about the fey. I saw this in the clearance section of Books a Million. After reading Iron Knight, I was concerned that I wouldn't like this book, but I was pleasantly surprised- this was a decent read.
Kelley is a stage actress in an off off off Broadway production of "A Midsummer Nights Dream". After a chance meeting with one of the Janus Guard, Kelley learns that she not who she thought she was. The premise of this book is very similar to the Iron Fey series- with a few twists.
I love the characters- I love that Kelley has bright red hair, that Puck is masquarading as a human, and that most of the fey seem to be of Scottish decent. Most of this story deals with the Hell Hounds and the Rider who leads the Hunt. I absolutely loved that part of the book. I love how the author handled the Hunt- it wasn't too over the top or crazy. (Things that I wasn't a fan of in Melissa Marr's take on fey.)
The pacing was excellent, and although there could have been a few more pages with Kelley and Sonny's relationship to make it more believable- the author did a good job in creating a relationship (meaning they didn't throw themselves at each other ala Twilight).
A decent read for any fan of faerie books, and I will be ordering the rest of the series from the library!
PS- This book was for my Summer Reading Challenge!