Wondrous Strange

TITLE:  Wondrous Strange

AUTHOR:  Lesley Livingston

GENRE: Young Adult | Fantasy Romance | Fairies


SETTING(S) :  New York City

SUBJECT: A Midsummers Night Dream | Young Love | Secrets & Mysteries

MAIN CHARACTERS: Kelley Winslow, Aunt Emma, Sonny Flannery, King Auberon of Winter, Maddox, Bob the boucca, Queen Mabh, and  Tyffanwy (Tyff)

SUMMARY: 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… Continue .. Via Good Reads


MY REVIEW:  I am not a person who normally reads stories about fairies, zombies, trolls and other mystical or fictional creatures.  My sister hand me the book to read and said that it was based or inspired my William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night ‘s Dream.  I have read other novels that were inspired by the classics so I decided to give it a try.

It had an interested plot and got into depth of the world that Shakespeare created and showed a dark side to most American’s ideas of faeries.  In most parts of the world faeries are evil or tricksters.  This author played with that idea as well as how fairies liked to play with lovers in Shakespeare’s written words.  At the end she did not let the two lovers have a happy ending.  As a reader you could have probably guess the ending before finishing the book.  Over all I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

I also was curious of what other readers commented on the series and would like to close my review with some of my thoughts on some of the negative comments.  Some complained that some of the scenes were written over dramatic or corny.  I did not feel that way. In any way it was written like a true romance novel over exaggerating a scene by poetically describing a scene. Example instead of saying that Sonny road a carousal horse mainly or bold the author decided to describe it as a knight riding his stallion.