Wondrous Strange (Paperback)
October 2008 Indie Next List
“When Kelley gets to perform in her dream role, Titania, in her dream city, New York, it seems as if all her dreams will come true. In a twist of fate that would make Shakespeare himself proud, Kelley is thrown into a plot with real faeries in an all-too-real struggle for power right in the middle of Central Park. What with the gorgeous stranger who seems to be following her and the horse who is living on Lucky Charms in her bathtub, when will she ever get her lines memorized?”
— Mara Lynn Luther, Chapter One Book Store, Hamilton, MT
Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .
Seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow always thought faeries were just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery. He's a changeling—a mortal taken as an infant and raised among Faerie—and within short order he's turned Kelley's heart inside out and her life upside down.
For Kelley's beloved Central Park isn't just a park—it's a gateway between her ordinary city and the Faerie's dangerous, bewitching Otherworld. Now Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her, but to the heritage that awaits her . . . a destiny both wondrous and strange.
About the Author
Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare. She is the author of Starling and Descendant, the first two books in a darkly romantic trilogy set against the backdrop of Manhattan and Norse mythology. Lesley has also written Wondrous Strange, which won the Canadian Librarian Association Young Adult Book Award in addition to being a White Pine Honor Book, as well as Darklight and Tempestuous.
“This enchanting first novel weaves together the worlds of theater and magic in a way that is sure to please fans of both. Readers will revel in the hints of Shakespeare within the text as they are introduced to faerie creatures both familiar and “wondrous strange.”
-School Library Journal
“Kelley is appealingly feisty and stubborn, and her romance with Sonny develops quickly but believably. ... With an ending that promises a sequel, this book will capture readers eager for romance, magic, and suspense.”
“Plentiful action, a complex, slow-to-unravel setup, and humorous plot strands (such as the fairy horse that follows Kelley home to live in her bathroom) ensure that the pages keep turning in this clever debut.”
-The Horn Book
“Oh, bestselling Twilight, thou hast a strong contender...this book has it all.”
-Globe and Mail (Toronto)