Monday, April 26, 2010

Review: Wondrous Strange & Darklight by Lesley Livingston

17 year-old Kelly 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...
**I'm reviewing the two books together as I read them in such quick succession I don't remember where one began and the other stopped!

Is it just me or are faeries taking over from the vamps? It seems like every second YA book that comes out is about them. Truthfully, I find it hard to get into a lot of them. I just can't get over the idea Disney and countless children's books have put in my head of tiny fluttering child-like people who couldn't possibly be taken seriously, much less dashing, charming and totally crush worthy. Can I just say that Sonny from Wondrous Strange has definitely changed all of that? Okay, so maybe he wasn't a faerie as such, but he will definitely have you wishing he was your boyfriend. And Kelley, our lovely protagonist, is definitely not frail and wispy- she was stubborn but likable, and so very real.

The author did a great job with faerie lore in this book too. She made their world seem like a sprawling, complex and (this may sound weird but is the best word I can think to describe it) very adult place. And no I don't mean in a 18+ kind of way, I mean that it felt more Lord of the Rings fantasy than childhood fairy tale. She made it seem scary and haunting, and yet still a place you would love to visit.

I loved how she made each of the characters so complex- there isn't really any just plain good or bad characters in this series and each have a back story. You feel for each of them. Mabh, the dark queen is one of my favourite characters, despite being kind of evil and all.

The Wondrous Strange series is absolutely stunning. I found myself thinking about it during the day in class and rushing home after to finish it (much to the detriment of my studies unfortunately). I loved every moment of it and cannot wait for the last installment!

Overall:  ♥♥♥♥♥

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Sunday, April 25, 2010


This is a list of all the books reviewed so far in alphabetical order with a link to their review and their rating.

Hex Hall- Rachel Hawkins (4/5)
Eyes Like Stars- Lisa Mantchev (5/5)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan (4/5)
Frostbite- Richelle Mead (5/5)
Ice- Sarah Beth Durst (3/5)
Impossible- Nancy Werlin (4/5)
The Iron King- Julie Kagawa (4/5)
Magic Under Glass- Jaclyn Dolamore (4/5)
Perchance to Dream- Lisa Mantchev (5/5)
The Reckoning- Kelley Armstrong (2/5)
Wondrous Strange and Darklight - Lesley Livingston (5/5)
Vampire Diaries: The Awakening - L.J. Smith (3/5)

Review Policy

What I like to read and review:
Most of the books I read are YA ones, but I do read the occasional adult novel as well. I generally love my stories with a bit of paranormal or dystopia about them, but anything with a great sassy protagonist and a fast, engaging plot is great! Of course anything with even a hint of romance in it is always a winner, and a great love story is the best story of all!

What I'm not so keen on:
I've been known to read almost anything which has words on it (hello junkmail), but the one thing I don't do is horror (paranormal is good, disturbing/gory/pee-in-your-pants scary not so good). I am a grade A certifiable wuss!  I've never once seen a scary movie, nor do I ever plan to (the previews already keep me up at night!).

The reviews:
I'll be honest, I will be very honest in my reviews. That's not to say I'm going to just trash every book I don't like, it just means that if I see a flaw I'll call on it. I spend a lot of time analyzing which books are worth me buying and which ones aren't (my poor student budget can't afford every book out there that I'd love to read), so if you see a lot of positive reviews it'll be because well, I buy the books I think I'd actually like to read =)