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Kelley Winslow is living her dream. Seventeen years old, she has moved to New York City and started work with a theatre company. Sure, she's an understudy for the Avalon Players, a third-tier repertory company so far off-Broadway it might as well be in Hoboken, but things are looking up—the lead has broken her ankle and Kelley's about to step into the role of Titania the Fairy Queen in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Faeries are far more real than Kelley thinks, though, and a chance encounter in Central Park with a handsome young man will plunge her into an adventure she could never have imagined.
For Sonny Flannery, one of the Janus Guards charged by Auberon, the King of Winter, with watching over the gate into the lands of Faerie that lies within Central Park, the pretty young actress presents an enigma. Strong and willful, she sparks against his senses like a firecracker and he can't get her out of his mind. As Hallowe'en approaches and the Samhain Gate opens, Sonny and Kelley find themselves drawn to each other—and into a terrible plot that could spell disaster for both New York and Faerie alike.
This debut novel that puts a fresh new spin on classic fairy lore. Wondrous Strange blends a gripping plot with fully-believable characters, fascinating ideas and just the right amount of romance to create a story that is vivid, thrilling and engaging. Readers of Herbie Brennan, Holly Black and Melissa Marr will find a new favorite in Lesley Livingston.
"Oh, bestselling Twilight, thou hast a strong contender... With mastery, Livingston handles the dramatic agony of growing up... As a young adult fantasy, this book has it all. Livingston conjures a chaste but heady teen romance, a coming-of-age story about the tyranny of hormones, the burden of parentage and the glory of young love, all wrapped in a gossamer bow."
~ Kelly McManus, for the Globe and Mail
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"The narrative is rich with incident and mouting tension, but allows for imaginative set pieces ... it builds on the familiar without sacrificing originality... here's hoping that the two remaining books in the trilogy succeed as well."
~ Robert J. Wiersema, for Quill and Quire
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"Dark enchantment and treacherous magic enliven every page."
~ Melissa de la Cruz, author of the Blue Blood series
"Completely absorbing and perfectly polished — Livingston's vision of faeries in the modern world is bright and exciting. A dazzling debut!"
~ Don Bassingthwaite, author of The Doom Kings
"Wow! Wondrous Strange is enchanting from beginning to end! With a marvelously refreshing heroine, a genuinely lovable hero, and a swift-moving, fascinating plot, Ms. Livingston gives a modern twist to the age-old epic ihero's coming of age' story. Set against the play A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wondrous Strange shows that the world of Faerie can be updated and yet retain its age-old charm—as well as its aura of deadly danger. This is my kind of fiction, and my kind of heroine! I enjoyed it immensely, and think Lesley Livingston will go far!"
~ LJ Smith, author of the NY Times bestselling Vampire Diaries
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"Many novels start off well. But rarely do they keep getting better, and better,until they deliver so much more than they promise that, by the end, astandingovation is in order. Wondrous Strange is that rare kind of novel,deserving (and including)fireworks, bells, thunderbolts, showers of glitter and gales of applause. A nearly miraculous balancing act that juggles Celtic faerie shenanigans, NewYork City, a sense of humor, Shakespeare, courtly love, peril and honor and a perfectly logical plot that keeps twisting deeper and darker into layer after layer of magic -- and oh, by the way, did I mention that the characters are to love and die for? If you have ever in your life felt the lure of things most wondrous strange, don't miss this book."
~ Nancy Springer, Edgar Award winning author of The Enola Holmes series
"Set against the backdrop of present-day New York City, 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.'"
~ Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY
In this sequel to Wondrous Strange, Kelley Winslow finds her NYC acting career blossoming as she takes the lead in Romeo and Juliet. But she also finds herself desperately missing Sonny Flannery—who was forced back to the Faerie Otherworld, charged with a dangerous mission by Kelley’s father, King Auberon.
When Kelley finds herself thrown into the Otherworld following a deadly chase in Central Park, her passionate reunion with Sonny is cut short. Ancient magick is stirring, and a dangerous enemy has Sonny and Kelley caught in a web of Faerie deception that could tear their love apart.
"Darklight is a fascinating tale, woven with adventure, intrigue and magical romance! Livingston welcomes readers back to the rich, eldritch world of Wondrous Strange."
~ Cynthia Leitich Smith, Author of Tantalize and Eternal
“Fans of Livingston’s first book, Wondrous Strange won’t want to miss this action-packed sequel....Bad-boy Fennrys adds an interesting wrinkle in Kelley’s devoted but increasingly strained relationship with Sonny.... Readers will anxiously await the concluding volume.”—Booklist“Livingston's follow-up to Wondrous Strange will enthrall fans, and its cliffhanger ending will leave them screaming for more. She injects an element of Celtic legend and lore that adds a different dimension to this dark, sinister, and violent urban faerie tale… Sonny and Kelley are likeable and interesting, and readers will be pulling for them. A complicated plot with many major unexpected twists and a full cast of well-crafted characters make this title stand ahead of many others in the genre.”—VOYA
“In the world of Twilight read-alikes, Livingston's novels stand out. Kelley has personality and spunk that Bella and others are missing, and the “star-crossed” romance between Kelley and Sonny is more emotional and genuine than others in this genre.”— School Library Journal
“Urban faerie killers, star-crossed lovers, rival courts and a spot of Shakespeare vie for center stage in this sequel to Wondrous Strange… Fans of the first volume will especially relish the ending, which hints at darker things to come.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of Wondrous Strange rejoice! Lesley Livingston is back and she’s better than ever. Darklight evokes the same light fluidity with the heavy faerie battles and somehow still managing to find time to make the crowd swoon over Kelley and Sonny. She incorporates Shakespeare, theater, and faerie history in this action packed novel."
~ Yan, Books by their Cover