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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lesley Livingston Narrator: Lesley Livingston Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Wondrous Strange Trilogy Release Date:
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For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.

Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie’s enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.

This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening, something wondrous and strange. And Kelley’s eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her.

Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery, and her growing feelings for Sonny, in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Oh, bestselling Twilight, thou hast a strong contender...this book has it all.”

    Globe and Mail

  • “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.”

    ALA Booklist

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julia Kowalewski | 2/18/2014

    " Hate the ending but love it!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Phoebe | 2/6/2014

    " There were intriguing parts of this book, and a couple of good plot twists, but overall I did not feel this was very memorable. A 17 year old living in NYC trying to make it as an actress seemed a bit of a stretch, the teen-pleasing sappy romance was too sudden, but the faerie characters were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marguerite | 1/30/2014

    " Super wonderful[ha ha] book. Loved Kelley, Sonny and all the various other characters.A thumbs up to another book concerning faeries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maura | 1/24/2014

    " For a debut novel it was good, I enjoyed the story and how it was planned out. In my honest opinion I've never read a story like this and how Lesley Livingston made it turn out. I've read a bunch of faerie books in my life, but none like this so that was a bonus. I enjoyed the adventure and stuff but what really bothered me about this book, sorry to do the complaining first, was that the characters weren't really developed good enough in my opinion. I mean by the end of the story I couldn't really tell you one personality trait about Sonny or Kelly other then Sarcasm and easily fooled. I also felt the love was a bit too rushed. Maybe I'll have a better sense of the characters in the second novel, because this is a trilogy. I mean don't get me wrong I didn't hate this book I enjoyed it, or loved it, but this one thing bothered me throughout haft of the book.I think Lesley left the book off in a good place and will have readers itching for more. The author is very good with making plot twists and little surprises in the book that you'll never guess from the beginning. She writes with words that will attract readers and keep them reading till the very end. Parts of the book are a bit slow whereas other parts aren't. Some of the stuff happening was a bit too rushed and made me confused. (Ex; introduction of the Janus Guards and the story on the merry-go-round) I think anyone whose looking for fantasy, faeries ,adventure, and romance should read this book. I don't think Lesley Livingston's book will disappoint readers who are wanting to read this or are looking for a new book to read. The author did Awesome on her debut novel. I'm most honestly looking forward to the sequel of Wondrous strange. "

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