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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (33 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: June 2009 ISBN: 9780061715082
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Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .

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.

Wondrous Strange is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader.

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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 1/21/2014

    " I liked it. It had some sarcastic humor and some sweet romance which I enjoy. I wasn't hooked to the story, but I will read the next book. My favorite character is Tyff :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany Headley | 1/19/2014

    " Simply amazing! Captured my attention from the very first page and never let it waver. :) LOVED LOVED LOVED Wondrous Strange! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/6/2014

    " This book was not very compelling, but still a good story. It was very YA. The main character had like one theme the whole book, and it was GO AWAY! Not very much happened in this book, but I still liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ally | 11/17/2013

    " Cute romance! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia Storm | 11/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed this well written YA fairy fantasy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 9/8/2013

    " I liked this book a lot. But sometimes there was too much background information, but it's had not to explain a whole other world. Overall, I can't wait to read the next book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole Lessard | 8/5/2013

    " More cheesy than wondrous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica (BookRockGodess) Bolton | 6/20/2013

    " I had this book on my self for a long time. I took it on vaction for my daughter. But when i forgot my book at the room while we were at the pool I started this one and i could not put it down. It was in my top five favorite books for the year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 6/20/2013

    " I read this last week and met the author last night. Loved both of them, lol! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jules | 4/27/2013

    " Sorry peoples, but this seems too faery-ish. I have some respect for faerie books, but not much patience. After reading Wondrous Strange, i have decided to leave it at that. Darklight will have to wait. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa (Bajan Rosa Books) | 1/14/2013

    " I read this a couple days ago and found it as fantastic as it is said to be! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ems (Ems Reviews Books) | 12/25/2012

    " This was awesome! Such a fantastic read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladyyvonne3817 Rickman | 9/12/2012

    " IT WAS GOOD TO ME & ONE DAY & OND DAY I SHALL READ IT AGAIN! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 8/27/2012

    " I just really enjoyed this book. It's rare that I read a book with so many likeable characters! The story was interesting, fast-paced and just dangerous enough to keep me flipping the pages. I especially loved the idea of Will Shakespeare writing A Midsummer Night's Dream as FACT. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ailene | 7/5/2012

    " reminded me a little of melissa marr's wicked lovely series, probablu because of the kings and queens and the seasons they owned...but the book alone was good [: Sonny gone...second book yes [: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 12/7/2011

    " pretty good book slightly confusing at first but it is a good story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 5/19/2011

    " GOOD CONCLUSION!!! However, some of the loose ends seem to make this a not complete final book.... we will see. I would have loved for fenn to find someone of his own. The relationship between Kelley and Sonny is a little awkward, but her parents are more likeable in this book than the other two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariam | 5/19/2011

    " i wish i had more money so that i could buy this.....
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/17/2011

    " i wish this series could go on forever. all of the characters seemed to come to life while i was reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/12/2011

    " Fun Faerie read- set in New York and, of course, the Faerie Kingdoms. I wouldn't give it a 5 star, but I enjoyed the series and this finale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whoa | 5/10/2011

    " Sort of predictable, I think. The clues were so blatantly obvious. But otherwise, a goodread "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 4/12/2011

    " Probably would have enjoyed this more if I had remembered the previous books. I was interested and some of it did come back to me. I did think it was a good finish to the series. Action without being over the top. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 3/22/2011

    " I finally got one of my silly teen series over with! Yay! The fairy princess's name was Kelley. That just isn't right. Fairies are not named Kelley. This book was okay, it just doesn't stand out from any of the other teen fantasy series. There is angst. There is kissing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 3/21/2011

    " This book was okay nothing spectacular but okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/21/2011

    " Teen lit. Some cheese. But a fast read. Glad I finished out the series. It was fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 3/20/2011

    " i loved this series. i cant wait to read her new series coming here soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrianna | 3/7/2011

    " Not my favorite series in the Faerie genre, but still enjoyable enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 3/7/2011

    " Satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. Love the Shakespeare interwoven into these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 3/3/2011

    " I enjoyed this but not quite as much as the first two. Definitely recommend the trilogy to kids who like urban fantasy stories. "

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About the Author
Author Lesley Livingston

Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto, Canada. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare. She is a principal performer and founding member of the Shakespearean theater company Tempest Theatre Group.