Darklight (Wondrous Strange Series #2)

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Faerie can’t lie . . . so they say

Despite the allure of the Faerie magick now coursingthrough her veins, Kelley Winslow’s just trying to get herNew York City life back to normal. That means theaterrehearsals for Romeo and Juliet and nightclub outingswith roommate Tyff, even though Kelley misses gorgeouschangeling Sonny Flannery so much her heart could burst.But Kelley’s newfound abilities have not gone unnoticedby malevolent eyes.

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Overview

Faerie can’t lie . . . so they say

Despite the allure of the Faerie magick now coursingthrough her veins, Kelley Winslow’s just trying to get herNew York City life back to normal. That means theaterrehearsals for Romeo and Juliet and nightclub outingswith roommate Tyff, even though Kelley misses gorgeouschangeling Sonny Flannery so much her heart could burst.But Kelley’s newfound abilities have not gone unnoticedby malevolent eyes.

When a terrifying encounter in Central Park hurlsKelley into the Faerie Otherworld, her reunion withSonny is joyful but all too brief. For Kelley and Sonnyhave been plunged into a game of Faerie deception andwavering allegiances in which the next move could topplea kingdom . . . or tear them apart.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Fans of Livingston’s first book, Wondrous Strange (2009), 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.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Will enthrall fans, and its cliffhanger ending will leave them screaming for more.”
Booklist
“Fans of Livingston’s first book, Wondrous Strange (2009), 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.”
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In this sequel to Wondrous Strange (HarperTeen, 2009), Kelley Winslow is trying to move on with her life and acting career while desperately missing Sonny, the changeling guard who stole her heart. Months have passed since the events of the first book, and he is still stuck in the Otherworld "cleaning up" after the Wild Hunt. Back in New York, Kelley is still learning to deal with her new life as Faerie royalty when she encounters a murderous leprechaun in Central Park and is transported to the Otherworld. Readers will delight in the ongoing romance, the glimpses into the Otherworld, and meetings with all four Kings and Queens of Faerie. Shakespeare, however, takes a backseat this time around, even while the Avalon Grande Theatre is the site of the novel's biggest battle. Overall, 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.—Lisa Marie Williams, East Gwillimbury Public Library, Holland Landing, Ontario
Kirkus Reviews
Urban faerie killers, star-crossed lovers, rival courts and a spot of Shakespeare vie for center stage in this sequel to Wondrous Strange (2009). Kelley's rehearsing for the role of Juliet and dealing with her intrusive birth mother-the faerie queen Mabh-and nightmares that are actually glimpses into the grisly deaths her boyfriend Sonny, a faerie changeling, metes out to the evil Wild Hunt. Then things get really complicated when leprechauns-menacing, drunk sadists-come after her. Kelley finds herself in Faerie and then back in New York City in a battle for her life and must come to terms with her own heritage and the surprising truth of Sonny's. Fans of the first volume will especially relish the ending, which hints at darker things to come. Livingston has tweaked-and made grimmer-Celtic legend and lore enough to keep readers interested, and the pedestrian prose and predictable romantic elements (he thinks she likes Fenn! she worries he's over her!) don't detract too much from a better-than-average entry in the Urban Faerie genre. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The second volume of the trilogy that began with Livingston's Wondrous Strange opens with Kelley Winslow, still new to the realization that she is a Faerie princess, separated from her true love, changeling guard Sonny Flannery. Kelley is busy with rehearsals for a production of Romeo and Juliet in midtown Manhattan; Sonny remains in the Otherworld, tracking down the last remaining menaces from his previous battle against the Wild Hunt. Kelley's midnight visit to Central Park, site of one of the portals to the Otherworld, involves her in an encounter with marauding leprechauns that leads to an ever-escalating spiral of danger that will uncover Sonny's hidden dark powers and strain the limits of their love. Readers new to the series may have some difficulty sorting out the large cast of otherworldly characters with their oddly spelled names (Auberon, Mabh) and the claim that Puck's real name is Bob, which seems to be an attempt at humor that falls completely flat. Equally confusing might be the complicated taxonomy of Otherworldly species (faeries, leprechauns, cailleach, nyxxie, sirens, storm hags, boucca, glaistigs, and more). The many readers of Wondrous Strange, however, will likely welcome this latest installment. Star-crossed lovers, after all, exert a powerful fascination and faerie star-crossed lovers even more so. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
VOYA - Alissa Lauzon
It has only been a few months since Kelley learned that she is a faerie princess, and she and her changeling boyfriend Sonny were forced to stop the Wild Hunt from destroying the city. Sonny was forced to return to the Otherworld to destroy the remaining members of the Wild Hunt, and Kelley remains in New York, struggling with her new powers and the meddling of her mother Queen Mabh. A supernatural mugging in Central Park lands Kelley in the Otherworld, reunited with Sonny, and the two again must fight not only for their lives but also to save humankind from a band of evil, drunken leprechauns. This time, however, the consequences could cause a disastrous shift in power in the Otherworld as well. Livingston's follow-up to Wondrous Strange (HarperTeen, 2009/VOYA April 2009) 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. Although the romance elements are predictable, 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 despite suffering from the traditional "middle of the trilogy curse" that leaves too many plot elements unresolved and offers too many hints of events to come. Suggest this one to fans of Holly Black, Melissa Marr, or Maggie Stiefvater's Lament (Flux/Llewellyn, 2008/VOYA December 2008). Reviewer: Alissa Lauzon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061575426
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Series: Wondrous Strange Series , #2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 730,892
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 11.64 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

    Since the frightening events of last Halloween, which ended with her beloved, Sonny, forced to leave her and return to the Faerie world, Kelley has been rehearsing for a new play, testing her powers, and trying to keep hope that she'll see Sonny again soon.

    His Janus friends provide her with protection and company, but they hardly compare. And her unnerving Faerie mother keeps sending her images of Sonny on his violent quest that make Kelley wonder just how well she knows the boy she fell in love with.

    But Kelley soon finds she's got far more than romance to worry about. An old enemy of her friend Bob (otherwise known as Puck) is after her, and it looks as though he won't be happy until he's murdered her. And the father Kelley no longer wants to acknowledge is sick - perhaps on the verge of dying.

    As Kelley struggles to stay alive and decide who deserves her loyalty, she discovers that a danger far greater than she imagined threatens not only her and Sonny, but all of Faerie.

    DARKLIGHT picks up several months after the events of WONDROUS STRANGE, and readers who enjoyed the first book will immediately get wrapped up in the story. Livingston weaves a tale full of twists and turns few will see coming, leaving major villains unknown and everyone's motives except narrators Kelley and Sonny's uncertain.

    The new mythology introduced is fascinating, and this book's main villain is creepy and horrifying. The story overall is serious, but bits of humor involving a kelpie named Lucky, Kelley's roommate, Tyff, and Bob keep if from seeming too solemn.

    Unfortunately, the book also suffers somewhat from middle-of-the-trilogy syndrome, in which many conflicts are introduced or hinted at and very few are resolved. Of course, this will leave readers ravenous for the final volume!

    Recommended to all fans of urban fantasy for a fresh take on Faerie lore; best to read WONDROUS STRANGE first, though, to follow the story properly.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Defiantly more action in this book; couldn't put it down. Read it in 1 day! Lots of insight to the characters revealed in this book. The back history is interesting. the Fates are funny. I HAVE to get book 3 ASAP to see how Kelly resolves all the new issues. I hope there's a happy resolution with Fennrys.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Dark

    MUST READ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    I didnt know there was more.... :D

    I havent read the firs book or the third but after reading the second, i HAAAAAVVVVEEE to get he other two. It was AMAZING. I love the twist at the end and the strong way that th two lovers Kelly and Sonny connect. Its amazing. Cant wait to get the other two

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Fox

    Next time ill bring you with us. :D i spent 2 days at disney and it was AWESOME. Wish you were here.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Ahh

    This was ughh words cant describe how i feel about this book it was that good
    Also my heart nearly broke at the end... i need to read the third book and i need it now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    I read the second book first

    Warning?: I read this book without reading the first one. This is bad on so many levels.

    If you really want to understand what goes on in this book I would suggest reading the first one. The reason of this is simple. Kelley and Sonny do not spend much time together in this book and the time that is spent together is spent fighting. After the first few fights I started to wonder why they were together in the first place. The conclusion that I got was that it was only because Sonny saved Kelley in the first book. It became very clear to me later on that the author wants you to take what you remember from the first book (I assume that it shows them with better chemistry than the second) and bring it to the second book, thereby making you worry about the issues that they go through.

    As it is I am not really sure what happened throughout most of the book because in order to understand some things you needed to be there for the first explanation. It does explain the new things but it once again uses terms that you learned in the first book. To go into it with cold feet is almost a kin to waking up in a different country where they speak a form of your language but at the same time it is nothing like what you are used to. Like old English or European English if you are from America. The dialect and colloquialisms are different.

    I thought that the plot was a little circular. Kelley had to solve her problem and when she tried to tell Sonny he was to busy with his problem. And then this third group had to solve their problem and none of the groups were talking together but when at the end they finally get together somehow all of their problems were connected. Did that give away too much? I hope not.

    I can't really say if I had a favorite character in this book. It wasn't so much about the characters and how they evolve so much as the conflicts and how they were solved. Personally I think that with all the things that were uncovered about so many of the characters but not resolved means that the third book is going to be really interesting. Finally I can't really say that this book really made me like the main characters either. Sonny seemed like one of those annoying macho characters who believe that women have no place in helping with the big stuff. Kelley seemed a bit too much of a if I can't see it it is not there kind of person. It does not help that they both carry ideals that are literally centuries apart. I would say that this is a good book to read as long as you read the first one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    Excellent follow-up to Wondrous Strange

    The second in the Wondrous Strange series leaves you with more questions at the story's conclusion. It begins with Kelley in New York rehearsing 'Romeo & Juliet' & Sonny in the Otherworld hunting & killing the last of the Wild Hunt. But, as close to normal as things may seem, the repercussions from Samhain eve are just starting to be felt. Kelley is attacked by a leprechaun trying to recover the stolen clover charm that she's worn since she was a baby. We meet Gwynn Ap Nudd, the Vernal King & Titania, the Summer Queen. Auberon is ailing from a mysterious condition, Mabh is, well, Mabh. Fragments of secrets are revealed, but there isn't enough information given for anyone, even the reader, to truly discern what is happening. We learn that someone is plotting to take control of a lot of power, power that is somehow tied to Kelley & to Sonny. That someone, and the truth behind the attacks, is yet to be revealed...

    Having developed the characters & plot line in the first story, Livingston sends us on a bit of an adventure in this story. We travel to Otherworld with both Kelley and Sonny, and we learn a bit more of the history of the Fae Race. There are more questions than answers in this book, making me want to read the third series as soon as it's released :)

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

    Well worth it!

    The story line and the description of everything talked about is awesome!! If you're wondering wether or not to buy this book! Get it! You will not be sorry!! I didn't know there was another book coming out after this one but I'm really excited there is!!!

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Love of Darklight

    I am completely hooked on this series, cant wait for the next one, keeps me wanting for more, and you will be immediately hooked within the first chapter of book 1

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Awesome

    This is an amazing series. This book has everthing. In the first book you are left to believe one thing at the end of the book and in this one you find out that it is wrong! I have to say I am so into this book that I talk about it to everyone. This is a must read for anyone who likes romance, fantasy and much more.

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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    o-m-g

    i absolutely love this series! i picked up Wondrous Strange on a whim when it came out and instantly fell in love. With Darklight, Lesley Livingston continued to keep me absorbed in the story, and ultimately, the characters. I love the twist with Sonny. I knew there was some kind of twist coming, but never did I expect that. However, the ending made me sad (I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic). Now begins the unbearable wait for the next book. ::sigh::

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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    Wonderful sequel

    I enjoyed this book even more than the first one.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Darklight

    I loved the first book and this is even better! Kelley is playing in a new play ( R & J ) and it reflects the story just like last time. she meets the Queen of Summer and the King of Spring. Sonny fights the remaining wild hunt in the Otherworld. the leprechauns and their sisters are very scary. Learn more about Sonny. Kelley grows more closer to the Wolf, who may be up to something. Full of laughs and horror. Loved every minute of it.

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