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Darklight (Wondrous Strange Series #2)

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by Lesley Livingston
     
 

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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

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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.

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.

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.”
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

Product Details

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

Meet the Author

LESLEY LIVINGSTON is an award-winning author of teen fiction best known for her Wondrous Strange trilogy. Captivated at a young age by stories of the distant past and legendary heroes and warriors, Lesley developed into a full-fledged history buff and mythology geek. Her fascination with ancient Celtic and Classical civilizations—spurred on by recently discovered archaeological evidence supporting the existence of female gladiators—inspired Fallon’s story in The Valiant.

Lesley holds a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto and was a principal performer in a Shakespearean theatre company, specializing in performances for teen audiences, for more than a decade.

Web: lesleylivingston.com

Twitter: @LesLivingston

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Darklight (Wondrous Strange Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
OkapiMA More than 1 year ago
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.
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I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down.
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MUST READ
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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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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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