Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Review: Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange #1)

Author: Lesley Livingston
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: September 22, 2009
Page Count: 328
Source: The Library
Read Between: October 29 - October 31, 2012
Buy It: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository

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.

Opening Sentence:  Puck's tortured words rang in Kelley's ears as she lifted her head, struggling against the darkness that threatened to descend upon her.


Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston is one of those hard books for me to review. Usually I either like a book or I dislike a book, there isn't a lot of grey area for me in that general perspective. Of course there will always be things I dislike like about even the books that I love, as well as there might have been things about a book that I loved even though overall I disliked the book. With Wondrous Strange I just don't know if I liked it, but at the same time I didn't hate it. I think my biggest issue with this whole book is this one simple fact:

It was WAY to predictable.

& not only was it predictable a lot of it just didn't make since to me. The storyline behind it was okay, but I couldn't get a grasp on why a lot of it was even necessary. Or needed for that matter.

It was obvious at the beginning of who's daughter she was. Of who her mother was. It was obvious who was really trying to kill her. I mean come on... When an author puts so much effort into making you think it's one person, it's NEVER that person who is really behind it. That's like the oldest trick in the book. It was even obvious why Kelley and Sonny had such a strong connection. It was obvious why Kelley's necklace was important. It was obvious who Bob was. It was obvious that it would have a disappointing ending (at least for me). Do I really need to keep on with this track and keeping pointing out everything that was obvious with this book? It think you all get the point by now.

& while overall I enjoyed the story (it entertained me enough for me to finish it) I couldn't just sit back and enjoy the book, because.... well you know why. It was to predictable. The only thing that wasn't predictable for me, is why there are Team Banner's for Fenris and Sonny (as opposing love interests) for Kelley's heart. I mean Kelley doesn't even meet Fenris in this book..... maybe I have to make it to book two (Darklight) before that makes sense to me.

So all together, I definitely think I would have enjoyed this read a lot more if Lesley would have put a little more effort into not making everything... well, you know it. Predictable.


aparajita said...

good review...can't really comment much since i have yet to get this.....maybe i can try it out and see how well it fairs with me

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