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Wondrous strange : a novel
Lesley Livingston
Teen Fiction LIVINGS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

It's not just the jacket that's strikingly similar to Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely: debut novelist Livingston, too, delivers a lost-now-found faerie princess; a dark, brooding changeling love interest; faerie royalty and warring faerie courts (summer and winter), with accompanying threats to the human world. As a read-alike, this book inescapably invites comparison, and fans of Marr (or Holly Black) may be disappointed. The author offers a promising variation: she uses Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as a window onto the faerie world (17-year-old heroine Kelley Winston, an aspiring actress, steps from understudy into the role of Titania). But the Shakespeare device will also be familiar to many YA readers, and it embellishes rather than advances the plot. The shining performance belongs to Sonny Flannery--neither human nor faerie, he is a member of the changeling guard that watches the gates between the human and the fey realms. Sonny is detailed to the gate in Manhattan's Central Park, where he and Kelley meet. Readers may want less Kelley, who comes across as naOve, and more Sonny, finding in him a worthy hero and romantic interest. Ages 12-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Kelley Winslow
Age: 17
In love with Sonny; discovers Central Park is a gateway to the fairy world.

Sonny Flannery
Was taken as an infant and raised by fairies; protector of the gate that seperates human from faerie realms; falls in love with Kelley.

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