Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Wonderful!  Wondrous – what a great word and put it together with Strange – and you have a beautiful description of a truly wonderful and yet strange story.  Seventeen year old Kelley is trying to make her big break as an actress in New York and by happenstance has been granted her wish and is now playing the leading role in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  But strange dreams and a “stalker” lead her to another life in another time that maybe she’s just not too sure about.

I adored this story, it brought the modern-day theatre to the fantasy world of faeries and the Faery courts – but it was done so subtly that by the end you were very comfortable moving back and forth between the two worlds.  I’ve always enjoyed Shakespeare, never read too much of his work (somehow managed to find a way around it in school), but reading this book makes me want to go back and check out A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  How close are these two stories?  I don’t ever remember hearing my friends talk about faeries and Shakespeare in the same sentence – so I’m curious now 🙂

The other REALLY great aspect of this book  – Lesley Livingston is a Canadian author!  Oh and did I mention I already have the sequel in hand, Darklight?  Look for my thoughts on this one really soon…


Favourite quote:

”  “Okay, okay!”  Kelley rolled her eyes and went back to the line.  “and thy fair virtue’s force perforce doth move me on the first view to say, to swear, I love thee. Better?”  ”  p. 273


Livingston, Lesley.  (2009).  Wondrous Strange.  Toronto, ON:  Harper Trophy Canada.

Author’s website: http://www.lesleylivingston.com/

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One thought on “Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

  1. Wow, this sounds great! I really like stories that revolve around the concept of a Faerie world (as opposed to Fairy Tales). It is always so interesting and slightly wicked 🙂

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