Kelley Winslow is living her dream. Seventeen years old, she has moved to New York City and started work with a theatre company. Sure, she’s an understudy for the Avalon Players, a third-tier repertory company so far off-Broadway it might as well be in Hoboken, but things are looking up—the lead has broken her ankle and Kelley’s about to step into the role of Titania the Fairy Queen in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Faeries are far more real than Kelley thinks, though, and a chance encounter in Central Park with a handsome young man will plunge her into an adventure she could never have imagined.For Sonny Flannery, one of the Janus Guards charged by Auberon, the King of Winter, with watching over the gate into the lands of Faerie that lies within Central Park, the pretty young actress presents an enigma. Strong and willful, she sparks against his senses like a firecracker and he can’t get her out of his mind. As Hallowe’en approaches and the Samhain Gate opens, Sonny and Kelley find themselves drawn to each other—and into a terrible plot that could spell disaster for both New York and Faerie alike.This debut series that puts a fresh new spin on classic fairy lore. Wondrous Strange, Darklight and Tempestuous blend gripping plots with fully-believable characters, fascinating ideas and just the right amount of romance to create a story that is vivid, thrilling and engaging. Readers of Herbie Brennan, Holly Black and Melissa Marr will find a new favorite in Lesley Livingston.
“Oh, bestselling Twilight, thou hast a strong contender… With mastery, Livingston handles the dramatic agony of growing up… As a young adult fantasy, this book has it all. Livingston conjures a chaste but heady teen romance, a coming-of-age story about the tyranny of hormones, the burden of parentage and the glory of young love, all wrapped in a gossamer bow.” -Kelly McManus, for the Globe and Mail
“Dark enchantment and treacherous magic enliven every page.” -Melissa de la Cruz, author of the Blue Blood series
“Completely absorbing and perfectly polished — Livingston’s vision of
faeries in the modern world is bright and exciting. A dazzling debut!” -Don Bassingthwaite, author of The Doom Kings
“Wow! Wondrous Strange is enchanting from beginning to end! With a marvelously refreshing heroine, a genuinely lovable hero, and a swift-moving, fascinating plot, Ms. Livingston gives a modern twist to the age-old epic ihero’s coming of age’ story. Set against the play /A Midsummer Night’s Dream/, /Wondrous Strange/ shows that the world of Faerie can be updated and yet retain its age-old charm—as well as its aura of deadly danger. This is my kind of fiction, and my kind of heroine! I enjoyed it immensely, and think Lesley Livingston will go far!” -LJ Smith, author of the NY Times bestselling Vampire Diaries