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Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange, #3)
by Lesley Livingston

“I don’t love Sonny Flannery.”

That’s the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn’t know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats—to a haven for Lost Fae that’s hidden deep underneath New York City.

But Kelley’s not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she’s got to find out who’s after his magick—and how to use her own. She’s got to uncover who’s recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She’s got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she’s got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he’s around Kelley. (goodreads.com)

This *might* be a little spoilery, so if you have not read Wondrous Strange and Darklight yet, I would wait before reading this post!

Thanks to a birthday gift card from my wonderful boss I was able to pick up the final book in Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange trilogy. I was not disappointed.

I think I liked this book the best of all three, I know I found it much funnier than Darklight, but it’s been so long since I read Wondrous Strange I had to go back and read my review to make sure I was right in that thought. Heh. I recall not liking Sonny at all in the first book, but he’s grown on me since then. I do feel he’s not as well-rounded of a character as say, The Fennrys Wolf, but I think that’s just more a personal thing with me connecting with one character over the other. I say Kelley should have fallen for Fenn in my little world. 😉

I loved trying to figure out what was going on the entire book. I kept making these predictions of who was behind everything and I was only half-right. The character relations in Tempestuous seemed much stronger than in the first book and I think the trilogy itself was a great mesh of character development as it went on. All the characters I loved were in this book, even if only for a brief moment.

I was particularly intrigued by the recruitment of “Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie” plot line. I wasn’t sure which Janus to trust and I wanted to know how this happened and who was behind it all.

What I didn’t quite like was how Kelley went from not referring to either of her Faerie parents as Mother and Father to suddenly calling them Mom and Dad near the end. I know that some progress had been made with those relationships, but I didn’t feel it was enough to suddenly have such endearments flinging around. I don’t know why this bothered me so much, but I sort of feel it was too quickly thrown in – despite the growth of their relationships.

I don’t want to say much else because I don’t want to give anything away that wasn’t already written in the official summary, but I highly enjoyed the conclusion to this series and I hope that Lesley writes more books soon, because as I said to her on Twitter, “I need more of your words in my head!”

As with my posts on the previous books in the series, I need to take a moment and talk about how beautiful this cover is. Each cover in this series has been fantastic, but this one takes the cake. (Mmmmm, cake.) A photo from the internet just does NOT cut it in detailing the beauty of this cover. It’s almost shimmery in real life and the pages are once again all those torn edge ones (I know it’s called something, but I can’t think of it!) and it was just such a pleasure to HOLD while reading the book.

I am also on a quest to find out what type face was used for the titles of these novels. Anyone? I think it’s gorgeous and since I am a font whore I need to find it and have it on my computer!!

Read this series – especially if you are Canadian and would like to support awesome Canadian authors!

Wondrous Strange series

  1. Wondrous Strange
  2. Darklight
  3. Tempestuous


Darklight (Wondrous Strange, #2)
by Lesley Livingston

Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt.
Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.
When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power. Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart. (goodreads.com)

I know, I know, it has taken me forever to procure and read this book. I am ashamed to say that it took me this long to get it. But I got it with my Christmas money with the idea that if I loved it I would use birthday money later this month to buy the third book. And guess what? I will be buying the third book later this month!

I re-read my review of Wondrous Strange as I was setting up this post and it made me recall that I didn’t like Sonny. Funny, I didn’t have that thought at all this book. I was a little scared about how I would enjoy Darklight because I thought it started off a little slow, but by about half way through the story I couldn’t put it down. It was my hope that I would be able to get it finished before midnight on December 31, but that didn’t happen. Sadly all the painting I was doing in the bedroom took up way more time than I thought it would and… well, I had a nap. A three hour nap. I was exhausted from 3 days of painting and I knew I wanted to stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop.

So I finished this book on January 1st. I’d like to take my enjoyment of the novel as a good sign of awesome reading to come this year.

I am curious as to who the Big Bad is in the next book. Something is up with Auberon and someone seems to be after… Kelley? The Green Man magick? Something. I am actually quite invested in this mystery!

One other little thing about this book that isn’t really about the story – the author is Canadian. Yay! I am always extra excited when I know the author is a fellow Canadian, but I never thought to keep track of this on my blog to refer back to at a later date. It wasn’t until I was reading Court’s recap of 2010 on her blog that I thought, hmmm, she keeps track of Canadian authors read, why can’t I? Therefore I have tagged this post with “Canadian Author” and I will try my best to remember to do the same for other Canadian author books!

I enjoy this series, it’s fun and fast paced and I rather like the characters. I can’t wait until after January 23rd to get me my next book!

Wondrous Strange series

  1. Wondrous Strange
  2. Darklight
  3. Tempestuous