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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery—and her growing feelings for Sonny—in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.

Wondrous Strangeis a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader.

Review:

"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 nave, and more Sonny, finding in him a worthy hero and romantic interest. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Brimming with action, romance, and luminous shades of "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wondrous Strange" is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader.

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About the Author

Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare. She frequently per-forms with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a cofounder. She is also the author of Wondrous strange, which won the Canadian Librarian Association Young Adult Book Award in addition to being a White Pine Honor Book, and Darklight.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061575372
Author:
Livingston, Lesley
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Author:
by Lesley Livingston
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Fairies
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Wondrous Strange
Publication Date:
20081223
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.42x6.04x1.11 in. 1.00 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 336 pages Harperteen - English 9780061575372 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 nave, and more Sonny, finding in him a worthy hero and romantic interest. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Brimming with action, romance, and luminous shades of "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wondrous Strange" is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader.
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