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review: “darklight” March 17, 2010

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Darklight by Lesley Livingston.
Harper Teen // Hardcover // 320 pages.
Reviewed from copy.

After the events of last Halloween, Kelley and Sonny are separated — Kelley is in the mortal world, working on a new play while Sonny is in Faerie, trying to rid it of the wild hunt. Trying to accomplish their goals and reunite with one another proves difficult for both Kelley and Sonny. Kelley soon discovers that she has a new enemy who is determined to murder her and she escapes into Faerie with Fennrys Wolf of the Janus Guard. But things in Faerie are not perfect and Kelley will have to be very cautious about who she offers her trust to.

I love the world that Livingston has created and the myths that she draws on when writing the Wondrous Strange books.

That being said, I felt like “Darklight” fell a little bit flat for me. I think part of it was that everyone hyped about the book. And that it definitely suffered from a middle-book-syndrome, where the author opens up more questions without answering any from the first book. Also, this is not a stand-alone novel. Readers will definitely have to be familiar with “Wondrous Strange” to read this book — and it should be fresh in their minds before reading this one!

I really liked learning more about some of the characters from the first book — particularly Fennrys Wolf, and Kelley’s parents. The climatic scene at the end of the book was my absolute favorite and the cliffhanger ending made me immediately look up the release date for the third book.

While this wasn’t what I expected, I think the book did continue Kelley and Sonny’s story. I will be eager to see where Livingston takes them in the third book. I am positive that once I read all three books in a row that the second book will be less jarring. These books are an easy sell for teens, and I definitely have fans in my library. I expect we’ll get more when we read “Wondrous Strange” for Teen Book Club this summer.

SWAN catalog
Lesley Livingston




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