Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Darklight - 2nd in the Wondrous Strange series
Author: Lesley Livingston
Release Date: December 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fantasy Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 12 and Up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 12 and Up
Year/Setting: Present day, NYC
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Very None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Mild/Moderate (Faerie battles)
Lesley's Website: www.lesleylivingston.com
I'll tell you. Lately, I really believe (and I've said this for the past six months) that authors of adult books should go to the bookstores and pick up some YA, immediately. Although I really did not like the Twilight series (I know, I know, you're going to come to my house and break all my windows for speaking against the god-like vampires) I do thank Stephenie Meyer for one very important thing. She somehow got publishers and agents to realize that YA is fantastic. There is a huge market for these offerings which means...YES! Our kids DO want to read! Life is not just video games and MP3 players! Our thanks, Ms. Meyer!
I tell you this because this latest offering from Ms. Livingston was brilliant. I was lucky enough to read the first that introduced us to a young woman named Kelley Winslow who was the daughter of some pretty important people in the Otherworld. In the first book, her parentage was exposed, she fell in love with Sonny, and saved the day by giving up some of her power. With this book, we begin in my favorite place of all time - New York City. Kelley is starring in plays, becoming the lovely Juliet. (Her director, by the way, is hysterical). She is loving life as much as possible. The only thing that's missing is Sonny Flannery, the young man she fell in love with who makes her heart long for the other half of her life with Kings and Queens, her own wings, and a cast of characters that are simply fantastic.
She has an absolutely frightening encounter in Central Park with a would be mugger (By the way, Central Park is one of the four gates that was made to protect the Otherworld. Don't you just love that?) Suffice to say, she is thrown back home and meets up with Sonny again as he is offing bad guys left and right. Not only does he have a big heart, but Sonny has a dark side that could rival Darth Vader.
A high stakes game commences where all the characters we fell in love with in the first one must rise up to save the King who is being eaten alive by a spell - from the inside out. The story is bewitching, to say the least. The characters are ones where you literally read the first page and don't put it down until the last word has been spoken. I am looking forward to the third and, Ms. Livingston, I am a huge fan. I want more and more YA to flood the bookstores. This, I could definitely get used to.
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