Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston

Title: Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange #3)
Author: Lesley Livingston
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 21, 2010
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository / Indigo
“I don’t love Sonny Flannery.”

That’s the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boys 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.

The intrigue and romance that began with Wondrous Strange and Darklight come to a stormy head in Tempestuous, the breathtaking conclusion to Lesley Livingston’s ravishing urban Faerie trilogy.

I always have mixed feelings when it comes to reading the last book in a series and it was no different with Tempestuous. As excited as I am to see how it all ends and comes together, I’m also sad to see it all end and have to say goodbye to the characters I loved reading about and getting to know over the course of the series. With this particular series, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.

In order to protect him, Kelley had to make Sonny believe that she doesn’t love him. Now Sonny doesn’t know what to do anymore and Kelley is completely overwhelmed by everything she needs to do. The Faerie World as they know it is about to end and New York City is under threat from all the Faeries roaming around. Kelley and her friends now have to find a way to save Faerie all the while protecting New York from the dangerous fae. At the same time Kelley also has to find a way to convince Sonny that she lied to him when she said she didn’t love him. And she has to learn lines for her new role. No one said it would be easy to be the princess of the autumn and winter courts.

Every Faerie story I read is different but I have loved every one of them I’ve read. They each have something that differentiates them from the rest. In this case I would have to say it has something to do with Sonny Flannery. There is something about Sonny that makes him jump off the page and come to life. Because he feels so real, the rest of the story and the characters begin to feel that way too. Lesley Livingston creates an incredible world with an even more incredible cast of characters. There isn’t one character in the story who wasn’t interesting. It’s not just Sonny. Kelley is a strong heroine who’s not afraid to do what needs to be done. She and Sonny are only two of the amazing characters here. If I were to talk about them. all, we would probably be here for a very long time.

The story itself was incredible and full of twists and turns. Every time I thought I had is all figured out, something would happen that would make me have to rethink the whole thing. It kept me guessing the whole way through and that’s what I love about this story, there is never a dull moment. What makes it all even better is Lesley Livingston’s writing. She knows just how much information to give to keep the reader interested without revealing too much information at the same time. Her writing is simply magical and it makes everything jump off the page and become real. I absolutely love reading anything and everything she writes.

Tempestuous was the perfect conclusion to an amazing series. I loved every single page of it and would gladly read it all over again. If you haven’t read the Wondrous Strange series, I strongly recommend you pick it up, you won’t regret it.

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1 comment:

  1. I so agree, Emilie! I'm glad you liked this one. And I totally agree with you about Sonny - he was SMOLDERING! And totally life-like :D


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