Darklight by Lesley Livingston
Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was Faerie royalty, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved New York City from a rampaging Faerie war band. When a terrifying encounter in Central Park sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful—but cut short. For they’ve been plunged into a game of Faerie deception and wavering allegiances in which the next move could topple a kingdom...or part them forever.
Darklight picked up rather quickly after Wondrous Strange left off, so if you haven't read Wondrous Strange- you need to before you pick this one up!
Lesley Livingston has a way with words that draws the reader in and holds them to the pages until the end. Her descriptions are beautiful and to the point. The plot is also amazing, I was on the edge of my seat through most of the novel, and by the end when I thought I had everything figured out- BAM, new secrets are revealed, characters are different than you originally imagined, and there are twists and turns in the plot throughout. Sonny is still the great guy I loved in Wondrous Strange, but his past is more complicated than you ever imagined. Kelley was also still the awesome, kick-butt, strong female lead. The chemistry is great between her and Sonny and readers are rooting for them throughout.
There are many new characters, and some of the original characters are more developed in Darklight. Fennrys has a pretty big role in Darklight and while in Wondrous Strange I never really thought twice about him, I love him now! We get to see more of the other Courts and their leaders (Spring and Summer) and a few new species are introduced. Including leprechauns. I never thought I'd come to say this but: I HATE LEPRECHAUNS! They are vile and evil and.... *shivers*. There was a lot of action involving the leprechauns and the end fight scene with them was OMG. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and praying that my favorite characters would come out unscathed.
The ending definitely left me hanging. I need book three NOW! There were a lot of questions left unanswered and some loose ends I really want to see tied up. I'm hoping to have all my questions answered in the third, and final, addition to the Wondrous Strange series.
Once again, if you're thinking Darklight may be less amazing than Wondrous Strange- think again! It may have been better! This is a fantastic series that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. With great characters, an intriguing plot, and beautiful writing, Wondrous Strange and Darklight will captivate readers. In addition, I just have to quickly mention the covers. I love the covers for this series!
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
December 22, 2009/HarperTeen/312 Pages/Young Adult/Book Two
Source: Publicist (Hardcover)
Other books in the series: Wondrous Strange and Tempestuous