Book Review: Darklight by Lesley Livingston

Darklight is the second book in the Wondrous Strange series by Lesley Livingston. It was released in paperback on 26th October 2010n by Harper Teen and the book is 336 pages long.

Kelley Winslow has a far from normal life. Recently, she found out that she was a Faerie Princess as well as falling in love with a changeling, Sonny, and managed to save New York, as well as the rest of the mortal world. All she wanted was to make it as an actress!

Now that Sonny has been banished back to the Otherworld, Kelley has way too much time on her hands. The hunters responsible for the previous attack need eliminating and that lays in Sonny’s hands but the task may be more than he is capable of. He also has to kill Queen Mabh. A series of strange events lead Kelley into the Otherworld and back into Sonny’s arms but there is no time for happy reunions. An enemy like no other is after Kelley and could cause a whole lot of trouble and destruction for everyone.

What I thought
Wondrous Strange was one of the first YA series that I started and absolutely loved. Having only just gotten round to reading the second instalment, I have no idea why it took me so long. I was quickly reminded why I was hooked. I wish I hadn’t wait so long now!

Darklight’s plot is quite complex. This is not a book that you will be able to get though unless you have read Wondrous Strange. There is so much going on all of the time and I think it would be quite impossible to follow. That being said though, I loved how many twists and turns were thrown in. It kept the story extremely interesting and I felt like I could never figure out what was going to happen next. The whole book is a mystery to begin with and I loved how everything unfolded bit by bit. The book is very fast paced and there are few times where the story slows down at any point.

Kelley is still the same amazing girl that I grew to love in the first book. What I love the most about her is the fact that she is quite unlike any other heroine. Yes, she is feisty and kick ass like I would want her to be but there is a totally different side to her. As she is an actress, you can never really be too sure about what is really going on with her and I really enjoyed this. I like not knowing what is going on at every single second and how Kelley always keeps that bit of mystery about her. The chemistry between her and Sonny was as fabulous as ever, even if they weren’t around together too much. I would have liked to see them together more though and for their relationship to progress more than it did.

While there were quite a few new characters introduced in this book, there was one I favoured over all the rest. Fennrys could have been a fantastic love rival for Sonny and on some levels, I think I would have favoured him. ‘Fenny’ has quite a large part in this book but I still wanted more from him. I wanted to know all about him, just like I got to find out about Sonny in Wondrous Strange. The addition of this character certainly spiced things up a little bit although it could have gone a whole lot further if I had my say about it! I hope that he will be a character who sticks around for the next book.

Lesley Livingston certainly has a knack for using a whole range of characters/ creatures without making it seem too much. I read another book recently where a similar thing was done and I HATED it but not this series. The different characters blend so well together and their history and mythology are so well written that it all just fit together perfectly for me. There is a great mix of good and evil characters and some that I never thought I would see in a book in this genre. Depending on where you get your ideas from, leprechauns can either be cute things at the end of a rainbow with a pot of gold or something completely evil (if you have seen the horror films). I really loved how these creatures were used and that they were even used in the first place.

Darklight did leave me with some unanswered questions but knowing that there is a third and final book in this series eased my mind a little bit. I cant wait to get my hands on Tempestuous and to find out where Kelley and Sonny’s journey will take them. I do hope they have a happy ending though!


  1. I loved Wondrous Strange too but cant get Darklight from the library, something to do with the publisher. It is so annoying :(

  2. I read Wondrous Strange last year and was not very impressed with it, but this review does kinda make me wanna pick up the sequel! Great review! :)
    - Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of "Wondrous Strange" by Lesley Livingston


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