Series: Wondrous Strange #1
Published by HarperTeen on September 22nd 2009
17 year-old Kelley Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what she thinks... In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelley's off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye.
Short & Sweet: Wondrous Strange is novel that I wanted to love… but didn't. I will admit going into the novel I had pretty high expectations. So it was odd that I noticed right away that something about novel didn't click with me. Had a read too many Faerie books in a shortish period of time? Maybe. Since put the novel down I have been trying to pinpoint my issue, but I'm really not sure what it is.
Final Verdict: Sometimes there really is no explaination for why I did not like a certain novel. I will be the first to admit that I am a moody reader, and what I may not connect with one day, I will love the next. At this time, Wondrous Strange remains on my shelf as a DNF (did not finish). Will it stay that way? I certainly hope not.