Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review: Darklight: Lesley Livingston

Title: Darklight
Author: Lesley Livingston
Wondrous Strange: Book 2
Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt.
Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself. When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power.
Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart. With breathtakingly high stakes, the talented Lesley Livingston delivers soaring romance and vividly magical characters in Darklight, the second novel in the t
rilogy that began with Wondrous Strange.

   I think this cover is beautiful. I think all the covers in this seriers are wonderful and magical. I just wish I liked the book as much as the cover.

My Review:
          I hate to do this really but I had alot of mixed feelings about this book. There were many things that bothered and others that I liked. **8some spoilers beware***

              Lets begin with the positives!! To begin with I really like the characters in this series. Although I didnt see the smart humor of Kelley (like in the 1st book), I still more or less like her she completely weak and mindless. I love how devoted Sonny is and how strong. I also enjoy the minor characters such as Bob. I like how he was usually in the know of things and he always seems like he's looking out for Kelley's best interest. Tyff was another charter I liked. She seemed like a true friend and not at all what I pictured Kelley's roommate to be. I also love how the author end one chapter with Kelley and starts the next with Sonny. So I always know what is going on with both of them.

                Now for the negatives there were a few that bothered me. To begin with I really didnt enjoy the writing as much. The author spent do many paragraphs at time describing useless things like cabinetry and other stuff that made forget what I was reading I didn't feel the author did a great job at explaining the important things. Such as ow exactly Kelley's power worked I didn't understand sometimes when she used it. It's like when Kelley at time was in danger I couldn't root for her and hurr Kelley go do power boost thingy. I didn't understand how her power effected the enemy and how she used it. Even when she opened the rift to the other world I didn't really understand how she did that and how Sonny could here it all.

                   Another thing that was driving me crazy was the amount faerie lore that was expected of me to understand in one sentence of reference. I didn't understand what the redcaps were or what they even look like and why they were attacking Sonny. There were so many creatures thrown at me that I didn't know what I was reading at times. I really didn't understand the leprechauns either. They kept saying that the Greenman was the first faerie to cross to the mortal world but yet they weren't really faeries. I just feel if the author is going to want to bring all this faerie lore in one book then I would rather just read to better understand the creatures then having her over-described what every room she walked into looked like.

                      I don't feel like the author introduced this world at that well which makes me able to trusts anything in the book. I didn't understand the fickle way the Kings & queens treated each other. One day they want to lock Mahb up and another Mahb is helping Auberon. There really isn't an specific evil in this book which bothers me. The book even insinuated that Auberon wasn't the one to blow the horn to turn on the hunt. Which I thought form the previous book I thought it was a fact it was him.

                     The ending was what was really annoying. I don't understand how Sonny could possibly be safer not being with and now wondering aimlessly not knowing what he is. That makes no sense. I feel like the author just wanted to create even more conflict for no reason. Kelley did not need to tell Sonny she didn't love him that just ridiculous.

                 As for the story line I thing Gwinn is in cahoots with Fenrrys and was trying to get Sonny killed and that why he disappeared all of sudden and came just in time o help fight the leprechauns. I also don't trust Titania she's probably in cohoots with Gwinn.

               I found myself not wanting to finish this book andjust pushing through. I was disappointed with this book; but I will read the last book Tempest to see how it ends. but I will probably wait till it comes out in paperback. So I probably wont end this series for a while. 

  I would love to hear others thoughts on this book!!

                                                              3 STARS


  1. Thanks for your honnest review !! I liked this book but there were, like you, some things that bothered me !!

  2. I love the cover! I have the first book but haven't read it do I'm afraid that by reading your review it will spoil to me....*sigh* I guess I have to come back later. :)

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