Tempestuous Paperback – Dec 28 2010
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“The third and final entry in the series that began with Wondrous Strange (2008), this ends the story just right. … The romance! And the battles! And all the Shakespeare! It’s enjoyable [and] well-plotted.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Livingston brings this trilogy to a strong and satisfying conclusion, and readers will enjoy every minute, while wishing it did not have to end.” (School Library Journal)
“Livingston’s artistry at creating imaginary worlds that exist side by side with contemporary New York remains strong...fans of the first two entries will gulp this one down with gusto.” (Booklist) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare. She is the author of Starling and Descendant, the first two books in a darkly romantic trilogy set against the backdrop of Manhattan and Norse mythology. Lesley has also written Wondrous Strange, which won the Canadian Librarian Association Young Adult Book Award in addition to being a White Pine Honor Book, as well as Darklight and Tempestuous.See all Product Description
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I was so torn while read Tempestuous--not because it wasn't good, it was great and then some but because its always sad to see the end of a series. Remember Darklight the second book in the series? Well that ended with one doozy of a cliff-hanger ending so of course I wanted to see what Sonny's reaction would be and how Kelley will deal with the big lie she told.
Tempestuous picks up right where Darklight left off so if you're planning to read the series then reading them back to back would be a good choice. I read the other two in the series almost a year ago and I didn't go back and reread them when I started Tempestuous so there were some little things like certain characters that I had trouble recalling. Other than that had no problems with the main story and plotlines.
This book really showed Sonny's vulnerable side. After hearing Kelley's proclamation he leaves in a daze. With nowhere to go he coincidently stumbles upon a underground faerie sanctuary for the Lost Fae. More and more Kelley is coming into her own. She's learning how to use her faerie powers and she's one tough cookie. In her mind she's doing all she can to protect Sonny. I did feel bad for Fennry's after everything that happened and was revealed in Tempestuous. His feeling were genuine and I do like him a lot but just not as much as I liked Sonny.
Like its two predecessors Tempestuous was action packed with romance, intrigue, and a couple unexpected twists. Its one of the few book series that I've actually finished reading so if you haven't read it yet don't let this series pass you by.
Sonny can't get these words out of his head. He thought that Kelley, his faerie princess, was the only one for him. Now, he doesn't know what to believe.
He retreats underground, where the Lost Fae congregate. Deep within the heart of New York City, Sonny tries to make sense of what has happened. Kelley is also distraught. Forced to lie about her true feelings for Sonny, she desperately searches for the one who wants to steal his magick.
Kelley is afraid that Sonny's power may destroy him, but she is running out of time, and she is still learning how to use her own talents. And why are innocent faeries being killed by Janus Guards? Too many questions and not enough answers. Does Kelley possess the strength and courage to save her people and Sonny?
Livingston's third installment in her WONDROUS STRANGE faerie series does an excellent job of tying up loose ends. These books are distinctly hers. If you are a fan of the recent influx of "faerie" novels, you will know what I mean. Livingston adds her own style and flavor to the traditional faerie stories. She even incorporates Shakespeare and his works into her tales. Shakespeare's The Tempest plays a vital role throughout the story.
You may be sad to see Kelley and Sonny's story end, but it will be interesting to see what Livingston gives us next!
Reviewed by: LadyJay
Faerie, fantasy, betrayal, love struck mortal or immortal, take a guess!!
I am pleased to have fallen upon this series and would highly recommend to all readers.
This series is well written
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Kelley spirals into a depression after Sonny leaves after her lie; Sonny, in the meantime, is taken in by a group of lost fae. They both struggle with their feelings toward the other. In the meantime, rogue Janus are continuing their assault on lost faeries; Auberon is still dying; Kelley must also juggle getting a hold of her powers and trying to set things right. The Fennrys Wolf, fierce Janus Guard, has also been slowly creeping up into her life.
TEMPESTUOUS should NOT be taken lightly. There are battles. Some are gruesome, and the descriptions are more disturbing compared to the first two books. The writing still flows romantically, even when describing the fights. The intrigue of who's behind the Janus attacks and Auberon's illness is well paced; the realization definitely left me speechless.
The relationship between Kelley and the Fennrys Wolf was bittersweet. Starting with DARKLIGHT, the Wolf's thaw from raging warrior to Kelley's unrequited protector was a nice transition. With the publishing world's obsession with love triangles, I didn't mind this one, because Kelley's heart was with Sonny, which the Wolf knew. There is a Big Misunderstanding thrown in between them, but they cared about each other regardless. Very poignant. Call me crazy, but it works for me.
The world of faerie is described as a beautiful yet treacherous place, populated by equally beautiful and treacherous creatures, from water spirits to ogres, leprechauns and goat-footed women, ruled by power hungry royals. You're instantly pulled into the deceit of the dair folk.
Some of the weak parts include the first third of the book. It drags a bit because both Kelley and Sonny spend a lot of time feeling sorry for themselves because of their Big Misunderstanding. Too much moping, not enough acting. Fortunately when things pick up, they're able to pull themselves out of their funks and act. As I mentioned before, the results aren't always neat and tidy. I like Kelley and Sonny as a couple. Beginning with WONDROUS STRANGE, the first book in the series, they compliment each other well. They fall in love too quickly, but I believe their feelings are real.
There's a lot of unwarranted bickering during some scenes. Why are you going to argue NOW when there's a murderous fae coming at you?
Of course, there is Shakespeare. THE TEMPEST is the play in the book, which is appropriate because of the storm brewing between the human and faerie worlds. An okay compliment to the fantastical tale.
All in all, a vivid conclusion to a fun, entertaining series. This is a faerie tale with action, drama, and touching romance. I'm sad to leave, but this is one journey I'll go back to often.
This book picks up where the second one left off. The theater has burned down and Kelley has chased Sonny away by telling him she doesn't love him or want him around. Kelley wants to keep the fact that Sonny is carrying around Green magic a secret, even from him. But someone is taking out the Lost Ones and seems to have it out for the Hunter and Kelley needs to figure out who. She also has to deal with the loss of the theater and the new play the group is trying to put on despite the loss of their venue. Meanwhile Sonny seeks sanctuary with some of the Lost Ones and learns some disturbing secrets.
The book moves at a good clip and has some good twists and turns. Sonny and Kelley are on again, off again as in previous books. All of the different pieces of the story are nicely tied up. So overall the book was technically fine.
I always think I love this series and then when I read the next book in it, I am always a bit disappointed. I don't really like any of the characters, I have trouble finding them engaging or interesting. I always feel like the chemistry between Sonny and Kelley just isn't there. The writing style is a bit too simplistic to me and I never feel like I am really able to picture the surroundings or really feel drawn into the story. The author tries to tie in Kelley's acting with all of her faerie involvement, and she kind of does in the beginning...but then the theater stuff is dropped as the faerie action ramps up.
Overall I think if you liked the previous books in the series then you will really love this book. I wasn't a huge fan of the previous books and this book was similar; it finishes the story well enough but I had some trouble staying engaged in it and really caring about what the characters did. In the future I probably won't pick up any more series by Livingston there is just something about her writing style that doesn't click with me. I have a similar problem with Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series. I personally would recommend Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series over this one if you are interested in a YA series featuring faeries.
I really wanted this trilogy to end on a high note, but the final installment in the Wondrous Strange trilogy, Tempestuous, just didn't do it for me.
First off, I must say this fast-moving novel does give closure to the Wondrous Strange trilogy. Unfortunately, from the middle of Darklight I predicted who the "bad guys" were and, for the most part, how this trilogy would end. But even though I had predicted the villains and the ending, I still enjoyed the action this part of the novel created. It was exciting, creative and fast-paced. I was also entertained by some of the new characters introduced in Tempestuous: Carys, Neerya & Dunnbolt.
On a different note: Kelley Winslow and Sonny Flannery...UGH....I just never felt it. This couple falls in love way too fast, their relationship isn't realistic, and their relationship never develops. Seriously, throughout this trilogy Kelley and Sonny never go out on a date, have a phone conversation or simply hang out together. In fact they only have maybe two conversations before they fall in love. That is ridiculous! Also, Kelley keeps a lot of secrets from Sonny in this novel. Not only does she try to hide who he is from him, but she also keeps another big secret from him (involving Fennrys Wolf). AGH! I just wasn't a fan!
I gave Tempestuous 2 STARS. Although there were things I enjoyed in this narrative I just couldn't get past Kelley and Sonny's "relationship" or how predictable this trilogy was. Therefore, I can't recommend this series.
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Faeries don't lie. They can't lie. So when Kelley Winslow told Sonny Flannery she didn't love him, that "[she] never did and [she] never will," he had no reason to doubt her words. Kelley was Faerie after all. A Faerie princess. The daughter of King Auberon and Queen Mabh who was taken from the Otherworld as an infant to be raised by human parents as retribution for the taking of another child - him.
If he could just remember what happened at the theater he might be able to figure out why, but Kelley had the memory erased from his mind and from her friends' minds. She did this out of love, to protect Sonny from others who would want to steal his power, to protect Sonny from himself.
Those that would want to harness his power would stop at nothing to find it. Sonny was a warrior, a Janus guard, but he was mortal and she was his weakness. So it was better for her to walk away, to leave him in the dark about the power within him and to eliminate any added risk to his safety and that included her, even if the cost to them both was heartache.
Tempestuous is the final novel in the Wondrous Strange trilogy by author Lesley Livingston. This was an enchanting series that incorporated Shakespeare's vision of faeries and his other works into the real world of Faeries in which Kelley Winslow existed. Throughout the series Kelley's character, already tenacious and independent, grew in strength as she began to accept and embrace her abilities.
In Tempestuous we finally get answers to all the questions raised in the previous novels. The action and tension in this book build from page one and the story keeps moving until the very end, alternating by chapter between Sonny and Kelley's perspectives.
There are many stories about faeries in the young adult market, but what sets this apart is the author's writing style, which flows beautifully but still allows for humor, the New York City Central Park backdrop and the Shakespearean elements woven throughout each book in the series.
Now that the series is completed, ideally it would be better to read all three books in a row, as there are so many plot points that rely on the previous books. Each book just jumps right in, picking up where its predecessor left off without summarizing the events leading up to that point or going into detail about the characters.
For readers who enjoy stories in this genre this is a "must read."
On a personal note:
Tempestuous was awesome. As a whole I absolutely loved this series, but as I became a fan early on, before I read Darklight I had to re-read Wondrous Strange in order to refresh my memory. I didn't need to do so before Tempestuous as Darklight really stood out. Though I loved Tempestuous, Darklight is still my favorite of the three books.
Tempestuous was an exciting book from beginning to end and tied up the series nicely without leaving me with any questions. And although I might have wished for a slightly different outcome, it was mostly due to the fact that I would have liked a bit more to the ending. (Or another book, but that's just me being selfish.) I also missed Bob the boucca as he wasn't as prevalent in this book as in the previous two.
This story builds and builds, but when the pinnacle is finally reached it all happened so fast that I didn't realize that what I was reading was the final scene and so had to re-read it to capture all that had happened. And of course, as with any greedy fan, I would have liked to see further down the road in the characters' lives.
I will definitely miss Kelley, Sonny, Fenn, Bob, Tyff and Lucky now that the series has ended. This will definitely be a series I re-read.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved that Livingston actually separated Kelley and Sonny for a bit. That way, they learned more about themselves before they could save one another. Kelley gets into her power more and seems to have grown more. And despite her beliefs, Sonny doesn't go off the deep end. I liked that Sonny grew to like the Lost Fae. He was taught to hate them as well, but found out they were only defending themselves against him and the other guards. But besides our great main characters, the side characters were incredible. We got some new ones that we find have a connection to some of the Janus Guards. We also get more of our favorites; Bob, Tyff, and my favorite character, Fennyrs. I am praying that Livingston makes another series for him. He played a big role in this book and we find he isn't the heartless smartass we have come to love, that he actually has feelings for Kelley too.
Livingston did such an amazing job incorporating Shakespeare in this book. All the questions we had from the first book were answered and still left me wanting more. The plot was great and this book was complete, but each character needs a story. Like I said, I hope Livingston doesn't leave this world, there is still so much more to know. Sonny's and Kelley's story ended great, but what Livingston has created is complex enough to keep going for a while.
Also need to mention the ending in general. In a word; EPIC! We got everything we wanted and more. The twists and turns were incredible and two specifically had my mouth dropping to the floor. Again, Livingston's writing is soooo complex. Instead of creating our main characters and a few side characters that you might not remember, the whole world she has made is so rich and memorable. You fall in love with all these characters and I can assure you that if you love Fenn, you will love him even more in the end.
Overall, this book tied up well. Everyone has grown in such a short period of time. We learn much about our great characters and we find new ones that are worth loving. This is such a great ending to a great trilogy. I can't rave enough about the characters and the room for growth they all possess. If you are looking for a great YA series, I highly recommend this to you. Thank you Livingston and please come back to this world, it begs for more.
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