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Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston

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Original Language: English
Publisher: Harper Teen
Country: USA
Publication Date: 21 December 2011
ISBN: 0061740063
Page Count: 368
"I don't love Sonny Flannery."
That's the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn't know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats—to a haven for Lost Fae that's hidden deep underneath New York City.
But Kelley's not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she's got to find out who's after his magick—and how to use her own. She's got to uncover who's recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She's got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she's got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he's around Kelley.
The intrigue and romance that began with Wondrous strange andDarklight come to a stormy head in Tempestuous, the breathtaking conclusion to Lesley Livingston's ravishing urban Faerie trilogy.
Lesley Livingston brings weaves together all the strings of her Wondrous Strange trilogy, beginning with Wondrous Strange and Darklight, in her newly published finale Tempestuous. In a thrilling conclusion to her Faerie Realm tale, the love between Sonny and Kelley has been torn apart by a lie. A lie told to protect a loved one, but a lie nonetheless. In a world where it is impossible for the Fey to lie, Sonny is struck down by depression after hearing Kelley say that she does not love him.
I found Tempestuous to be a fun and engaging read. It fulfilled a lot of my questions about the earlier books, proved some of my early theories and created a fun new insight into the Fey. The idea of having four seasonal Courts, each ruled by famous fantastic figures from history (Mabh, Auberon, Gwydd Up Nydd and Titania) hasn't been explored before. Usually there is only the traditional Summer/Seelie and Winter/Unseelie Courts.

However, I did find some aspects of the book were rushed. The love triangle was forceful. Fennrys character changed from book to book and his attraction to Kelley seemed out of character. The romance reflected aspects of the narrative where the flow was uneven, as though it had been edited too quickly. This meant I had a lot of questions that went unanswered/ The original purpose of Kelley being hidden. A switch is explained, but the purpose of disguising Kelley and hiding her away from her Mother doesn't get explored. Neither does the Green magic. Unfortunately these are two themes that act as the force pushing the narrative along. Why leave the reason for the adventure unanswered?

While Tempestuous is a fantastic read, and I look forward to seeing more from Lesley Livingston, I'm afraid that she was forced to turn out a completed novel too quickly and her work suffered for it.

Raiding Bookshelves Rating
Judging by the cover: I like that Tempestuous matches the earlier covers, but I think more could have been done with it. Some kind of glitter or shine to make it more fantastic looking.

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