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TEMPESTUOUS by Lesley Livingston


by Lesley Livingston

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Dec. 21st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-174006-0
Publisher: HarperTeen

The third and final entry in the series that began with Wondrous Strange (2008), this ends the story just right. Things are a mess in the Faerie realms. Raised-as-a-mortal Kelley’s parents, King Auberon and Queen Mabh, are both mysteriously ill, boyfriend Sonny thinks Kelley doesn’t love him anymore and Auberon’s elite guards are killing Fae who live in New York City. The flaws that plagued the first two novels are still there: The prose never soars, dialogue is often clunky and the flashes of genuine humor (“New Otherworld Order”) don’t actually suit the rest of the story. But the romance! And the battles! And all the Shakespeare! It’s enjoyable, well plotted (elements from the first two volumes play a role in the conclusion) and populated with slightly-too-earnest but consistent characters—anyone who has read the first two won’t mind the deficiencies in this one and will enjoy the epic battles (including a dragon in Central Park) and ultimate love-conquers-all resolution. (Urban fantasy. 12 & up)