Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange Series #3)

Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange Series #3)

by Lesley Livingston

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Overview

"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. Sonny is devastated, but Kelley's not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she needs to find out who's after his magick—and how to use her own. But can she do it without getting dangerously distracted by Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to suddenly melt whenever he's around her?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061740022
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Series: Wondrous Strange Series , #3
Pages: 361
Sales rank: 516,159
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Lesley Livingston is an award-winning author of teen fiction best known for her Wondrous Strange trilogy. Captivated at a young age by stories of the distant past and legendary heroes and warriors, Lesley developed into a full-fledged history buff and mythology geek. Her fascination with ancient Celtic and classical civilizations—spurred on by recently discovered archaeological evidence supporting the existence of female gladiators—inspired Fallon’s story in The Valiant. Lesley holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto and was a principal performer in a Shakespearean theatre company, specializing in performances for teen audiences, for more than a decade. www.lesleylivingston.com. Twitter: @LesLivingston

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Tempestuous 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Kahyun Lee More than 1 year ago
This series was beyond incredible. It made me smile, laugh, and even cry ! Many series dont grab my attention through out each book but i must admit this series kept me addicted and indulging every word. Words cannot explain how badly i did not want this story to end ! I am honestly craving more but knowing this is the end, i cant help but go back and read it again. I also think i am in love with sonny. (x hes just too dang adorable and romantic. Love him ! Haha. (: i highly reccomend this book for helpless romantics, like me, and for fantasy lovers ! Hope you guys enjoy the book as much as i did !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the first two in the series, you'll like this epic conclusion. It can get a little predictable and sappy, but this is a faerie series. Sometimes you just need a happy ending.
theflutterbyroom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this review by saying that I read both Wondrous Strange and Darklight before I read this book, and I liked the way Livingston handled both the plot and the world in both books ¿ Livingston remembered when writing about this world that according to the old stories the Fae/the Fair Folk are not nice and not human, whatever they pretend.The story in Tempestuous takes up pretty much from where Darklight left off, dealing with the repercussions of both Kelley¿s and Sonny¿s actions. Livingston alternates who we follow throughout the chapters, so we get to follow both our hero and heroine as they deal with the world around them falling apart ¿ fairy is slowly spreading into the `real¿ world, loyalties are in question, and the final moves in a game neither is aware of are being made. There is a lot of action, conflict, and angst threaded throughout the story which should make it an exciting read. I wanted to be hooked by the impending climax of this series and whilst I was for the most part, there were times when it just fell flat for me.Despite this, once started I couldn¿t put the book down. I didn¿t see how the story fell out coming at all. It was an interesting surprise for me, but true I think to the world Livingston created. Kelley and Sonny¿s relationship was entirely predictable, and I was left with the sense that despite the occurrences in the three books nothing had really changed ¿ it was, I guess, young love. Whilst Livingston never promised more than this, I was kind of holding out for more. I wanted to see how they dealt with the problems within their relationship, but whilst problems were mentioned I don¿t think Livingston dealt with them. Therefore the ending sort of fell flat for me, particularly as it conformed to a common fairy story trope ¿ and they all lived happily ever after.Still, Tempestuous is an enjoyable read, particularly if you don¿t want to think about what you¿re reading. It¿s worth reading for nothing more than seeing how Livingston deals with the Fair Folk ¿ they¿re not kindly creatures. I also liked the idea that Livingston employed in this book (and the rest of the series) about there being a gateway between the Otherworld and the `real¿ one and that the Fair Folk are drawn towards `our¿ world ¿ to the life and change humanity offers to an immortal race.If you¿re interested in the Fair Folk then I think you should give this a try, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lesley Livingston left readers hanging with a gut wrenching conclusion to DARKLIGHT... not only was it intense, but readers were left to wait for answers for months. Luckily, Livingston knows exactly what her characters (and readers!) need. Every bit of emotional turmoil inflicted on the characters and readers in the second installment is essential to fully appreciate Kelley's journey and this phenomenal final chapter to her story.I don't regret reading these books as they were released, but, if you haven't read any of them yet, I highly recommend reading them all in rapid succession rather than with months in between. Each time I picked up the newest installment, I was worried that I'd be forgetting a briefly mentioned detail that would tie everything together. I really love these books, so I have a pretty good memory of the events and whatnot, but there's something to be said about reading a trilogy or series all in one monstrous bite. I'm a strong proponent of Kelley and Sonny's relationship, so I felt the sting of DARKLIGHT's conclusion during the wait for TEMPESTUOUS, but I think some of my wild longing for this third book dissipated over the long months I waited. Take my word for it, these books are well worth reading, and, now that they're all released, it's the perfect time to pick them up.Livingston writes absolutely fantastic love scenes... and fight scenes. Sometimes she even combines them... there will be an epic battle and then a little timeout for some kissing and then back to the fight. Love it!I have a love/hate relationship with the Sonny-Kelley-Fennrys love triangle... because I honestly have a hard time choosing and that isn't normal for me. It does, however, show just how good Livingston at writing the romance aspect of her stories. This part of the novel is so realistic to me... Kelley loves Sonny, but that doesn't mean that she can't have feelings for someone else. Still, she must look within herself and determine what her feelings for Fenn mean not only for her, but for her relationship with Sonny. Ahhh, yes. Many of us have had to figure out this confusing debacle.I appreciate that Kelley is such a strong individual and that her growth is clearly evident throughout each book. Not only does she develop her skills and gifts in regard to her faerie heritage, she also learns to take charge of her life and do what she thinks is right, even if it ends up causing all kinds of trouble and heartache. Even faerie princesses get confused when it comes to duty and love and all the rest... but Kelley takes charge and does what needs to be done.I would be heartbroken about this trilogy ending, but for the fact that I know Livingston has more stories to tell and worlds and characters to introduce her readers to... and I'm anxious to meet them all!
TheRandomGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"I don't love Sonny Flannery." The words uttered by Kelley Winslow at the end of Darklight had me anticipating Tempestuous. I have to honestly admit, that the wait was absolutely worth it. Without a doubt, Lesley Livingston had left me enchanted, the same way with the first two books. First of all, I have to lay it down. This is by far, one of the best series I've ever read. Lesley Livingston never failed to make me laugh, cry, smile, or scream from the beginning of Wondrous Strange to the last period of Tempestuous. Each character had such a rich personality through and through, which made me love them or hate them. I enjoyed each character's development and I enjoyed getting know the new characters. Lesley Livingston's seamless descriptive writing made it easy for me to picture the characters and imagine the places of the fairy realm and well, non-fairy realm. The plot was fantastic and so were the flow of events. Many times the book would surprise me, having not expected whatever to happen at all. I suspected one thing then it turned out that it wasn't what I thought or predicted, it was more than enough to keep me reading more and more. Not to mention that I love how Lesley Livingston ties Shakespearean plays with the books, it just worked easily with the stories. Rarely, few books and few series can blow me away yet still keep me there, amazed the whole time. Tempestuous is one of those books. With an amazingly written plot and well developed characters, a passionate romance, and a world like no other--the action is a bonus. I applaud, cheer, etc. Lesley Livingston for such a successful series. Livingston's newest book, Once Every Never, is something I'm looking forward too.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Wondrous Strange trilogy and I was so excited to get my hands on it! The end of Darklight left me heartbroken and I could not wait to read the conclusion of Sonny and Kelley's story. The previous books in the series have been a build up of tension and mystery so in Tempestuous answers are coming at you pretty quickly. It was hard to read fast enough to keep up with all the revelations.Of course as the reader you are privy to a lot of information (since the story is told from multiple perspectives) and the characters are not. Therefore, I started to put some things together before the end of the book, but definitely not everything. There were still a couple of curve balls thrown in there, which I of course live for, so I was happy.In Darklight I felt like we never really got to see a true "happy" moment with Sonny and Kelley and when I finished that book I was left wanting. In Tempestuous we get to see the couple work through their issues and let their true feelings shine. It was nice to see them work through their issues throughout the book and not just wait for the very last moment to make things right. I have always loved all the Shakespearean references that are woven into this series. I have a little bit of an obsession with Shakespeare so whenever his work gets referenced, I get really excited. With Kelley being an aspiring thespian there are so many opportunities for life to imitate art and those moments are entertaining.My only regret about this book is that the adventure is over. This is a series I have loved getting to know and I am going to miss the world I have grown to adore. I don't think I will ever look at Central Park the same way since this book has made my imagination come to life when I visit. It is always magical when books take you somewhere else and have you look at things differently. Especially things or places that you see in your everyday life. Central Park is now one of those places for me, it is mysterious and beautiful and I will always think of this series when I see it. If you have no idea what I am talking about, go check out this series and join me in my wonderment of Central Park and the lives of Sonny and Kelly.
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love it! Wonderful ending to the book. Very happy with the outcome and I would love to have another story or a spin off book.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the third, and final, book in the Wondrous Strange series. I am going to be honest and said that this hasn't been my favorite series, I always really think I am going to like the books and then I read them and feel like, eh whatever. I ended up feeling similar with this book. It tied everything up nicely but I had a lot of trouble engaging with the characters and the story and felt strangely ambivalent to it all.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.
MissHavoc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading the whole Wondrous Strange trilogy, and was not disappointed in the least with the final installment.Though Kelley is not one of my all-time favorite heroines, there is something about her that keeps me captivated. I like how even though the world is falling apart around her, she makes a point of still doing what she really loves. So yeah, the walls between man and Fae are falling down, but she still wants to be an actress, so she acts. I don't know, that probably doesn't make a ton of sense to some, but to me it means that she always has hope. That she always kept her hope that the real world would return and she'd have a place in it.Sonny of course, is a bad-boy gone good, which makes him a great leading man. (Though I secretly wish that she would get with Fennrys.) He of course finds out about his past, who his parents are and what sort of magic comes along with that.A great end to a great trilogy. There's a sort of happily ever after ending that happens without telling exactly what goes on with all the characters who lived. I enjoy those the most. So lots of action, romance and betray you don't see coming. If you read and enjoyed Wondrous Strange and Darklight, you won't be disappointed in Tempestuous.5/5 Stars!
sithereandread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
TEMPESTUOUS, by Lesley Livingston, is the final book in the Wondrous Strange series, and 'WOW' is all I can say. We pick up right after the destruction of the theater. Sonny and Kelley go their separate ways to deal with what just happened.Livingston pulls out all the stops for this book. It was full of action, suspense, and romantic chemistry that will blow your mind. I read Darklight in the early months of last year so the details were a bit hazy, but Livingston solidified the story along the way which was helpful. I loved the continuation of characters from the previous books. Tiff, as Kelley's roommate, is sarcastic and witty and I simply love her to death. Also, Livingston introduced newer characters that gave much insight to the pasts of others.The Kelley/Sonny dynamic was interesting in this book. I was still torn between Fennrys and Sonny, and it continued that way until the very end. I wanted Kelley and Sonny to be happy together but Livingston didn't make it that easy for her characters.Like I said, action and adventure created this fantastic book and there is not much to say without ruining the book. Fans of the series will love it, and newbies to the series should definitely read these books in quick succession because they ARE that good!
wiremonkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These are number two and three of Wondrous Strange, a Young Adult novel I listened to on audio book in the summer. They follow Kelly Winslow, a 17-year old girl who is living in New York and pursuing her dream to become an actor. Each novel is centered around a Shakespearean play (A midsummer's night dream for the first, then Romeo and Juliet for Darklight and The Tempest for , yes, you guessed it, Tempestuous). It begins in the first when Kelly rescues what she thinks is a horse from drowning in Central Park. She meets the Janus Guard Sonny and learns some surprising new info about herself. I can't really say much more without giving anything away, but the trilogy is a fun romp into the world of urban fantasy. It is a fine series from a newcomer on the scene of YA lit. I do remember being a little disappointed with the ending though- it happened to fast and furious. Still. Good to give to those who are fans of Melissa Marr's wicked lovely series or Holly Black's Valiant.
sszkutak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the final book of the Wondrous Strange series and Livingston did well. The character ties and development throughout were pretty good and her plots actually kept me guessing.In this book, Kelley is still dealing with her mother/father/daughter relationship and how she feels, as well as having to deal with new abilities and the choice between Fenn and Sonny.I really enjoy anything about Fae, so I am glad this kept it going so well.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I think this was a really good ending to the trilogy. I liked the way things played out and how Kelley was able to figure out what was going on with Auberon and Mabh and kind of solve the mystery. I also enjoyed the way things worked out in the end for Sonny and Fenn. It may have been bittersweet watching Fenn's decisions, but I think it was for the best and the way things should have gone for him. If you enjoy Faery stories, especially ones that spill over into our world or realm, you are going to love this series. Definitely start out with book 1, though. You need to read them all in order to get the full story and get the depth of characters.
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I agree with the person who wrote the comment before me, I really liked this book and Fennrys was my favorite character also. I wish the author would make a fourth book to see what happens to Fennrys.
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Beautigful story Must read all three books
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I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down.
ReneeMC More than 1 year ago
Loved it and sorry to see it end!
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foreverAbook_worm13 More than 1 year ago
i absolutley LOVED this book i was just so sad that it was the last one in the series. I definately felt like there was more to be written about the characters but i enjoyed it non-the less <3 Livingston is one of my favorite authors and she never ceases to amaze me. :) p.s. to the person that wrote the review "I aint scared" and was extremely rude obviously you are scared or else you wouldn't have posted the comment under anonymous a-hole. the end :)