Sunday, September 15, 2013

Starling by Lesley Livingston

Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she's never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason's world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn's identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason's family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.
Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston's epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 341
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

What. The. Frick. That's how this book made me feel at the end with the amazing yet screamingly frustrating cliffhanger. I almost can't get over it right now. Sorry to start with the end but it's the first thing on my mind when I think of this book. 

Moving on, Starling really impressed me. The writing was interesting and drew my attention. Right away the action and mysterious monsters of this book had me hooked, feeding my need for mystery. Like any good YA book, the story starts with action and ends with action, leaving you on the edge of your seat the nearly entire time.

The one thing that was a little disappointing was the middle when I felt like the plot got a little slow. But seriously, the left me shocked and reeling. Luckily I had the next book ready to jump into right away or I might have gone  insane waiting for the next book. Even though it had slow parts, this book was overall really enjoyable and the slowness didn't stop my motivation to power through the book.

The way that Lesley Livingston wrote this book was almost like a movie, I could picture myself in the places that were described and how they would look on-screen. Also, the way she described her characters and wrote them just gave me a feeling that she really had a connection to her characters and knew them by heart.

My final thoughts on this book is the main squeeze: Fennry's Wolf (yes it's a weird name). He freicken swoon-worthy. He was just a new type of main man and I thought he was so lovable. Lastly, I liked that there were some aspects to this book that reminded me of what I saw in Thor, like Aasgard, because I mean who doesn't want to be reminded of Chris Hemsworth?

This book is in stores now!
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Happy reading!
Amanda, age 17


  1. Oh, Starling sounds amazing! The cover looked a little meh, and though I did like the idea of a main character who fences (I've never read a book with such a character before), I haven't heard too much about it... But the fast-paced beginning and end and the characters (Fennrys's Wolf!) do seem worth it. Yay for swoon-worthy guys? xD And that ending - I'm definitely intrigued now. Great review!

    Chri @ Fathomless


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