Monday, November 5, 2012
7:21 PM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Author: Lesley Livingston
Release Date: August 28, 2012
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.
There’s a blurb on the back of Starling that adequately sums up my feelings toward books by Lesley Livingston. Here’s the blurb: “I’d recommend anything by Lesley Livingston.” - Claudia Gray, author of the Evernight series. It’s short, sweet and straight to the point. I haven’t read every book by Lesley Livingston but the ones I have read I have really enjoyed.
I loved the Wondrous Strange series and Fenn was one of my favorite characters so when I heard she was doing a spin off series about Fenn I knew I had to read it. This was a decision I do not regret.
In Starling, we are introduced to several new characters. Fenn is the only returning character so far but I have a feeling that other characters may eventually make a special guest appearance. Mason was a refreshing female heroine. I loved her name and I loved that she was a tough girl. I get sick of female characters that aren’t able to take care of themselves. Mason is definitely not one of those characters.
I loved learning about Mason and seeing a different side to Fenn. He is the same as he was in the Wondrous Strange series but also a little different. Mason and Fennry’s relationship was one of those instant love things but with the way it was done it didn’t bother me.
Starling is full of action and mystery. Fenn has no idea who he is or who he was. A good portion of the book is Mason attempting to help Fenn figure out who he is/was, while the rest is Fennrys trying to help Mason figure out who caused the attack on her school. Livingston does an excellent job of providing hints and clues of what was to come without giving away too much. I couldn’t wait for all of the pieces to finally fall into place.
One thing I think I should mention/point out is that Starling is a spin off series to the Wondrous Strange series. I don’t think it is necessary to have read it but I do highly recommend you do because 1) it’s a great series and 2) you’ll get a lot of the Fennrys Wolf’s story. You’ll get to see more about where he was and a little about how he came to be the person that he is. I must admit it was kind of fun knowing more about a character than he knew about himself!
The ending left me yearning for more! Starling is an excellent start to this new series by Livingston and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for the characters! One thing is for sure, Mason and Fenn have a long, tough road ahead!
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