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  • Series: Starling Saga
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062063073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062063076
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Thrilling and intense; pulls you along like the inevitable rush toward Ragnarok.” (Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey series)

“I’d recommend anything by Lesley Livingston.” (Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author, in USA Today article)

“Livingston’s intense novel will satisfy eager readers.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“There are special effects and eye candy galore, making for a quick, pulse-pounding read.” (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for Wondrous Strange:“Enchanting ... Readers will revel in the hints of Shakespeare within the text as they are introduced to faerie creatures both familiar and ‘wondrous strange.’” (School Library Journal)

Praise for Wondrous Strange: “Will capture readers eager for romance, magic, and suspense.” (ALA Booklist)

Praise for Darklight: “Will enthrall fans, and its cliffhanger ending will leave them screaming for more.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

Praise for Darklight: “Readers will delight in the ongoing romance, the glimpses into the Otherworld, and meetings with all four Kings and Queens of Faerie... in the world of Twilight read-alikes, Livingston’s novels stand out.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for Tempestuous:“The third and final entry in the series that began with Wondrous Strange, this ends the story just right. … The romance! And the battles! And all the Shakespeare! It’s enjoyable [and] well-plotted.” (Kirkus)

Praise for Tempestuous:“Livingston brings this trilogy to a strong and satisfying conclusion, and readers will enjoy every minute, while wishing it did not have to end.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for Tempestuous:“Livingston’s artistry at creating imaginary worlds that exist side by side with contemporary New York remains strong...fans of the first two entries will gulp this one down with gusto.” (ALA Booklist)

About the Author

Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare. She is the author of Starling, the first book in a darkly romantic series set against the backdrop of Manhattan and Norse mythology. Lesley has also written Wondrous Strange, which won the Canadian Librarian Association Young Adult Book Award in addition to being a White Pine Honor Book, as well as Darklight and Tempestuous.


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Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian Literature and Shakespeare. She frequently performs with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a co-founder. She is also the author of WONDROUS STRANGE and DARKLIGHT.
You can visit Lesley online at www.lesleylivingston.com

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Overall I enjoyed the book and would like to read the next one to see what happens next.
neha
Some of the other characters I had a hard time connecting with - they seemed very distant and not completely developed.
Erica
This book was a match made in heaven for me, I prefer more action and story with just a little bit of romance.
Lauren

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlyn (The Bookworm) on October 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I started Starling, I wasn't sure to expect. I've read Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston, and I thought it was good, but I wasn't interested enough to pick up the rest of the series. So I was a little wary of reading Starling. But at the same time, I was hoping it would be good, because I am a crazy huge fan of mythology. I ended up really enjoying it!

But first, I admit it, I don't know much about Norse mythology except a little that I learned from the movie Thor, lol. I'm definitely more obsessed with Greek mythology, but after reading Starling, I think that Norse mythology is completely fascinating and I wish there were more YA books out there with it!

So, onto the characters. I really admired Mason as a main character. It was especially cool that she actually knew how to fight; she took fencing lessons ever since she was little. I loved all the scenes where she was fencing. I also liked that she was smart and logical. She didn't run around making stupid decisions, she thought things through.

Fennrys was wonderful too. I loved how his character developed throughout the story. He doesn't remember anything about his life, and the struggles that he went through were all realistic and made me feel for him. The rest of the minor characters were a great addition. Like Heather - I disliked her at first but she totally grew on me throughout the story! And Rory, Mason's brother...wow. He was an...interesting character. Yeah. And he was kind of creepy.

The plot, however, didn't pull me in right away. Yes, the book does start with a big battle, and there are lots of other fight scenes throughout the book, but despite the action, I felt like the pacing was rather slow. Might be just me, though. Anyway, the Norse mythology stuff was amazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on September 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
You have to wait no time for action in Starling! It starts off with Mason, her brother Rory, Toby(the fencing teacher), Cal and Heather finishing up fencing practice when a storm rips through Manhattan and they are stuck inside of the fencing gym. The storm is a little bit more than they expect: they can't get out & suddenly there are Draugrs attacking them. Then out of nowhere there is a naked boy named Fennrys who fends off the monsters.

I knew this was going to be action packed but I had no idea it would dive right in! Starling focuses around Norse mythology which I actually hadn't read prior to this book so I was flicking back and forth between Google every so often.

After the storm Mason and Fennrys start to become very close and there are more strange encounters along the way. This book was a match made in heaven for me, I prefer more action and story with just a little bit of romance. It fit the bill perfectly.

I love Mason as a character. She's feisty but smart and she wasn't completely perfect. Mason has severe claustrophobia which hinders her along the way.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this book and you won't be able to put it down! The ending is one of the biggest cliffhangers I have ever seen in a book. I was astonished(in a good way) and now I absolutely cannot wait for the second book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on September 10, 2012
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It started with a broken window, hoard of black-bluish beasties and a *hot* naked guy with a case of amnesia. Needless to say, I was hooked from the beginning.

Starling caught my attention right away but unfortunately it couldn't hold it. I may have started out with a high opinion but towards the end my happy feelings tapered off leaving me very let down. Don't get me wrong, there was a lot to love about Starling, but there was also a lot to dislike.

Mason Starling is extremely likable as the main heroine. She's very gentle yet totally kick-ass. Mason can basically be your best friend or your worst enemy. When paired with a sword, you best hope that she's your friend because she can be downright deadly. Heather was also a great female character. She starts out as Mason's frenemy then quickly become one strong, loyal and protective "true" friend. Two other standout characters were Rory and Roth... two Starling brothers and two complete opposites. I REALLY hated Rory. (We're totally meant to... at least I hope). He's entirely self-absorbed, petty, and downright homicidal. If it would help advance his status, Rory would literally kill his own sister. As far as I know it there's nothing reputable about Rory. Then there's Roth, edgy and mysterious and regarded as the "golden" Starling child. He basically can do no wrong. Especially compared to Rory, Roth is placed on an extremely high pedestal. And finally the fifth character that I found rises above the rest is Fennrys Wolf a.k.a. Mr. Amnesia. It was hard really getting to know him mostly because he doesn't know himself (LOL). But his protective and sweet-natured ways do shine through the confusion and memory loss, especially around Mason.
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Starling quickly drew me in with a fast paced and fascinating story. It simply starts with a bang, Mason and friends become trapped in a gym as a storm rages outside when suddenly they find themselves under attack by strange mythical creatures. The situation seems hopeless until they are unexpectedly saved by a hot naked guy bearing a sword and no idea who or where he is or how he came to be there. The story continues with hints of prophecy and norse mythology and epic battles to be waged with dark forces and it sounds altogether absolutely wonderful and I found myself really enjoying the first part of this and eager for more!

The audio narration certainly added to my enjoyment of this story. I think that the superb narration by the author, Lesley Livingston added that extra element that may have been missing for me in the book. I could tell how completely she understood her characters personalities by the way her performance communicated their individual personas and added a depth that was somewhat lacking in the story itself.

Unfortunately the story began to fall off for me in the dialog and character interactions as well as the far reaching plot and the odd pacing of the story flow. One moment, the book was action packed and exciting, the next the story seemed to drag painfully with a lot of information being thrown out but not weaved into the tale in a way that kept me engaged, instead I became a bit bored and confused. And finally a cliffhangery ending...blah. I'm never a fan of those.

Ultimately, I liked Starling and I'm hopeful that the series continues with more of what I enjoyed of the first half of the story and less info dumpy-ness. I still think that this has the potential to be a series that I really enjoy so I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I think I would still recommend this to fans of YA mythology themed books.
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