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Starling (Starling Trilogy) Hardcover – August 28, 2012
"Riders" By Veronica Rossi
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“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 and Descendant, the first two books in a darkly romantic trilogy 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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You can visit Lesley online at www.lesleylivingston.com
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
I read the Wondrous Strange trilogy by Lesley Livingston and absolutely loved it. It was so magical, wonderfully written and I loved all of the character. I was pleasantly surprised by the Fennrys Wolf (Fenn). Of course loved Sonny and Kelly (the MCs), as well as the other characters, however as the story went on I found myself loving Fenn and totally crestfallen because I knew Fenn wasn't going to be the hero and he wasn't going to get the girl. There is just something about him and how he interacts with Kelly that made me fall for him, so imagine my delight when I find out Fenn got his own series.
Starling takes place after the events of Tempestuous. Fenn is back in New York but has no memory of who he is but is still mostly in his very core, himself. He meets Mason Starling and from that point on they seem bound together. If you read the Wondrous Strange series then you know that some weird creatures are lurking about New York and a lot of stuff goes down. Starling has gods, unrequited love, torture, prophecies, sword fights, weird creatures, love, family issues, and a future to terrifying to think about.
I like Mason, she is a little different she's a fencer and she is really good at it. She is kind of shy, nice but she can get an attitude really quickly. I love how much she gets into her fencing and she is drawn to Fenn despite herself. She is claustrophobic and you don't see that many characters with a phobia like that. Mason is strong when she has a sword in her hands but the claustrophobia makes her very vulnerable.
Fenn is different in this series since he doesn't have his memories he doesn't have his baggage either, but he is still Fenn.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading Lesley Livingston's Wondrous Strange Trilogy, I didn't hesitate when I vowed to read every book she writes because I fell in love with her stories. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca Mancia
The story is every interesting! I could not put the book down, finished it in 2 days and I am working during the day! Cannot wait to read the next one. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kira King
I really enjoyed Lesley Livingston’s Wonderous Strange Series so I was excited to start her newest series Starling. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kathy Habel
This is by far one of my favorite takes on Mythology yet!! Also, it was stunningly refreshing and different from anything I've read before. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chelsea Head
we've been reading a lot about miths but this book excites you about mithology and makes you want to read more and morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Paula Quintas
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... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Donna
Starling is one of those books that has been sitting on/in my wish list for a long time. Read more
This book has a great mythology built into it, but it is lacking something. Although I can't quite put my finger on what, exactly, is missing, I do feel that this book suffers from... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Julianne K. Bittner