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Starling (Starling Trilogy) Hardcover – August 28, 2012

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Book 1 of 3 in the Starling Series

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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 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.

Web: lesleylivingston.com

Twitter: @LesLivingston

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Product Details

  • Series: Starling Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062063073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062063076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Now this is what I like in a YA book; it was action packed, fast paced, full of plot, had believable relationships, and as part of a series has a great build up for something much more in the next books. I liked this book a lot. There were a few things I sort of snickered at, like the fact that the main character was incredibly rich and from a school of other incredibly rich kids and that Mason had such extreme claustrophobia that she couldn't be in a building without the windows being open (people like that rarely function in society, so it seemed a little misplaced to have her be the heroine when she's crippled by the thought of having closed windows in her dorm)... but otherwise I found myself engaged and able to glide through the reading with ease. I'm pretty excited to read the next two books and see what happens; we're left with something of a cliffhanger in this book that's pretty abrupt, but I guess it makes sense seeing as from book #2's blurb this is the opening to a new setting and part of the story.

Overall, this was a very nice book that I was able to get for a very nice price used and I rather enjoyed it. It's certainly not my new favorite series or anything, but it was still a worthwhile read that didn't offend or bore me and that did hold my interest and gained my approval, which is always nice.
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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. I got sooo excited when this book first came out and even more so when I discovered that a few characters from Wondrous Strange came back!
Starling did not disappoint me. I read it in a few hours, unable to put it down. Love the sense of humor and wit. The romance that blossoms between Mason and Fenn. I already knew I would not be able to handle the wait for the next book so I made sure to order all three.
This is another book I will be reading over and over again.
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