Book Review: Starling by Lesley Livingston

Title: Starling
Author: Lesley Livingston
Series: Starling #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Released: August 28, 2012

Book Summary:

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.

I really enjoyed Lesley Livingston’s Wonderous Strange Series so I was excited to start her newest series Starling.  I listened to the audio version of this book which was narrated by Lesley.  I’m not usually a fan of author narrated books but Lesley is definitely an exception to that rule.  She does a great job of bringing her books to life.

Starling is based on Norse mythology which I’m not very familiar with.   A great mix of action, romance and mythology kept me thoroughly entertained throughout the entire book.  With an inevitable huge cliffhanger ending, I’m excited to get my hands on book two Descendant when it gets released this summer.

My only complaint with this book is I wish there had be a little less language.

Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book

Content: Language thoughtout

Source: download

Genre/Age Level: Young Adult Fantasy

Finished February 26, 2013