Series: Starling # 1
Genre: Young Adult-Paranormal/Fantasy
Author: Lesley Livingston
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher
“Love is just the beginning… of the end.”
Mason Starling is a champion fencer for Gosforth Academy, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Until now. When a ferocious storm rips through Manhattan and unleashes terrifying creatures onto Gosforth’s campus, Mason barely escapes alive. Without help from the mysterious stranger who appeared in the midst of the storm, she might not have made it at all. But now, in the aftermath, Mason’s life begins to spin dramatically, mystically out of control, and the only one who seems able to help her is the stranger who can remember nothing but his name: Fennrys Wolf.
As Mason and Fenn uncover more about Fenn’s past and the strange events that surround them, they realize that Mason’s family — and its dark allegiance to the ancient Norse gods — is at the center of everything. A predetermined fate seems to be closing in on Mason, but is it possible to change one’s destiny?
Readers who fell in love with Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange trilogy and those who love Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series will be captivated by the sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action of Starling.”
Being that I have never read anything by Ms. Livingston, I was super excited to dive into the book. I have heard some great things about it. And you know what? It did not disappoint me.
I love a good story that has mystery built into it well. Mason is not your average girl. I like that she is kick-butt and strong. Right away, the author throws a lot of plot twist and turns at the reader. I like that Mason’s history is blocked from not only her but as the reader as well. Being kept out of the loop, heighten my excitement to find out what Mason’s family is hiding.
The characters themselves as really well written. The main character Mason is very easy to step into. The author did a great job in making her characters inviting. Once in Mason’s shoes, I was able to follow along with the plot line and unlock each mystery one by one.
The love interest makes this story even more interesting. The fast that the love interest is doomed from the start leads me to root for them. Both of them face a world of trouble. The mystery that lies in both of their lives is the exciting part. Each of them rely and trust each other, discovering what has been hidden from them all along.
Starling immediately resigsters excitement and mystery. The ploy of the real battle is kept from the reader till the end, making me appreciate everything that Ms. Livingston has written. Starling intrigues the reader with foretold prophecy emerging through sacrifice. Starling is the start of a great series!
I give it 4 BITES!