by Lesley Livingston
Series: Starling #1
Published by HarperTeen Release date : August 28th 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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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.
Starling is one of those books that has been sitting on/in my wish list for a long time. It’s mythology– which is a must read for me, so when I discovered it on sale at Amazon, I snagged it up. Having been in a reading slump as of late, I was hoping Starling was THE BOOK to bring me back. Sadly though, it didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just.. it wasn’t what I was hoping for.
Mason, our main leading lady, is a fencer and has dreams of joining the national team. Of course, after that intense first scene where their school was overtaken by some seriously creepy creatures and the appearance of naked Fennrys Wolf, things change. Now, I liked Mason. I thought she was a well-rounded, likeable girl. She’s strong, quite and pretty much keeps to herself. Her world was turned upside down, with weird happenings and of course, helping Wolf with his lack of memory. But I am BIG on character connection and I didn’t get that.
There are a lot of other POV in the book; and the constant jumping around made it really hard to connect to Mason, or any character. Then again, I loved it because we get to see small pieces of the Prophecy come together little by little; leaving me with the urge to “read one more chapter” to find out what exactly was going on. I thought that was executed pretty well. Obviously, I enjoyed the mythology aspect of the novel, since that was what brought it to my attention in the first place. The author did a great job with explanations and it would be easy to follow for newbies. As far as the romance goes– It stood more in the background verses taking over the plot in its entirety. HUGE PLUS. It was borderline insta-love though. The L word wasn’t necessarily thrown around but there was that unexplainable “connection” that we are told about, not seen for ourselves.
As I said, there was an array of POVs, thus an array of characters. They each play a significant part in the story and I do think it make the novel stronger. Calum, who we are introduced in the beginning, was injured during the attack. After that, we don’t see much of him during the middle of the book and comes back towards the end. Mason’s brothers, Roth and Rory (I couldn’t stand one of them. Mother Rucker was a punk). Heather, who at first showed promise of being the “mean girl”, was actually funny and a good friend to Mason. Then of course, Wolf. His POV was my favorite. It’s interesting being inside someones head that has some sort of memory loss.
My Peeve– I have a lot of questions. This could be a good thing, or a bad thing. Usually good, since it pushes us to read the next book in hunt for answers. But in this case… Also, I wanted a little bit more details regarding the “Founding Families”. View Spoiler » So, we know they are the “servants” of the Gods/Goddess and what not, but how did this come to be? Why are some OKAY with Ragnarok and others not? Maybe this is obvious to some, but it wasn’t to me « Hide Spoiler
Overall- I really enjoyed it. Starling is action packed and intense and a great start to a series. I recommend it. And yes, I will continue with the series because HELLO CLIFFHANGER.