Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday Short: Starling by Lesley Livingston

Goodreads 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.
A heroine who can kick serious arse. A hero that can kick even seriouser [so a word!] arse. And a plethora of mythologies. [LIKE AN INSANE AMOUNT. All weaved together. INTENSE.] Can you say WIN?

If you're looking for an awesome heroine who can hold her own you've found her. Mason Starling is totally kick-arse. Being a fencer she knows how to wield a sword, making her one of the most prepared heroines I've yet to encounter, despite the fact that she never thought she'd have to use one to deal with that whole being "besieged by nightmarish creatures" problem of hers.

Fenn is just delish. I love this boy. [Note, I was intrigued by him but not in love with him when I first met him in Lesley Livingston's previous series. SO GLAD I GOT MORE.] He's dark, he can wield a sword, and he takes bad boy to new levels. 

This novel felt incredibly realistic. Aside from the nightmarish creatures, the gods straight out of mythologies and the various other supernatural beings that came out of nowhere. The reactions felt real. Nightmarish creatures coming out of nowhere? Um. NOT NORMAL. And the characters didn't act like it was. Having to switch from fencing to saving your arse? NOT NORMAL. And it didn't come easy. There was development, you could see the characters trying to connect the two worlds not just jumping in without a doubt. Loved this about it.

So yes. Read this one. And read her other works. Totally entertaining! I can't wait to see where the series goes next...especially after that last page. SAY WHA? :D


  1. I've never read a book by this author before but this one sounds way too good to pass up! I love kick arse MCs plus nightmarish creatures. Thanks for the great review! :)

    1. I feel the same way. I think that's the recipe for an awesome novel right there. I hope you enjoy! :]