Thursday, 24 October 2013

Review: Starling by Lesley Livingston

Starling (Starling, #1)
Starling by Lesley Livingston
Series: Starling, #1
Source: Bought
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository
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 was an interesting change from what I've been reading lately. On one hand, I was expecting it to be different, but on the other I was way surprised by the direction it went. At first, I was just really confused. We get thrown into the story immediately, with no real precursor to give us a hint at what's going on or anything. Talk about adrenaline rush, you know? When a naked guy drops out of the sky with a band of freakish zombie draugr, it gets kind of weird.

And to add more weirdness to the cake, the naked guy gets chapters. There is alternating points of view! Yay! My only problem with this is that sometimes in the middle of a chapter points of view would change to someone who's pretty much unrelated. It was always obvious when it changed, but still. There was a bit of shock there.

Mason was a little bit boring, to tell you the truth. Her chapters were way too formal for me to really just sink into the narration, and the Fennrys Wolf's chapters followed that tradition. Strangely, I was more okay with that because he was an otherworldly creature. But let's talk romance. I didn't feel like there was any chemistry or build up to the romance. They're friends, then they're not and they're making out. It was too fast for my taste, and like I said, there was no build up.

Throughout the first three quarters of the book, the story really went nowhere. There was info, mostly. A lot of info on Norse mythology, which was cool, and even more info about the school and the families who's children go there. The first three quarters really was just information. I feel like everything happened in the last quarter-- all the action was there.

And then, with no warning, the ending hits. It was open and unexpected, and it really left me wondering what was going to happen next. I'm excited to find out! All in all, Starling was a surprise. It may not have been super awesome amazing, but it was interesting paranormal read.

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