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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Playing Catch Up! Starling by Lesley Livingston

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Starling (Starling #1) by Lesley Livingston
Genre: Young Adult (Mythology/Fantasy/Romance)
Date Published: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen

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 the first book in the Starling series by Lesley Livingston. The world has just turned upside down for Mason and her friends. I listened to the audio version, which was narrated by the author, and she did a wonderful job. I love when an author is comfortable and really knows how to read their story, and you're able to hear them say the lines how they are meant to be said. I think the mythology through this book is Norse or at least mostly Norse. I'm not as familiar with Norse mythology as I am Greek, so I found it to be interesting in that regard. The plot was intriguing with action and the tease of a romance. I'm very interested in the Fennrys Wolf.  He's still a mystery to me in many ways. Many of the characters are, including Mason herself. I feel like we have much to learn about this world. Then, you have that crazy cliffhanger ending, and well... I'm just going to have to hunt down the next book in this series pretty darn quick.

Mason shrugged angrily out of her brother’s punishing grip as Toby dragged him back a few steps.

“Back off, Rory,” the fencing master said as calmly as he could.

“Mason, what happened?”

“I . . .” Now that she was safely on her feet, the horrible image flooded back into her mind. “I saw something. Out inthe storm. It was hideous—a face—all eyes and teeth and itwas screaming. . . .”

“Bullshit,” Rory scoffed. “First you freak out and now you’re making things up. You’re always making stupid shit up—”

“Toby said back off, Rory.” Calum stepped in front of him and put a hand on his chest. “You can’t talk to Mason like that.”

“Screw you! She’s my sister and I’ll talk to her however I damn well want!”

“Stow it, both of you!” Toby finally shouted.In the silence that followed, a sudden frenzy of sound came from overhead, like scrabbling animal claws and ear-splitting keening, somewhere high up on the roof. Mason flinched and looked up, even though she couldn’t see any-thing in the darkness. The unearthly howling floated over the rattle of the rain.

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LESLEY LIVINGSTON is a writer living in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of twelve books to date. Her first novel, WONDROUS STRANGE, was winner of the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year 2010, a White Pine Honour Book, shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Speculative Fiction, and in 2015 was named one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. DARKLIGHT, the second book in this series was a finalist for the Indigo Teen Read Awards. The concluding volume in the trilogy, TEMPESTUOUS, was a finalist for the Monica Hughes Award. These books have sold to more than ten countries to date, and WONDROUS STRANGE has been optioned for film/TV by Shaftesbury Films. Her other trilogies have both won the Copper Cylinder award for Young Adult fiction.

In addition to her books for teen readers, Lesley is also co-author of a Middle Grade series with Jonathan Llyr called THE WIGGINS WEIRD. The first book, HOW TO CURSE IN HIEROGLYPHICS was shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and was longlisted for the Canadian Booksellers Association’s Young Readers Book of the Year award. It was also chosen as one of the selections for the 2016 First Book Canada All-Star Reading Challenge.

Lesley’s newest novel is a YA historical epic, THE VALIANT, which will be published in February 2017 by Penguin Razorbill (US) and HarperCollins (CAN) and tells the story of a 17-year-old girl’s journey from fierce Celtic princess to female gladiator and the darling of the Roman Empire.

For almost three years, Lesley hosted weekly late-night movie marathons on the nationally broadcast television show, SPACEBAR, as the Waitron-9000, a sparkly holographic waitress with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure B-movie trivia. For almost two decades, she was a principal performer with Tempest Theatre Group, a Toronto-based Shakespearean theatre company.

To learn more about Lesley Livingston and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads and Twitter.

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