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Starling (Starling #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,989 Ratings  ·  399 Reviews
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 st ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
May 06, 2013 Lauren (Sugar & Snark) rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
1.5 Stars
Mason Starling is a champion fencer. One night while in the middle of practice, a terrible storm rips through her swanky New York school. With the storm comes some apocalyptic killer zombie and a naked sword wielding blonde worrier, The Fennrys Wolf. Who also happens to have a bad case of amnesia. This book revolves around Norse mythology and prophecies for the end of the world and somehow Mason is caught in the middle of it all.

That sounds awesome right?


The openi
4.5 stars.



I got to say the ending was the best- I just didn't see that coming!! I was on edge until the very last page, glued to the story and waiting to see what happened next.

This book was unpredictable and unforseeable you jus
Jul 03, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Similar Books: Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson, Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep, and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Confession: I'd never read a Lesley Livingston book before picking up Starling. I know. It's hard for me to believe, too. And I'm just gonna go out on a limb here and say that I'm about to go buy every single book in the Wondrous Strange series.

I've been looking forward to Starling ever since I saw the pitch for it on Goodreads almost a year ago. I'm a mythology whore, so anyth
Inspired Kathy
Jan 09, 2015 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Edit - listened to this again January 2015 - Just as good the 2nd time through. (read originally February 2013)

I really enjoyed Lesley Livingston's Wonderous Strange Series so I was excited to start her newest series Starling. I listened to the audio version of this book which was narrated by Lesley. I'm not usually a fan of author narrated books but Lesley is definitely an exception to that rule. She does a great job of bringing her books to life.

Starling is based on Norse mythology which I'm n
Whitley Birks
Sep 05, 2013 Whitley Birks rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Hey, guys! Do you want a book full of action! Adventure! Mystery! Mythology! Stuff happening! Excitement! Battles! Yes? Sound awesome? OMG and this book opens with a tense battle in a gymnasium with mysterious monsters and a naked guy that fell out of nowhere? SO COOL!

Oh, wait, it was all a trick.

Yes, that’s right, if you read this book and love the first three chapters, you might as well put it down after that and call it a short story. After that first blush of action, the book then proceeds t
May 04, 2014 Carmen rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars


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Pre-release fangirling:


Another book by Lesley Livingston! Recommended for fans of Cassandra Clare(giant neon sign above head) and I heard that the blurb was written by JULIE KAGAWA.




Someone hand me the book already!!!!!!!!

Sep 24, 2012 Ronda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves otherworldy happenings...
Shelves: 2012-favourites
I really didn't know what to expect with this book and I don't know what to say now that I've finished it, except - where the hell is book 2 already!!!

I have to say, Starling kept me as fixated as what Cassandra Clare did with The Mortal Instruments.... so much was going on and I was enthralled from start to finish - or should I say from start to BLOODY CLIFF HANGER!!! In no way am I comparing the books, I just mean that I loved this one in just the same way...

Oh My God What An Ending!!! I DID N
Dec 29, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
The synopsis of this book had me so excited, a girl who is a gifted fencer, a wolf, monsters, mythology and the apocalypse. Nothing could go wrong, Right!?
The very beginning of the book(first couple of chapters) was exhilarating, a monstrous storm blows through New York City, blowing a tree through Gosforth Academy's Gym where the protagonist Mason and her classmates happen to be. Zombie like creatures called the draugr attack them. A mysterious naked young man who is later revealed to be
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oct 13, 2012 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who still aren't sick of the standard paranormal romance formula
I'm going to put this out there and make no bones about it: I didn't care for Starling. There were a few different reasons for that, some of which are just bad timing and others which involve Starling running along classic YA tropes I personally dislike. Now, some books I don't like leave a bad taste in my mouth, make me angry, but this one didn't. I know many readers will enjoy this, and I do not begrudge them that. It just was not for me.

Starling sounded so up my aisle like you wouldn't believ
Julie Czerneda
Oct 04, 2012 Julie Czerneda rated it it was amazing
Lesley Livingston keeps getting better and better -- and she started at amazing, so that's saying something. Her latest, STARLING, collects a favourite character from her previous books (won't spoil it by saying who)and launches him into new and bigger problems. He's not alone. There's a new fabulous, gutsy, real heroine named Mason Starling introduced in this, the first of the Starling saga books.
I, for one, CAN'T WAIT for more!
Excellently written, paced, imagined. Truly an exceptional book by
Reading Teen
Sep 30, 2012 Reading Teen rated it really liked it
At a Glance:

Starling was an exciting beginning to new story where so many supernatural and mythological creatures come together. Being based mostly on Norse mythology, but with pieces of faery lore, made this book something original and intense. I really enjoyed it!

The Audio:

I love it when the author reads her own books for the audio production, if she's good, that is. I thought Lesley did a great job with the reading. She sounded as good as any other reader I've heard, and I liked knowing that
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

My review can also be found on Reading Lark:

Oh how I missed being in Lesley Livingston's awesome fictional universe!! I absolutely loved her debut trilogy, Wondrous Strange, and specifically the Fennrys Wolf. So, you can imagine how excited I was when we learned who was going to be part of her new trilogy -- you guessed it -- our beloved FENNRYS!!

While it's not imperative to be familiar with the Wondrous Strange world before cracking open Starling, I wil
the golden witch.
4.5/5 stars.

Here's what makes me different from a lot of fans who liked this book - I really did NOT like the previous trilogy featuring Fennrys Wolf, "Wondrous Strange". I couldn't get into it, couldn't relate to it. But in "Starling", Livingston feels like a totally new writer. I didn't want to throw the book across the room, I didn't want to punch the heroine. Livingston has made leaps and bounds of progress in "Starling", and you can definitely bet that I'm reading book two.

Now, what I'm not
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
I was really looking forward to reading this book! I've been going through a fencing phase and I really wanted to like this more!
The story is sweet and there are some cool fighting scenes, but I feel that they weren't highlighted like I expected them to be... Mason keeps losing her confidence in her skills and even after all the practice and effort she put into her traing a few verbal jabs from a former teammate are enough to throw her off her game. :P I expected Mason to be a more kickass char
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I was so looking forward to this book as although the Wondrous Strange trilogy is not my favorite YA series, it is one I really enjoyed. The Fennrys Wolf..or "Fenn" is my favorite character in that series although he is more or less part of a triangle - the left out part. Just a little background but The Fennrys Wolf was kidnapped by the fey King as a small child and trained and made into a Janus Guard and thus has long outlived his family and time in the real world. He was a Viking Prince desti ...more
May 23, 2016 !Aria! rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the book. It had MAGIC, LOVE, WONDER, BEAST, FARIES, and FATE in it. It was a good book and a book worth reading in anyone's free time. The book wasn't bad, but it wasn't my favorite book either. It was average enough to read and good enough to keep me interested. Read the series if you haven't yet, so you can see for yourself!!!!!
There wasn’t anything horribly wrong with this book, it was just slow, and I found it pretty put-down-able.

Mason was an okay character, but I didn’t love her. She had a bit of a rough time of it with her dad and being attacked repeatedly, but I just didn’t love her.

The storyline in this had plenty of action, but I found it really put-down-able. I would read a couple of pages, then I’d find something else to do. It just didn’t engage me the way I wanted it to.
There was some romance, but it was a
Mar 01, 2012 Rachael marked it as to-read
Wait... Fennrys Wolf as in the same Fennrys Wolf from Wondrous Strange? Is she mixing the two series together or something??
Marcos Tavares
Apr 20, 2015 Marcos Tavares rated it really liked it
Mason Starling é uma jovem que sempre teve tudo o que quis. Vinda de uma família muito rica, a mais de sua cidade, ela sempre teve tudo o que quis, mas nunca se deixou levar por todo esse luxo e conforto. Sua maior paixão é a esgrima, esporte pela qual se consagrou campeã de seu estado. Numa noite, enquanto está treinando na Academia Gosforth,uma forte tempestade se forma no céu. Ela e seus amigos do time, incluindo seu ex-namorado com a qual tem uma relação bastante conturbada, ficam presos. Ao ...more
May 07, 2016 Byul rated it did not like it
DNF at 80%..... I just couldn't anymore! I was dreading having to continue listening and it wasn't an enjoyment anymore.

It had so much potential and a great start but everything just went downhill from there. Yeah we learn about each person but at the end of the day what actually was accomplished? NOTHING! Everything was like a repeat of itself of frustration, memories, forgotten memories, flirting, wanting the end of the world to happen, reading daddy's notebook with end of the world prophecy.
May 28, 2012 Siobhan rated it really liked it
I remember when I first met Lesley, at the time I was working at Chapters and she arrived with Aprilynne Pike and Kim Harrison in tow. All three of these authors were touring and promoting their upcoming books. What struck me most about their visit was how outgoing Lesley was, even in comparison to Kim Harrison, who has many a book published in comparison. Lesley was sociable and quirky in a way that made you want to read her books.

I have read Lesley’s Wondrous Strange trilogy, which is very go
Aug 09, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
More of my reviews can be found on my blog: Literary Exploration

Lesley Livingston's Starling is an epic adventure filled with Norse mythology and fantastical elements. I've always been a fan of mythology, but Norse mythology is a rarity in YA fiction. Livingston did a wonderful job uniting the fantastical with reality. Sometimes mystical creatures are hidden right in plain sight! There was little that I didn't like about Starling. It's an epic adventure filled with strong characters and intrigui
Miss Clark
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Dec 25, 2012 P.M. rated it it was ok
Mason Starling wants to make the national fencing team. That desire takes second fiddle to survival when a violent storm destroys the school gym and brings monstrous "storm zombies" who seem to have it in for her. But a handsome, amnesiac, blond, sword-wielding guy, who calls himself the Fennrys Wolf, drops in to save the day. Of course, Mason is attracted to him and begins to sneak out to meet him, train with him, and try to help him find his erased past. She must also deal with an over-protect ...more
Once Upon a Twilight
WOW! I just finished listening to the audio version of this book and I am blown away. This story is not at all what I expected. When the story first started out I was a little confused because I thought Mason was a boy. Once I got past that part and realized Mason is a girl, the story flowed a lot better lol.

The story starts out with action and ends with action and a tiny spoiler here, it ends on a cliffhanger that left me sitting at my desk at work and I had to stop what I was doing with a very
Jessica at Book Sake
ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

I loved the idea behind the story and absolutely love the role that fencing played in it. Mason has got some serious skills and any scene having to do with her fencing was written wonderfully. And who can resist a character that doesn’t remember anything more than his name – and what a name it is – the Fennrys Wolf. All of the characters were realistic and I easily felt as if I knew the characters personally. In some books authors will make a character do so
Nikki H
Sep 17, 2012 Nikki H rated it liked it
This book wasn't exactly up to my expectations. I was expecting a fast paced novel that would rock my socks off with all its mythology and action, but what I got was just a mythological novel that fell flat to me.
Mason Starling is a girl who is a master in fencing. She can take over any competition and win against anyone. One night while practicing, a storm come and almost wipes out her entire school, Gosforth Academy. With the storm comes a mysterious stranger whom makes all the difference i
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Aug 17, 2012 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
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
Starling quickly drew me in with a fast paced and fascinating story. It simply starts with a bang, Mason and friends become trapped in a gym as a storm rages outside when suddenly they find themselves under attack by strange mythical creatures. The situation seems hopeless until they are unexpectedly saved by a hot naked guy bearing a sword and no idea who or where he is or how he came to be there. The story continues with hints of prophecy and norse mythology and epic battles to be waged with d ...more
Imagine every myth, every goddess, god, and beast--rolled into one. What do you get? This book. The basis mythology is Norse, but there is Greek and Egyptian too. It was an AMAZING read for someone like me, who loves mythology.

Starling's protagonist is Mason Starling, a teenager who goes to the exclusive Gosforth Academy in NY. She's also a champion fencer, and her dad is extremely rich with an underground train that brings the family to and fro. Nice life? Not so much, when a tree comes crashin
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