In the final book in the trilogy, Cass and Luca are back in Venice trying to find the Book of the Eternal Rose to clear Luca's name and keep them both out of prison. But the hunters become the hunted when the Order of the Eternal Rose figures out their plan. Filled with twists and turns, da ...more
10 out of 10
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Genre: historical fantasy, YA, mystery
Stuff: Renaissance Venice, secret society
WOW: twists, the ending... everything?
POV: 3rd-person, female
Love-Geometry: fading medi ...more
Warning! This review contains spoilers regarding the ending of the trilogy.
My rating is for the whole trilogy. If I am to rate Starling, I'd give it three stars, but in this case I think it is relevant to include the events of the previous parts and rate them all in one. I'll list below some of my thoughts about what I liked and did not like about the transformation of th...more
Starling by Fiona Paul
Book Three of the Secrets of the Eternal Rose series
Publication Date: March 20, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Source: ARC sent by the author
Summary (from Goodreads):
What I Liked:
SPOILER FREE REVIEW! Unless you haven't read Venom. But if you have read both Venom and Belladonna, there are zero spoilers in this review!
Also, I feel like I'm not going to do this book justice with my review.
I don't even know where to ...more
Venom set the stage with a bang, a chilling and dark mystery in a very real historical time period. Belladonna got better and continued the mystery with a smart and fast ride that hoo ...more
Working on a project of this magnitude with Paper Lantern Lit has been exciting and educational, but I am super-excited to now be writing solo projects under my real name. My first book, THE ART OF LAINEY (HarperTeen), comes out just a couple o ...more
Now on to the good stuff. Starling is the final installment of the Secrets of the Et ...more
Love love love love love love love. That is what I want to say about this book, but since that isn’t really helpful, I’ll expand. Starling was everything I hoped for in the conclusion and so much more. It was another fantastic addition to the series and honestly pulled me in from beginning to end.
Cass is such a wonderful heroine and I love the woman she grew into over the course of the series. The girl we met in Venom is so different from the woman ...more
Did I mention SPOILERS?
And meaningless rant. This is not a review. Just rant.
So, remember what I said in my review of ...more
It was so easy getting back into this world and story. I love the setting so much, it's so realistic and captivating. I also love how dark these books are! My heart was racing at times and some things were downright scary. The mystery is fantastic and I loved the inclusion of some action scenes. There was never a dull moment in this book.
It was a wonderful journey seeing Cass grow throughout these books. I also love what happened in the romance story line.
However, I c ...more
The pace is just ridiculously fast in this book. There's most definitely no lack of action, and it's really the sort of book you want to get read in one sitting. You're completely hooked, wanting to find out w ...more
The plot of Starling was an excellent balance of wrapping up the mystery and exciting storyline that has run through the series as well as bring ...more
Starling is the highly anticipated finale of one of my most beloved series, Secrets of the Eternal Rose. The books have been filled with beautiful and captivating writing, a mystery that kept me on my toes and a cast of characters I fell in love with. I was so anxious to see how it would all end and Fiona Paul did not disappoint! I will keep this review extremely brief as to not spoil anything on the conclusion.
The hunt for answers ab ...more
Historical novels have one thing in common: the perfect sidekick. In this case, Cass has a house full of them. I´m talking about the courtesans in Pala ...more
I basically had to force myself to read this. I really enjoyed Venom, the first book, but after the series went downhill. The romance has been bothering me since book two, but in this book the mystery plot was also weak and Cass started to get annoying.
I’m still completely uninterested in the romance/love triangle. Belladonna clearly showed that Ms. Paul though Luca was end game and then had to take back everything she built in the first book. Honestly, there’s just no chemistry between Luca a ...more
The twists and turns continue in this book. The choices, actions, betrayals will keep you reading to figure out the ending to this mystery. Cass is still not giving up, she wants answers and to bring down Secrets of the Eternal Rose but she might not have to look too far since they are also looking for Cass. She is scared, confused and a little out of her element, but is going to do that ever it takes to make sure they don't hurt anyone e ...more
At the end of the day, I’m a little confused and annoyed with the final book of The Secrets of the Eternal Rose series. Starting from the very beginning, I HATE the title. No, it’s not the name itself and yes, I liked the nickname Falco gave Cass in book #1. (view spoiler)[But I’m baffled why the author would title her book with this cute nickname when Cass doesn’t end up with Falco. It’s deceptive and misleading. By the title alone we should be expecting Cass to end up with Falco, not with ...more
"When we strike, it must be as rapid as the wind, as silent as stars."
Setting:Venice, Italy; the Renaissance
Coverly Love?:No! I loved the original covers with the girl wearing the mask. These new covers look cheesy.
Plot:After their deadly encounter with the sinister Belladonna, Cassandra and Luca are running for their lives. Targeted as fugitives by the government and hunted by the Order of the Eternal Rose, Cass and Luca must work together to find the book that contains the secrets of the ...more
Overall I think this is a decent trilogy and it deserves more recognition as it's quite different from what we see in our usual YA. Besides, you know it's good when the setting plays character on it's own. Even if I hated ev ...more
WARNING: This is a spoiler free review for those who have read Venom and Belladonna. However ...more
“Who will fly besides her when she finally finds her wings?”
Yes, everyone. This is really there.
What? You say you didn’t realize that finding true love meant growing wings and flying sky-high? Well, aren’t you a silly, naïve little wingless bird!
I died when re ...more
When the last drop of light drained from the sky, Cass and Luca crept out of the shed where they had been hiding.
This installment begins immediately after the end Belladonna. Luca and Cass are still on the run after breaking out of the Doge's prison. Hoping to find the Book of the Eternal Rose and clear Luca's name they begin a search across Venice fraught with danger and betrayal. Will they be able ...more
Taking place back during the Italian renaissance, the books follow 17-year-old noblewoman Cassandra Caravello. Cassandra is torn from her sheltered life of grand villas and lavish parties after her friends death when she discoveries the body of a murdered courtesan. And then she meets Falco, w ...more
Things I didn't like:
Siena's sister is upset her sister is dead. Rather than just tell her Siena gave her life to save the man she loved, Cass says she doesn't want to say because she doesn't want to speak ill of the dead. How exactly is that speaking ill of the dead? She loved Luca. She never, ever acted on that love. She sacrificed her life to save his. She's a hero. Ill of the dead. Shesh.
Cass finds out Christian had been sending pages of her diar ...more
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