Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway for DESCENDANT by Lesley Livingston


Descendant (Starling, #1) 
Lesley Livington
336 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.

The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.

Norse, Greek, and Egyptian mythology comes rushing back in the thrilling sequel to STARLING, which is bound to leave you hanging.

Mason Starling is stranded in Asgard. And the only way to get home is by using the Odin Spear, a powerful weapon left behind by the Norse gods. But what she doesn’t know is that if she picks up the Spear of Odin, she’ll set in motion the chain reaction of Ragnarok, a.k.a. the end of the world.

And Fennyrs Wolf isn’t about to let that happened. Desperate to reach Mason, the girl that showed him what life really is, Fenn journeys to the Underworld. The only way for him to get back to the one place he dreads returning to.

Remember when I said STARLING didn’t meet my expectations? Well DESCENDANT supplied enough awesomeness for both books. From the first page, we’re thrown back into Mason’s world of action, non-stop danger, and blood-lusting monsters.

I find it really cool how Lesley Livingston manages to mix up a lot of different mythologies and still make it understandable. But the story leans closer to Norse this time around, and we all know one particular Norse god who wears green and gold. Who also happens to be called the God of Mischief. Well that guy makes an appearance.

I loved the new and old characters, and still felt like kicking this one particular naive character over and over at times. This person pretty much ruins the story, and is the main reason for the not-suppose-to-happen ending. I’d give you a name, but then it would ruin STARLING and DESCENDANT.

The ending, guys, the ending. Whilst the first book’s ending left us sort of hanging, I didn’t really give it much thought, but DESCENDANT has a huge cliff-hanger. And now, I have to wait a full year for the third book, and trust me, after an ending like that I wish I could read Descendant for the first time, all over again when the entire trilogy is out. All in all, DESCENDANT made up for STARLING’s let downs and more.

About the Author:

Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian Literature and Shakespeare. She frequently performs with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a co-founder. She is also the author of WONDROUS STRANGE and DARKLIGHT.

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    Heidi D

    August 21, 2013

    I haven’t had a chance to read Starling yet, but it’s definitely on my list. I love mythology, so I’m really excited to read it. Also, I really love the cover for Descendant. I’m looking forward to reading that as well.

    Great giveaway. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    August 21, 2013

    Hmmmm I really wanted to read this series, but I’m nervous about this massive cliffhanger you talk about! I’m glad book two improved upon book one for you, that’s always good, but I’m thinking this might be a series it would benefit me to read when all the books are out so I don’t have to deal with crazy endings. Thanks for your thoughts Asma!

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    August 21, 2013

    I haven’t gotten the chance to read Starling yet, but I LOVED Wondrous Strange, so this series should be great as well :D Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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    Berls @Fantasy is More Fun

    August 21, 2013

    I hadn’t heard of this series, but that cover is fantastic and pulled me in. I love books with mythology in them, so now I’m very interested! Added both books to my tbr :-)

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    Les Johnson

    August 21, 2013

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I love the cover. Definitely look forward to reading it.

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    August 21, 2013

    Love the covers! The series sounds really awesome. Definitely on my tbt list now.

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    Danielle D

    August 21, 2013

    Awesome! I guess I didn’t realize how much mythology was packed into these when I first looked at Starling! Thanks for this chance!

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    susan beamon

    August 21, 2013

    interesting book. would like to have it.

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    Shannon Maechling

    August 21, 2013

    I LOVE the cover of Descendant. It says provocative, dangerous, and don’t mess with this chick! Best of Luck! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    August 21, 2013

    I’m such a big fan of mythology and I love that this author pulls threads from a variety of sources without confusion. Haven’t yet read the first book, though it’s on my shelf — think I need to get on that!

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    August 21, 2013

    Gorgeous cover! I haven’t had a chance to read either of these books yet, but I loved Wondrous Strange and her story in Corsets and Clockwork! Thanks for the amazing giveaway! :D

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    August 21, 2013

    I’ve heard quite a lot about this series and it sounds so good. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    August 21, 2013

    I’ve heard so many good things about this series! I can’t wait to read it.

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    sarah k

    August 21, 2013

    I loved Wondrous Strange and I can’t wait to start this series, it looks like an awesome story and the covers are great.

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    August 21, 2013

    Ohh, nice! It’s so good to hear that the sequel was such an improvement on the first book. Now let’s hope the third bests them all!!

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    Kayla Prada

    August 21, 2013

    I haven’t started this series yet but I’ve been meaning to! I read the Wondrous Strange series and I loved it! So I’m really excited to start this series!

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    August 22, 2013

    I really enjoyed Starling and I’ve been looking forward to Descendant :)

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    Tammy V.

    August 22, 2013

    New author for me but I love the mythology theme especially when the female is the strong one.

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    August 22, 2013

    Why, why, why have I STILL not read STARLING yet?!?! Gah! I’ve been wanting to read it since well before it even came out, and here it is almost release day for book 2, for goodness’ sake. Now I’ll just have to read them back-to-back! Thank you for the chance to win both!

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    alicia marie

    August 22, 2013

    Sounds like i’ll have to read both of these books. Definitely going on the tbr list : )

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    Kai W.

    August 26, 2013

    I haven’t read the book yet but there has been several good review postings about this series.

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    Atalia M.

    August 31, 2013

    Ive heard great things about this series. Cant wait to start it! :)