TRANSCENDENT by Lesley Livingston


From the "Starling" series, volume 3
Age Range: 14 - 18
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An action-packed conclusion to the Starling trilogy.

Mason Starling is struggling to keep her recently created alternate self—a Valkyrie of Norse myth—in check (Descendent, 2013). If she doesn’t, she’ll fulfill a prophecy that'll bring about the end of the world. This transformation turns Mason into a powerful, terrifying force who’s at least the equal of her supernaturally gifted boyfriend, the Fennrys Wolf. But even Fenn can’t avoid death after being stabbed, and Mason makes a deal with Rafe—the Egyptian god of death, Anubis—to save Fenn’s life by transforming him into a werewolf. Having Anubis turn himself and his followers into wolves and not jackals is not the only disappointingly convenient tweaking of the rules—both of the book’s world and of mythology in general. Even if it gives the good guys an edge, this plot-driven license feels at least partly like cheating. As Mason and her fellows attempt to thwart the apocalypse, readers may be distracted by the gratingly contrived slang used by the teenage characters and a narration that sometimes feels it's drowning in metaphor and simile. At least Mason and Fenn’s romance finally feels valid, as they’ve now had enough time and shared experiences to be in love.

Fans may come away with questions but should be satisfied on the whole. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-06-206313-7
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2014


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