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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Book Review: Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett

Published by: Pendrell Publishing
Released on: December 6th, 2011
Source: ARC from author to review
4.5 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Read an Excerpt here

A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them.

Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang. All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men.

For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie—but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she’s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society—the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance—the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn’t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren’t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war -quoted from Goodreads

This book had me with a timeless love story, soul mates, a well written love triangle, intriguing character history, a butt kicking heroine who can totally hold her own, and 1966 GT Ford Mustang (no joke, I'm a sucker for classic Mustangs). Mix all this together and throw in some history, swoon worthy guys, well developed twists, a bit of action and a conspiracy and you've got one fabulously written debut.

I love a well written heroine, and I totally adored Evie! She's a girl who holds her own, she doesn't put up with drama, she's totally level headed, has a love for the outdoors, a good relationship with her parents, and she's a college freshman who's completely independent. She's a character I'd love to hang out with. She's fun, sarcastic and knows how to enjoy life. She's a very grounded for college freshman and I think that has something to do with who she is and her parents, and the role they play in her life. They're there for her when she needs them and I like that they want to make sure she's safe and have her best interest at heart, even though she's off at college. They let her be herself. I loved the family camping trip (wait till you read this scene)!

Things get a little, okay really "hot" when Alex Night and Emil Stone enter Evie's life. Let me just say, these two guys are anything but predictable. I loved the entire idea of soul mates and the history that unravels with that (keeping this spoiler free), but it took me a bit to get past the instant love connection. Though the instant love bothered me and it's nomrally one of my biggest pet peeves and normally it will turn me off of reading a YA book, there was something about Angela's writing that kept me invested in this story, and I'm so glad I kept reading! It was obvious to me there was something more about the feelings both Alex and Emil shared for Evie, and why. Angela carefully builds everything up and then unravels it, allowing the reader to soak up everything as Evie does. Everything I questioned ended up making sense.

Angela's writing style is addicting, intriguing and flawless. Like Evie, I got a bit impatient with both Emil and Alex, even though I was totally drawn to them and wanted to know more about them, I wanted them to hurry up and reveal their big secrets. Huge kudos to Angela for making me wait. She did a fabulous job at revealing her plot twists and entwining those with the secrets Emil and Alex have. I was totally caught off guard with a huge twist that happens towards the end. I can honestly say that Angela's attention to detail is crucial in this story. Once you read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Eternal Starling is a thrilling, addicting read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and now that I know more of the history with the characters, I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel. This is such a well written love story that I'm just as torn as Evie is, though Emil may end up stealing my heart by the time this trilogy is over. I highly recommend picking it up! It's a great clean cut book that both YA readers and those looking for a good cross over will enjoy!


  1. This is one of my favorite debut books! Angela is a total sweetheart and wrote an intense, thrilling book! I still can't decide if I'm Team Alex or Team Emil!

    ~ Jennifer Murgia

  2. I was really blown away with this debut. I'm looking forward to reading many more of her books.

  3. This sounds awesome! And yeah, I'm a sucker for classic cars too :) Can't wait to read this. Great review!

    ♥ Trish
    Just a YA Girl