Friday, March 28, 2014

Book Review: Starling (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3) by: Fiona Paul

Release Date: March 20, 2014 from Philomel
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"The dark, seductive conclusion to the thrilling Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy!

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, danger and torrid romances, this novel brings the Secrets of the Eternal Rose novels to a thrilling, heart-pounding, sexy conclusion."

My Thoughts:

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 we end up with in Starling. I loved watching her grow and bloom into such a wonderful, strong, courageous, and deadly smart woman; especially considering her time period. She goes to incredible lengths for those she loves and even in the face of death and seemingly insurmountable circumstances she stays strong and uses her brains to get out of those situations.

Then we have Falco and Luca and this is seriously one of the best love triangles I have ever read. I started out all about Falco, but then somewhere along the lines I fell hard for Luca and it snuck up on me. Something happens to threaten Luca and Cass, and when it did, it broke me. That is when I realized how much I had come to love Luca and it was weird because I NEVER change my mind when it comes to book boyfriends. So this was a first. And well,  I can’t truly say I changed my mind because I still adore Falco, more I wanted everyone to be happy because I had come to love them both so much. Unfortunately, one of them had to be left behind and while it BROKE me to read that scene, I was also happy with the choice Cass made because it was the right choice for her.

What I love most about this series is that the heroine takes care of herself. She doesn’t need to rely on a guy and a guy does not need to be present to help drive the story. Cass drives the story all by herself. I also love the mystery and surprises along the way. I love how slowly the story unravels and that I piece everything together a little at a time. The author did such a wonderful job bringing all the pieces together and wrapping each and every one of them up at the end. It was a beautiful conclusion.

Starling was the perfect ending to this beautiful series. I am so sad to see it end, but I look forward to visiting Renaissance Italy with Cass, Falco, and Luca again.


  1. Haha -- I actually adore that first line and find it to be quite helpful! I must start this series! You have me so excited over the character growth that takes place in these books, and the love triangle sounds amazing -- I can't believe you jumped teams! That is so unlike you, therefore making me extremely curious! I am so happy this was a great conclusion for you. Thank you for the enthusiastic and beautiful review! *squish*

    1. I know! I never jump teams! And while I didn't completely abandon Falco- it is still a huge deal for me haha

  2. Well, when a review starts out with so many loves, I know it's a must read!!! :D Gosh, I know how much you just love this series, so I know I have to read it! It just seems so good!! And I do love a very strong heroine!
    And though not a fan of the love triangle, you saying it's one of the best-well, that makes me actually happy! I know I'll end up loving it as well!!

    Teresa! Love this review!! *muggle huggles*

  3. Cass sounds like a main character I would like to watch grow as well

  4. I haven't read this series. I love it when characters grow over the course of a series. I've loved all of the cover and so glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Aw, I love your enthusiasm for this series! And wow, what a cover! Great review, Teresa!

  6. I'll have to add this to my TBR list - great review, Teresa.

  7. I need to finish this series, only read the 1st book SO long ago, but I know I loved it, haha. It's good to see how things progress and great that the ending still holds as strong as the beginning. And you know how I love those strong & independent women!


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