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

March 20, 2014 Book Review, Young Adult 14 ★★★★½

StarlingStarling by Fiona Paul
Series: Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3
Published by Philomel on March 20th 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
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<p><strong>The dark, seductive conclusion to the thrilling Secrets of the Eternal Rose trilogy!</strong></p>
<p>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.</p>

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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 about the Order of the Eternal Rose group continues in this installment and of course is filled with the danger and intrigue we saw in the previous books. Every last piece of the puzzle was wrapped up in an exciting and heart-pounding way. There were nail-biting moments and those that creeped me out but it made for one incredible read. The characters have all shown so much growth and development since Venom but none as much as our main character, Cass. Cass has developed into such a strong and determined woman who knows what she wants. That is miles above where she was when we first met her. This also relates directly to the conclusion on the love triangle between Cass, Luca, and Falco. I will not spoil what happens but I honestly and truly feel like all parties will be satisfied with the resolution. Of course I did find myself emotional at times since I did develop an attachment to Cass’s relationships with both men, but Fiona Paul handles this dilemma beautifully and respectfully. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the writing in this series. I am not a huge historical fiction reader, but the writing had the ability to transfer me to Renaissance Italy and all its beauty. The research of the time and the locations is extremely apparent throughout all three novels and plays a huge part of why I enjoyed these books so immensely. Everything is so detailed and I found myself learning things I knew nothing about! To wrap things up, fans of this series will not be disappointed in the conclusion. And if you are someone who has yet to start these books, I cannot recommend it enough. I am left feeling bittersweet – sad that the story had to come to an end, but satisfied it did in just the right way. Now I move on to what the author has to come under her author name, Paula Stokes! 4.5_stars Past reviews for the Secrets of the Eternal Rose series: Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1) Belladonna (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2)

About Fiona Paul

Fiona Paul lives in St. Louis, MO where she’s managed to persuade fancy universities to award her degrees in psychology and nursing. Between her studies, she traveled around five continents and spent time living in Thailand and South Korea (which is probably why she finds the idea of wearing shoes in the house a little weird).

In addition to writing, Fiona is somewhat obsessive about coffee, music, and adventure sports. Her future goals include swimming with great white sharks and writing a whole slew of novels, not necessarily in that order.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

14 Responses to “Review: Starling (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #3) by Fiona Paul”

  1. Ebony

    ADHOAIEHREWIOPU EROISUE JEPRU EI;O!!!! FANGIRLING SUPER HARD RIGHT NOW!!! I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE! Unfortunately, it’s not published until the 24th here in Australia, but I will be making a trip to the bookstore so I can get it….I’m really glad you enjoyed this book, but I’m also really jealous you’ve already read it! Thanks for sharing with us your thoughts, it was a great review. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Paula Stokes

      Ebony–AHA! I knew I saw a release date of 3/24 somewhere and thought it might be the Australian one. THAT. LOVELY. COVER. I must figure out a way to score a copy of Aussie STARLING for me ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks for the awesome review, Sara!
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  2. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    Lovely review, Sara. It’s always exciting and satisfying when a series you love ends beautifully. I loved the first book in the series, but I haven’t read the sequel yet. Now that the third book is out, I’ll be reading book 2 soon. The only thing I’m worried about it the love triangle. You know how I feel about those, but it seems like all of the characters are treated fairly, so I might not have much of an issue with it.
    Fabulous review!
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  3. Jasprit

    I’ve not heard of this series before Sara, but its always great when the books get better and the characters develop and mature a lot of the course of the series. I’m glad that you were also happy with the way things ended! Also I didn’t realise that Paula Stokes had wrote this series, I’ve heard so many great things about The Art of Lainey! Lovely review as always! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. Inky

    OH I KNOW. Just Perfection and wonderful feels. (Yeah this is like a double of the tweet I sent you. Haha) But oh man I love that you mentioned the writing too! that also really sold these books for me! It just seemed to get better and better till I was so sucked into the story!!


  5. Tanja

    I have heard such amazing things about this book and I’m hoping to read this series soon. I’m so glad you enjoyed the third book in this series. Great review, Sara ๐Ÿ™‚
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