Title: Flight of a Starling
Author: Lisa Heathfield
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rita and Lo are inseparable – sisters and best friends. Always on the move, and always flying through the air, holding on to each other for support for their trapeze act. Fearless and weightless, they find the magic in everything. Behind the act they put on, they know that the true magic in their family, not the circus. However, in one insignificant town, Lo meets a boy and decides she wants to be on the ground and stood still. Rita can’t understand, and suddenly their close-knit circus community is under threat when secrets are revealed.
I’ve only read one of Lisa Heathfields other books, Paper Butterflies, and I really enjoyed it. It was a chilling and harrowing book. So when I saw Flight of a Starling available on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read, and also, that cover is just beautiful.
Flight of a Starling was an enchanting and powerful book. It is raw, honest, and full of emotion. I loved the setting of the circus, and I loved the passion Rita and Lo had for the circus and for the art they produced. The atmosphere was very magical and enchanting, definitely a highlight of the book.
Flight of a Starling is a very character driven story. Both Rita and Lo, having lived in the circus their whole lives and being surrounded by the same people were innocent and naive, but each had some really great development. I liked how Lo started to question what she wanted, and how she discovered there was a world that existed outside of the circus, and she was trying to find her place in that world. The ‘forbidden romance’ was a nice element, it was interesting to see the struggle Lo had and the conflict it caused within her community and, more importantly, with her sister. I really liked Rita as well and her passion and support for her community. I loved her love she felt and the conflict she had with her sister. It was a really well developed and complex relationship.
The ending was emotional and heart-wrenching. I’d like to take this opportunity to warn readers (so, spoilers), but I’d like to add trigger warnings for drug abuse, overdose, accidental suicide, and depression.
Overall, Flight of a Starling was a compelling and emotional read that I do highly recommend.
Megan (pronounced MEE-GAN bc her Irish grandfather refused to use the English pronunciation) is a 21 year old british blogger, history graduate, lover of books and expert procrastinator. She is anxious and introverted and is currently attempting adulthood. She loves potatoes which is often blamed on her irish heritage and can often eat her weight in food. She predominantly reads and reviews YA which includes historical fiction, science fiction, contemporary, and f/f romance. She loves reading about unlikeable female characters, positive female friendships & relationships, and is a sucker for a pretty cover.