“Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wing – flying through the air in their trapeze act, never staying in one place for long. Behind the greasepaint and the glitter, they know that the true magic is the family they travel with.
Until Lo meets a boy. Suddenly, she wants nothing more than to stay still. And as secrets start to tear apart the close-knit circus community, how far will Lo go to keep her feet on the ground?
Flight of a Starling is a heartbreaking read with an important message.”
I really wanted to rate this book 4 stars but I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t. Having previously read and enjoyed a previous novel by Lisa Heathfield, which was Paper Butterflies, I was really excited to be giving the chance to read and review this book. I did read some of the reviews, but different people do like different things and so I wanted to give it a chance myself, especially because of the author.
I did really enjoy this book and I demolished it in two sittings. It has its classic Lisa Heathfield writing style, with such beautiful imagery that makes me feel like I’m there in the story. It’s so fast paced and easy to read that I had no problems reading and getting through it. It’s emotional, which I should have expected from the previous read from this author. She’s good at hitting you in your feels. The characters we easy to picture, even if some were one dimensional and needed some more work added to them. It didn’t really affect the story, but it did affect my likability and bond with them.
What’s putting me off giving this a higher rating is because I feel like so much is just left out at the end and just left unanswered, which is so disappointing. I was so invested to certain aspects of this story and to not get these answers was such a let down. The “twists” wasn’t a twist for me, because of family history sadly, but also because of the first chapter. It would’ve been better if the first chapter was actually placed where is falls naturally, and that’s between Chapter 13 and 14.
I just wish that this was slightly longer, so that there would be a couple of chapters that could answer some of those things that are left dangling and left unanswered, because then this would definitely be a four star, hands down! It’s just frustrating because up until that point I was going to rate this book a high four stars.