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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Blog Tour- DESCENDANT by Lesley Livingston Playlist and a Giveaway

I love Lesley Livingston and her books and I love music and so does Lesley so today I get to share a playlist with you for DESCENDANT. And of course I'll embed YouTube videos of my favorite ones and there's a giveaway as well so check below.

Title: Descendant (Starling #2)
Author: Lesley Livingston
Pub. Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336

The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.

The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.

Now on to this awesome playlist!


I listen to music a lot when I’m writing. Sometimes it helps to block out the outside world so I can focus on the one in my head, and sometimes it helps to inspire a certain scene. Sometimes, it’s just fun listening to songs my characters might have on shuffle play. Here is a selection from the playlist I have on my shiny purple iPod for DESCENDANT. Enjoy!

1. NEW YORK – U2

This is just the song to get me into the mood to write about the city. A feeling of setting more than anything specific. Plus I love way that it goes from cool and relaxed to frantic and driving in an instant. Kind of like Mason’s world.

2. IMMIGRANT SONG – Led Zeppelin 

Okay, maybe I’m being slightly Captain Obvious here with this choice, but how can I not include the ultimate Viking warrior anthem? Seriously. With a line like “Fight the horde, singing and crying: Valhalla, I am coming!” And those initial screaming Robert Plant vocals sound like approaching draugr to me. And to Fennrys. 

3. PUMPED UP KICKS - Foster the People

This is such a Rory song. It just is. Right down to the attitude. And the bullet.


There seem to be an awful lot of things lurking, breathing under water, in the rivers surrounding the island of Manhattan. I thought that maybe they needed their own playlist entry. Mostly because I want them to be nice to me. Nice underwater breathing things… play nice now.

5. DOG DAYS ARE OVER - Florence and the Machine

“Happiness hit her like a train on a track”? It sure did. Poor Mason…


There’s pretty much something for every character in DESCENDANT in this song. Read the book, then read the lyrics, and then tell me I’m not right. Better yet? Tell Fennrys I’m not right!


A song for Mason and Fennrys. Full of ache and longing… the charged, eerie sensation of a sky filled with lightning. And the particularly fitting lyrics: “You're in my mind all of the time/ I know that's not enough/
If the sky can crack, there must be some way back/ For love and only love…”

8. CUPID - Sam Cooke

One for Heather. An oldie, but a goodie! I can actually picture her cranking this song up in her dorm room and dancing to it all alone. Heather digs irony.

9. CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD – Electric Light Orchestra

And one for Cal. Next time an Ocean’s daughter calls your name? Put in ear plugs! Then you won’t have this problem.

10. WORLD ON FIRE - Sara McLachlan

Mason probably hums this one in her sleep. It’s a lovely melodic counterpoint to her nightmares and yet still manages to remind her incessantly about the impending end of the world!

11. THE CHOSEN ONE – Bryan Ferry

This one’s for Roth. Sad and strange and brooding and quiet. A song of foreboding.

12. GOODBYE BLUE SKY – Pink Floyd

A particularly fitting song for an approaching apocalypse, no? Yes!

13. I WILL FIND YOU – Clannad

Because Fenn will find you, Mason. At least, he’d better…

About Lesley:
Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian Literature and Shakespeare. She frequently performs with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a co-founder. She is also the author of WONDROUS STRANGE and DARKLIGHT.
You can visit Lesley online at www.lesleylivingston.com

Giveaway Details:
2 signed sets of STARLING & DESCENDANT Us/Canada Only

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Check out the Tour Schedule!
8/19/2013- The Happy Booker- Guest Post
8/20/2013- Bewitched Bookworms- Interview
8/21/2013- IceyBooks- Review
8/22/2013- Tater's Tall Tails- Guest Post
8/23/2013- [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E.]- Review
8/26/2013- Fiktshun- Character Interview Fennrys
8/27/2013- Wholly Books- Review
8/28/2013- Book Jems- Review
8/29/2013- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post

8/30/2013- About to Read- Interview


  1. So excited for Descendant's release! Thanks so much for the giveaway :D


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