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Monday, May 13, 2013

NICOLE'S REVIEW: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

Title: Dark Star
Author: Bethany Frenette
Format Acquired: Hardcover
Publication Date: October 23 2012
Publishing House: Disney Hyperion
ISBN: 9781423146650
Source of Copy: Purchased from Fully Booked


Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime fighter in the Twin Cities, so it's hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she's lured into the night by something human and not human - something with talons and teeth, and a wide scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn't fight crime. She fights Harrowers - livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape, and they want Audrey dead just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she as always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person;s memories become her own, and she sometimes glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get near Patrick Tigue. a powerful Harrower masquerading as a human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrower's next move. But Leon, her mother's bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately he won't let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her family and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything - and everyone - she loves.

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


So the thing that finally persuaded me to read Dark Star was the mention of "superheroes". I'm a sucker for stuff like those - spandex and secret identities, I find them highly amusing - so I definitely could not resist.

Audrey Whitticomb's mother is a superhero, or a Guardian as she'd rather be called. No joke. She thought her mother was just like those heroes in comic books, fighting crime and saving the world from bad guys. What Audrey doesn't really know is that yes, while her mother does fight bad guys, they're just not the ones she had in mind. One fateful night she encounters the things that her mother battles - Harrowers they're called, or demons I suppose - and her world is turned upside down because who knew that things like those actually existed, right?

I liked Audrey, she's an engaging and entertaining character, I couldn't help but love her interaction with Leon, her mother's sidekick. She's smart and witty and she's not afraid of her emotions seeing as how she readily admits that she's scared of those demons and doesn't go the whole I'm-not-scared-of-anything route but she puts on her brave face and big girl pants and faces her fears. Audrey is also curious and that curiosity usually puts her in danger and in the line of fire. Now Audrey isn't like her mother, she isn't a superhero - no super strength, no teleporting abilities - or anything but she does have some sort of psychic powers. She can read people when she gets close enough to them and she can also see glimpses into the future. Little does Audrey know though that she's got a bigger role in the scheme of all things and it's about time she stepped into it.

Now Dark Star's pacing was fine, it was a bit slow at first but then it picked up and kept steady. But what irked me a bit was how at the end I was expecting something epic to happen some big reveal or tell-all or at least fireworks and lots of explosions and action because you know, there was a battle and stuff. It was all kind of anti-climatic really, like everything just fell into place and happened so fast that it was kind of disappointing. Although it was pretty obvious Leon had a thing for Audrey, they're totally adorable together.

If you're in the mood for something fun with decent helpings of adorable romance, entertaining dialogue and superheroes, don't miss out on Dark Star. It's also got murder, mystery and a whole other dimension - literally - built in for added fun and enjoyment.



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