Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette [Review]

Dark Star (Dark Star, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
Series: Dark Star #1
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: October 23, 2012
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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 sweet night air 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 at night. 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 has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person's memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers' 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 herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything--and everyone--she loves.
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Shannon's Thoughts:
I randomly picked this book off the shelf at the library.  I can't even say what exactly drew me to it.  (Although "Dark Star" does have a certain ring to it). And even after I read the cover flap, I still put it in my book bag to take home.  Normally I would have run away from anything resembling "Super Heroes" or "Masked Crime Fighters" because while they look good in movies, I'm not sure they translate as well in books. 

But this was one of those happy occurrences where the book turned out so much better than I expected!  First of all, it isn't just about masked vigilantes.  It is so much more than that.  Audrey and her family are Kin - a race of humans with special powers.  Some Kin are "called" and become Guardians who help protect the rest of the Kin from the Harrowers.  The Harrowers are also known as demons and they are bad news.  Audrey always knew her mom was had special abilities and even her own side-kick named Leon.  But she didn't realize her mom was keeping the Kin a secret from her as well.  She always assumed her mom was fighting robberies and muggings - not demons.  It also turns out the side-kick, Leon, is a lot more than he seems. 

The best part about this book is that Frenette took a subject that could easily be cheesy and turned it into something fun, exciting and intense.  Audrey is incredibly headstrong and acts before she thinks.  She is constantly butting heads with Leon.  But she doesn't come across as annoying or too juvenile.  She is occassionally naive and doesn't anyways make the best decisions, however, and can be frustrating to that end.  I also liked that Audrey had some realistic reactions to things that happen to her.  She doesn't just blindly accept everything and struggles with it quite a bit. 

All in all, I thought this was a great book!  I hadn't even heard about it before I saw it as the library and that is kind of a shame.  The author says this is the first book in a series (although the second hasn't been announced yet) and I am very excited to revisit Audrey's world!


  1. I admit, I'm with you on the superhero thing. It's not something that I normally get into. But this sounds really good! The title and cover are awesome and I definitely would have grabbed this one!

    Thanks for the review! Another for my TBR! YAY!

  2. I've been wanting to read this one because it sounded so cool, but I know what you mean about being careful with superheroes in books, it can be really hard to translate. I'm happy to hear that this was done really well and that you liked it! I love when you love a book that you knew nothing about before!

    1. Hi Andrea! Given the types of books you like, I think you would enjoy this one. It is definitely closer to paranormal than super hero. :)



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