Thursday, March 27, 2014

Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette [Review]

Burn Bright (Dark Star, #2)4.5 out of 5 Robots!
  


Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette
Series: Dark Star #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: February 25, 2014
Hardcover: 352 Pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Audrey Whitticomb saved her entire city.

Well, kind of. The superhero Morning Star (who just happens to be Audrey's mom) might have played a small part, and her sidekick, Leon—Audrey's sort-of boyfriend, who is gorgeous... and frustrating—maybe helped, too.

But after two peaceful months, there is a vicious new threat in Minneapolis. Her name is Susannah, and she's a Harrower, a demon hell-bent on destroying people like Morning Star, Leon, and Audrey—the Kin. Like others before her, she seeks the Remnant, a Kin girl who has the power to unleash the inhabitants of the Beneath. But to what end?

Audrey already has a ton on her plate: dealing with her best friend Tink's boy drama, helping her other best friend Gideon figure out his nightmares, and exploring the highs and lows of "dating" Leon. But when she develops a powerful new ability, Audrey seizes on the chance to fight, despite her mother's protests and Leon's pleas.

As Audrey gets closer to figuring out Susannah's motives and tracking down the Remnant, she'll uncover more than she bargained for. The terrible truth is staring Audrey in the face. But knowing the truth and accepting it are very different things.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
You may have heard me mention Dark Star before.  It was a book I randomly plucked from the library shelf.  I didn't have high expectations...especially since it appeared to be a "super hero" book.  But it was WAY better than anticipated and I think it deserves a lot more recognition than it gets.  And it is so much more than just a "super hero" book.

So, needless to say I was very excited to get my hands on the sequel, Dark Star!  And for the most part, I felt it was a solid follow up.  The best part of this series is how unique it is.  I love the idea that the who these "super heroes" are and how their abilities manifests.  I love the inclusion of demons.  I love the setting.  And I really like the characters. I especially applaud Frenette for creating a great mother-daughter relationship.  I especially loved the scenes between Audrey and her mom in regards to Audrey and Leon dating.  It felt very authentic. 

Speaking of Audrey- I found her to be much the same here as in the first book.  She is still being sidelined by her mother and Leon, which causes her to make rash and impulsive decisions.  She is really very lucky that someone always comes to her aid.  I feel her frustration at always being left behind.  I want her to get out and fight too!  A while she does continue to bicker with Leon, it is considerably less than before.  I liked that their relationship is complicated and messy.  I liked that they didn't always see eye to eye, especially where Leon's need to protect Audrey is concerned.  And I think they made some definitely progress on that front at the end of the book.  It makes me excited to see where it leads them.

Overall, I thought this was a good book.  I did wish I had reacquainted myself with the story before diving in.  It had been awhile since I read Dark Star and I had forgotten some of the mythology.  There is a some recapping, but not a whole lot.  Readers will definitely want to start with the first book, otherwise they will be really lost.  But I highly recommend this series! 

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Dark Star
2. Burn Bright
3. Fire Fall (expected publication September 2014)

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