Review: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

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Review: Dark Star by Bethany FrenetteDark Star by Bethany Frenette
Series: Dark Star #1
Published by Disney Hyperion
Pub Date: October 23rd 2012
Pages: 368
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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4 Stars

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.

Though the cover of Dark Star is very eye-catching, it does lead people to believe this story may be more superhero-ish than urban-fantasy, which I feel fits it better. True, the city of Minneapolis does have a vigilante that goes by Morning Star. They’ve caught glimpses of her on rooftops, wearing her iconic hoodie, but she’s not out there fighting crime, she fights demons, and she doesn’t do it alone. There’s a whole group of them called Guardians. Audrey is the daughter of the infamous Morning Star and she is completely in the dark as to what her mother really is out there fighting. But not for much longer.

I loved Audrey. She has the smart-ass qualities I love in people, that I love in myself. She has wisecracks and she knows how to use them. I especially love when she uses them on Leon –pristine, cookie-baking hottie, mother’s sidekick Leon. Though there’s not really much romance in this book, they have a very entertaining relationship with LOTS of romance potential. I want to see MORE clumsy kissing scenes in the next book, please, Ms. Frenette! :)

Audrey’s character does a lot of growing in this book. Before she is made aware of what her world is really like, she most definitely acts like a typical teenager, nothing is ever serious. She does make impulsive decisions that put her in danger, but I feel that’s all part of the learning and growing process. Until you see how your actions affect others, you can’t really grow into your potential.

There are also a whole cast of secondary characters who add so much to this story. From the human best friend, to the family with supernatural powers she never knew about it. Even her math teacher is not at all what he appears. Oh, and one of my personal favorites: Detective Wyle. There’s just something about him and his personality that I just loved. But let’s be clear…my favorite was Leon. And I want to see A LOT more of him in the next book, Ms. Frenette!!

I thought the concept and world-building in Dark Star was totally original. I really appreciated that. I hope we get to see more of the Beneath in the next book. The tone of the book is fun and light-hearted, even in its emotional and serious moments, which made it a breeze to get through.

I really want more people to take a chance on this book and read it, especially if they’re looking for something different. I think you guys will really enjoy it. And now that I’ve talked your ear off about Dark Star, I’m just going to sit here and wait for the next book to be released.

 

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6 Responses to “Review: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette”

  1. Heidi

    I’m so glad that you ended up liking this one, Jes! It’s been sitting on my poor TBR for too long, and I’ve been nervous because a lot of people seemed disappointed–but that disappointment also seemed largely to be a result of it being more urban fantasy than super hero. But…I love urban fantasy! So I certainly will be giving this one a chance, and soon. :)

    • Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Yay!! Glad you’ll give it a chance. I did see a lot of reviews saying that exact thing, but it’s like, Ok, it’s not about superheros PER SAY, but lets try to enjoy the book anyway. I really hope you like it, Heidi!

  2. Christa

    I’ve had a few people warn me to expect urban fantasy rather than superhero fiction. Glad to see you enjoyed this one – I have high hopes!

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