Sunday, December 23, 2012

Review: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

Title: Dark Star
Author: Bethany Frenette
Reviewed by: Cassie

Summary (from

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 a 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.

Dark Star is advertised as a book about superheroes and a dark evil. Well, it kind of is, but Audrey doesn't become a superhero. More like, she wants to save people but doesn't have the power to (yet).

I liked it, I did, but unlike other readers I was not majorly disappointed by this turn-out. I wasn't expecting some teenage love-child of Clark Kent and Louis Lane. The idea Bethany Frenette paints is very original and intriguing. She creates her own take on superheroes and demons, and what made them so. It's really fascinating, actually. And, best of all, Audrey is a little sassy-pants. 

Audrey didn't make me laugh, but she did make me smile. If she hadn't been strong but not too serious, I don't think I would've liked the book. Her snarky attitude is a relief from the overall darkness of the problem in the book, and also slightly annoying at times. 
The other characters were decent- a bit "blah", but I didn't hate any of them, so that's a plus! In fact, I'm kinda crushing on one of the demons (Shane, for any of you who are gonna read it) ;)

I didn't really have any issues with it- just that the world-building could have been better. And the setting is unclear-- was it in the future in fifteen years? Now? 

Overall, though, it was nice. No romance, really, though a hint at a possible one towards the end. It wasn't a fast read, but it also wasn't a slow read.

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