[Review] Dark Star

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Title: Dark Star
Author: Bethany Frenette
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fiction
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Published by: Disney/Hyperion
Rating: 4/5

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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.

I will admit that I went into this book without reading the synopsis. I remember seeing it on a website that displayed upcoming releases and I fell in love with the cover. The female character presented screams independence and strength and I knew that I wanted to give this book a try, and I am so glad I did.  

The book starts off with a dream sequence that encompasses the tone of the entire novel. From the first page forward, you are sucked into this world full of super hero-like guardians and Demons. A world that I very much enjoyed reading, with its fast paced narrative and extremely witty dialogue.

The main character, Audry was such a great character to read. She was feisty and strong-willed when it came to protecting herself and her family. She has a quick wit and a great sense of humor that really comes through throughout the book. I loved hearing her interactions with characters that pushed her buttons and made her uncomfortable because they were hilarious and realistic. Her companions in this novel were just as great and just as realistic. Her mother was a very interesting character. Because she is Morning Star(the superhero) and is absent most of the time, it become extremely interesting when she tries to give orders to Audrey and make her believe that she knows whats best. I found that relationship to be the most interesting of the entire book, and I will say that I cannot wait for the next book to see where it goes.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, the story was original and the writing was very fun and exciting. It was fast-paced and thrilling and I loved every page. I really think that this series will go in interesting directions and I can't wait to see where it ends up!

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  1. I want to read this book since I first saw the cover (it's gorgeous) and then read the synopsis a few months back. I heard that it wasn't really a superhero story but more of a paranormal twist with demons involved. I can't wait to read it, Thanks for the honest review! :)

  2. Sounds like a great page-turner, can't wait to read this :) Thanks for the review!

  3. One of the most beautiful covers this year! I want to read it just because of that:) But I love reading superhero novels, so I'll definitely check this one out.