October 11, 2012

Review: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette!

Dark Star
by Bethany Frenette
Pages 368 pages
Expected publication: October 23rd 2012
By Disney Hyperion

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.

Dark Star started out a bit immature for me. I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to like it or not. It was interesting enough to hold my attention so I continued reading and I am so glad I did. It went from this immature read to this super good and fast pace story. There were still some parts that bothered me; how no one would really explain what was going on, or what exactly Audrey is, and it went on for almost more than half the book. A little would be revealed, but then nothing else for at least another five chapters. I was annoyed, but not enough to put the book down. The writing flows smoothly, and it did have two twist in it that took me by surprise.

I also liked how Audrey’s mother is basically this “super hero” in her eyes and the connection they had. Her mother never stopped being a mother to her. You don’t find that very often in YA books. Usually the characters are off at boarding school or an orphan, so this was a nice change to read.

Oh, and the romance that I saw coming from a mile away, but it doesn’t truly develop until the very end… I loved it! The bickering, the frustration, everything! You can feel the chemistry coming off the pages between Audrey and Leon.

Overall, even though I had a rough start with this book, I ended up really enjoying it and craving more. I like the characters, the world Bethany Frenette created, her writing style, and Leon. I had to throw that in there LOL!

This is a great story and I recommend it. Dark Star is a book that people of all ages will enjoy.

3.5 out of 5 Stars!


  1. Awesome review :) Bossy + attractive = hot! The romance sounds good ;)

  2. thanks for the review of this book, it's very intruiging to me. I'm definitely going to have to check it out! I also love the fact that Audrey is close to her mother, you're right about that being rare in YA.

    1. Yes! That was one of the key things that helped me enjoy this book. That, and Leon! LOL

  3. I like the concept, especially the mom super hero. I love that. Thanks for the review!

  4. While it sounds predictable it still seems like it has promise. I love reading about superheros!!!

  5. I'm intrigued! This is the first I am hearing of this book and I can't wait to look into it some more. Love it when a book turns out better than I expected! Great review

  6. This seems like a book I need to read. I am not thrilled about the immature start but I think I can get past that.

  7. Sounds pretty good! Go mom! :) fierce looking cover!

  8. Thanks for the great review! This has been on my TBR list for some time. The superhero part just sounds so fun! :D

  9. Love how it's not insta love and that the parents also have powers:)

    Great review:)

  10. Thanks for a great review! This book has already hit my radar and now I'm convinced I must read it :)

  11. Great review! This book has been on my wishlist forever & I can't wait to read it!!

  12. Ding-Dang! I really need to get my feminine hands on this book! Thanks for the review =)



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