Sunday, 6 April 2014

Dark Star #1 Dark Star

Presenting Dark Star #1 Dark Star by Bethany Frenette.

Here is the summary of the book:

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.

Action-packed. Dramatic. Teenage angst. Super heroes with amazing super powers and the surprising paranormal demons included, 'Dark Star' proved to be quite an alleviating read. Bethany Frenette's story ventures into superheroes in a contemporary era and I liked that very much.

By no means is this a superhero story but a story about a girl who knows she is special and finds out that there is more to her specialty than what she knew. Audrey was a kick-ass heroine as was her mother. And I liked her chemistry with her friends Gideon & Tink. Then as far as the paranormal activity is considered ...... well it was a surprise alright. One thing I didn't like about Audrey though, she felt a bit whiny and impulsive..... but that disadvantage in my book gets better because of her knowing, the one thing I appreciated.

OK I know this review is going a bit in a different and disjointed direction but thoughts are a bit of a mess in my head..... SO BEAR WITH ME......

Another point that comes to my mind would be Audrey & Leon. So he is her guardian. A something of a destiny between them due cause of their Kin blood and their laws. Without some apparent build up between them, they become romantically linked. No. Nadda. None of those romantic acts you see in commonly all the books in cases like this is not seen at all. But I liked Leon's character very much.... So while the romance part didn't overshadow the whole story and gave it a chance to flourish..... but still I didn't like the romance factor one bit.

In a way it did remind remind me a lot of many urban fantasies that follow this route, so I wouldn't say it was a better read..... but here I suppose I was expecting a bit too much from it all..... And the concluding fight..... man what a blast it was..... I may not have found this to be an amazing read but you gotta hand it to Frenette, that was an epic fight!!

"An urban fantasy with superheroes and demons"
Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Release Date: 23rd October, 2012

My Copy: bought (ebook)

Rate:              3/5 (Liked It)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository


  1. Superheroes in a contemporary era - I like that!! I don't recall seeing many reviews for this one when it was published so it was good to read your review to see what it was all about. I'll have to read your review for the sequel next.



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