October 16, 2012

Review of Dark Star by Bethany Frenette


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 by Bethany Frenette
Publication Date:  October 23, 2012
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

If you’re anything like me (and by that I mean addicted to the superhero worlds that reside within Marvel and DC) then just reading the synopsis of Bethany Frenette’s novel Dark Star was enough to spark your interest and give you goosies.  The exact same thing happened to me.  In my mind, when I finished reading the synopsis, the first thing that came to mind was: “So you’re meaning to tell me that this novel is about a girl with a Superhero mother who fights demons, has an attractive sidekick, and that the main character has enough power within herself to save the city? You had me at Superhero.” Hopefully, you’re thinking that too and if you aren’t you can pretend that the above was your own thought.  But I, personally, was begging to start Dark Star because I wanted to read all this superhero goodness since the YA world needs more superhero genre novels, which I am dying for.

The novel itself is about main character Audrey Whitticomb who has grown up without a father, and has a mother who is the superhero Morning Star who defends Minneapolis.  To make the story cooler, there is a superhot sidekick named Leon who has lately taken it to himself to constantly protect Audrey due to a series of deaths in teenage girls that are connected to Demons who are plotting something that is seriously not good.  Dark Star had high expectations from me and not only did it meet them, it took a raygun, pointed it at my head and *boom* blew my freaking mind!

If you read a lot of stuff from DC comics, then hopefully you know who Zatanna Zatara is?  If you do then great!  If you don’t, you’re on the internet right now so go ahead and Google her!  Now that you are aware who Zatanna is, you know that she is full of power and that she is a part of a secret variety of people called the homo-magi.  Now the main character Audrey was so much like Zatanna that I was freaking out.  My comic side was having a field day with the comparisons between the two.  Audrey is able to Know things and is part of a secret variety of people called the Kin who are all people from a long blood line and can do things that are considered impossible.  Awesome-sauce? I think yes.

The major thing about the novel that kept my attention wasn’t the superheroes, it wasn’t the side-kick, and it wasn’t the demons.  It was the quality of the writing and the fact that every single part of the novel was full of twists, turns and oh so much anticipation.  Every chapter of Dark Star  was a mystery to me, everything was unpredictable and I loved it for that.  Dark Star is a novel that ultimately expresses the battle between the forces of good and evil.  Do I want a sequel? Of course!

I would recommend this to fans of superheroes and comic books because seriously guys we live for this stuff.  Fans of YA romance and of action will fall hard for Dark Star.  Honestly, Dark Star was nothing short of mind-blowing, you won’t be disappointed.

About the Author:


I’m an author of YA books, a keeper of small cats, a fan of all things geeky, and a lover of the absurd. I was born and raised in the great snowy north of Minnesota, from which I have never yet managed to escape.

In my spare time, I read, play video games, and do everything within my power to annoy my friends. Parlor tricks include making an eerily accurate frog noise and the ability to recite Maurice Sendak’sOutside Over There from memory.

Connect:  Website / Twitter  / Goodreads

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  1. Carmen B.

    Great review! I had this one as my WoW last week and I’m glad to see it’s awesome as I hoped it would be :D
    P.S.: Eeep, Black Audio! Davey Havok and Jade Puget are such talented musicians!

  2. kimbacaffeinate

    This sounds totally cool!

  3. This book sounds awesome!! I’m happy to hear that the writing was so good. I mean I am all about reading the super heroes and villains but the writing quality totally is what makes it! Awesome review :)

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks Tiff! Writing is so important in order to keep a readers attention. <3

  5. Leigh

    I’ve never read a book about super heroes so this is definitely a change for me. It sounds like a book filled with kick-ass characters! Great review :)

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks! There needs to be more
    Super Hero books!

  7. Daniela

    Ooh, this book sounds great! Definitely on my TBR list!

  8. Chapter by Chapter

    So good!!

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