Dark Star

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Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. When your mother is the most powerful superhero in the Twin Cities, it's hard not to feel safe. But when Audrey is lured into the night air by something most definitely not human, the time for feeling safe is over.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn't just stop criminals. She fights Harrowers-merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Some have managed to claw their way into our world, and ...

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Overview

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. When your mother is the most powerful superhero in the Twin Cities, it's hard not to feel safe. But when Audrey is lured into the night air by something most definitely not human, the time for feeling safe is over.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn't just stop criminals. She fights Harrowers-merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Some have managed to claw their way into our world, and they want Audrey dead because of who she is: one of the Kin.

There is some good news, though. Audrey has powers of her own. Being able to read someone else's mind and glimpse the future can be very useful. If she's able to get close enough to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to figure out his next move. But it won't be easy, not if Leon, her mother's bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick has anything to do with it. Lately, he hasn'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 herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything-and everyone-she loves.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Erin E. Forson
Although Audrey is a seer, she has no idea who is murdering teenaged girls. Her mom is a superhero, the Morning Star, a woman who spends her nights in the Twin Cities preventing crime, and Audrey trusts her to find the killer. As attacks continue, Audrey’s psychic sense tells her that her mother may also be targeted, and Audrey may be the only one who can save her. This unique brew of superhero crime-fighting combined with the paranormal will appeal to readers of manga and mystery, but lovers of American graphic novels might be a little discouraged by the novel’s anemic start. The crushing cold and constant darkness, however, add tension and urgency to the plot, and enough questions arise about Audrey’s mysterious past to keep readers engaged, even if the early pages stall. Female readers will appreciate Audrey’s confidence and determination, and identify with her predicament as the underdog in a family of powerful women. Audrey has a tight bond with her mother and a close connection to her grandmothers, all of whom have magical powers. It is perhaps this feminine energy that drives Audrey’s desire to know more about her mysteriously absent father and to quarrel with her mother’s constantly present sidekick, Leon. Public and school libraries should choose this novel as a compliment to an already strong science fiction core. Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 7–11—Eleventh-grader Audrey Whitticomb always assumed that her mother, Morning Star, was a typical vigilante. But after a terrifying encounter outside a local nightclub while investigating a mysterious attack on her best friend, Audrey learns the truth. She and her mother are Kin, members of a powerful ancient race that long ago adapted to life among humans. Morning Star battles Harrowers, bloodthirsty, demonic beings who covet the Kins' abilities. A war between these races is brewing, and Audrey knows her psychic powers could help turn the tables. First, though, she must shake her mother's handsome, but annoyingly overprotective sidekick. Leon follows Audrey everywhere, and she soon learns the reason for this. She alone possesses the power to save-or destroy-life as she knows it. Frenette's debut novel pairs paranormal elements with strong female characters to put a delightfully refreshing spin on the conventional superhero saga. Audrey is smart, funny, and self-sufficient, although her impulsiveness tends to get her into trouble, and even secondary characters come to life. Fans of Cassandra Clare and Karsten Knight will devour this action-packed book.—Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A superhero's daughter learns the truth about an ancient evil. Audrey Whitticomb is the daughter of Morning Star, a superhero who watches over Minneapolis. While Audrey's mother has heroic physical prowess, Audrey's talents lie in what her grandmother called her Knowing, so she's never contemplated fighting crime herself. But when high school girls start going missing and turning up dead, Audrey's mother's sudden overprotectiveness clues her into a larger picture. Morning Star doesn't fight crime at all, but rather hateful entities from the Beneath, the place where the Old Race who gave super-powered humans like the Whitticombs--called Kin--their abilities, originated. Why the whole city knows her as a superhero when she doesn't actually fight crime, but supernatural creatures that generally ignore normal humans is never addressed. A Kin connection to the murders and the secrecy of Morning Star and her teleporting, college-aged sidekick Leon force Audrey to investigate for herself, using her psychic abilities. Of course, this means danger and destiny. While the prose is generally prolix, a blink-and-miss-it climax follows some nifty plot twists. The main storyline is left unresolved for sequels. Decidedly more urban fantasy than comic book, Frenette's debut features a variety of characters and should please readers looking for paranormal without so much romance. (Urban fantasy. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423146650
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Series: Dark Star Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Bethany Frenette is the author of Dark Star. Born and raised in Minnesota, she received her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She lives in Minneapolis, where she hopes to one day awake with superpowers. Learn more at BethanyFrenette.com and follow her on Twitter @bethanyfrenette.

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  • Posted October 27, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter's review of Dark Star

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    Wow. When I first saw this book, I knew that I needed to have it

    Wow. When I first saw this book, I knew that I needed to have it. Not just wanted it, I needed it. So when I got it and started reading it, I was thrilled to see that it was everything that I ever wanted. It was not just a great story, but it was well written and absolutely amazing. I don't think I can even hold back form all the gushing that I want to do.

    So, for me I went into this book knowing that it wasn't going to be about superhero's because you just need to read the description closely, and it talks about the Harrowers which hints at it being more about paranormals and less about superheros. To really enjoy this book, you can't go into it thinking thats its all superheros.

    Its a bit of a bummer, but if you're focused on that its more important to look past and see the other really awesome things about this book. Like the murder mystery surrounding a bunch of missing girls and this group of people called the Kin and their skills and purpose in life and how that connects to the missing/murdered girls. How does this relate to Audrey, you ask? They are her people.

    I'm going to step back from lecturing on why you should love this book and go back to why I did. I love Audrey, she wasn't this weak girl who was just going to step back and just take what happened to her. I will admit that I wanted to hit her because she did run into things blindly, but I loved her good intentions.

    I loved all of the supporting cast including Tink, Gideon, Leon and her knew cousins. I loved that there was no instalove, in fact, there really was no romance in this until the very end which made me happy that this book was more about empowerment and less about falling in love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    This book is creative and funny. I really liked the idea behind

    This book is creative and funny. I really liked the idea behind it and think it is a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

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    This book is one of the best books ever! I cannot wait till the next book comes out! BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

    Dark Star by Bethany Frenette Age Range: 12 and up Grade Level:

    Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
    Age Range: 12 and up
    Grade Level: 7 and up
    Series: Dark Star
    Hardcover: 368 pages
    Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (October 23, 2012)

    I received this book in exchange for a honest unbiased review from the publisher~

    My Review~
    WOW WHAT A BOOK! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! Did I say how much I love this book, because I LOVE IT!! Who doesn't love books about superheros and kick-butt heroines!! I read this in a single setting and stayed up to 2 in the morning to finish it! I love Audrey!!! She is so likeable and loved her stubbornness when it came to what was important to her. This is one of the absolute best books I've read! Dying to read the next book immensely!! I felt as though I was there with Audrey and fighting the demons with her. This is definitely a book I plan to read again and again. If I could give it more stars I would. This is one book that help me captive even after the book was finished! I can't help but keep thinking about the story and what happened. My mind is reeling! This book had amazing character descriptions, scenes, and storyline. The twists are what got me at the end! I loved the heroine in the book. Audrey is such a loveable character and the relationship she has with her friends family, and guardian makes it even more believable. I adored the interaction between Gideon and her and also Leon. I couldn't help but laugh and enjoy everything about them. Couldn't believe the betrayal!! Is the city safe now? Will Audrey be called? Is her friends safe from the demons? What will happen now?

    Book Description~
    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Bethany Frenette

    Girl, u need to make the next book. Ik u just started and this is ur first book, but it is SUPER good. I cant wait to read the rest of ur crazy good books! 5 stars all around!!! *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Kept me up

    I found myself up at 4:30 in the mornin with my eyes still glued to this book. It was unexplainably AMAZING!!!!!! Cant wait to get the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Anonymous

    Lolz i did calm down im all good bc i got my baby(:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Fantast...fantastic

    Did i say fantastic? I cannot wait for the next book ( please hurry!) I loved the very funny and brave Audrey. Her super hero mom is awesome and her "sidekick" Leon is swoon worthy. Great friends and creepy bad guys round this book up great... did i mention fantastic?:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Hey shadow

    Im here nut feal beter lmao

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Bella

    I was thinking about doing tht......... and ur my twin Tarah!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Really great

    This is one of the best books I have ever read!

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