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Posted October 27, 2012
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.
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Posted January 23, 2014
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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Posted December 11, 2013
This book is one of the best books ever! I cannot wait till the next book comes out! BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2013
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~
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?
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.
Posted August 18, 2013
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!!! *****Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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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?:)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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