Review: Dark Star

Dark Star
Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

This book had me hooked – right from the lovable protagonist, to the mystery, to the paranormal aspect of it. Audrey is the daughter of a superhero – at least that what’s she thinks her mom is – but one night when she is attacked by something out of this world, she learns that her mother’s job is something bigger. Part of the Kin, her mother is an elite Guardian, whose name is legend. Audrey naturally feels a bit useless in comparison, since all the power she has is Knowing. But never to be discouraged, she is prepared to help in whatever way she can.

The best thing about the book is, naturally, Audrey. She is not the most talented Kin or some prodigy, but she has a sense of duty and protectiveness instilled in her. She looks out for others, is hilarious but not overly daredevil-ish. Yes, she gets into tricky situations but she knows where her limits are (well, most of the time). Always ready with a wisecrack, the playful banter with Leon was also a delight. May I just say – I saw it coming!

The other awesome part of the book is the backstory. The history of Kin sounds so amazing and derives a little from the angel-demon trope, but is quite different from anything I’ve come across. I also loved Lucy and Adrian’s story – even though it was so heartbreakingly sad. The mysterious aura that persists throughout the book is also something that I enjoyed very much – my brain was racing ahead to try to guess who was involved with the Harrowers, and the reveal was still shocking to me. The writing was so right, and complemented the pace well – not too slow, not too fast. The action sequences were detailed so well, as well as Audrey’s Knowings – it was like I was there in the scene itself. Overall, a fantastic read!

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