Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review: Dark Star

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: October 23rd 2012
Pages: 368
Source: Library (Another copy also received in Giveaway)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance

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.

When I heard of Dark Star for the first time I was really excited. I don't think I have ever read a book about superheros, and I love superhero movies so I had to get my hands on this book. I was a little disappointed when I finally dove into this book because it just wasn't what I had been looking for when I heard about it and it let me down a little.

I thought this book would be about a superhero, which the synopsis doesn't say specifically, but I thought the main character, Audrey, would get some action. Instead this book is about a girl learning about her family and their abilities, where the come from, and what they are destined to do. I have heard this story line so many times, it's starting to get to be the same story.

Some parts of the story were told in flashbacks of Audry's childhood. These flashbacks were helpful to help tell the story but some of them were transitioned into very  badly and I was extremely confused when all of a sudden she was remembering something and I didn't realize it. 

Despite what I said before, I did quite like this book. The characters and the setting were nicely done. This book takes place in Minneapolis, and there are a lot of references to many places in that city as well as some of the things in the surrounding cities, and I really like how this book did not ignore the setting.

The main characters in this story include Audrey, the main character. I liked Audrey, she didn't exactly have a strong personality but she was still a good character. She really didn't question many things that seemed sort of sketchy from the start, which sort of bugged me but other wise I liked her. Tink and Gideon were her best friends, and they don't really play that big of a role in the story, I'm hoping they have a bigger part in the sequel. Morning Star- Audrey's mother and the superhero in the cities. Morning Star was very protective, overly so in some respects. She kept a lot from her daughter and it was stuff that she really should have been sharing. And finally, Leon. Leon was okay, I really didn't see much that was interesting in him at all though and he didn't have much of a story or personality just like some of the other characters.

Finally, the relationship. I think this book would have been fine without the relationship, but it wasn't terrible. I didn't think there was much of a spark but it was cute... I just... I don't know. 

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, very interesting! I've been curious to read this book for quite some time now, but I've also heard the same thing: it's not REALLY about superheroes. That's a bit sad to hear! I'm glad you somewhat enjoyed the book, but the same-old, same-old plotline of discovering one's family's abilities is kind of boring. The characters seem a bit mediocre. I don't think I'll be picking this on up, since it seems like there's nothing AWESOME that I NEED to read. Thanks for the honest and fabulous review though, Erika!