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Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

Dark Star
by Bethany Frenette

Dark Star

By: Bethany Frenette

Release Date: October 23, 2012

Rating: 2.5 stars

Summary: 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.

 

Review: Aw, come on. I had high hopes for this book, which had promised superhero awesomeness. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad book, and I liked it because there was some funny dialogue. But it was your just typical paranormal book.

You know how there are those books that try to draw out what’s going on as long as they can to keep you curious? Well, this was one of them. The first chapter was truly a waste of time because it talked about dreams, and it showed a scene with Gram saying she needs to tell Audrey about herself, but it never tells us anything. And the first few chapters were so bogged down with the past that I just wanted to skip them to find out what was going on right now. And this wouldn’t have been a problem, but all that did not tell me anything about what was going on.

It picked up about halfway through the book, and the story wasn’t bad, but it was your typical paranormal book – girl in the dark about her heritage, girl experiences some life changing event, girl wants to know about herself but people trying to protect her by not telling her, girl decides to take matters into her own hands, and of course makes you want to throw your book across the room because she makes everything more difficult.

I think my problem with the book is the pacing and story progression. At times, I felt the scenes went by too quick where it barely tells us much and skips to the next scene. At other times, it seems like Frenette went on and on, and you didn’t get much out of it. I felt the explanations for the Knowing, the Guardians, the Kin, the Remnant, the Beneath and everything else were 1) offered so late in the book and 2) so scattered and a bit incoherent that I had a hard time grasping the concepts, how they were different and how they all tie in together (because it’s not just hereditary). And I think I understand what’s going on, and I have theories about the Remnant from Frenette’s hints, but she kind of threw me off, too, and I’m not 100 percent.

Also, after finishing the book, I think I understand everyone’s role in the book except for Tink. With Gideon, we were told about how they met as kids and how he found out about their family. With Tink, she just popped in a scene with her craziness, so we couldn’t even tell if she was just some random friend or the BFF. And I know that Frenette kept her shady for a reason, but it was really hard to get a feel on her character early on. And now that we know certain things about Tink, I still don’t see how she ties in to the whole story, though I have some theories.

Like I said, overall, it’s not a bad book. And it can be quite entertaining at times. But the story progression really aggravated me, and I think the end leaves us a lot of things unanswered. I just wasn’t satisfied enough.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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