Book Review: Dark Star

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Dark Star Cover

Title: Dark Star (Dark Star #1)

Author: Bethany Frenette

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 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.

My Review

There are things about this book that make me very rant-y, so let me make this clear right away: I enjoyed Dark Star. I thought it an incredibly interesting and entertaining book and I would definitely recommend it to others. That said, there were a few things that bothered the cr*p out of me!

Rant #1

The first, oh, 3/4 of the book goes something like this:

Audrey: Hey Mom, you have a really cool job, wanna tell me about it?

Mom: No

Audrey: Hey Mom, shizz is going down and people are dying, wanna tell me what’s going on?

Mom: No

Audrey: Mom, I wanna help! Tell me how?

Mom: No

Audrey: Mom, I wanna stay safe! Tell me?

Mom: No

Audrey: Okay Mom, I just got attacked by something I didn’t think existed and almost died, will you PLEASE tell me what’s going on now?



OMFG woman! Do you know any other word? WTF! How many times have we proven that keeping kids totally in the dark only makes them curious?! And hey! There’s this thing that’s the basis of ALL good relationships – it’s called TRUST! As in trust your daughter to have a brain! Ever hear of it? Of course not! You’re too busy supposedly saving the world, but really just being a major pain in the butt! GAHHHHHHHH!!!

Rant #2

This was touted as a superhero book. I was really looking forward to it (as I’ve said before, there’s not enough superhero books around). And I guess it kind of is. If you tilt your head and squint. Except it’s more a demon story, which is okay, but angels/demons are one of my least favorite paranormals. If I had gone in expecting an angels/demons type story, I would probably love it, because it’s the best I’ve read, even though it’s still not better than the best of my favorite genres, if that makes sense. So… almost right, but not quite.

Despite the rant-y annoyances, I really did enjoy it. I promise! It’s just sometimes those pet peeves get in the way of remembering the things you liked, you know?

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3 Responses to “Book Review: Dark Star”

  1. HA! I loved your rant, especially with the grumpy kitty picture! HILARIOUS!

    Too bad you had some issues with this book … it sounds like I would be frustrated with the mom, too. Still, it does look good!

    • Anne says:

      I really really didn’t want to have issues with this book. I mean, it sounds so great! And my issues are so small! But apparently, they’re small and mighty because they made me REALLY rant-y. *sigh* These things do happen.

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