Published by Disney Hyperion on October 23rd 2012
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.
It’s been a long time since a novel without a center-stage romance has held my interest. The other none-romancey parts of Dark Star are just THAT good. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely romantic tensions and a slow budding relationship, but I didn’t rely on it’s meatiness to keep my interest. I was just so incredibly intrigued with Frenette’s world. The creativity and imagination really burns bright in this book.
I’m going to be super vague in this ramble because I don’t want to give away a single secret or twist. Also, I’m feeling particularly lazy so this isn’t really going to be a well-thought out review, just a compilation of my thoughts after finishing Dark Star.
First major thought — ZOMG I need book two. Dark Star builds to an explosive showdown with one shocking twist after another. I can’t even grasp how awesome book two is going to be now that Audrey will be playing an even bigger role. She spends a lot of Dark Star coming to terms with the secrets regarding her heritage.
I liked Audrey. A lot. She’s strong and resilient. When a friend is in danger, if Audrey can help, she will. She can be quite reckless at times, but it all comes from a good place.
Audrey has two pretty great friends, Tink and Gideon, especially Gideon. He is so sweet and funny and protective. I love how they played central roles in Audrey’s life. They didn’t disappear like some MC friends tend to do. You could really get a sense of the deep bonds of friendship the three have.
There’s loads more I could say, but like I said, I’m a bit lazy right now. Basically if you want something to and exciting with fresh ideas, read Dark Star. It’s a one maybe two sitting kind of read.