Burn Bright (Dark Star #2) – Bethany Frenette

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Audrey Whitticomb saved her entire city.

Well, kind of. The superhero Morning Star (who just happens to be Audrey’s mom) might have played a small part, and her sidekick, Leon—Audrey’s sort-of boyfriend, who is gorgeous… and frustrating—maybe helped, too.

But after two peaceful months, there is a vicious new threat in Minneapolis. Her name is Susannah, and she’s a Harrower, a demon hell-bent on destroying people like Morning Star, Leon, and Audrey—the Kin. Like others before her, she seeks the Remnant, a Kin girl who has the power to unleash the inhabitants of the Beneath. But to what end?

Audrey already has a ton on her plate: dealing with her best friend Tink’s boy drama, helping her other best friend Gideon figure out his nightmares, and exploring the highs and lows of “dating” Leon. But when she develops a powerful new ability, Audrey seizes on the chance to fight, despite her mother’s protests and Leon’s pleas.

As Audrey gets closer to figuring out Susannah’s motives and tracking down the Remnant, she’ll uncover more than she bargained for. The terrible truth is staring Audrey in the face. But knowing the truth and accepting it are very different things.

 

Batman, Superman, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Storm. If the word superhero didn’t come to your mind right away, believe me when I say that it is time that you brush up on your comics and superhero movies. I remember last year when Dark Star by Bethany Frenette came out. I was SO. EXCITED. to read a YA book based on superheroes. It’s just not something that I see a lot of in this genre or in the adult paranormal genre. It was refreshing. Not only that, but it was AMAZING. If you haven’t read my review of Dark Star, you can find it here.

I’m writing this review clear in June, 2013. You can only imagine how sad I probably am right now, knowing that I probably still have like another year to wait for the third book. I told myself not to read it yet. I TOLD myself that I would be devastated. I was right. As soon as I finished Burn Bright, I regretted reading the book so fast. And I didn’t just read it. Nope. I devoured it. There is something so special and unique about this series. Frenette’s writing is off the charts amazing. Believe me when I say that I will read ANYTHING that that lady writes.

Burn Bright takes off a couple months after Dark Star. Everyone is still reeling from Iris’s betrayal, but now they have to prepare themselves for a much bigger danger. There’s a new Harrower in town named Susannah, whose mission is to destroy all of the Kin and pretty much rule the world. Unlike the Harrower’s that the Guardian’s are used to fighting, though, Susannah is much stronger. In fact, she’s almost too strong for Audrey’s mom, Morning Star.

On the quest to eliminate Susannah, Audrey develops her own unique power, someone unexpectedly becomes a new guardian, and friendships are evaluated and tested. Not to mention the developing new romance between Audrey and Leon, and the newly informed Morning Star about her side kick and daughter’s relationship. Burn Bright is full of action, romance, and grief that will have your heart pounding and leave you craving more.

As I have constantly made clear about this series, I am IN LOVE with Audrey and Leon. More specifically, I adorrrrre Leon! I haven’t ran across a male character like Leon in a long time. He is the definition of perfection! I was a little disappointed that there weren’t more cute scenes with Audrey and Leon. There were some, but I would have really liked another scene like the cake scene in Dark Star. The bedroom scene almost made up for it, but not quite. I needed a little more of them to satisfy me. It didn’t take away from the book at all, but I need me some more Audrey and Leon dangit!

What I love about Bethany Frenette’s books is that I don’t just read the book and like or love it. It’s more than that. I smile and giggle like a little girl. I laugh out loud and shout with rage. These books get me so freakin emotional. I am so invested and concerned about every single one of her characters. If she ends up killing anyone off, she better be prepared for a very angry email from me! I don’t even know how to do this review justice. These books are that great.

The only catch about Burn Bright is that I knew everything that was going to happen. I knew what was going on with Gideon (to a point), and I knew who the Remnant was from the very beginning of the book. I’m pretty good at being able to guess that stuff, though, so I don’t know if that’s really going to bother anyone else. It didn’t bother me. I didn’t care that I knew what was going to happen, because the book was that awesome. I did expect a huge plot twist that didn’t happen, though. Like, I honestly expected something to happen, and I was SHOCKED that that wasn’t the case. So, that was exciting.

In the third book, I want to see Audrey become less protected and sheltered. I want to see her fight her mom and Leon a bit more and do what she wants. I mean this to an extent. I don’t want to see her go completely crazy, but I want to see her develop more and become stronger. I also want to see her develop another power. I want to see more of Audrey and Leon, and I want to find out more about Audrey’s dad. If these things don’t happen, I’m going to be a little annoyed in the third book. They didn’t annoy me in this book, because it’s still only the second book, but I need to see at least some of those things in the third book.

If you all are not excited about this series,yet, then I don’t know how else to convince you to GO. READ. THIS. SERIES! It is amazing and perfect and all those good words mixed into one category. I LOVE IT. Go read this. By the way, it came out today [=

 

Readers who like this series may also like:

Immortal City by Scott Speer

The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong

 

Pages: 304

Publication Date: February 25th 2014

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion

Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Rating: [rating: 5] DUH!