Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin ities, 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.
Audrey Whitticomb has grown up with the knowledge that her mother is anything but normal. While other moms work daytime jobs, pick their kids up from school and have dinner on the table on a regular business, Audrey’s mom is out saving the world. That’s right, folks. Lucy Whitticomb is a superhero, otherwise known as the Guardian, Morning Star.
Recently, a bunch of teenage girls have been reported missing and then have turned up dead. All of this brings Audrey to the realization (must to her mother’s dismay) that she is something called Kin, and that her mother doesn’t just protect the average citizen from muggers, rapists and murderers. No, Lucy Whitticomb doesn’t just hunt the normal bad guys, she also hunts demons that call themselves Harrowers.
With the knowledge of her family’s past and the life she should have grown up with, Audrey and her friends and family must quickly put their powers to use to find out who is behind the slaying of the teenage girls and stop it before all of the Kin are destroyed.
In all of the years that I have read both young adult and adult fiction, I have never read about superheroes. How weird is that? All of the books out there seem to be about vampires, witches, warlocks, shadowhunters, werewolves, mermaids, and all the other supernatural oddities that authors come up with. But I have never came across a book that was about superheroes. Until now, that is. Not only was I greatly intrigued about reading a book dedicated to superheroes, but I LOVED it! Dark Star is one of the best books that I’ve read in a long time. I can even admit that it’s one of my alltime favorites.
I loved all of the characters to death, especially Audrey. Frenette did an amazing job of giving each character their own individual identity. Every character added to the story and made it that much better. I don’t even know how to begin to express my love for everyone in the book, even the bad guys.
What I adored about this book was how funny it was. Humor is not all this book is about, but I found myself bursting out laughing in certain spots, especially scenes that involved Audrey and Leon. Speaking of Leon, how I do I put it into words how much I loved his character? It didn’t start out that way. Leon actually grated on my nerves for about 3-4 chapters. I originally found him to be a pompous asshole who thought that it was his duty to butt into every. single. thing. that Audrey did. There were many times that I just wanted to jump into the book and slap him around for a bit. He grew on me, though, and by the end of the story I was completely in love with him.
Another thing I liked was how slow going the romance was. For almost all of the book, romance did not exist. But it was cute, because I could see the growing attraction between Audrey and her love interest. They were very hesitant and they seemed not to really understand their attraction to one another. It was a breath of fresh air to watch a relationship slowly progress rather than watching it start out with full power.
I loved this book. Loved. Loved. LOVED. I really believe that Dark Star is going to be the next big thing. I would compare it to both The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare, and Immortal City by Scott Speer. Everyone needs to buy this book as soon as it comes out. It is amazing and you will not be disappointed!
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Rating: [rating: 5]
Teaser Quote: ” I turned back toward her. ‘How did you kill that thing? That couldn’t have just been training-Mom says most humans aren’t strong enough. I thought you weren’t a Guardian.’
In the red glow around us, Iris’s color was muted, her face vague, as though I were gazing at her through thick glass. She lifted her hand to the chain that circled her throat, resting one finger on the metal of the triple knot. “I’m not. I used this. It lets me share my boyfriends abilities. It’s made from his blood and skin.”
Temporarily destracted, I gaped at her. ‘Did you…seriously just tell me your necklace is made from your boyfriend’s skin?’
A giggle broke through her grim expression. ‘You should see your face.’
‘You put that thing in my hand!'”