From School Library Journal
Gr 7-11-Eleventh-grader Audrey Whitticomb always assumed that her mother, Morning Star, was a typical vigilante. But after a terrifying encounter outside a local nightclub while investigating a mysterious attack on her best friend, Audrey learns the truth. She and her mother are Kin, members of a powerful ancient race that long ago adapted to life among humans. Morning Star battles Harrowers, bloodthirsty, demonic beings who covet the Kins' abilities. A war between these races is brewing, and Audrey knows her psychic powers could help turn the tables. First, though, she must shake her mother's handsome, but annoyingly overprotective sidekick. Leon follows Audrey everywhere, and she soon learns the reason for this. She alone possesses the power to save-or destroy-life as she knows it. Frenette's debut novel pairs paranormal elements with strong female characters to put a delightfully refreshing spin on the conventional superhero saga. Audrey is smart, funny, and self-sufficient, although her impulsiveness tends to get her into trouble, and even secondary characters come to life. Fans of Cassandra Clare and Karsten Knight will devour this action-packed book.-Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Audrey has a gift of “knowing”: gathering impressions of people and what may happen in the near future, a talent nurtured by her late grandmother. But Audrey is not the only special one in her family. Her mother is a superhero (though she prefers the term guardian) by the name of Morning Star, complete with a teleporting sidekick named Leon. Soon Audrey comes to learn that her mother is fighting more than just crime on the streets of Minneapolis, and guardian is a far more apt description than she ever realized. For those who like a healthy dose of the supernatural in their superhero origin story, this exciting, suspenseful debut is a smart choice. Frenette’s thoughtful character building convincingly sells a myth-heavy story, and yet there’s still time for a slow-building romance between Audrey and Leon. Though in some places the narrative plods, and tertiary characters tend to detract from the action, there’s plenty for readers to enjoy here. Grades 9-12. --Courtney Jones