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Following Dark Star (2012), a new demon in town named Susannah is looking for the girl with the power to open pathways to the Beneath, and the threat strains Audrey's relationship. Audrey's boyfriend, Leon, is her Guardian, meaning he is mystically bound to protect her and has been granted magic abilities to do so-chiefly, he can sense when she is in danger and teleport to save her. That's why it's concerning when Audrey has an encounter with a group of Harrowers led by Susannah and Leon doesn't show. Luckily for Audrey, a newly arrived Guardian hunting Susannah saves her. While the Guardians do their best to counter the new demonic threat, Audrey does not disclose the episode and the bond issues with Leon it implies. When Leon finds out, he too decides to keep the magical malfunction secret, concluding that Audrey is the source of the bond disruption. Audrey's desire to keep him safe keeps them ignorant of the dangers she's facing; luckily, her own powers are growing. Against this relationship drama, Audrey's two best friends pursue interesting subplots, Susannah launches a series of testing attacks against the Guardians, and Audrey's mother, more like Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters than the superhero Audrey's narration promises, fights no crime. The plot's uneven, but dialogue and characters are strong. In the last 50 pages or so, the story really comes to life for those readers patient enough to have made it through the first 290. A demon-hunting fix for readers who can forgive page-padding. (Urban fantasy. 12-16) Kirkus"

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Bethany Frenette is the author of Dark Star. Born and raised in Minnesota, she received her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She lives in Minneapolis, where she hopes to one day awake with superpowers. Learn more at BethanyFrenette.com and follow her on Twitter @bethanyfrenette.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: Dark Star
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423146662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423146667
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette is the sequel to Dark Star and continues the story of Audrey’s life with a superhero mother, demons after her, and friends that are crazy but in an awesome way. I was honestly only so-so about Dark Star, but Burn Bright has been able to not only avoid second book syndrome, but surpass Dark Star in terms of character development and plot. Burn Bright has some obvious setup for a third book towards the end, so I’m hoping that the series just keeps getting better :D.
Note: I received an eARC of Burn Bright through Netgalley for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette (Dark Star #2)
Published by Disney Hyperion on Feb. 25th, 2014
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley

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.
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I absolutely loved author Bethany Frenette’s novel Dark Start back when I read it last year. It was great, totally awesome. I thought part of that because I love superheroes, comics and all that jazz. Personally, I liked that Dark Star was a novel where main character Audrey Whitticomb’s mother is a superhero. Yeah, Morning Star wasn’t exactly the traditional spandex and outside-underwear type of hero but the Kin part of her made up for it. Burn Bright was everything that I hoped the sequel to Dark Star would be and I love, love, loved it!

Burn Bright takes place two months after the events that took place in Dark Star. After encountering a Harrower using the name Susannah, Audrey discovers that there’s a new, powerful threat in her city. One who is targeting the Kin. Now a new remorseless Guardian has been showing up wherever Susannah is and tries to kill her. Audrey has no idea who this new Guardian is or why Susannah is doing what she’s doing.

Right now Audrey is just trying to get used to her life right now: Tink is having boy and Kin drama, Gideon has been having terrifying nightmares that Audrey can’t explain and her relationship with Leon is beyond confusing. Out of nowhere Audrey suddenly finds herself with a brand new ability that leaves her more powerful than she was and now all she wants to do is fight against Susannah and save her city again. When Audrey does discover what Susannah is after she learns that she’ll need to find the Remnant before Susannah does, but when she does she learn a devastating truth.

In Burn Bright the stakes are raised. Audrey not only finds herself with a lot of people depending on her but she also holds the fate of something she cares for most in her hands (and I can’t say what because spoilers guys).
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Audrey's mom is the superhero Morning Star, who has saved the city more times than anyone can count. But Audrey discovered the truth, that she and her mom are a part of a group that fight demons and protect the world. And two months ago Audrey, not her mom, saved the world. Since then Audrey's been training and getting to know her powers better...and oh yeah, dating her mom's partner Leon. But a new threat has arrived and she is a Harrower named Susannah, a demon hell-bent on destroying the kin. Can Audrey figure out why Susannah is around and save the day again? Or will she discover things that were best left in the darkness?

I have to admit I was excited to see that Dark Star was just the first book in a series. Yes this book is probably most likely geared towards teenage girls, but come on! We've got a girl superhero. Do you know how often that happens? And one that isn't about being the "perfect" girl or trying to be Superman or one of the other male characters. Instead she's herself. A young, teenage girl attempting to figure out who she is, what powers she has, and just surviving normal everyday life. It's a great type of book and character to have around. In this book we get to see that Audrey has grown into understanding a bit more about herself and the world around her. We also get to see that she is beginning to learn, that evil isn't always evil...and good isn't always good. That the line blurs often and sometimes sacrifices are made for the greater good of the world. And that's what makes this book so different from other paranormal teen girl series. It isn't the focus on makeup and trying to be older, its the focus on figuring out who they are and who they don't want to be that makes this such a great series.
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