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Dark Star Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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The novel itself is about main character Audrey Whitticomb who has grown up without a father, and has a mother who is the superhero Morning Star who defends Minneapolis. To make the story cooler, there is a superhot sidekick named Leon who has lately taken it to himself to constantly protect Audrey due to a series of deaths in teenage girls that are connected to Demons who are plotting something that is seriously not good. Dark Star had high expectations from me and not only did it meet them, it took a raygun, pointed it at my head and *boom* blew my freaking mind!
If you read a lot of stuff from DC comics, then hopefully you know who Zatanna Zatara is? If you do then great! If you don't, you're on the internet right now so go ahead and Google her! Now that you are aware who Zatanna is, you know that she is full of power and that she is a part of a secret variety of people called the homo-magi.Read more ›
The very best part of Dark Star is the characterization. Recently, though I've been on a really good reading streak, I feel like most of my star deductions have been for characters that didn't feel real to me or that I simply could not connect with, so I really needed this character-driven read. Audrey has a huge personality, funny and clever and a little bit rebellious. I loved her voice so much that the writing style, which leans a bit more to the choppy fragments style than I generally care for, didn't bother me much.
Not only is Audrey awesome, her friends are great too. She has two best friends, Gabriel and Tink. Gabriel is the only one who has been trusted with her mother's secret (that she's the superhero Morning Star, though she prefers to be called a Guardian, and fights bad guys with her younger partner Leon). Audrey trusts Gabriel implicitly, the only secrets she keeps from him being ones she's not allowed to tell. Tink, who I totally pictured as the character of the same name from The Guild, is outgoing and tiny and a little bit terrifying. They have a real bond and I love to see that in novels.
Perhaps even more rare, Audrey has a loving, protective, approachable, attentive mother. Can such a thing truly exist in YA? Apparently so! Audrey's mother, Lucy, does go out all night to fight crime, but she's in no way an absentee mom. She manages to spend a lot of time with her daughter.Read more ›
There are plenty of summaries to be had here and elsewhere, so let's skip straight to the main character, Audrey Whitticomb. I gravitate toward protagonists with sharp minds and clever tongues, and Audrey (indeed, most of the cast of characters as a whole) has both in ample measure. Better still, Frenette doesn't allow these attributes to overwhelm her entire characterization. Audrey is smart, but this intelligence has its pitfalls. Her intuitive leaps are sometimes misguided or incomplete, she speaks without thinking about the repercussions of her statements, and sometimes she can be both single-minded and a bit naïve. She makes poor decisions based on what she believes to be solid reasoning, and yet it doesn't feel like Audrey strays into Too-Dumb-To-Live territory. When she fails, the culprit is usually a lack of information and a stubborn insistence on moving forward, not a sudden, inexplicable lapse in all good sense.
As in so many YA books, this dearth of information is the result of protective adults filtering what the protagonist hears and knows. Normally, this manifests as stonewalling, without any attempt to explain the complete media blackout other than "for your own protection." This tactic has always irritated me, but again Frenette dances with the cliché before altering it to suit her own needs. Audrey's mother, Lucy, and her sidekick, Leon, briefly begin as those same mute figures, refusing to acknowledge that a smart (though sheltered) girl might be able to adapt if only given the chance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Let me start off by saying WOW! I really was not expecting this book to be sooo amazing!! I found it at a discount bookstore and figured "eh, it sounds okay I guess and it's a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by heather morningstar
Sixteen-year-old Audrey is the daughter of Minneapolis’s resident superhero, Morning Star. Living a double life with her mom is pretty natural to her, and the only thing Audrey has... Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by The Compulsive Reader
Review originally posted on A Kernel of Nonsense blog.
It’s difficult to call your life normal when you’ve grown up with a mom who roams the streets at night, looking for bad... Read more
I’ll be completely honest: I wasn’t expecting much from this one. I’d heard mixed things, so that was why I took so long to read it. Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook
THIS WAS AN AWESOME BOOK! I'VE NEVER READ A SUPER HERO TYPE BOOK AND THIS EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS!! I JUST LOVE THE DARK STAR SERIES AND CAN'T WAIT TIL THE 3RD BOOK COMES OUT!!!Published on June 1, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This was such a fantastic surprise! I don't read a lot of urban fantasy but this was such a great book, I can't wait to read the sequels. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Morgan M.
It kept me interested because i thought there would be more action coming up. Dont get me wrong, it was a good book and i'd buy it all over again. Read morePublished on April 24, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Despite being the daughter of a superhero, Audrey has a fairly normal home life. Her mother does her best to protect Audrey from the dangerous side of her life. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by SciFiChick