08 November 2013

Dark Star

Author: Bethany Frenette
Series: Dark Star #1
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

A refreshingly interesting debut novel from Bethany Frenette.  Audrey lives in the shadow of a superhero mother, who moonlights at night as Morning Star, a vigilante superhero.  I have recently found myself deep into the television show Arrow, so Dark Star seemed like a perfect transition into a novel vigilante.

Audrey soon realizes that her mother is more than she ever expected.  And she learns that her ability to read cards is just the tip of the iceberg into her family's pool of talents.

What starts out as a paranormal novel with some card readings quickly turns to high fantasy as we dive deeper into Audrey's family history.  While I probably would have enjoyed the novel better if it stuck simply to its paranormal early roots, it wouldn't have had much of a plot.

Frenette introduces the Kin and Harrowers, and a plot that is a little hard to keep track of between the two.  I treated Dark Star as a quick read and skimmed over the deeper parts of the plot (such as the Circles, the Beneath and how things went down between her parents and Verrick), focusing instead on Audrey's actions now instead of trying to understand the history and the purpose of the Harrowers and the  Remnant.

Even with the unique terminology that is difficult to read, Dark Star is still an interesting, fast paced ride.  A few scenes felt awkward, a bit like rookie mistakes so to say.  The food fight between Audrey and Leon stands out as a blaring example, but other than that the book is still entertaining.  A romantic element exists in the novel, but it isn't overbearing and doesn't take away from the plot in general.

While this debut novel in the series wrapped up the major plot rather nicely, Frenette still left herself plenty of avenues to explore later in the series, and I look forward to reading about them early next year in Burn Bright.

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