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Dark Star is the first book in a new YA urban fantasy series about the vengeful demons that have emerged from the Beneath, and the girl who is fated to stop them. It’s coming out on October 23, but here’s your chance to win an advance review copy of the book as well as a sketch of your choice from me!

To enter, all you have to do is visit the author’s site and answer this question: if you could have any superpower, what would it be?  This isn’t a like/reblog contest, so be sure to leave your comment at her site in order to be entered. (And remember to provide a valid email so she can contact you if you win!) The contest ends at midnight CST June 8th, 2012, and is open to residents of the US and Canada.

Bethany is my best friend, and I can personally vouch that Dark Star is fantastically enjoyable book. Good luck y'all!

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Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, 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.

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What can I say? I love TV shows, movies, and apparently, books about superheroes, and this book is no exception. The plot line was great and the Audrey, the main character was headstrong and rebellious, not to mention powerful. My only problem with this book? There’s not enough of it. The ending left me wanting more. Clearly I need to read that sequel.

“Remind me again why I put up with you?”

“’Cause you sold me your soul for five bucks, and now you must submit to my will?” I still had the sheet of paper, written in his untidy fifth-grade scrawl. Gideon David Belmonte. One soul.

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This is my first book review!

I don’t consider myself a critical reader. I read for enjoyment, and I’m not always actively searching for good or bad aspects, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt. Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see in future reviews, or if you have review requests! (Of course I’d have to have already read or at least own the book)

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Dark Star (Dark Star, #1) by Bethany Frenette

My Rating: 4.75

Goodreads Summary

My Thoughts

I’m starstruck (pun intended). 

Audrey was raised by her single-parent mom, the vigilante “Morning Star” with super strength, and maternal grandmother, who told Audrey stories of the “Old Race” and helped her develop her “Knowing,” a sort of hereditary psychic ability that allows her to, for lack of better term, Know things about people and get glimpses of the past and future. After her best friend is attacked by something at a Halloween party at the Drought and Deluge, a nightclub with a minor’s night every week, Audrey realizes her mom’s superstrength is only the beginning of a network of people called the Guardians, who protect the city from creatures called Harrowers. These Guardians are part of the Kin, made up of people like her new-found cousins and grandmother, not to mention her mom’s “sidekick” Leon (aka my sweet child), a college-age guy with an affinity for baking, cleanliness, and teleporting.

From the summary, you might think it’s a superhero book. It’s really not, so don’t expect it to be. It’s more paranormal, given an official genre of Urban Fantasy. I haven’t read past the first 30 pages of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but the two seemed similar to me at first. Girl with a secret-keeping mom goes to minor-friendly nightclub with her guy friend and sees something not-human, and it all goes downhill from there. But like I said, I haven’t read the rest of it so it would be unfair to keep comparing them.

I absolutely adore Audrey. She’s a realistic sixteen-year-old girl: reckless and indecisive, yet determined and loyal. Her friends Tink and Gideon are, too, and I felt like they’d fit in perfectly at any real high school. Even the minor side characters like Detective Wyle and math teacher Mr. Alvarez have remarkable  character depth. The writing flows seamlessly from one sentence to the next, and the pacing is constant. There weren’t any instances of “for heaven’s sake get on with it already,” or “wait what just happened,”…except at the very very end… 

I rounded up and gave Dark Star 5 stars on Goodreads, because I think it really deserves it, but I  knocked it down a little here because of the romance. Throughout the first 347 (out of 356) pages it was perfect. Slow, unsteady, didn’t overtake the main plot; heck it wasn’t even there at all until about 2/3 way through, but the last nine pages were really rushed and unrealistic. I just hope it slows back down in Burn Bright, which I can’t wait to start.

Spoiler below the break, but I couldn’t help including the best part:

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Dark Star, Bethany Frenette

Release Date: October 23, 2012

Genres: Young adult, romance, action, thriller, dystopian, fantasy, superheroes, supernatural

“Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, 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.”

Happy reading!

‘remind me again why i put up with you?’
‘cause you sold me your soul for five bucks, and now you must submit to my will?’ i still had the sheet of paper, written in his untidy fifth-grade scrawl. gideon david belmonte. one soul.’
—  Gideon Belmonte and Audrey Whitticomb in Dark Star
Review: Burn Bright

Review: Burn Bright

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Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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…

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Three days till thesis defence, you guys. I am both nervous and a bit nauseous because of reasons. But let’s not get into that until I absolutely have to. What I want to talk about is reading and how I’m enjoying reading so much after such a long time. I have given myself permission to read what I want to when I want to so even though I have books to review, they’re all books I want to read. I think having my Kindle stolen may have been a good thing because loss aside, it made me realize just how much I love reading physical books. There’s something to be said for convenience and the ease with which you can take books everywhere with a Kindle but if you are a tactile person like me, then feeling the page, the actual page and not a virtual manifestation of one, is priceless.

Books I Read Last Week:

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  1. Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
    I’ll do a review of this but I didn’t actually like it as much as I had hoped to.
  2. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
    This was fantastic. 5 stars.
  3. It by Alexa Chung
    Eh. 2.5
  4. Will O’the Wisp by Tom Hammock
    I liked this. The art was beautiful and the story solid. 4 stars.
  5. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
    Cole was fun. 4 stars.
  6. Skip Beat 3 in 1 vol. 22-23-24 by Yoshiki Nakamura
    I love Skip Beat so this was an automatic 5 stars for me.
  7. Cast in Flame – Michelle Sagara
    The only thing that saved this one from being 2 stars is my hope that the next one will be better.
  8. Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette
    I enjoyed this quite a bit. 4 stars.
  9. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattermer
    I enjoyed this somewhat.

Currently Reading

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  1. The Cabinet of Curiousities by Stefan Bachmann et al
    This is to my liking. Short themed stories. The book is huge so it’s going to take me a while to get through but I figure a story a day will suffice.
  2. Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard
    I haven’t actually started this one but there are dragons.

To Read in the Upcoming Week

When I finish Vigilante Poets, I think I’ll slip back into fantasy. I’m thinking about reading any of the following:

  1. Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin
  2. The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
  3. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
The Reading Forecast Three days till thesis defence, you guys. I am both nervous and a bit nauseous because of reasons.