Friday, October 12, 2012

Review: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

Dark Star 
Author: Bethany Frenette
Release date: October 23, 2012
Published by: Disney/Hyperion
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Morning Star is a super hero mother. No, literally, a superhero who is a mother.

Audrey has known that her mother is a superhero for a long time; she knows the danger her mom faces every night as she fights crime in the Twin Cities. Audrey herself has a special power: the Knowing. She can sense things that others cannot.

In fact, she is sensing that something major is coming, something dark and dangerous. Will her mother be able to keep the darkness at bay? Or will Audrey discover a hidden strength and save the city from danger?

My Thoughts: My favorite part of this story was the beginning. It rocked! The first two pages pack a punch. Frenette pulled me in with some great foreshadowing of danger to come. In fact, the beginning was almost too good. I expected to jump right into the action, but, unfortunately, the plot line slowed a bit to introduce characters and background. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that this was a horrible thing, but rather that I then had trouble sticking with the story long enough to get to the action.

Frenette did create a host of interesting characters, including Audrey’s best friend, Gabriel. He is the kindest, sweetest, most understanding person—I wish everyone could have a friend like him. There is also Tink, who is quirky and fun-loving and creates a nice balance in the friendship triangle. Audrey’s mother is a complex character who is trying to protect her daughter by keeping secrets, though I found her a little overbearing, and then there is Leon, her mother’s sidekick, who watches out for Audrey.

Overall, I enjoyed the story for its beginning and ending (where all the action was, if that makes sense). I did find the characters interesting, but not enough for me to really connect with the story. However, I think if you are a fan of comic-book heroes, Morning Star and Dark Star may be new heroes for you to fall for.

P.S. to My Thoughts: My struggle with this story reminded me of something—another hero story. My brother took me to see Batman (the first movie) and I found it soooo slow. When I think about it, it’s because the first movie involves all the background building (Bruce Wayne’s past, history, family, creation, etc.). I just wanted the action part of the story—guess I’m impatient when it comes to superheroes!
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