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Dark Star (Dark Star #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,501 Ratings  ·  355 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Disney Hyperion
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
I caught something else in his depthless eyes.
There are some places it's best not to look, I thought.
Some places look back.

3.5 stars. Consider Dark Star as leaning more to the paranormal side than the sci-fi side of the genre spectrum. True, there are "technically" superhero types of people, but not in the traditional sense. So much of the way this story flowed reminded me of Hex Hall, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Maybe the snark wasn't quite as in-your-face as it was in HH, but I ke
I think I should start out by saying that, contrary to what you might read, Dark Star is not a superhero novel. I'll say it again: Dark Star is not a superhero novel. At least, not the usual type. When I think superheroes, I tend to think of a scene similar to The Avengers with a bunch of kick-butt people in colorful suits battling evil with their epic skills. Yeah, that scene from The Avengers? It's not there in Dark Star. In actuality, Dark Star is a novel about a teenage girl who ...more
shady boots
This review is also available over at my blog.


Book, I am disappoint.

Right off the bat I was so excited to read this, because it's about damn time there was a friggin superhero YA novel. Unfortunately though, I'm gonna have to wait a little longer for that time to come, because there were really no superhero qualities at all in this book.

For me, the whole superhero thing was kind of false advertising, because this book was purely, 100% paranormal YA. It has demons and Guardi
Jun 30, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - Aw, come on. I had high hopes for this book, which had promised superhero awesomeness. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad book, and I liked it because there was some funny dialogue. But it was your just typical paranormal book.

You know how there are those books that try to draw out what's going on as long as they can to keep you curious? Well, this was one of them. The first chapter was truly a waste of time because it talked about dreams, and it
Nov 23, 2012 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Ana’s take:

WARNING: This review contains spoilers.

I’ve wanted to read Dark Star since I first heard about it because it was supposed to be a superhero book (this impression was based on the blurb as well as the cover). Given my recent bad experiences with this subgenre, I was hopeful this would break the bad streak I was having.

Imagine my disappointment (and anger) when I realised how mislead I was when it turned out this is not, and I repeat, NOT a su
Oct 17, 2015 Meli rated it really liked it

Me gustó, es entretenido y bastante original, con ritmo y sentido del humor. Además de una pareja que shippeo con todas mis fuerzas.

Quiero leer los que siguen!!
May 11, 2015 Dani rated it liked it
first of all, there seems to be argument over whether or not this book is a superhero novel. It is, just in a different way. The guardians are supers (I know they aren't running around in tights--but they are a tad bit cooler than that), and Audrey just happens to be the psychic daughter of the most badass super out there? (Sound familiar? Damien Wayne, son of Batman.) But Audrey's actually pretty cool, sarcastic, witty, fearless. Just the personality traits a good super should have. But she's n ...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
Reseñado en mi blog Nanny Books

Dark Star es una novela adictiva, muy fresca, con excelentes personajes y un argumento que se desarrolla de manera impecable. Me he enganchado muchísimo, tanto que la he leído en un solo día (simplemente no he podido soltarla). Y estoy muy impaciente por leer la segunda parte.

Audrey es una chica que no resalta del montón, a solo que saque sus cartas y comience a leerlas... Como protagonista me ha parecido bastante genial. A medida que vamos conociendo su mundo (y q
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I like this one! Review to come.
Jan 05, 2014 Hallie rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This would have got a much higher rating, except for the dire overuse of something I find irritating even in smaller doses; the parent (who knows about the fantasy stuff) doesn't tell the child anything about it, causing the child to rebel against the seemingly overprotective or arbitrary rules the parent has laid down, and behave TSTL-ly, causing the parent to lay down more... etc. In this case it's particularly annoying because Audrey's mother has got to know from her own past (which we, along ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Flor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gracias a Editorial El Ateneo por el ejemplar

Reseña disponible en el blog desde el 20/9

Dark Star es de esos libros que cuando lo ves en la librería/te lo ofrecen para reseña/te lo regalan no es ni fu ni fa. La portada me gusta mucho pero no la amo, con los superhéroes he tenido buenas experiencias (vean Steelheart, sino) pero no son ni por cerca mis favoritos, y con el urban fantasy me decepcioné después de que el primero de CdS me gustara lo mínimo como para seguir la saga y el segundo tan poco
Jul 26, 2012 Hilda rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
3.5 stars

Wow, this book is absolutely not your normal definition of superhero book.

Audrey has always been idolizing her mother, the superhero Morning Star. It’s bad enough that her mother doesn’t seem very keen to have Audrey following her path, but it’s even worse when her mother’s sidekick, Leon, keep tugging her patience. Strange things are happening in the city with high school girls gone missing, but Audrey’s mother refuses to give out any information to her. When Audrey’s friend is falling
Life's not easy when your mum is basically a superhero.

And not in the metaphorical sense either. Audrey Whitticomb's mother is a honest-to-God superhero - single mother and frazzled by day, crime fighting and lethal at night. With her teenage sidekick Leon, she's the 'Morning Star' and Audrey's ok with that. Kind of. Dealing the Nav cards and telling fortunes is Audrey's way of dealing with the unexplainable craziness that is her upside-down life.

But what really sucks...are the demons. The party
Okay. This wasn't a superhero book.

I expected a superhero book but this wasn't it. Now, to be fair, this book is marketed under the genre of YA urban fantasy. What is YA urban fantasy? The best example would be Cassandra Clare's series, the Mortal Instruments, which is a series that takes place in a city-like setting with something paranormal in nature incorporated into it...oh, and it's written for young adults. That's what this book is and, without the mention of superhero in the synopsis, tha
Whitley Birks
Dark Star is just so delightfully clichéd. I don’t really know how else to put it. This book is not just a mediocre YA urban fantasy, but it’s basically what I wish mediocre all books were like. Weird thing to say, I know, but it’s true. This book, however, has somehow managed to combine all sorts of trite and overused story elements, contribute very little original content, and completely fail to be offensive. It’s sad that I have to point that out, but considering the market these days, it see ...more
I clicked "Add" when I read the word superhero. Excuse me, but doesn't that sounds super amazing?
3.5 stars

So I went into this thinking Superheroes! Yay! Sadly, that's not the case. Turns out it's more paranormal than superhero. So don't get your hopes up comic book fans!
But it was still a pretty good book, even though I'm still not sure I'll continue with the series.

Audrey has grown up knowing the family secret...her mother is the superhero Morning Star! Except it turns out she's not exactly fighting criminals. (view spoiler) And ther
Rashika (is tired)
this book is like a dream come true.
Its like the author read my mental list of problems with YA's these days and she changed that in her book so to make her book as awesome as possible.
I didnt know it was a series and now that i know.. i seriously cannot wait anymore.
there are people who said that this book could have been better but for crying out loud its the first book in a series the author is trying to introduce you to this world she has created. The next book will be where the awesomen
Kaylee Magic
Jun 26, 2012 Kaylee Magic rated it really liked it
Once again, no one rocks more than Mimi for lending me her copy before she even had a chance to read it herself!!!! *megahugs* This book is SERIOUSLY. EPIC. Like, superheroes epic times twenty -- and this book is about superheroes!! ;) <3333333

Read this book, you must!
Jun 06, 2012 Isabella marked it as to-read
I'm simply dying to read this.

Le mie aspettative per questo romanzo non sono misurabili (lo so, lo so che non dovrei!! T_T)
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Audrey knows that her mom is a super-hero, and she knows that she can ‘know’ things about people’s futures, what she doesn’t know is that she may be unusual for a reason.
Why is Audrey able to ‘know’ things about people’s futures? And what else is her mother hiding from her?

This started off confusing, became bearable, then became deathly boring.

Audrey was an okay character, but she was a bit silly at times. She didn’t always think about what she was
◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj
Jun 02, 2013 ◕ ◡ ◕ Arooj rated it liked it
Dark Star had a pretty interesting premise. It was the whole "superhero" part that got me interested. But, sadly, this book turned out to be just another one of those typical YA paranormal books.

I was around half way into the book when I got bored. There was some mega info dumping going on, and the story wasn't even all that original. So I didn't even bother trying to follow the story or remember the details, because at that point I knew I wasn't going to continue the series. The rest of the boo
Sep 14, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it
Ordinary is not a word Audrey would use to describe her family. Between her mother the superhero/vigilante ‘Morning Star’, the psychic abilities she shares with her grandmother and her mother’s side-kick/teleporter Leon, Audrey is well accustomed to strange happenings in her household. But none of that could have prepared her for learning (rather violently) that her mother isn’t fighting criminals, but demons. And something is stirring in this new world she finds herself in – something which thr ...more
Dec 17, 2012 Lili rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I could not put this book down! I was excited for this one because of the fact that it had superheroes! And while it did have superheroes, this isn't exactly a superhero story. It's about Guardians, an evil that lurks in another dimension Beneath, a girl finding her place in the world while fulfilling her dreams, and so much more. And the addition of the superhero parent just made it that much cooler.

The plot in this novel was totally engrossing. The lore behind the good Kin and the evi
Andy Shuping
Aug 12, 2012 Andy Shuping rated it really liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley

Audrey Whitticomb has never led a normal life. Her mom is the superhero Morning Star, the most revered and feared superhero in the Twin Cities. But there is a whisper in the night that something in town isn’t quite right. She keeps having dreams of burning down the city. And young girls are disappearing and found dead weeks later with no clue as to who is committing the crimes. Then...they come for Audrey. She escapes, but discovers that her mom isn’t fighting your typic
May 04, 2014 Dahlia rated it really liked it
Love the characters, love the dialogue, love that the mother plays an active role (so super rare in YA), and love that there's a guy/girl BFF pairing that doesn't turn romantic. I'd personally hoped it'd be more contemp-y than it was (this is obviously my own limitation, NOT remotely the author's), and I think this is great for people who are tired of "genre" YA that's actually primarily romance lightly wrapped in in a fantasy world. Can definitely think of people I'll be rec-ing this to, even i ...more
Miss Clark
Feb 11, 2014 Miss Clark rated it it was ok
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Jan 26, 2016 Christina♡ rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this book. the cover is cool, and the blurb had caught my eye. I'm disappointed in this book because I felt it wasn't as much of a superhero book as I thought it would be.

The main character, Audrey, has some powers but honestly they don't seem very helpful. It's called a Knowing, and when she sees or touches someone she gains some knowledge on their life. Also, I don't think the author did a good job explaining what some words meant, such as kin or the circle. it was confus
Apr 28, 2014 Moraphis rated it really liked it
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars

It was a good read... I just smoothly flowed through the book and it was fun too. This was one of the book that once I started, I did not stop reading. But it has a pretty similar storyline to most of the books I read so it loses a bit of the points for uniqueness. I liked Audrey and how she acted based on her own decisions even if her mom tried to get her own way. Her mom is cool. She is like this legend in the mythical world but obviously a mom like that comes with dis
Jiayun Chen
Oct 19, 2014 Jiayun Chen rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me from my friends, who said, "Once you start to read this book you wouldn't stop reading instead you'll want to read the next in this series!" Her hypothesis of me enjoying this incredible book was very accurate. Not only was I determined to get the second book in the series, I also wanted the third book. The author who wrote this book was amazing: not only was the plot very descriptive but she also started describing the main character as a normal human being in t ...more
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