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Dark Star

(Dark Star #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  4,103 ratings  ·  419 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,
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 27, 2012 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 19, 2012 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
Jan 03, 2013 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
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
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
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
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
Whitley Birks
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, almost-good
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
Jun 30, 2012 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
I clicked "Add" when I read the word superhero. Excuse me, but doesn't that sounds super amazing? ...more
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
Apr 09, 2012 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!
Jul 24, 2012 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
Lauren R.
3.5 stars. I liked this! It's definitely out of my comfort zone. I like fantasy but don't read a lot of urban fantasy or paranormal. Demons aren't really my thing. I'm definitely curious to see where the series goes! I liked Audrey and the rest of the characters so much. ...more
Dani Shuping
Aug 12, 2012 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
Jun 14, 2012 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
Sarah Elizabeth
(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
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Mar 07, 2012 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
Jan 26, 2014 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
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Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin ities, 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 trappe
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was actually entertaining and a clever spin on "super hero" lore. At the end of the day, it's not a super hero book and it's Recieving to readers. It's more of something paranormal. The lead character displayed typical teenage behavior and I appreciated that. The romance element wasn't heavy handed, and when it was explored it was actually kinda cute and not something inappropriate or uncomfortable. At the end of the day I appreciated this story, I'd love to read book two and see where ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Another book with the word "dark" in the title, another surprise.  I was expecting awesome abilities and powers and leaping from tall buildings, etc.  And I got that for the most part.  It's the paranormal aspect I wasn't expecting, though after re-reading the summary, I should have guessed.  And to be totally fair, I suppose there are always some paranormal attributes to be expected when dealing with superheroes because they exhibit superhuman traits derived from some supernatural event or anot ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a darker, yet really fun and cool twist to superheroes. I really loved Audrey, she wasn't a whiny little brat like one might expect her to be. She was curious, stubborn, sassy, strong and determined. She worked really hard to save people even though Leon, her mom were against it from the start. ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
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Talk about deceptive advertising. Those expecting to get a superhero book will be surprised and maybe even disappointment. Superheroes are only mentioned in this novel. In reality, it's just YA paranormal.

And it's not a bad YA paranormal. In fact, I'd say it's a little bit above average. The characters are nice enough. The use of cliches isn't horrible. It's just not...well, that memorable or exciting. And I did have quit
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Dark Star by Bethany Frenette is somewhere between a superhero and a demon-hunter book with a teenage protagonist whose mom is the one with the superpowers. For some reason I thought Dark Star was going to have aliens, I don’t know why, maybe the star part? Anyway, more demons than aliens, though it’s debatable. While I did read Dark Star in one day, I found myself pretty meh about it the whole time. Also that cover angers me.
Note: I borrowed Dark Star from my library of awesomeness.

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