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Burn Bright

(Dark Star #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  913 ratings  ·  112 reviews
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 Minneapolis. Her name is Susannah, and she's a Harrower
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. I'm pretty sure I've already made the Hex Hall meets Sky High comparison, but I can't not bring it up again. This is the kind of comparison which should be perceived as a good one, though. Burn Bright followed a promising (yet shaky) first book and amped up the danger, adventure, and (somewhat) forbidden attraction.

There's still one part superhero sci-fi...
"You just told us the world is ending. I'd like to know how much time I have to prevent it."

And several parts paranorm
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

Doubting myself comes pretty naturally sometimes. Even when I really like something, when everyone else isn’t impressed, I think maybe I was wrong. That’s how I felt about Dark Star. Well, in this case, I’m TOTALLY right, because Burn Bright is every bit as fun, bantery and action-packed as I remember Dark Star being. These books are awesome, and more people need to get on the fan train with me to flail over the swoons and the laughs.

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Mar 19, 2013 marked it as to-read
Need this in my hands SO BAD.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I NO CAN HAS WORDS. Well, I kinda have words, but not enough to throw together into a full review.

Burn Bright is much easier to get into than its predecessor and it's better paced too, but it's got a bit of Second Book Syndrome going on; you can practically see all the characters being moved into place like game pieces in preparation for Fire Fall. The plot is great sometimes, a bit stale at others. There were so many things I didn't remember because I read the first book well over a year ago a
Nasty Lady MJ
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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The Dark Star trilogy is one of those series I really like, but hate its marketing.

First of all, I think this series does deserve more marketing than its getting. It has likable characters, a pretty good plot, and it doesn’t use tropes to that ridiculous point where you seemingly develop psychic powers when it comes to the storyline.

Seriously, after I read a few YA books I almost thought about starting my own version of Ms. C
That One Geek Girl
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This book was a great follow-up to Dark Star. Audrey really grows into her abilities and into being a more confident young woman. I really enjoyed the game of cat-and-mouse that Susannah was playing with the guardians. It was so sinister and fun (and yes, I might be a bit evil). I also really enjoyed Audrey and Leon’s growing romantic relationship. They both want to protect each other so much that it ends up causing so many problems. I love Leon. He is definitely o
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Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Rating: A solid sequel in a series more people should be reading.

My review of Dark Star, book one

More people should be reading this delightful superhero/urban fantasy series. It's funny, charming and full of twists and turns. The relationships are strong, and the heroine is wonderful. Like the first, this book got off to a bit of a slow start, but once it hits its stride, I couldn't put it down. We get more worldbuilding, more info, a super creepy bad girl demon who honestly will hau
Shweta Choudhary
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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Better than the first. SO much suspense and action ..Not a single moment where there is not something happening. When You start this book. You can't stop. The author wrote in such a way that you couldn't guess the remnant till the end. When you think you got it ...there is again a twist. Romance , suspense ,action and humor...awesome character will keep you addicted to you :)
Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, favourites-2015
I can't for the life of me understand why I left reading Burn Bright for as long as I did, not only when you consider that I really really enjoyed Dark Star, but that the series is a definite 'Amanda' series. It's character's have depth, feel real and are juicy and squishy, and it's plot is brilliant, twisting and full of reveals. It's world is.. a little lacking, but almost dismissible. It literally is a book that you could read and know, just know that I would like, and nothing makes me happie ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette is the sequel to Dark Star and continues the story of Audrey’s life with a superhero mother, demons after her, and friends that are crazy but in an awesome way. I was honestly only so-so about Dark Star, but Burn Bright has been able to not only avoid second book syndrome, but surpass Dark Star in terms of character development and plot. Burn Bright has some obvious setup for a third book towards the end, so I’m hoping that the series just keeps getting better :D. ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Oh the feels I got this from this book! I loved this sequel! I found myself yelling at my Kindle, stopping myself from throwing it across the room during the frustrating parts, and groaning in exasperation when certain things were revealed or unexpected things happened. It was that good!

The book starts with an action sequence, sort of sets the pace for the rest of the reading. Burn Bright is action packed and it wasn't just that, there were moments that I found sad and shocking, scenes that kept
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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 Minneapolis. Her name is Susannah, and she's a Harrower, a demon hell-bent on destroying people like Morning Star, Leon, and Audrey—the Kin. Like others before her, she seeks the R
*Genre* Young Adult Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Who has more on her plate than sixteen year old Audrey Whitticomb? It's hard to say! Audrey has had a quiet two months ever since finding the fire inside of her to help defeat Iris from unleashing the Harrowing on the world. Now, she is faced with even more difficult challenges while continuing to go to school, having a relationship with her mother and guardian, and trying to be a good friend to Tink and Gideon and not leaving them unde
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Uh oh! There’s a new Harrower in town, and her name is Susannah! She’s hunting the Kin, namely Guardians. What ever will they do? Meanwhile, Audrey wants to help, she and Leon are having problems and Gideon also is having identity issues. Audrey is developing a new power, but sadly, it’s not what I expected. By obtaining the power, I thought she would jump right in on the action, but sadly, she can’t. The power wasn’t explained very well, and I had a rough time trying to remember what happened i ...more
I pre-ordered my copy of Burn Bright the moment it was available on the bookdepository. I requested an arc at netgalley anyway, becaaauuusseee... because i couldn't wait until February. I’m very bad at waiting.

I didn't know what to expect of this book. Dark Star's ending was pretty tied up with a couple of open questions ready for a second book, but no clue about the direction this second book would take. The thing after reading Burn Bright is that the direction is fantastic.

We have a new villa
Dani Shuping
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley

Audrey's mom is the superhero Morning Star, who has saved the city more times than anyone can count. But Audrey discovered the truth, that she and her mom are a part of a group that fight demons and protect the world. And two months ago Audrey, not her mom, saved the world. Since then Audrey's been training and getting to know her powers better...and oh yeah, dating her mom's partner Leon. But a new threat has arrived and she is a Harrower named Susannah, a demon hell-be
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
In Bethany Frenette’s first novel Dark Star, Audrey Whitticomb learned of the Beneath and the demons, known as Harrowers, that inhabit the desolate realm. Her mother, Morning Star, is tasked with fighting the strongest of these fiends who are capable of crossing over into our world. Discovering a hidden power inside her, Audrey was able to thwart the plans of the Harrower Patrick Tigue.

In Burn Bright, a new enemy has emerged, a powerful Harrower who’s disguised herself as the young Susannah. She
Nicole Wang
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, if you follow me on Twitter, you know that I've been dying for a book where the main character isn't the prophetic savior or bringer of doom. I mean, they're fun, but so typical nowadays. But this series definitely doesn't follow that road! While Dark Star was a fun read, it didn't really make an impression, but Burn Bright? It definitely did. I adored it and just loved reading it!

I was a bit fuzzy on what happened in Dark Star, but Burn Bright craftily weaves in the storyline from book one
Kathy Martin
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
BURN BRIGHT was an excellent sequel to DARK STAR. Audrey's mother is a superhero who fights demons. Audrey has a gift for Knowing which is a kind of intuition but she would like to be a Guardian like her sort of boyfriend Leon and fight demons too. Leon is her Guardian and he is fated to protect her for life. This causes some conflicts for Audrey because she doesn't know if Leon likes her for herself and just because he is her Guardian. Also, Audrey doesn't want Leon to risk his life to save her ...more
Jiayun Chen
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me when I finished reading the first book in this series, Dark Star. I was desperately wanted to read the continuous version of the novel because the last book it left me hanging when the going up the plot mountain. This book started out as sort of the climax of the story, so the plot were very intense and had gotten my curiosity up very quickly. As my curiosity is slowly speed and adding up, I started to wonder will Audrey continue resisting the bond between her su ...more
Nucking Futs the Fire Fairy Book-a-holic
received from NetGalley on Nov. 06, 2013.
Expected publication: February 2014

Burn Bright is the 2nd book in Bethany Frenette's Dark Star Series. I haven't read the first book yet but it's not a reason not to enjoy this series.
If you like YA fantasy then this book is for you. As a new YA reader myself, I pretty much enjoyed every page in this book. It has action, drama, romance, and of course, some teen angst. The storyline was good. The characters are well built and credible. I like the twists an
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I remember thinking after I finished the first one that I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or it was just ok yet I knew that I wanted second book. To this book made me realise that I don’t just like but love this series.
These book centre’s around Audrey who’ mum is a crime fighting hero called morning star who gets help from Leon, Audrey’s crush/ kind of boy friend.
Now I remember the first book wasn’t what I was expecting at all (you know when you expect the plot to take a different route that was
Sarah Cass
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, netgalley
Going in, I didn't realize this was book 2 in a series (that's what I get for not reading the full description). As a person that HATES reading books out of order, I had to fight off my cringes.

To be honest, the book managed to surprise me. I thought I had cleverly figured it all out and the end would be predictable, but I suppose not having read book 1 helped me here b/c I thought the suggested twist (is it really a girl?) WAS the twist/predictable ending...but it was something else I knew noth
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for an honest review.
Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette is the second book in her Dark Star series. Although I haven't read the first book, I had no problems follwing the storyline in this book. This story starts 2 months after the first book had ended. Bethany provided enough backstory during the beginning of this book that I never felt lost as I met Audrey, Leon, Tink, Gideon, Morning Star and Mr. Alvarez.
Audrey grows s
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book and think it was a great sequel to Dark Star! Audrey really grew as a character and became more confident which was really great to see! We all love a confident heroine!
There was so many twists and turns that I really thought would be predictable but honestly, everytime I guessed something, it just went the complete opposite way, which isn't really the case with many YA novels!
Leon and Audrey's relationship was just ahh. The way they needed to protect eachother was rea
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My friend got me to read Dark Star last year and ever since then I've been waiting impatiently for the second part. I got Burn Bright in my hands and didn't put it down until I was done with it. I shouldn't have read it so fast because now I know I have to wait another year for the next one, but I just could not put it down!! It was just as good if not better than the first one. It was action packed, plenty of great moments between Leon and Audrey, and several twists I did not see coming!
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, series
Audrey is back again in this sequel to Dark Star.
There's a new Harrower in town, Susannah, who is trying to find the remnant in order to unleash an army of Harrowers on the world to completely annihilate it. Audrey, despite still not being called, wants to help, and throws herself into danger anyway. She and Leon are having some "issues" with their relationship, which just makes Audrey seek out more danger. How is Susannah planning to find the remnant and how can they prevent her from doing so?
Dr susan
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
As I have said before, Young Adult books are like a decadent dessert, so tasty and gone too quickly. I wish I read my books as slowly as I savor cheesecake. I feel sorry for people who think YA books are for kids. Burn Bright, like Dark Star, has a richly imagined world with engaging characters and an enthralling plot, and NO love triangle. Although I guessed one plot twist during Dark Star, others totally blindsided me into stunned disbelief. I am very glad that Fire Fall is due out the end of ...more
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Just like its predecessor' Dark Star, this book has a really interesting protagonist but ultimately not enough meaty plot that I can really sink my teeth into.

And the made up words just seemed to make it so hard for me to get into. With terms like Remnants, Harrowers and Kin thrown around, I just had to read back the first book to understand what or who they really are. So between trying to figure out what the hell is going on and what makes Audrey the super special snowflake other being able t
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