Review: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
October 23, 2012
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.
DARK STAR is a well-thought out attempt at a unique paranormal book that falls short character wise. The book starts out pretty slow and doesn’t really pick up til about midway in, but the plot really kept me going after that. Unfortunately, what the book excelled in plot it lacked in character development. I had a really hard time connecting emotionally to any of the characters in the novel, especially the main character Audrey. Being someone who needs well-rounded characters to keep her engaged, I became frustrated and found myself focusing on Audrey’s annoyances and not the super cool story line that had a lot of potential.
Audrey drove me insane throughout the entire book. Her character flip-flops so much on issues that surround her that I got super angry at her. One moment she’s super brave and ready to fight battles that she has zero understanding about, the next she’s huddled in bed wanting to do nothing. And then she alternates between these two emotions, making no sense whatsoever. On top of that, I felt a disconnect from her. The only emotions I felt concerning her were frustration and anger at her actions, not a concern for all the danger she was in.
The unique world building is what kept me reading (though at a much slower pace than normal). Frenette brings up some really interesting concepts revolving around the Kin, Guardians, and the Harrowers that are determined to end the Kin due to their intense anger and jealousy. The whole plot surrounding the Remnant and what they mean to the survival of the Kin and the actual humans in the world drew me in when Audrey’s character repelled me. There’s also the back story surrounding her long-lost father that I became actively engaged in. Can I have a book about her father and mother? I think they would be much more fun to read about.
I really wish I had loved DARK STAR, but unfortunately the flat characters prevented the novel from reaching its full potential. If you’re more into plot development and world building than characters, you may actually really enjoy this one! However, if you put a lot of energy into the characters in a novel, I would give DARK STAR a pass.