Burn Bright (A Dark Star Novel)

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9781423148548: Burn Bright (A Dark Star Novel)

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 Remnant, a Kin girl who has the power to unleash the inhabitants of the Beneath. But to what end?

Audrey already has a ton on her plate: dealing with her best friend Tink's boy drama, helping her other best friend Gideon figure out his nightmares, and exploring the highs and lows of "dating" Leon. But when she develops a powerful new ability, Audrey seizes on the chance to fight, despite her mother's protests and Leon's pleas.

As Audrey gets closer to figuring out Susannah's motives and tracking down the Remnant, she'll uncover more than she bargained for. The terrible truth is staring Audrey in the face. But knowing the truth and accepting it are very different things.

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About the Author:

Bethany Frenette is the author of Dark Star. Born and raised in Minnesota, she received her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She lives in Minneapolis, where she hopes to one day awake with superpowers. Learn more at BethanyFrenette.com and follow her on Twitter @bethanyfrenette.

Review:

Following Dark Star (2012), a new demon in town named Susannah is looking for the girl with the power to open pathways to the Beneath, and the threat strains Audrey's relationship. Audrey's boyfriend, Leon, is her Guardian, meaning he is mystically bound to protect her and has been granted magic abilities to do so-chiefly, he can sense when she is in danger and teleport to save her. That's why it's concerning when Audrey has an encounter with a group of Harrowers led by Susannah and Leon doesn't show. Luckily for Audrey, a newly arrived Guardian hunting Susannah saves her. While the Guardians do their best to counter the new demonic threat, Audrey does not disclose the episode and the bond issues with Leon it implies. When Leon finds out, he too decides to keep the magical malfunction secret, concluding that Audrey is the source of the bond disruption. Audrey's desire to keep him safe keeps them ignorant of the dangers she's facing; luckily, her own powers are growing. Against this relationship drama, Audrey's two best friends pursue interesting subplots, Susannah launches a series of testing attacks against the Guardians, and Audrey's mother, more like Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters than the superhero Audrey's narration promises, fights no crime. The plot's uneven, but dialogue and characters are strong. In the last 50 pages or so, the story really comes to life for those readers patient enough to have made it through the first 290. A demon-hunting fix for readers who can forgive page-padding. (Urban fantasy. 12-16) Kirkus"

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