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.
Note: I received an eARC of Burn Bright through Netgalley for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette (Dark Star #2)
Published by Disney Hyperion on Feb. 25th, 2014
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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.
- Burn Bright does a great job as a second book by having its own solid plot that also ties into a larger series-long plot. This is what second book plots should be! (In my opinion ;-).) Speaking of Burn Bright’s plot, though, it’s also FAST. I blew through this one and blinked a bit once I was finished. This is an excellent sequel to pick up when you are looking for action-packed.
- The end of Dark Star really annoyed me with the romance development, but Burn Bright was able to convince me that this wasn’t the worst decision ever. Audrey’s relationship is really really complicated, which added some delicious tension, but it also actually was developed in Burn Bright so that I could tell these two people did really care for each other. (I’m avoiding spoilers if you haven’t read Dark Star by the way.)
- Burn Bright definitely delivers on the tension. Characters that I didn’t think were going to be in danger suddenly were and I honestly wasn’t sure if they were going to make it. When a villain pops up with abilities surpassing what everyone has faced before, you know things are going to get real!
- We get to continue to learn about the world of Dark Star, including meeting more characters, finding out more about the various super powers, and seeing a bit more of this version of the Twin Cities, which I always appreciate.
- The feels people! Burn Bright managed to really tug on my heartstrings with the appearance of a new character who I just felt for so much. Gah!
- Everyone in Burn Bright is a special snowflake with special powers and a special purpose. I had been so hopeful that this series would be the series that would have a non-special-snowflake MC, or at least some normal secondary characters. Nope!
- I still really don’t get what is going on with these covers. The symbol on the sweatshirt is Audrey’s mom’s symbol, but that definitely looks like a teenage girl (and whoever heard of putting the MC’s mom on the cover??). It just doesn’t make sense!!!
- There are times when romantic exchanges from previously (I assume from Dark Star) are referred to in Burn Bright and they just made me go, “Huh??” I definitely don’t remember any of that relationship development happening in Dark Star and it annoys me when a relationship has to sort of fill in the past in order to seem like it progressed at a normal pace.
Burn Bright is a solid sequel, surpassing Dark Star in terms of the stakes, the action, and the feels. If you have read Dark Star, definitely check out Burn Bright! If you’re still on the fence, this is a solid super-heros-with-a-twist series to check out ;-).
Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette
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