Author: Bethany Frenette
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Series: n/a (at this time)
Publisher: Harper Audio
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
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Regardless, our protagonist is anything but a superhero. Audrey is whiney and impulsive...two characteristics very unbecoming in a superhero. But she can predict the future...using her Knowing and a special deck of tarot cards passed down from Kin to Kin...sometimes. But she does wish she was a superhero like her mom with her superhuman strength or Leon -- her mom's sidekick -- who can teleport. Alas, she is no more superhero-y than your average psychic.
Audrey's been kept in the dark about her heritage for her entire life. She didn't think she had any family left in Minneapolis after her grandmother passed. She doesn't know her father. And one day a few years ago, Leon just showed up on her mom's doorstep. I usually enjoy stories where the main character's real identity is kept from them, but the mystery and intrigue behind Audrey's lineage didn't really impress me. Maybe it's because Audrey herself didn't seem to suspect anything about her was special or different, despite her Knowing. (Lamest name for a superpower...reminds me of that terrible Nicholas Cage movie. *shudders*) But it's more likely I just didn't care about Audrey's story because I didn't find her character likeable...she reminded me a lot of Eve, whom I also barely tolerated.
I did, however, like the secondary cast of characters. I actually had kind of hoped her best friend Gideon would be one of those best friend-turned-love interest situations, but alas, he remains a good friend and close confidante. He actually knows her mother's secret identity, so it makes for a better friendship. (And would make it that much easier for them to hook up, but whatevs.)
Leon, albeit frustratingly overprotective, was a refreshing love interest. Sure, he's a tad bit older than Audrey. And he's her guardian, her protector. But the novel wasn't bursting with covert glances and cheek-reddening blushes. Leon wasn't actively pursuing Audrey's affections, all the while knowing he shouldn't. For the whole of the novel, there is no romance to speak of. Not outwardly, anyway. But even so, the spark between Leon and Audrey at the end didn't seem to come out of nowhere. There were inklings of it throughout, even if neither party would openly admit it. So, on the romance front, I'm satisfied because it didn't overshadow the entire novel and it managed to feel geniune at the same time.
Despite the fact that there isn't a series listing on Goodreads, I would hedge that there will be further novels featuring Audrey and/or her superhero relatives and friends. The novel was left pretty open-ended, and since Audrey's requesting to train with the other Kin, I think it's safe to say we'll see more of this world. Dark Star was fun and exciting at times, though it wasn't nearly as superhero-y as I would have liked. But I'm not making any hasty decisions as to whether I'd read more from this world or not.
This is the second book I've listened to that was narrated by Amy Rubinate, Everneath being the first. I thought the depressed undertones she brought to that particular work were perfect, considering what was transpiring in the story, but for Dark Star, it was a little much. This novel was dark, sure, but at times, I wondered if I had mistakenly skipped back to Everneath because the narration was so similar. Nothing about the delivery of this book was different from the other, which leads me to believe I probably wouldn't enjoy further audiobooks from this narrator. I'm glad I listened to Everneath first because I truly enjoyed that one and I'm afraid I would have been in the opposite position otherwise.
So, in summation: probably best to read, not listen. Don't expect a superhero story. And don't expect much in the way of romance. If you're okay with that, you'll probably enjoy this book.
“Remind me again why I put up with you?"
“Cause you sold me your soul for five bucks, and now you must submit to my will?" I still had the sheet of paper, written in his untidy fifth-grade scrawl. Gideon David Belmonte. One soul.
"I caught something else in his depthless eyes.
There are some places it's best not to look, I thought.
Some places look back."