Thursday, February 20, 2014

ARC Review: Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette

Burn Bright
Author: Bethany Frenette
Series: Dark Star
Publication: Disney-Hyperion (February 25, 2014)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: 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 hers. She wants to protect him too.

Things are not quiet and settled in the Twin Cities. A new demon has come to town to try to find the Remnant - a girl who has the ability to open the barrier separating our world from the Beneath which would free the Harrowers to take over Earth. The Guardians and other Kin are determined to keep the barrier up. Susannah is the demon's name and Audrey manages to have quite a few encounters with her.

Audrey also has to deal with issues her friends are having. Tink is having boyfriend troubles but that pales before her biggest problem. Despite her desire to have nothing to do with the Kin, she has been called to be a Guardian. She has had no training in fighting and doesn't want any. She hates the idea of being a Guardian. This causes a little momentary jealousy for Audrey since she would do anything to be chosen as a Guardian.

Audrey's other friend Gideon is also having problems. He has been having nightmares since he was kidnapped by the Harrowers in the previous book. Since he was found abandoned as an infant and adopted, he wonders if he could be Kin. Audrey reads her cards for him a few times in this book and keeps getting inconclusive results. What she finally learns is extremely upsetting for her and she has to decide what to do with her new knowledge.

The story was exciting and fast-paced. Audrey is a very grounded character who is fun to get to know. I can't wait to read FIRE FALL this September to see what happens next.

Favorite Quote:
Leon was willing to die for me. It was the sort of thing that sounded romantic in theory; the type of wild, passionate declaration you hear in movies. But this wasn't a vow. It wasn't a promise. It was fact. Cold, hard, inescapable. And it didn't feel romantic. It felt terrifying.
I got this eARC from Disney Hyperion via NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a fun series. I do like books about fighting demons. :)


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