Who has had more on her plate than sixteen year old Audrey Whitticomb? It's hard to say! Audrey has had a quiet two months ever since finding the fire inside of her to help defeat Iris from unleashing the Harrowing on the world in Dark Star. Now, she is faced with even more difficult challenges while continuing to go to school, having a relationship with her mother and guardian, and trying to be a good friend to Tink and Gideon and not leaving them under the bus or ignorant about what's happening to her.
As the daughter of the superhero Morning Star (Lucy Whitticomb), Audrey knows that her life will be anything but normal. She knows that one day she will also be called upon to fill her place within the Kin's guardian ranks like her boyfriend Leon Farkas, her best friend Tink, as well as her own father Adrian St. Croix. Until then, she will have to rely on Leon to save her life, and keep her out of trouble, especially since we are talking about Audrey who loves jumping in feet first and hates that anyone gets hurt because of her.
So, naturally it's the perfect time for a mega-villain to show up and throw everything into chaos. Susannah is a Harrower, a demon hell-bent on ridding the planet of the Kin and she is far from the typical villain who is boisterous, loud, and sits around waiting for the good guys to come and defeat her. She's maniacal, intelligent, and extremely dangerous. Her desire to unleash the Harrowing on the world is one step away from completion. All she needs is the mysterious girl known as the Remnant who is said to have the ability to blow open the gates between worlds and unleash the Harrowing. But, the Remnants secret identity is buried so deep, that nobody within the Kin really knows who she is.
I will say that Burn Bright brings some interesting dynamics to the table including some interesting secrets that we will have to wait until the final novel to find out how they play out. First there is Drew Reingold a guardian who lost his wife to Susannah and has come to the Twin Cities looking for payback. I truly felt for Drew and didn't feel the need to dislike him because of any of his actions. Grief and the need for revenge is a devastating thing to live with.
There is Audrey's relationship with Leon which takes some interesting turns because of Audrey's determination to not allow anyone, including Leon, to get hurt because of her and the fact that Audrey is given even more interesting abilities. I still love the fact that Audrey, Tink and Gideon are best friends, and not love interests. It's genuine in its scope and depth and not just for the sake of the storyline.
There ARE a few surprises in Burn Bright which I won't touch with a TEN FOOT POLE! I do love how Audrey is portrayed in this series. She's got a solid foundation to stand on, and finds herself with new challenges, abilities, and questions that she doesn't break down, or run away from. She's got plenty of support from her own mother, Leon, her St. Croix family who has become an important part of Audrey's life and her desire to learn her abilities.
The final installment called Fire Fall (Dark Star #3) will be released September 30th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion and hopefully it will be even better than Dark Star, and Burn Bright.
**I received this book for free via NetGalley/Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
Author - Bethany Frenette
Title - Burn Bright (Dark Star # 2)
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Released: February 25, 2014
Genre: YA, Science Fiction