Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette Review

"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."

I love the prequel of Burn Bright. The debut had a great amount of romance, mystery, secrets, demons/Harrowers, and superhero action. Of course, now I know the truth. We all know the truth. Audrey's mom isn't just a superhero. She is also a hunter. Or Guardian. (Hunter of Harrowers, in case you are wondering; not Supernatural hunter/Ghostbuster).

But Burn Bright? Oh, it was amazing! I couldn't let it go. I wanted to pull an all-nighter, but then those people who work 8 to 5 would be so grumpy in the morning. At me. So I waited. Patiently. Agonizing every second until morning. When I was finished with the book, I was left angry, hungry, and starving. (I didn't eat breakfast). Furious, too. Red-hot angry at the book.


Because I want the sequel! I love the Leon/Audrey drama. I love the beginning of the oncoming war. But most of all, the mystery and intrigue is killing me. I just can't wait for all of the secrets to spill out. 2015 is a long way to go. I hate how long the wait is. A year or more.

The plot and book goes by quickly. The chase to find the powerful Kin-blooded girl, the Remnant, started in the prequel. Now it goes on. And it ends. I'll tell you that it is fun and exciting. More secrets are revealed as the plot goes further; Audrey remains driven and determined as ever to find the special girl before the Harrowers (you can call them demons, if you like) kills/uses the girl for their own advantages. I should also mention that the author could had expanded Audrey's character or explored it a bit more. She seems a bit unwhole to me.

That may be the main plot, but there is humor in other parts of Burn Bright. A common gag is Audrey asking Leon, her Guardian/boyfriend, for a first date. The answer/conclusion always turns out to be amusing from the Audrey's mother's input to an eyeroll from Leon or a sarcastic remark from Audrey. I really like the story about Audrey's mom breaking Leon's kneecaps if he hurts her. Awesome mom.

(What plot do I care about more? Audrey finding the girl/Remnant, but I wouldn't mind if Leon/Audrey's subplot goes even further).

In conclusion, Burn Bright burns brightly throughout the entire book. It is a wonderful story for preteens with awesome scenes and fun humor. It could use a bit of work in foreshadowing and character development, but honestly? Bethany Frenette is doing really well. Keep those books coming!

Rating: Four out of Five

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