Book Mash [18]

A feature on Nawanda Files that is math...for books, where we mash up new and old releases with books, tv and movies. What equals our favorite reads? Find out in the simple equation below. (Posted by Becca)



Combine superheroes that are fun, light and you'll come to adore, twists and turns that you'll never see coming amid a group of extraordinary people, and writing as quick-paced as Hex Hall with a dash of snark and warmheartedness.

What do you get?





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Dark Star
by Bethany Frenette
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: Dark Star #1
Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
Read Our Review 

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it's hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she's lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human--something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile. 

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn't fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers--livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin. 

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person's memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers' next move. But Leon, her mother's bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won't let Audrey out of his sight. 

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything--and everyone--she loves.


I've been trying to mash this one for so long! But I think I finally found the perfect combo. Dark Star is an underrated, under-appreciated little gem. I loved nearly ever moment of Audrey's journey where her mother is a kickass superhero -- and their relationship is a highlight of the book.

What's more -- aren't you sick of the books where the love interest suddenly shows up out of the blue? Where we're introduced to a new boy who wandered through the hallways? That doesn't exist in Dark Star. She already knows all of her love interest potentials. And what's more, there are no locker-lined hallways. (If there are, they're so brief that I can't remember.) Most of this book takes place outside of school.

Trust me when I say, this is not one to be missed.

Have you read Dark Star? Do you agree with the Mash?


Book Mashes, a Nawanda Files feature, are posted on Fridays. Feel free to create a Book Mash of your own!

20 comments:

  1. I have only seen the cover and probably about 2-3 times or so. Just as you said, underrated. AND! Since I love my superhero stuff (and I adored the first two seasons of Heroes), I should really give it a try ;)

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    1. Oh, you will really like this then! I only really liked the first season of Heroes, but it's definitely as twisty as the show.

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  2. Oooohh this sounds interesting. Adding to my TBR list! Also, I'm super jealous you're reading These Broken Stars!! I've been dying to read it for a while now. Hopefully I'll be able to snag a copy soon.

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    1. I can't believe I'm reading it this soon! I think I may have pre-ordered it already too, but I was lucky enough to get a spot on a blog tour for the book. I hope you're able to get a copy!

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  3. Great mash. I have read Dark Star and I very much agree with the Heroes reference. I have not read Hex Hall although now I may need too.

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    1. Thanks Jenn! I can't wait for Dark Star's sequel! I'm so excited to see what happens :D

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  4. As soon as I saw the what you were mashing together I knew I wanted to read whatever the book was. Dark Star looks vaguely familiar, but haven't heard much about it. Guess I should change that.

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    1. You should! Dark Star is such a good read. I wish more people have heard of it because I always find myself wanting to discuss :D

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  5. I've wondered about Dark Star and thought maybe it had something to do with superheroes but haven't seen much about it so it always gets pushed to the side. I'm definitely much more intrigued by it now that I've seen your mash up!

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    1. It's definitely worth moving up your tbr list! It mixes superheroes and supernatural elements, which I think is pretty cool. But it discusses the origin of these particular original superheroes, which is even more awesome.

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  6. Love this feature! And omg I need Dark Star! I never watched Smallville but I enjoyed Heroes (Season 1 at least) and Hex Hall was fun and I've heard good things about Smallville so Dark Star should be good! I also love that there are superheroes and mother daughter relationships. I won't be missing this one.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

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    1. Thanks P.E.! The mother daughter relationship is probably the best I've ever read. And I only liked Heroes season 1 too. It was like a one-season wonder show.

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  7. I love Heroes, haven't watched Smallville yet but I know what it is about. Dark Star sounds like it'd be exactly up my alley! Think I'll add it to my TBR :)

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. You should definitely add it to your TBR! It's worth reading soon since the sequel is coming out in February.

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  8. I have seen this book around but I was never really interested in it. I should give it a try it seems. I mean I watched Smallville long time ago and enjoyed it. I should read Hex Hall too though. Great recommend :)

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    1. Yes! I think Dark Star slipped through a lot of people's attention. It's worth reading, most definitely.

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  9. Oh, interesting! I've watched a bit of Heroes with my cousins, and I absolutely loved Hex Hall, so I think I'll enjoy Dark Star! I love the idea of her mom being the most deadly superhero - not herself. I'm really loving your Book Mashes :)

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    1. Thanks Chri! You'd really like Dark Star then. And it's really awesome that she's not the most badass superhero -- her mom is. And their relationship is complex but so terrific at the same time.

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  10. This sounds like a clear win! I'll definitely have to check this out if it's like the other three.

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  11. I wasn't really interested in Dark Star until you described it this way! LOVED Heroes and Smallville, so now this is definitely going on my TBR.

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