Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
At first glance, it looks pretty cliche, but a) she has a face, b) the setting makes sense, and c) so does her outfit! I like it.
[Honestly, I’m not sure there’s anything in the description that isn’t a spoiler. Here’s what I think you need to know.]
Audrey’s mom is a superhero; only Audrey, her childhood best friend, and her mom’s teen sidekick, Leon, know her mom’s real identity…although there has been a certain cop hanging around and dropping hints lately. Her mom may be keeping the Twin Cities safe, but superpower-less Audrey just wants to have some fun with her friends–but their night out almost turns deadly. What Audrey discovers threatens not only her worldview, but the safety of everyone she loves, and even the entire world!
[May be more cliche, but at least it doesn’t tell you every plot element, Disney Hyperion.]
Yep, first in a series. Author’s website has no info yet on how many volumes, but Book 2 should be out this fall.
Um, there is a female superhero who is the most powerful person in town! What’s not to love? Seriously, it’s a lightning-fast read, competently written, with worldbuilding that has some new twists to it, and is internally consistent.
Minneapolis! My home city! I must admit, though, this brings up one of my complaints. If you are going to set an action-focused story in a real place, then maybe make it a little more emphatically real. Name names and streets and neighborhoods!
Superpowers! Some of which don’t get used very wisely! I love the idea that superpowers don’t come with a training manual, and sometimes you just have to figure it out as you go.
Different kinds of relationships! Audrey of course has her mom, and she has friends (unlike many a teen heroine these days), and gains more friends as the story moves on, and of course, there is a crush as well.
Dark Star was cute, entertaining, and I quite liked it. It didn’t steal my heart, exactly, but it was fun, and the book did get bonus points for being set in the Twin Cities. I can see a lot of potential for future volumes to develop on the interesting mythology, because I thought the concepts behind the mythology were interesting, but felt that some aspects were underdeveloped. I will read the next one, hoping that it improves on its amusing predecessor. Audrey is a relatable young teen, and I’d like to find out more about her. I’ve read some other reviews complaining that “It’s not a superhero book, because xy [spoiler about the origin of Audrey’s mom’s powers],” and I don’t really understand what they mean. A superhero(ine) is someone who has superpowers and uses them to fight the forces of evil. There are many different traditional origin stories, and I don’t think the origin has a bearing on whether or not someone is a superhero. So there’s my two cents.