Saturday, November 3, 2018

The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ Review

Source: ARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

I'm going to be honest, I was nervous to pick this one up. The Lux series is one of my favorites of all time and I was worried how The Darkest Star would stack up. I wanted more from the Lux world, desperately, but what if I ended up hating this spin-off? How disappointing would that be? Well, I need not have worried because I just finished reading The Darkest Star and my heart is so full, y'all. It was amazing.

I've got to start by talking about Luc. Because of course. Many people have said that they like him even better than Daemon. I, however, have a special place in my heart for Daemon Black so I won't go that far...but I do REALLY love Luc. He's complex. He's silly. Arrogant. Kind. And he can be so sweet and caring. He's a genuinely good guy and while I'm not sure I can give him Daemon's throne just yet, he definitely ranks towards the top of my list of favorite JLA guys.

Then there's Evie who I liked from the start and got more and more taken by as the novel unfolded...for multiple reasons. She's a well fleshed out character who also has such an interesting story, in her connection to the Lux world and...ahem. More. That's all I say :)

As for the overall plot, it was pretty darn entrancing. I flew through the whole book in just two days--I read half of it one night and the rest of it the next. And though I was nervous to pick it up, after I DID finally dive in I had no hesitation to continue reading. The story captured me pretty much instantly and I was excited to read and read and read.

I know a big question will be if people can pick this one up without reading the Lux series. The answer to this is YES. The Darkest Star is written and fleshed out to begin its own series, so everything you need to know is in this book for you if you're uninterested in reading the Lux series, or if you would prefer to read this one first. I WILL say, though, that there was a little extra fun of having read the Lux series first, since I recognized characters...especially a certain one that had a certain line which had me going OMG YES I REMEMBER YOU I AM DYING AHHHH. (Yes I was quite excited, don't judge me)

Last but not least, the romance. It's not very in-your-face in this one, but there is a clear connection between Evie and Luc that I loved. They have an instant SOMETHING which grows and grows and sweetens as the novel progresses and it made my heart happy. By the end of the book, I had a smile on my face at their cuteness (I even have one now as I type this) and I am ridiculously excited to see more of them together in the next book.

Overall, I am beyond pleased with this spin-off to the Lux series. I love Luc and Evie and am basically living for their sweetness, and now I hate that I have to wait for book 2! I adored this intro to the Origin series so much, and I am excited to read more!

5 stars - A gripping introduction to the Origin series that made my heart so happy!

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