Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The Brightest Night by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ Review


The thrills, drama, and intrigue continue in the third installment of the Origin series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

He is the darkest star.
You are the burning shadow.
And together, you will bring about the brightest night.

Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living an unremarkable life.

Now, she's on the run, under the protection of the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. She's been betrayed by those who were closest to her. And she's learned truths about herself that she never saw coming--things she once knew, and was made to forget. Truths with devastating consequences. She's caught in the eye of the storm.

She is the eye of the storm.

4 1/2 stars

I am a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout fan.  The Brightest Night is my most anticipated read of the year and it did not disappoint. 

This world has captivated me since I read the first book in the first series.  I love these characters.  They are so real to me.  So many of my favorites are all back together in this third book in this spinoff series.  There were some I'd hoped to never see again.  Yeah, that was a surprise.  But it was so nice to spend time with Kat and Daemon, Dee and Archer, and even Dawson and Beth.  Loved that Hunter is around a lot.  All these characters are comforting.  Old friends.  So many favorites make this a great read.

And this is a great read.  It's a hard book to put down because you just want to read and read.  There is so much going on with lots of hints being dropped.  I noted many a hint and saw part of it coming.  But really, it was a surprise.  And I love that.  I love all the good moments.  The happiness.  The growth.  The struggle.  The Luc moments.  But really the brilliance of this book is that the hints only add to the surprise.

I adore Luc.  His love for Evie is so strong.  He'll do anything to protect her.  The tender moments between them were numerous and appreciated.  I love spending time with these two.  They are perfect together.  Really, they are the reason this book is so hard to put down.  I just wanted to savor every moment they spent together.  I love Luc's silly pick-up lines.  I love how Evie is aware of the pain that lives in Luc and is trying to help him.  Luc is over protective.  Evie is coming into her own.  They are the amazing super couple of this world.  Once everything falls together, I expect they will be unstoppable together and Daedalus is not prepared for what they have unleashed.

Luc's comic relief is always welcome.  I love how he wants to buy a certain newborn a lama.  He always gives the most interesting gifts.  Think pet rock. Ha.  It's always nice to have Luc around.

The ending was intriguing.  Some will call it a cliffhanger.  I'm not one of them.  I lived through the Opal cliffhanger and this one didn't hit me like that.  I felt it coming.  And it didn't unsettle me.  It made me want book 4 like now but I trust this author to give me an epic book 4 that will tie this all together.  I trust there to be a happy for Evie and Luc...Nadia and Luc.

Trust.  Recently, I read a book 2 from a different author.  It was an experience that changed my reading habits.  Like Twilight got me back into reading, this book almost got me out of reading.  It came down to trust.  The author had broke my trust over her characters.  This author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, would NEVER break my trust over characters.  She may take her characters down a road I wish they didn't have to travel.  She may even Opal me but I trust her to do right by her characters.  Book 4 will be epic and I believe that.  I can't wait for the ride.


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