Sunday, October 28, 2018

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

Book info:
TitleThe Darkest Star
Author:  Jennifer L. Armentrout
SeriesOrigin #1
Genre:  YA/NA science fiction, romance
Release Date: October 30th, 2018
Publisher:  Tor Teen
Source:  ARC picked up from publisher at ALA convention, which did not influence my opinion
My rating:  5 stars

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.

My Review:
Daemon Black is one of my all time favorite, #1 book boyfriends.  This book continues in his world that we read about and loved in the Lux series.  It was nice to have Daemon pop in a few times to this story, but it was also great getting to really know some of the smaller characters from that earlier series, and seeing them get their own stories.  As it has been a bit since I finished those books though, I was still left a little bit guessing at just who Evie really was, and where she'd been as part of the original series.  But all of that was filled in as I read, in perfect moments, with still enough left to surprise me and keep me on my toes wondering what was around the next corner, as I turned each page.  

There is so much  more to learn about those like Luc, just what all are they able to do?  And then there is Evie, who we find out is even more than might be originally thought when she learns who she really is from before.  I am so glad this means there will be more books in this series, and more to read and learn about these characters.  I liked visiting the world after the big Luxen invasion.  There was so much to the story that even fits in with current events in the real world.  I loved how JLA wove our favorite characters from the past throughout the story in seamless arcs, adding both comedic relief at times it was needed, as well as drama and suspense in other situations.

If you've read any of my reviews of this author's books, I'm pretty sure I say something about how mad I am at myself for taking so long to read this book.  This time I'm trying to make myself remember next time I get one of her books, especially an advanced copy, to not wait until close to the publishing date, to go ahead and start it right away, because I know I won't be able to put it down.  I mean I want to kick myself for waiting clear from June until now to read it!  Once again Jennifer L. Armentrout has blown me away with how addictive her writing is, and how lovable her characters are.