Saturday, September 29

Early Review: The Darkest Star (Origin #1)

The Darkest Star (Origin #1)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Tor Teen
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Date Read: September 9, 2018
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi
Source: ARC from JLAnders Reviewers
Format: E-Book
Pages: 368

From Goodreads:
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 can think of a lot more interesting things to do in a tiny, dark space that would pass the time."

There are no words to explain just how excited I was to finally have this book in my hands. I am such an enormous fan of Jennifer L Armentrout. I have read and adored every single book she has wrote but my anticipation for The Darkest Star was very different than for her other upcoming books. Back in 2011 when I had just started this blog I was offered the chance to review a book by an author I'd never heard of. That book was Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout. I accepted but wasn't sure what my thoughts would be as I didn't like 'alien' books. 4 hours later I had read the entire book and was dying for more. I was lucky enough to recieve ARCs of the entire Lux series and it still to this day remains one of my favourite series of all time. So when I heard that there was a spin-off, I could not cope with my excitement. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it but I was also a little nervous... I had such high expectations for this book and was worried it wouldn't live up to them. It did! It surpassed each and every expectation I had and just completely blew me away.

The Darkest Star follows the story of Evie, a human living in a world where the Luxen are out and living among them. When Evie meets Luc she has a strange sence of deja vu. She feels like she knows him but she has never seen him before. As Evie spends more and more time with Luc, her world starts unravelling. She learns of the secrets and lies and has to discover just who she really is.

The Darkest Star is without a doubt the best book I have read so far this year. It was absolutely perfect! I had missed being in the world of the Luxen. I have read the Lux series about 10+ times, and although I will always love re-reading it there is nothing like the feeling of having a new book set in that world and experiencing it all for the first time. I could not read The Darkest Star fast enough. I originally sat down to read a chapter or two and the next thing I knew 4 hours had past and I was 70% of the way through. It was gripping and unputdownable.

Evie is such a fantastic character. I immediately loved her and loved experiencing everything through her eyes. She goes through such an important journey of self-discovery throughout this book and that journey was something she didn't even know that she needed to go through. The more I read, the more I loved her. One thing I always love about JLA's characters is that when something impossible happens to them they don't just immediately accept it... they actually have a reaction that any sane, normal person would have if this had happened to them. That reaction doesn't happen enough in the majority of YA books. Although I adored Evie, I would have loved to see events from Luc's point of view as well as he is just fantastic.

I wasn't sure how I was going to take to Luc being the main character in this book. In the Lux series, he was just this insanely creepy little boy but I absolutely loved him in The Darkest Star. Luc is most definitely the comic relief in this book. He is snarky and sarcastic and I loved that. He was the perfect mix of the sarcastic bad-boy and the super sweet, loving guy. I loved that there were two sides to his personality.

The Darkest Star was everything I could have wished for and more. It was utter perfection and my favourite read of the year. I am a little sad that I finished it so damn quickly because the wait for book 2 of this series is going to kill me. I loved everything about this book. It filled my heart to the brim and I just couldn't read it fast enough. Jennifer has done it again. Every time I think she can't write something better than what I've already read from her she proves me wrong with her next release. The Darkest Star will stay with me for a long time and I can't wait to read more of Luc and Evie. I couldn't recommend it more.

"Alive and so damn beautiful that it sometimes kills me a little each time I look at you."

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