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

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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.

When I first read this book I was in a weird mood and I ended up not liking it as much. So now there are a few months ( almost a year lol)  in between and I’m in a better overall place thought I try this book again since I like all her other books, and see what I think the second time around.
And yes I liked it much better this time, maybe because I knew what to expect in some areas. I still thought Evie was annoying most of the time and felt overly trying to be funny, though some parts I did feel a tad bad for her. Some of her stuff with Luc still seemed a bit too immature even for YA. Even Luc himself which made no sense in the overall story given his character what he does and his past.
I think last time my mood and annoyance with Evie made skim a lot of parts and with that the overall story was washed out. I’m so glad I re-read this book because I really enjoyed the story and can’t wait to read the second book. I’m hoping Evie and Luc , but mostly Evie will grow a bit next book. I can’t wait to figure out what is happening, I have some ideas but we shall see.
Overall… I’m happy with it and give it 4★ this time around.

 

Initial Review

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s work and I loved the Lux series. So this book was a must read for me. I was super excited excited to dive back into the lux world.
You don’t have to have read the Lux books in order to read this one but I would recommend it, not only are they great but it will help you with past events and or people. But again, it is not necessary in order to read this book.

That being said, sadly I didn’t love as much as I thought I would, it was not horrible by any means, but it also was not the best she has written.

The good,  it had plenty of action and humor, we get from her books. Loved the banter we got between Luc and Evie, most of the time, there were a few times it just seemed forced or over the top. It also had its suspense and defiantly kept you asking for more and wanting to find out, who ,what and why….And of course there is the romance, which also had its up and downs.
We see some lovely and familiar faces again and it was great. But also meet some pretty great new people.
 

Luc, it has been a few years since we saw him last but he is still the funny dude we met way back when. Just all grown up. Or well almost …….
And for the most part I liked him, funny, cocky and willing protect those around him. Now that includes Evie.  Sometime now with Evie he had his moments, that more than anything made me roll my eye, not so much him as them together.
Evie, it is clear from the beginning that there is more to her and it takes a bit before we get there but I must say I was just like “ oh okay…..” not shocked or anything it was just hmm okay. Maybe that was because, I was not her biggest fan and she annoyed me a lot of times. She often just came over as whiny more than anything.
The romance sometimes seemed to be taking over the story but it all came back around.

For me, the whole narrative came over as very young or naiveish ?! IF that is a word lol. I know it is YA, but so was the Lux series but that by any means did not seem that young/ and or teen angst written as this book.

So overall, we get a teen angst insta love/lust teen drama but that is also wonderfully connected to the world we read and loved.
In a weird way I couldn’t quit. I was often annoyed with it but also couldn’t put it down.

So the verdict.  I give it 3★, I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate, it was just in the middle somewhere. That being said though I most likely will get book two to see how it continues.

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One Reply to “Review: The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

  1. Yodamom says:

    great review, I am so disappointed that it’s not at the same level as The Lux series. Then you add whiny and I’m really not looking forward t reading this.

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