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The Darkest Star (Origin Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable.
#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series with The Darkest Star. Set in the beloved world of the Lux, a girl pulled into in a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by long buried secrets, a betrayal that could tear her life apart...and Armentrout's most swoonworthy book boyfriend yet.
Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity's war with the aliens. When she's 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...
Welcome to the Origin series.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
"Highly Anticipated" ―Entertainment Weekly
“A Must" ―Booklist
"Enthralling" ― School Library Journal
About the Author
Jennifer L. Armentrout is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Lux series and other books for teens and adults. She is a #1 bestseller in Germany and Italy, and a top seller in markets around the world.
In total, her young adult novels have sold over a million copies since 2011 in the US. Her YA novels have been finalists for the Goodreads Choice Awards and nominated for the YALSA Teen Top Ten. In 2017, The Problem with Forever won the RITA Award for best young adult novel.
Armentrout lives in West Virginia with her husband and dogs.
- ASIN : B078X2PXD3
- Publisher : Tor Teen (October 30, 2018)
- Publication date : October 30, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4398 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 358 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,174 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I wondered what secrets where left to have after the ending of the Lux series, but I should never doubt JLA to have crafted some twists and turns that throws off even the biggest Lux fan. And with Luc involved, anything is possible.
Now let me say, if you are going into this book thinking that Luc will be another Daemon, think again. Luc is better. Yes, you heard me right. I love Luc better. He has a mysterious edge and a lot of power. He's gorgeous, of course, but I loved how he was with Evie. Not at the very beginning but later. He's adorable really. He has issues with "peopling" and he has no sense of personal space. I do love him.
As for Evie, she's lived her life away from the Luxen and a little afraid of them. Everything is safe and easy until she meets Luc. Then things run into crazy town and have her holding on for dear life. And things are just not what she's always believed. A deal she has no idea about comes unraveled and she's in the middle of nothing she understands. But she's not to be walked all over either. She stands up to Luc and doesn't put up with his excuses. I do love a strong female character.
It's a great story that I devoured. I loved being back in this world and seeing Daemon a bit. I will never grow tired of the Lux world and look forward to more from the Origin series.
Any JLA fan will want this right away! But it can stand alone so if you've never read this author or about the Lux world, give it a go. It's a great read.
Now, the new book, The Darkest Star. When I saw this coming, I preordered it. I waited forever. I haven't been this excited over a book in a long time. But my excitement didn't last and this is why. First, I paid ten bucks for a professional, well written book, and I did not get the quality I expected. The book has errors. Words like 'to' and 'a' are often omitted. I get the just of the sentence but I paid for a quality book and expected not to run across so many errors. If it had been only one or two mistakes, I could have over looked the errors but it is consistent throughout the book. If I'd paid .99 cents for this book, I could over look it, but I paid 10 bucks. Far too much for a book that needs more editing. Second, the banner between Luc and Evie feels forced. The only friction I felt was the kiss and it was far too soon and it wasn't all that. Evie got upset at Luc because he asked why she was at the club. Mind you, she is under age at a nightclub. It felt like Evie was overreacting. What did he say to her for her to get so mad at him? I didn't catch that. Luc was a secondary sidekick in the original book and an annoying one and nothing has changed in this new book only he's one of the main characters. Third, there is not much development with Evie or any of the other characters. In the original books, Dee was a great sidekick character to hang with Katy. But in this book, who is the sidekick, James, Heidi or April? They're having lunch at school and this girl from nowhere 'April' begins bashing the Luxen. Who is April and why should the reader care how she feels? What importance does she have to the story? In the original book, Katy threw food on Daeman and the blonde luxen. I thought that was hilarious. My point is that there is no sidekick in this book that gives any weight.
Overall, the plot isn't well thought out and the characters are not developed enough. Though Evie is a teenager, seventeen, she is too immature for her age and acts more like a thirteen year old. Katy acted her age. Young, seventeen-eighteen year old girl with hopes and dreams. It was great. But Evie, I can't figure her out because she needs more development. I thought the story contradicted itself. Such as when Luc walked into Evie's house uninvited, the mom pulled a gun and held it on him until Luc melted it. After Luc left, the mom told Evie that Luc would never hurt them. If that were the case, then why did she hold a gun on him? It didn't make since to me. I am surprised the editor didn't catch this and really to be honest, a whole lot of other things as well. To be frank, I feel like I've been jaded. I was expecting a quality book and instead, I got an under developed book that's overly priced. I expected more from an author that is a New York Times Bestseller and a publisher that is a brand name. I'm really disappointed. It feels like the publisher thought that since the original books sold, that any book with the Luxen name will sell regardless of how terrible it is. This book is not worth the money. And I feel like I've been taken.
Honestly, I can't give too much away, but here goes. Luc is as take charge as ever in a world trying to heal after the alien invasion. We soon come to realize that not everyone want's the Luxen around. In walks Evie Dasher, literally into a club ran and operated by none other than Luc, and that's just the beginning. As the series unfolds the readers learn that Luc made a deal with the devil for all the right reasons, but when you dance with the devil you're liable to get burned. Secrets, lies, and ambitions are revealed to the reader if you choose to continue the series, but be warned, The Burning Shadow ends on a bit of a cliffhanger leaving the reader wanting the next book in the Origin Series. I'm going out on a limb here and making a guess as to the title of the next book in the series and predicting that it will be The Brightest Night. I could be wrong but either way, I hope I don't have to wait too long for the next installment to the series.
For you Lux fans, if you're patient you will get a glimpse of some of your favorite characters from the original series. But make no mistake, the Origin Series is Luc and Evie's story. If you are hoping for a continuation of Daemon and Kat's story you will be disappointed, they are there in the background and the readers do get to catch up with them and what they are doing now but it 's really a background story. That being said, I hope that you will get to know Luc and Evie and take a chance on The Origin Series. Things in this universe are changing in a big way and I hope you choose to go along for the ride.
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Luc was always an enigma in the Lux series. This gives a good overview of who he really is and who Evie is to him.
It's a bit of a shock when Evie finds out about her background, but not surprising. There are other surprises though! I love the storyline and how the mysteries unfold. The suspense, action and friendship are well portrayed. It's a great start on Luc's and Evie's journey. Can't wait to see read the next one.
A fantastic start to this new series.On to book two and torture waiting for book three. Start with the Lux series If you haven't read them yet and then work your way through Jen's books.You can thank me later.