I received this book for review and participation in the blog tour. My opinions, as always, are my own.
Book: The Darkest Star (Origin #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: October 30, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Romance
Source: Raincoast Books
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. (Goodreads)
When I got the invite to be a part of this blog tour, I was stoked. This book sounded really interesting. I love a good romance. And when it involves aliens? Very interesting.
Having never read the Lux series, or anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I hoped I wouldn’t be jumping into a world that I couldn’t understand from not having read the other series. I had nothing to worry about. This book starts as pretty much a standalone. Jennifer’s world-building is fantastic and full without being overwhelming.
Evie is a pretty typical teenager who has gone through some crazy stuff (i.e. a war with aliens). She’s a pretty likeable character, even if she does make some poor decisions at time (don’t we all). Luc, on the other hand, was a little creepy to me at first. Verging on do I want to keep reading… But by the end of the book I quite liked him. Jennifer really plays up the creepy factor and the uncertainty of what Evie’s getting herself into and whether or not she’s putting herself in danger.
The Darkest Star is both a romance and a bit of a mystery. Evie uncovers a lot of secrets during this book. While reading, you’re never sure who to trust or what to believe. While some parts are lighthearted, there is some intensity in here too and some serious issues like racism, parental control, identity, morality.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am tempted to go find the previous series, Lux, and try it out.
Interested in The Darkest Star? Read the first chapter here.
# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
Bio excerpts from https://jenniferlarmentrout.com.