Friday, November 2, 2018

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Darkest Star
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Read: June 2 - 4, 2018
Published: October 30, 2018 by Tor Teen
Source: BEA 2018 - first book read YAY!
Category: YA, PNR, Aliens, 
Series: ORIGIN 1/3? (Companion to LUX series)

Book Description: 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 was a little blown away by how much I enjoyed this book. Maybe I shouldn't have been, but it's been forever since I've read a paranormal romance that I liked as much as The Darkest Star. This book also gave me a fair bit of nostalgia for the Lux world, and it was such a treat to jump back into it a few years later from Evie's perspective - and through her, see the world through new eyes again. I was thrilled too discover the role Luc plays in this story. It was so much fun to be reintroduced to him (older and swoonier!) and see what he and others are doing too. 

Reading the previous Lux series and knowing those characters (especially Luc) heightened my enjoyment of this book, but that is not a requirement to read this new companion series. I was so worried I wouldn't like Evie for Luc, because of some things in his past, but I did so much. These two have great chemistry and are going to be a good match. The Darkest Star has some great swoon and crackling tension, along with friendships - I loved all of Evie's friends - as well as danger with a mystery to solve. I was also pleasantly surprised to see how well this story wraps itself up, while leaving hints of more to come in the next installment. JLA does Paranormal Romance so well and I can't wait for what's next. 

Love Triangle Factor: none
Cliffhanger Scale: low. Definitely set up and hints for what is to come but ends in a "settled for now" place.

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