Series: Origin #1
Published by Tor Teen on October 30, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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...
Every great once in awhile. one of my kids graciously agrees to review a book for the blog. Berk was bingeing on JLA over spring break and agreed to review for us. 🙂
Well I’m not actually sure if I reviewed the entire Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout for my mom. I think I only reviewed Obsidian and I’m pretty sure I didn’t give it the best review. I think it’s safe to say that I was incredibly wrong; little high school me didn’t care for a good romance plot :P. The Lux Series has easily become my favorite series (or at least a close second to Percy Jackson) and Ms. Armentrout continues the saga with the first in her Origin Series, The Darkest Star.
I was so happy to be thrown back into the world of Luxen. I couldn’t put this book down! It was a single day read and that’s very impressive for me (I’m a slow reader). It was the perfect mixture of action and romance that I needed. The character, Evie, was eerily relatable to me. It was kinda scary how similar my likes and dislikes were to hers – horror movies, true crime documentaries, and grilled cheese. The snark between her and Luc was so fun to read. I just really love snarky characters and relationships, maybe that’s why I liked Katy and Daemon so much XD. The love that Luc has for Evie is to die for, and the dorky pick-up lines and the nickname “Peaches” is the cutest shit on the planet.
The world building was interesting. I liked seeing how the world was progressing after the end of Opposition. However some things just felt too normal, but maybe four years is enough time to go back to normal, I don’t know. The plot was cool too. It wasn’t super close to anything we’d seen in the Lux Series so the twists caught me by surprise. The story followed a basic line of: exposition, fall in love, action, fall in love some more, then final action, followed by even more falling in love. I don’t have a problem with this trope even if it’s kind of a basic story line. But I think that it worked well for this first book.
Overall I just really enjoyed this book. It got me back into the excitement of the world of the Luxen, so now that’s all I’ve been reading during this quarantine-COVID-19 madness.