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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Darkest Star

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phire

    OMFG OH MY FUCKING GOD ASDFGHJKLCXVSUJDG CFWAKYFUKwahgsdfihIAVISO GOOD LORD ALMIGHTY YES BITCH YES MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!! SWEET LUXEN/ORIGIN ASS UPDATE Oh man, I've had to delete my previous updates cause I've just finished reading TDS and I have to say....it did not meet my expectations... UPDATE PART 2: I'm glad to have read this one, Luc has been my main boy for a lonnng time. It was so emotional to see some of the characters from the Lux series, especially Daemon, it made me feel extremely OMFG OH MY FUCKING GOD ASDFGHJKLCXVSUJDG CFWAKYFUKwahgsdfihIAVISO GOOD LORD ALMIGHTY YES BITCH YES MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!! SWEET LUXEN/ORIGIN ASS UPDATE Oh man, I've had to delete my previous updates cause I've just finished reading TDS and I have to say....it did not meet my expectations... UPDATE PART 2: I'm glad to have read this one, Luc has been my main boy for a lonnng time. It was so emotional to see some of the characters from the Lux series, especially Daemon, it made me feel extremely nostalgic. However, there were many things that did not made me happy whilst reading The Darkest Star, so if you don't wish to read something that will potentially irritate you, please move along: Evie is an okay main character, and I say okay because she really isn't anything special, she's like Kat with different physical attributes and different hobbies, but their personalities are the same, which was definitely something that made me not like her very much. I wish more time had been spent making her extra special, not to mention to turn her into her own character. The same can be said for Luc's personality, he's exactly the same as Daemon, Seth and Roth... so he's really not adding anything innovative. I know what you're thinking: GTFO, we don't want you to say shit about TDS - I get you. I hate reading negative comments on my favorite books and authors, but I feel like I got to be honest and not pretend everything's magical. I did feel a bit disappointed on this front though, especially because I know JLA can write different characters, I've been a fan of hers for a long time, folks. That being said, since I know she's capable of that, it did disappoint me, and also made me wonder whether or not she rushed writing this book, or even if she enjoyed writing it. Another detail that discouraged me was the fact that I read this book really fast, as when I was already more than half-way through I felt like I was still reading the introductory chapters, the action was condensed, and the "plot-twist" was so predictable... As for the things I liked about TDS, yes, not all was negative: -Like I've mentioned before, I loved seeing all the characters I had fallen in love with so many years ago. Revisiting this world was also something I truly missed, and I find myself wanting to know more and more about it. -I also love a good alien romance, and JLA definitely delivered that, as always. Overall I thought it was an okay book, but then again, if I had read TDS without reading any of JLA's previous books I'm pretty sure I would've loved it, it's just that I know so much of what she's written that certain things have become so utterly predictable, ruining my enjoyment. Again, I do not mean to hurt anyone's feelings by writing this not-so positive review, but I like being honest on all of my reviews, and people, let's be honest, this is a free world, and everyone has the right to speak their mind, even when you believe they are wrong.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    When I heard one of my favorite side characters ever, Luc, was getting a spinoff series I was so freaking ecstatic. He was just so weirdly awesome in the Lux series. As with any Armentrout book, there was incredible angst, swoon, and action. But what I loved here was the story. There were some great twists. One I knew super early on, and I was so excited about it! Luc is seriously the best character. His shirts are awesome, his attitude is awesome, and his fight for things he loves is awesome! The When I heard one of my favorite side characters ever, Luc, was getting a spinoff series I was so freaking ecstatic. He was just so weirdly awesome in the Lux series. As with any Armentrout book, there was incredible angst, swoon, and action. But what I loved here was the story. There were some great twists. One I knew super early on, and I was so excited about it! Luc is seriously the best character. His shirts are awesome, his attitude is awesome, and his fight for things he loves is awesome! There were moments where I wanted to shake Evie, but I understood a lot of her feelings and why. Also we get to see some characters from the Lux series!! The ending was perfect. It isn't a cliffhanger, but there are still questions that I can't wait to be answered in book 2! I'm seriously fangirling over this one!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest 🦇 Read for the Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween 2018 Reading Challenge for the category of: A romance about aliens 🦇 This author's Lux series is basically what launched her from quiet indie author cult status to mainstream publication fame. A lot of my friends enjoy both her young adult paranormal romances and her contemporary new adult romances, so I was curious to pick something of hers up and see if I liked it. After picking up THE Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest 🦇 Read for the Unapologetic Romance Readers Halloween 2018 Reading Challenge for the category of: A romance about aliens 🦇 This author's Lux series is basically what launched her from quiet indie author cult status to mainstream publication fame. A lot of my friends enjoy both her young adult paranormal romances and her contemporary new adult romances, so I was curious to pick something of hers up and see if I liked it. After picking up THE DARKEST STAR as an ARC, I'm no longer quite as curious. If this book is representative of her other works, we have some problems. THE DARKEST STAR is basically like if you took the plot of TWILIGHT and injected it with more violence and sex, and tried to instill a bit of superficial commentary about illegal immigration and ICE through the use of aliens, a la District 9. Evie is an Ordinary High School Girl™ who lives in a world where aliens, called "Luxen," have made contact. They are called Luxen because they have magic light powers and usually that just makes them Groin-Meltingly Hot™ but sometimes if they are evil, they zap humans' eyeballs out. Evie meets the Luxen while out with her Token Lesbian Friend™ and they go to the forbidden alien night club to meet her best friend's girlfriend, who is also a Luxen. It's super obvious that this is what she is, so I had a HI-larious moment later when Evie finds this out and is shocked. Anyway, that's when she meets the Pecs-and-Abs™ love interest, Luc, who is basically Edward Cullen with even more personal space issues. Also, he can read minds and finds Evie so fascinating. His personality can be summed up in one word: abs. In two words? Low-riding jeans. "Wait, Nenia," you're saying, "that's not a personality." Correct, friend. Because he doesn't have one - unless you consider being a possessive, lamely sarcastic alphahole a personality, in which case, that is his. At Evie's school, the Luxen sit at their own Groin-Meltingly Hot™ cafeteria table, but unfortunately an evil Luxen is going around zapping humans' eyeballs out. This causes the kids to wantonly discriminate against the Luxen students against their school and say that they should basically be deported. One of Evie's ex-friends is the ringleader for this movement and Evie thinks she is so lame, but doesn't really do anything to stop her except saying, "Hey, not cool." Evie's ex-best-friend responds the way all bigots do - by flipping the verbal middle finger and then spending all night posting on message boards about how much they admire President Trump. In a word: Evie does jack shit. Unless you count agonizing over whether to bang or not to bang Pecs-and-Abs™, in which case she does that thing. Many, many times! But he's an evil alien, oh noes! But oh, she's not a bigot. The story continues with a vain attempt at a mystery subplot, with Evie discovering that she's not an Ordinary High School Girl™ after all (what a shock! a young adult paranormal romance where the heroine *isn't* ordinary?), Luc trying to figure out who the evil Luxen who's zapping out humans' eyeballs is while also Hiding Potentially Existential Crisis-Causing Information from the Heroine for the Heroine's Own Good™ while also mooning over his Pure and Long Lost First Love™, much to Evie's admiration and jealousy (guys who moon over dead girls are so romantic - oh wait). There are a lot of similarities to TWILIGHT, between the mind-reading and the evil human-hunting Luxen who wants to kill the heroine, the popular Luxen table at the school, and the way that Evie gets involved with Luc's whole "immortal" family (except they're not exactly his family, just friends and associates - so actually maybe they are his family after all, but in the Italian mob sense). Evie was especially unlikable as a heroine because she had no personality. I heard the heroine in the original Lux series was a book blogger, but this heroine has no interests and nothing about her was interesting. I also thought the twist about her was super lame and a cheap excuse to legitimize Insta Love™. I feel like this book tried to do many things, and it did almost all of them badly. Thanks to Netgalley/the publisher for the review copy! 2 to 2.5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Higgins

    Two thumbs up and all the stars - I can't wait for all of the Lux Army to be back in this story world!

  5. 4 out of 5

    ☽ TheBibliotheque

    “I’ve wanted this for forever” Haven’t we all, though? HAVEN’T WE? It does feel like centuries have passed since I first learned that JLA was planning on releasing a Lux spin-off series. And well, let’s just say that I thought I wouldn’t survive the anticipation. But here I am, still alive and now thinking of how I am going to make it until the moment I am finally holding book #2 into my cute grabby hands. Because, guys, The Darkest Star was glorious. Going back to the Lux universe was like waking “I’ve wanted this for forever” Haven’t we all, though? HAVEN’T WE? It does feel like centuries have passed since I first learned that JLA was planning on releasing a Lux spin-off series. And well, let’s just say that I thought I wouldn’t survive the anticipation. But here I am, still alive and now thinking of how I am going to make it until the moment I am finally holding book #2 into my cute grabby hands. Because, guys, The Darkest Star was glorious. Going back to the Lux universe was like waking up to the smell of a pancake and waffle feast. With all the syrup, cinnamon, chocolate and fresh strawberries. And coffee. Don't forget the coffee. It was glorious. I had literally no idea what to expect from this Origin series, except for the fact that Luc was going to be there. In all his gloriousness, I must add (I will apologise right now for excessively using the term “glorious”, but there is really no other word more accurate to express my fangirlish feelings). Anyway, despite my uncertainty, there is one thing I never doubted - and I will never dare - and that is, the fact that JLA was going to deliver. A swoon worthy hero. An action packed plot. An addictive writing. The best banter. A tale about our favourite aliens. To say The Darkest Star was my most anticipated release this year, would be putting it lightly. My expectations were high as the sky, and yet, I shed no fear. This book was everything I expected. If I had to complain about something, I’d say it felt way too short. It left me wanting much, much more. But well, what’s new there, really? It’s JLA I am talking about after all. I adored Luc and Evie’s dynamic and how their relationship and connection was full of secrets ready to be unravelled. The plot moves forward filled with action and depending heavily on Evie’s character. Her life starts changing slowly after visiting Luc’s club for then, finally imploding into a million of pieces and one huge revelation. GUYS. That plot twist had me reeling and I cannot wait to discover what JLA has in store for us now. As for the rest, I loved the implications and parallelisms this fictional world had with ours, and I was very happy to find diverse characters and relationships. But all in all, I was just happy to escape for a few hours to one of my all time favourite fictional worlds one more time. Back in the day, I devoured the Lux series and it quickly became a YA series I’ll always keep close to my heart. So it nothing else, this spin-off series brings me the best kind of nostalgia. It brings back all the warmth and familiarity of a world I know well, and more. So much more. I can’t recommend this book enough to all the Lux fandom out there. I swear, it is worth every second and cent and chunk of your heart. *I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ~Poppy~

    “Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.” “Did you love her, Luc?” “With every breath I take.” “You were all my good memories.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    Luc! LUC!?! Yes, Luc has a book! “I came here to hang out with my friend. That’s all I’m doing. It has nothing to do with you.” “Everything has to do with me.” I blinked once and then twice, waiting for him to laugh, but when he didn’t, I realized I’d officially met the most arrogant being on this planet. Luc is back and he is an unbelievably out of this world male. As usual. “Okay. You just took creepy to a creeptastic level of unknown proportions.” Only this time he has grown up. And he is interest Luc! LUC!?! Yes, Luc has a book! “I came here to hang out with my friend. That’s all I’m doing. It has nothing to do with you.” “Everything has to do with me.” I blinked once and then twice, waiting for him to laugh, but when he didn’t, I realized I’d officially met the most arrogant being on this planet. Luc is back and he is an unbelievably out of this world male. As usual. “Okay. You just took creepy to a creeptastic level of unknown proportions.” Only this time he has grown up. And he is interested in a girl. “He . . . he knew my name, Heidi.” Her eyes widened. “What?” I nodded. “How is that possible? He said he knew who I was and he knew that I’d never been there before.” Uneasy, I folded my arms over my waist. “That’s really freaky, right?” And then there is... A bit of kissing. “A Luxen didn’t kiss you, Evie.” His lips brushed mine. “But neither did a human.” A bit of kidnapping . “You’re—you’re trying to kidnap me.” “Hmm.” He turned slowly so he was facing me. “I wouldn’t say I’m trying to kidnap you. I would say that I’m actively offering you a place to stay for an undetermined amount of time.” But Evie will be fine, because so far she is Safe from pain and truth and choice . . . And Luc for his own reasons would never hurt her. Everybody says so. Luc: “I could do a lot of things. I have done a lot of things, and sometimes, I do hurt people,” he said quietly, softly. “But I could never hurt you.” Mom: “Luc would never hurt you.” Emery: “You can trust him. Out of everyone you’ve ever met, you can trust Luc.” A new book in the Lux universe and I was so excited before I started this book and I was so satisfied when I finished it. This is the story of Luc and the girl that he loves, but the book also moves forward the story of what happens in Earth after the Lux invasion. Humans know now that aliens are among them. Earth has suffered a huge destruction. Many have lost siblings, relatives, friends, neighbours. Cities have been destroyed. The unfriendly Luxen have almost been brought to an end. The friendly Luxen are allowed to live among humans but their super powers are dampened. Although they intend no harm, soon they will be isolated and treated like intentional murderers and society's number one enemy. Most humans know nothing about the Origins or the Arums or the mutated humans. Or the experiments. Or the fact that Luxen had been in Earth before the invasion. “...history has proven that anytime a certain group of people has been placed in their own communities, bad things come from that.” Evie has a lot of things to find out. About her past. About her parents. About Luxens, Origins and Arums. About earth before the invasion. About Luc. When one after one the people she knows start taking off their contact lenses, she will realise that all her life was a well orchestrated lie. And Luc, the most powerful Origin, apparently has only one weakness. I like carefree Evie and I love smart mouth but caring Luc. I thought that these two are perfect for each other and that they are a great example of star-crossed lovers. I NEED MORE BOOKS. PLEASE!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kat Valentine

    What fabulously written tale!! This is such a beautiful story,when evie and her best friend heidi go to the night club foretoken her life and all she knows will change when she meets luc. At first evie thinks he's One of the luxen who are aliens who once tried to take over the world,but their's something more different about luc then just his purple eyes,theirs the feeling of a connection when their eyes meet and though evie is drawn to luc, something inside her is warning her to leave and forge What fabulously written tale!! This is such a beautiful story,when evie and her best friend heidi go to the night club foretoken her life and all she knows will change when she meets luc. At first evie thinks he's One of the luxen who are aliens who once tried to take over the world,but their's something more different about luc then just his purple eyes,theirs the feeling of a connection when their eyes meet and though evie is drawn to luc, something inside her is warning her to leave and forget about this strange and beautiful boy. So very well written,I enjoyed this book so much. Their was everything I love in a epic read,from romance to witty banter to funny great lines,dark secret's and even a few bad guy's!! The main characters are nicely layered and intriguing and even the secondary characters are interesting and great as well. I hope to read more about luc and evie they were great characters and want to see more of their story!!💖😉 Thank you Bookish firsts for the arc! It did not influence my review😉

  9. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **4-happy shining stars** "We were all dark stars, but Luc...he was the darkest." The Darkest Star is the first book in a new YA-series written by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is a companion/spin-off from her hugely popular Lux series. Hold on to your hats Ladies & Gents because I have a confession to make: I have not read the Lux series!!! Yes, it's true. I went into this having never read a Jennifer L. Armentrout book and having no idea what the Luxen were all about. I was most pleasantly sur **4-happy shining stars** "We were all dark stars, but Luc...he was the darkest." The Darkest Star is the first book in a new YA-series written by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is a companion/spin-off from her hugely popular Lux series. Hold on to your hats Ladies & Gents because I have a confession to make: I have not read the Lux series!!! Yes, it's true. I went into this having never read a Jennifer L. Armentrout book and having no idea what the Luxen were all about. I was most pleasantly surprised! I think it is a testament to Armentrout's skill as a writer that I never for a moment felt lost or like I was missing anything. If I had not heard of the Lux series prior to starting this, I would have never guessed that there was a prior series. So, if you are like me and have never read the Lux series and you don't really have time or space on your tbr to fit it in, please don't let that dissuade you. If the synopsis of this one sounds interesting to you, pick it up, have no fear, you will understand everything. That's a megs_bookrack guarantee! This book follows teenager, Evie, as she navigates a lot of disturbing revelations about herself. Early on in the story she meets a handsome stranger, Luc, at the club ((you know how it is)) and one thing leads to another and before you know it they are running from the cops, hiding in a broom closet and then seemingly just a part of each others lives from there on out. I had a lot of fun watching Evie and Luc's relationship grow. It was heavy in the hate to love feels and I cherish that when the banter is super witty. Luc is a sexy and successful young man...well, actually he is an Origin ((Origin = the child of a Luxen + mutated human)), who is the baddest badass of all. Side Note: the Luxen are an alien race that cohabits Earth with us after they had to flee their own planet. Through Evie's new relationship with Luc a lot gets revealed to her about her own past and who she really is. Pretty much anything she thought was real, wasn't. Poor Evie really gets through for a loop in this book but she handles it as well as could be expected and her growth is satisfying. I look forward to seeing where the next book goes. I have a few ideas of areas/plot lines that I am hoping will be explored but only time will tell! I really enjoyed Armentrout's writing style. I found it was relaxed and had a nice, even flow to it. The pace was good and there was a lot of great, natural humor that I found refreshing. I also picked up on some social commentary on issues such as race, immigration, minority communities, fear-mongering, etc. I was surprised by some of the connections I was able to make from what was happening in the book and what has happened in my own country in recent history. I always appreciate when an author throws in real social issues into a fantastical or magical narrative. It feels like finding Easter Eggs. Overall, I had a great time reading this book. I was impressed with the writing, I found it very easy to read and follow and I appreciated the fact that Armentrout made the story approachable for both new and veteran readers of her material. Thank you so much to the publisher, Tor Teen, for providing me with an early copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity to jump into this world created by Armentrout and am already excited for the next book in the series! Original: My October just got more interesting - ARC received!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nazanin

    2 Stars DNF @ 55% I’m a HUGE fan of this author and LOVED her “Lux” and “Covenant” series, among her other books! But this one was a bit similar to the Lux series with more action (considering her Lux series was so so much better, IMO)! It was a bit repetitive and it fell flat for me! My other issue was I couldn’t connect with MCs and feel their connections! Maybe it was just me so don’t listen to me and read it, hope you enjoy it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Evie was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but the police raid that took place was the least of her worries when she catches the eye of the mysterious Luc and no matter how hard she tries, he catches her heart. The man she thought was a Luxen was so much more, so much deeper and so much more terrifyingly powerful and he knows things he shouldn’t, he couldn’t, and yet… THE DARKEST STAR proves Jennifer L. Armentrout is back as just as fabulously creative as she takes us back to the world of Lux Evie was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but the police raid that took place was the least of her worries when she catches the eye of the mysterious Luc and no matter how hard she tries, he catches her heart. The man she thought was a Luxen was so much more, so much deeper and so much more terrifyingly powerful and he knows things he shouldn’t, he couldn’t, and yet… THE DARKEST STAR proves Jennifer L. Armentrout is back as just as fabulously creative as she takes us back to the world of Luxen, Origins and humans! Are you looking for intensity, shocking twists and characters that are out of this world? Look no more! Luc is that hero that will melt hearts with his attitude, heart and strengths! Evie thought she knew who she was, but does she? Rapidfire pacing and solid storytelling had me mesmerized and devouring each page! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Macmillan-Tor/Forge! Series: Origin - Book 1 Publisher: Tor Teen Publication: October 30, 2018 Genre: YA Fantasy Hardcover: 368 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    4.5 Stars ⭐ “Are you freaking kidding me? Is there not a single person around me who hasn’t lied to me? 4.5 Stars ⭐️ “Are you freaking kidding me? Is there not a single person around me who hasn’t lied to me?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    The Darkest Star was breathtakingly emotional! It was swoon worthy and filled with action, banter, love, friendships, lies and deceit. This book pulled me right in from the start and held me in its clutches till that last page. I was beyond lost to the world around me and I couldn't be happier because this was my most anticipated book of the year. It more than lived up to my expectations. Seriously. My mind was blown and I loved every single tiny detail. I'm happy to say that The Darkest Star i The Darkest Star was breathtakingly emotional! It was swoon worthy and filled with action, banter, love, friendships, lies and deceit. This book pulled me right in from the start and held me in its clutches till that last page. I was beyond lost to the world around me and I couldn't be happier because this was my most anticipated book of the year. It more than lived up to my expectations. Seriously. My mind was blown and I loved every single tiny detail. I'm happy to say that The Darkest Star is my favorite book of the year! How in the world did I end up here? What series of really bad life choices had I made that led me to this very moment? While you don't have to read The Lux Series first, because Jennifer does an amazing job of catching you up, I highly recommend you do. This book took place a few years after The Lux Series ended and I have to confess that I literally screamed out loud every single time we saw or heard about a character from the past. I loved the familiarity of it all, but at the same time, so many things were different. It was now known that aliens lived among humans, a percentage of the population was lost in the war and there were new laws and regulations put in place for the aliens that lived among us. I was fascinated seeing what the world now looked like. “You’re still so incredibly stubborn.” “You . . . don’t know me,” I gritted out. I had no clue how I would feel towards Evie, aka Evelyn Dasher. Her father played a horrific role in The Lux Series and I hated him with a passion. But right from that first page, I loved Evie. She was just so relatable, logical, sweet, kind and had the hugest heart ever. I was so happy that I also liked her friends and her mom. And just a few pages into the story, Evie found herself going with a friend to a club. Yet it turned into so much more than she could have imagined. Not only did she meet Luc, but he claimed to know her. Even though she had no clue who he was. And so began the journey of unraveling the truths and the lies and I loved every minute of it! “You tried to kidnap me, Luc.” “Hmm,” he murmured. “That means I like you.” I arched a brow. “Okay. That’s messed up on about a thousand different levels.” “Probably. I don’t people well.” “Gee, really,” I replied dryly. Luc was EVERYTHING! I can't wait for you to meet him all grown up. Yes his people skills could still be super awkward, but he was hilarious, sigh worthy and charming without even trying. My heart was already broken for him, because of his past and the way he was raised. But he had so much light in him. He made me laugh, sigh and when I started to see how much he protected those he cared for, it was astounding. You guys, Luc was the ultimate book boyfriend. While I never ever thought I would say this, because Daemon has been my #1 bbf for the last four years, Luc not only challenged him but he has grabbed first place. I feel so disloyal saying that, but Luc was beyond amazing. And I can see countless others falling for his charm too. Our stares connected , and the effect was instantaneous. Everything around us faded, and there was just us, and this . . . this sensation of falling. I couldn’t look away as this feeling surfaced, rushing to the top. I’ve been here before. My breath caught as a wave of tight shivers rippled over my skin. That thought didn’t make sense. I hadn’t been here with him before. When Evie and Luc were together, they were completely entertaining. I loved that Evie didn't just fall for Luc. The boy definitely drove her crazy at times lol. But there was this amazing chemistry and pull between them. Between that and their banter, I always felt like Evie and Luc's interactions were smile inducing. And I was left wanting to know what was going to happen between them next. Every part of my body was aware of his. The strength in his hand, the hardness of his thigh, and the steady dancing of his breath, and we were lying together like we’d done this a thousand times. There is so much I'm not even touching on, like the side characters I adored and the mysteries that were fun to figure out. But I don't want to give anything away. Just know that The Darkest Star was action packed while also having so many heart-felt moments, it was such an easy book to love. And rest assured, the book stopped at the perfect spot. While we learned some answers, there was still so much of the story we need to hear. And I for one can't wait to read the next book! Especially since I spent those last few pages with tears in my eyes and with the hugest smile ever. So yes, I definitely recommend The Darkest Star and if you're a fan of The Lux Series, this is a must read! I wanted more than kissing. I wanted— “What do you want?” he asked, his gaze holding mine. “You,” I whispered, cheeks burning. “You have me.” His thumb dragged along my lower lip. “You’ve always had me. Always.” PS I would LOVE to read Luc's POV of this book! If that was ever an option I'd pre-order that book faster than I could blink! His shirt read NO DRAMA LLAMA. That shirt was a lie. This boy was all about the drama llama. PPS Luc's shirts were all kinds of awesome! I looked forward to seeing what he was going to wear next! *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* Other favorite quotes I had to include........ That was what I wanted at some point in my life, for someone to look at me like I looked at tacos. ✮✩✮ “Sit,” Luc said, and that one word was spoken in the kind of voice that probably left a trail of really bad decisions in its wake. I sat. ✮✩✮ Groaning, I jabbed my fist into his lower back and was rewarded with another grunt. “I’m going to hurt you!” Luc chuckled. He actually chuckled as he walked into a room. I swore to God and the Holy Ghost, I was going to ninja kick him in the face. ✮✩✮ “Then why didn’t you give it to me afterward?” I demanded. A smirk formed. “Well, I was just messing with you then.” “Oh my God.” I shook my head, glancing over at Daemon. “Are you hearing this?” He held up his hand. “I’m just an innocent, enraptured viewer of this.” A lot of help he was. ✮✩✮ “I kinda like the arm-grabbing thing,” he replied, shoving his hands into the pockets of his jeans. “Very dominant of you. Maybe I’m the submissive type in, you know, the—” “Shut up,” I hissed. “Why are you here?” “How can I shut up and answer your question at the same time?” I shot him a death glare. “Luc.” For more of my reviews, please visit:

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 stars "Sometimes the truth is worse than a lie." Evie is a teenage girl who follows her friend to a club called Forsaken, a club where anyone is welcome, including other species like the Luxen. When the club is raided, Evie finds herself in the hands of Luc, a mysterious not quite human, not quite Luxen man. The more she gets to know him, the more secrets are revealed to her, ones she never expected to find out. "This was how I figured most horror films started out, but in for a penny, in 4 stars "Sometimes the truth is worse than a lie." Evie is a teenage girl who follows her friend to a club called Forsaken, a club where anyone is welcome, including other species like the Luxen. When the club is raided, Evie finds herself in the hands of Luc, a mysterious not quite human, not quite Luxen man. The more she gets to know him, the more secrets are revealed to her, ones she never expected to find out. "This was how I figured most horror films started out, but in for a penny, in for a pound..." This is a wonderful spinoff series of the Lux series starring Luc, our favorite Origin. You can tell this is a book made with love, and one done for the fans of the series and I think Jennifer did a fantastic job. I've been having trouble getting sucked away into books recently, and picking up a new book from JLA was like returning home. I fell effortlessly into the pages and read it from beginning to end all in one day. There's something about her writing that I connect with easily, it's like picking up with an old friend right away after not having seen them for a long time. I really enjoyed the story, I thought it was very compelling, even if somewhat predictable. Luc is basically Daemon Jr and many fans will love that. I didn't give 5 stars because it isn't perfect, but I think it's a great start to a new series and I cannot wait to read the other books and see the future development of this world and these characters. I wish there had also been a tad more angst, but I'm hoping it will come later. "Sometimes the truth is hidden as a form of protection." ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  15. 4 out of 5

    Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    “There's nothing we can do other than live with the promise of tomorrow while knowing it may not come.” Thank you Netgalley and Tor Teen for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Now, I requested this book without realizing that it was a sort of spin-off. So when I realized I had a mini freak out. But as I started reading it the story really was clear for me even though I hadn't read The Lux series (which I will be reading soon). The book had me entertained from the very first p “There's nothing we can do other than live with the promise of tomorrow while knowing it may not come.” Thank you Netgalley and Tor Teen for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Now, I requested this book without realizing that it was a sort of spin-off. So when I realized I had a mini freak out. But as I started reading it the story really was clear for me even though I hadn't read The Lux series (which I will be reading soon). The book had me entertained from the very first page. The author explained what happened in the previous books in a very simple way and that really helped me understand the world a lot better. Luc was very strange especially in the beginning of the book. I did grow to love him though. Evie was a very relatable protagonist. The story was very driven in my opinion. I really loved the world building and the plot twist towards the end. Jennifer L. Armentrout pulled me into this world immediately. Her other books have officially made it to my to-read list. I’m looking forward to reading the previous books and the next one. If you're looking for a fun and quick read then this is definitely one you should consider.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    Live amazon https://www.amazon.com/Darkest-Star-O... 4-4,5 stars This was one of my highly anticipated books of the year.I was so excited to be back in this world, one of my favorite worlds from Jennifer L Armentrout.I really enjoyed The Darkest Star, it has a brilliant story line and the characters were lovable. “Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.” So many thing happening in this story that you'll never get bored.It's fast paced,funny,sweet and there is a little bit mystery.I was intrigued Live amazon https://www.amazon.com/Darkest-Star-O... 4-4,5 stars This was one of my highly anticipated books of the year.I was so excited to be back in this world, one of my favorite worlds from Jennifer L Armentrout.I really enjoyed The Darkest Star, it has a brilliant story line and the characters were lovable. “Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.” So many thing happening in this story that you'll never get bored.It's fast paced,funny,sweet and there is a little bit mystery.I was intrigued from the beginning.I like the interactions between Evie and Luc, I just wanted more. I'm curious and excited at the same time to see what will happen next!     

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina The Trash Queen

    The Lux Series is one of my favorites series of all time, so for loving the world so much, I’m going to give this one a shot, although I don’t believe it will surpass my love for the LS. And it didn’t. 3.5/5 ★ “Goodness, those were totally kissable lips. Not that I was thinking about kissing him or anything; it was just a pure, clinical observation that anybody in my situation would make.” One thing that I know that I can always count on on Jennifer L. Armentrout books is the humor. Is always The Lux Series is one of my favorites series of all time, so for loving the world so much, I’m going to give this one a shot, although I don’t believe it will surpass my love for the LS. And it didn’t. 3.5/5 ★ “Goodness, those were totally kissable lips. Not that I was thinking about kissing him or anything; it was just a pure, clinical observation that anybody in my situation would make.” One thing that I know that I can always count on on Jennifer L. Armentrout books is the humor. Is always there, even in the darkest moments, which I love. And the humor in this book was really good. The plot twist was good, although I was expecting it, it was nice to see it play out. And I think the author did that great, it keep the suspense for a long time, being that the plot happens close to the end of the book. The romance was my least favorite thing of this book, it needs a lot of development and I hope to see that in the following books. Luc’s character seemed so much more badass and mysterious in the Lux Series than he does in this one. I sometimes thought that he was a young man with sociopathic tendencies. In here he’s just a character in love. Kinda sucked. But not enough for me to hate him, but I wanted his motives to be different. Evie was a better main character than I was expecting. I don’t love her, but I do like her. How she went after the truth and when she got it, she did gave shit to some characters that hide that from her. She wasn’t passive and I enjoyed that. The secondary characters were great, the romance of one was really cool. We got to see some of the older characters (that I love so much) like, Archer and Daemon, a little, but they were still there so YEAH 💕. The end was left open, not with a cliffhanger, but with questions unanswered, that I definitely want and need answers for. Hopefully the next book will delivered that. Overall this was a good first book to a new series; funny, interesting, with good writing and ALIENS. “Sometimes I wondered if I ever made good life choices” Sometimes I wonder the same thing, and then I rememberer all the good awesome books that I have made the choice of reading and that feeling goes away, lol.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Poulos

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 16. October 2018 *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book via netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I've never put song recommendations in my reviews but there are two songs that keep popping into my head for this book and whenever I hear them I think of this book (or the series as a whole) and I get the biggest smile on my face. The series song is Vegas Lights by Panic! at the Disco The song for this book specifically is 1000000000% Nicotine by Panic! at the Disco. 16. October 2018 *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book via netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I've never put song recommendations in my reviews but there are two songs that keep popping into my head for this book and whenever I hear them I think of this book (or the series as a whole) and I get the biggest smile on my face. The series song is Vegas Lights by Panic! at the Disco The song for this book specifically is 1000000000% Nicotine by Panic! at the Disco. You gotta listen to it holy frick. It also has to be the explicit version. Trust me. Ok, onto the review Rarely do you read a book that truly meets expectations. I started the original series when I was in high school. The main characters were also in high school. I'm now a junior in college. This might not seem like a big deal, but from reading the first book when I was thirteen to now reading this one at nineteen, I'll say I've grown as a person. The one thing I wasn't a fan of has to be Luc's attitude. This is a trademark of YA. The hot, dreamy, and sarcastic mysterious love interest. Daemon was the same. Don't get me wrong, Daemon Black is the love of my life. But he was able to grow and change his douche-y ways...for the most part, as the series continued on. We first met Luc when he was a young boy in the original Lux series. The time between that young boy, to the adult that is featured in this book is recognizable. What is also recognizable is the same, egotistical attitude that (what a surprise) Daemon had. I loved just about everything else. I loved the recalling of previous characters. I loved the subtle and the not so subtle nods to the characters from the original series. The new characters in this book were refreshing and reading this book felt like catching up with old friends. I loved the main character, Evie, and how she reacted to things in a way a normal person would react. In one of the first chapters there is a quote; "That was what I wanted at some point in my life, for someone to look at me like I looked at tacos." If that doesn't sum up my life, I don't know what does. I really liked the transition from the previous series to this new one. The gaps in-between were filled in nicely. I do wish the twists were more difficult to figure out, however. As soon as Luc reacted in the way he did to seeing Evie, I knew she was the ill girl from the original series. (Context clues, fam) I obviously didn't know how it was her, but she had an Amy Pond season 5 vibe about her. It was also fairly easy to figure out who Micah was when he was name dropped rather early on. Earlier when I mentioned the nods to the original series? Him asking Luc to play with him genuinely gave me goosebumps, for I remember him asking Katy the same thing when she was held in the facility. 9/10 Recommend ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 21 Sept. 2018 RTC (IT WAS V GOOD!! I CANT GIVE MY REVIEW YET BUT GO PREORDER IT!!!!! ITS WORTH IT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Edit: 17th September 2018 I GOT THE ARC, THANK YOU CROWLEY (I mean netgalley BUT LETS BE REAL HERE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 28 June. 2018 I WILL SELL MY SOUL RIGHT NOW FOR AN ARC PLEASE AND THANK YOU. CROWLEY WHERE U AT

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)

    If you like added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =) I confess, this was my first Jennifer Armentrout book. I was unfamiliar with Luxen (alien race), and went in to this book blind to her world building. But I found prior knowledge of the world to be completely unnecessary. If you have an Armentrout curiosity, you can begin here. Overall It feels like a romance from the get-go. Instant palpitating chemistry with tall, dark and dangerous. It screams indulgence. I’d knock it, but everyon If you like added gifs, you can also check out my review here! =) I confess, this was my first Jennifer Armentrout book. I was unfamiliar with Luxen (alien race), and went in to this book blind to her world building. But I found prior knowledge of the world to be completely unnecessary. If you have an Armentrout curiosity, you can begin here. Overall It feels like a romance from the get-go. Instant palpitating chemistry with tall, dark and dangerous. It screams indulgence. I’d knock it, but everyone needs a little indulgence on occasion. At least that’s what those Dove commercials taught me. It’s primarily romance, but it’s got a handful of genres besides. Let’s list them out, shall we? Contemporary, sci-fi, paranormal, mystery, and the already mentioned romance. So, yep. Five. The paranormal one is debatable though; I just get that vibe because some of the aliens have paranormal qualities. Bottom line, if you want variety (or a lot of shiny distractions), it’s got it. The heroine Evie (wow, is this a common heroine name) has a humor that I love. There was a moment where she made a Harry Potter reference, and another where she wanted a guy to look at her like she was a taco, and I was like, “Yep, this is my soul sister.” Not to mention she’s ALWAYS thinking about food. Everything goes back to food—at one point there’s a break-in and she immediately thinks that they must be downstairs eating her chips. Aside from the humor, she's rather frustrating. She can be stupid, and ignores the obvious. Like in a horror movie when the girl goes into the basement alone. Once in awhile, I kind of wanted to smack her on the nose with a newspaper. The love interest Luc is a trope pie. Delicious, but a bit too indulgent for my taste. Like a dinner of candy sushi. Everything is a joke to him, but he still has that dangerous OP quality, plus a smidge of vulnerability. Man oh man, how many times have I read about this character? But it’s a trope for a reason. Everyone wants this kind of male to be real. Sorry ladies, you’ll only find him in romance novels. The ending It gets a bit too predictable in the end. It gives you what you expect a little too easily without much effort. But the ending is in line with the rest of the novel. It’s a saccharine read––indulgent to the max. Romance novels have a thing for fairytale endings, with a glittery sheen over reality, and this is no different. Put on your rose-colored glasses prior to reading and you’re all set. Bottom line It’s a good romance novel for those who enjoy continual lust fueled by delayed gratification. An ok sci-fi for those who also enjoy aliens assimilating into the earth we know. And not a terrible mystery for those who want an additional genre cherry on top. It's not for me, but it'd almost be unfair to judge it for what it is. I hate Twilight, and yet there's a gigantic audience who doesn't. This book is the same for me. It has its audience, but I'm just not it. And my sugar quota has been hit for the year.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    5 - "Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie…" Stars! Any book that takes me back to the Lux universe, makes me happy, and Luc and Evie’s story was a really great return. Although to be honest, anything that gives me a little more page time with my favourite alien ever; Damon Black is generally going to make me happy. "You don’t fit in here…" Filled with the usual twists and turns that Armentrout’s YA series generally carry, and a blossoming sexual tension between the leads The Darkest Star was t 5 - "Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie…" Stars! Any book that takes me back to the Lux universe, makes me happy, and Luc and Evie’s story was a really great return. Although to be honest, anything that gives me a little more page time with my favourite alien ever; Damon Black is generally going to make me happy. "You don’t fit in here…" Filled with the usual twists and turns that Armentrout’s YA series generally carry, and a blossoming sexual tension between the leads The Darkest Star was the beginning that I was absolutely expecting for the Origin series in those respects, but the author kept me on my toes even more with some of the things that played out in the latter stages. "What do you have to lose..?" "… Everything." This is definitely one of those sorts of books where you can’t say much about the plot, but if you have read the author before you won’t be disappointed, and if you haven’t but are looking for a well-crafted PG-13 Sci-Fi read, then this one will definitely be up your street. Although with no firm date for book two, or even a title at this point I am sort of wishing I had waited until the full series was out in the wilds because patience has never been one of my virtues. "You were all my good memories…" ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    ✨Brithanie Faith✨

    4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Yes, you read that right!) ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Before I get into the pros and cons of this book, I just wanted to start off by saying that while I clearly enjoyed reading this, it wasn't perfect! (Not that any book really is). I decided to give this author a second chance, because I read (or started to read the Lux series a while back, and at the time it wasn't really my cup of tea). I feel like this is very much a gui 4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Yes, you read that right!) ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Before I get into the pros and cons of this book, I just wanted to start off by saying that while I clearly enjoyed reading this, it wasn't perfect! (Not that any book really is). I decided to give this author a second chance, because I read (or started to read the Lux series a while back, and at the time it wasn't really my cup of tea). I feel like this is very much a guilty pleasure read, and you'll likely end up hating it, or absolutely loving it despite it's flaws (as I did). Pros: ❇️Trashy as this was at times, it was ridiculously entertaining. I definitely knew what the main plot twist was going to be before it was revealed, but I kinda hoped that would be the case this time! I enjoyed each of the main characters point of views, and I look forward to seeing what happens in the next one! Cons: ❇️You can tell this is targeted towards a younger audience. The writing was definitely juvenile, and that isn't always a bad thing, because it makes for a lighter read, but some of the dialogue got to be a little much. 😂 (I believe the word "goober" was used at one point to describe somebody. Like-I can't-.) 😂 Final Thoughts/Comments: ❇️I am wondering whether I should go back and give the Lux series a second chance now! (Because even if it's not my favorite series in the world, I do think it would be fun to read when I'm having an off week and I need something quick and enjoyable).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roobie

    ⭐4 stars⭐ It still amazes me. The whole thing. Like how all the basic human rights can be stripped away, but because you have a bed, a room, and food on your plate, you don’t even realize you have no rights. I'm a big JLA fan and I really liked the Lux series so I might be a bit biased when it comes to this but it felt so good being back in that world! We got even more things explained in this book and really liked that. I was always a fan of Luc so of course I was excited to read his story and ⭐️4 stars⭐️ It still amazes me. The whole thing. Like how all the basic human rights can be stripped away, but because you have a bed, a room, and food on your plate, you don’t even realize you have no rights. I'm a big JLA fan and I really liked the Lux series so I might be a bit biased when it comes to this but it felt so good being back in that world! We got even more things explained in this book and really liked that. I was always a fan of Luc so of course I was excited to read his story and I'm happy to say I'm satisfied. Well, for now. Can't wait to see what's coming next. I'm not going to spoil anything, all I'm going to say is if you loved the Lux universe and wanted more of it then definitely give this story a chance ★Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this book★

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars The Darkest Star was definitely one of my most anticipated Fall releases and I’m so happy I got the opportunity to read it before its official release date. I read the original Lux series years ago and I completely loved it, so I was very eager to be back in the Lux universe to discover more about Luc’s story and life after the invasion. The beginning of the book was a little bit chaotic, The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars The Darkest Star was definitely one of my most anticipated Fall releases and I’m so happy I got the opportunity to read it before its official release date. I read the original Lux series years ago and I completely loved it, so I was very eager to be back in the Lux universe to discover more about Luc’s story and life after the invasion. The beginning of the book was a little bit chaotic, a lot of things didn’t make sense, especially Luc’s weird behavior towards Evie and all the talk about the “deal”. It was really confusing. Then thankfully things started to make sense and I finally understood where the story was going and also the major spoiler. The book was very character driven, which is something I don’t mind at all, especially in a book series. I know that we had to get to know these characters before really diving into the story and now that we do I’m really looking forward to the second installment in the series. The chemistry between the two main characters works pretty well, but I think it’s going to be better in the next books, this was all preparation for their future relationship. I also very much appreciated the little cameos we got from the characters of the original Lux series and I hope we get more of them in the future. This book did a very good job in presenting us the characters and creating a solid groundwork for an interesting future plot. Overall it was a pleasant read and I’m looking forward to book two.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sheharzad ⚘ (hiatus)

    we have a cover! it's the quintessential YA cover plucked straight from the early 2010s, and i kind of dig it ツツツ ---- AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH DO YOU HEAR ME CRYING?!! SDKJHVSDDS OH MY GOODDD. NO ONE TOUCH ME. A. WHOLE. NEW. SERIES. BASED OFF THE LUX SERIES!!!!!!! JLA IS MY QUEEEEN™ I CAN'T WAAAAIT FOR THIS 💖💖 I literally have tears in my eyes 😭😭 I better not die before this series ends bc 2018 never looked so. damn. good. KJAHSDGFDSJHG

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maria...

    "3 Stars" I'm going to start this review by saying that I L.O.V.E the "Lux" series! Daemon is amazing! So when I finished this series I wanted more and more, you know! And Luc was one of the characters that needed to be micro analyzed by me! I adored his sparkling personality, so when I saw that he was getting his own book I was freaking out! There wasn't a gif to describe the madness I felt when Luc and previous and new characters were coming back. So the gifs below kind of describe me! :p Now af "3 Stars" I'm going to start this review by saying that I L.O.V.E the "Lux" series! Daemon is amazing! So when I finished this series I wanted more and more, you know! And Luc was one of the characters that needed to be micro analyzed by me! I adored his sparkling personality, so when I saw that he was getting his own book I was freaking out! There wasn't a gif to describe the madness I felt when Luc and previous and new characters were coming back. So the gifs below kind of describe me! :p Now after reading the first "Origin" book I don't know how I feel. Because when you have read a great series you expect the same kind of greatness to be continued to the next ones, right??? At least I did and unfortunately I didn't get that. I didn't even get half of it. I'm not trying to be mean but when you have something really high in your mind your expectations are in the same level. Right??? Just me??? The book was nice but it could have been better in my opinion, even with a more simple story line and not so many things going on at the same time. Because important things were overshadowed. There you go, these are the issues that I had: (view spoiler)[1. For the most part the book was boring. 2.Evie shouldn't have been a heroine. She was boring, immature with no personality whatsoever. She needed development as a character or another heroine for Luc. And she was lost for the most part of the book. I couldn't connect with her. And I'm not sure if I liked the turn of events with Evie/Nadia! 3.I missed Luc and his sparkling personality. This wasn't the "Luc" I met and loved in the "Lux" series. It was like another character with a few glimpses of the old Luc. Where was the funny, easy going, powerful Luc??? Helloooooo waiting here! 4.And where the hell was Luc's pov??? Once again we were left with so many questions about him, which I get because there have to be more books, I think??? But we got almost nothing except that he was the most powerful Origin, surprise surprise there!! We already knew that! 5.Luc + Evie= no connection, no romance. When they were together I couldn't connect with them. I was missing the spark that most new couples to be have. 6.Too many things were going on. And it was kind of tiring to keep up with it. 7.I was MAJORLY disappointed about how things turned out with Micah. He was the cutest kid, I wanted to have his own book someday. (hide spoiler)] The few things that brought me joy was that I had a chance to read about Daemon and Archer again. And I liked all the new characters that I met in this book. So I'm hoping for better things to come. "fingers crossed guys" P.S I wanted so much more from this book and I didn't get it, so I'm going to re read the Lux series to make it up! ;p

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Its been awhile since I've picked up a Armentrout young adult read, but immediately starting The Darkest Star I was reminded why I love her writing so much. Fast moving, action intense and packed with solid, believable and humanized characters that pull you into her storytelling...hook, line and sinker! We met the Origin before but now we are getting up close a personal with a new direction to these aliens that are cohabitating with us on earth. I can't wait to see where this will go. My only com Its been awhile since I've picked up a Armentrout young adult read, but immediately starting The Darkest Star I was reminded why I love her writing so much. Fast moving, action intense and packed with solid, believable and humanized characters that pull you into her storytelling...hook, line and sinker! We met the Origin before but now we are getting up close a personal with a new direction to these aliens that are cohabitating with us on earth. I can't wait to see where this will go. My only complaint, it ended way to soon! I wanted more!!! I received this ARC copy of The Darkest Star from Macmillan-Tor/Forge - Tor Teen. This is my honest and voluntary review. The Darkest Star is set for publication October 30, 2018. My Rating: 5 stars Written by: Jennifer L. Armentrout Series: Origin Series Sequence in Series: Book 1 Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Tor Teen Publication: October 30, 2018 ISBN-10: 1250175739 ISBN-13: 978-1250175731 Genre: Contemporary Romance Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Darkest-Star-O... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-... Want more check us out on Tome Tender Book Blog or on Facebook

  27. 4 out of 5

    melissafandomworld

    3,75 Stars - I normally only give half and whole stars but I feel like 3,5 isn’t enough and 4 is just a bit too much, lol. Extended review is to be found on my blog; https://melissasfandomworld1.wordpres... *thanks to the publisher for sending me an arc, which I received in exchange for writing a review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    My first by this author and yes I get that this connects to her previous series about the Lux but it absolutely worked for me as a standalone. I liked that the heroine Evie is someone I'd want to be friends with and there's a mysterious, somewhat dark hero in Luc but best of all secrets that will knock your socks off. Obviously if I'd read the previous series I'd have already known certain things about the aliens and I'm guessing that perhaps one or two of the characters here will be familiar to My first by this author and yes I get that this connects to her previous series about the Lux but it absolutely worked for me as a standalone. I liked that the heroine Evie is someone I'd want to be friends with and there's a mysterious, somewhat dark hero in Luc but best of all secrets that will knock your socks off. Obviously if I'd read the previous series I'd have already known certain things about the aliens and I'm guessing that perhaps one or two of the characters here will be familiar to fans. I had kind of worked out something as the story progressed but there were still surprises left in store. I'd really like to know what is in store for these characters and whilst reading kept thinking it would make an amazing television show particularly given how much science fiction is popular recently. This is YA but there's definitely a sexy vibe about Luc ! This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Sadly, this didn’t deliver what I was hoping it would. You know, JLA writes the most delicious YA/NA romances and her Lux series is one of my all time favorites. I think I’ve read the first book about 10 times. It’s basically my Twilight with aliens. So I was hoping I would get that trademark JLA swoony, tingly alien romance but alas, it didn’t quite work out that way for me. Luc was a dreamy love interest, mind you, but I guess the fact that the original series is one of my faves made it hard f Sadly, this didn’t deliver what I was hoping it would. You know, JLA writes the most delicious YA/NA romances and her Lux series is one of my all time favorites. I think I’ve read the first book about 10 times. It’s basically my Twilight with aliens. So I was hoping I would get that trademark JLA swoony, tingly alien romance but alas, it didn’t quite work out that way for me. Luc was a dreamy love interest, mind you, but I guess the fact that the original series is one of my faves made it hard for the spinoff to live up to my very high expectations. It took me almost until the 50% mark of the story to really get into it - in the beginning I was confused and thrown off by Evie’s and Luc’s instant attraction but I will say two things: 1. everything will make a lot more sense later in the story and I actually really liked that particular part of the plot and 2. even though the Lux series is one of my favorites, I never actually got around to reading the final book. Somehow, after book 3, the series lost its appeal, so I’m not sure how much that fact played into my being confused. Overall this was a decent read and I liked the second part of the book much better, and as I’ve already mentioned, I probably went into this biased because deep down, I wanted another Kat and Daemon love story and therefore set Evie and Luc up to fail right from the beginning.... What happened towards the end of the book did make me curious enough to want to pick up the sequel once it comes out but I am hoping that Evie will have matured a little by that point because boy, that chick had me rolling my eyes on more than just one occasion. Alrighty, I’m gonna reread the first Lux book now lol.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    (From: Book+Main)

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