The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

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“We were all dark stars, but Luc… he was the darkest.”

Image result for the darkest starTitle: The Darkest Star
Series: Origin, #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 10/30/18
Genre: young adult, science fiction, romance, fantasy
Pages: 368
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads page

This is a spoiler-free review.

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Synopsis

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…

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

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Thoughts

If you know anything about me, I devour Jennifer L. Armentrout books. I think she’s the most reviewed author on my blog (aside from Sarah J. Maas, of course). I will never say no to one of her books. There’s something so addicting about them. That being said, I was ecstatic (maybe a bit too much) when I heard that she was writing a spin off series to her Lux series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I read that series in record time, and for someone who reads at the rate of one book a month, that’s a huge deal.

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^^ me when I realized Jennifer L. Armentrout
was coming out with another book

Like the other Jennifer L. Armentrout books, I read this story in an ebook format. I like having her books as ebooks so I can read them where ever I am. I don’t like to carry physical books around with me because they’re 1) pretty heavy and 2) could get damaged in my bag. I always have my phone with me, so whenever I had free time throughout the day I would just pop open the book and immerse myself in the story. I don’t like reading in public (because I don’t like not being aware of my surrounding when I’m out and about), but I will make an exception for Jennifer L. Armentrout books.

I have this 40 minute commute to my first class of the day and normally I just blast music or play a game on my phone to pass the time. I swear I normally would count down the minutes until I arrived to class but when I was reading the book my world melted away as I dove into a more alien-filled world. My commute never felt shorter. That’s how engaging the story is.

Ok, I’m done fangirling over Jennifer L. Armentrout and her books.

If you want to just jump into The Darkest Star without reading the Lux series, I say go for it. However, I would still highly suggest reading the Lux series first because there are a lot of references to what happened in the original series and old characters make appearances. In fact, Luc is a character from the original series. If I remember correctly, his first appearance was in the third book, Opal. If you don’t want to read the Lux series, you could still enjoy the story, but you might be confused at times. If you plan on reading the Lux series, I suggest reading that first before jumping into this book because there are massive spoilers in The Darkest Star because it takes place a couple years after the events in the last book of the Lux series, Opposition.

The book itself was great. It was nice to jump back in a world that I missed so dearly. I read an early preview of the series, and I couldn’t have been more excited. I had hyped up the book in my mind, and it lived up to my expectations.

I loved the romance between Luc and Evie. It was clear from the beginning that Luc felt attracted to Evie when they first met, and that Evie didn’t. It was fun to see their relationship develop throughout the story. It didn’t develop too quickly, and it didn’t seem forced.

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With a lot of romance-heavy books, the story solely focuses on the two characters’ relationship. What I like about The Darkest Star is that it basically has two plots: one that follows Luc and Evie’s relationship developing and one follows the murders that suddenly started occurring around town. It has some eerie elements that aren’t scary and aren’t quite creepy. It won’t keep you up at night, but it will make you slightly nervous as the murders hit closer to home and some paranormal events occur. You can feel the tension building, like something is going to happen, but you don’t know what or when. I think Armentrout did an amazing job blending the two plots together to create one cohesive story.

Just a random side note: I don’t know if Armentrout did this on purpose, but April’s actions and attitude are very reminiscent of what is happening currently in the US.

I’ve been watching a lot of Everything Wrong With (insert name of movie here) by Cinema Sins on YouTube, and I couldn’t help but hear the narrator’s voice in certain parts of the story. For the most part, there is a certain quote in every book that clearly reflects why the author titled that book with that name. So when I came across the quote in The Darkest Star (which is quoted at the top of this post), I couldn’t help but hear “roll credits!” in my mind. Or when someone got injured I would hear “convenient healing ability is convenient”. Nothing bad about the book. I just thought I’d share.

If you like romance and aliens, this book is for you. If you don’t like to be scared but are okay with tension than this book is for you. If you want a your head to spin because the author just smashed you in the face with a curveball, then this book is definitely for you. Basically, read this book. It’s good, and it won’t disappoint.

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Characters

Luc

He is the epitome of people love him as a character, but if he were a real person he would be considered a cocky butthole with a dash of stalker-ness. His personality is only acceptable in books, but not in real life. I think knowing he had good intentions in mind makes it a bit better, but still, the lengths he went to to keep tabs on Evie throughout the story would not be acceptable if he were real. Still love him and his sass, though.

Evelyn “Evie” Dasher

I can’t help but feel sorry for what she had to go through during this whole book. A lot was put on her, and honestly I just wanted to give her a hug. She looked like she needed it.

Sylvia Dasher

You’re full of secrets… aren’t you?

James, Zoe, and Heidi

I love Evie’s friends. You can tell that they genuinely care for each other. I don’t know about you, but I think James has a secret crush on Evie. I don’t know if we’re going to see anything happen in later books but I just have an inkling. Zoe is honestly me, and Heidi is who Evie needs to break her out of her shell.

April

What a bumhole. How Evie puts up with her is beyond me.

Emery

I don’t have too many thoughts about Emery yet. She seems cool, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for her in the future.

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Conclusion

I give this book 4 / 5 BBC Sherlock heads. I would highly recommend it! It was an exciting story and I’m sad I have to wait for the next book (if there’s going to be one).

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Until next time….

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4 thoughts on “The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

  1. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer 11/15/2018 / 11:52 pm

    I love your fangirling over Armentrout’s books. ❤️❤️ Will have to go and check the original series. Have to start at the beginning! Thanks Jessica.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jessica 11/17/2018 / 9:56 am

      Can’t wait to see what your thoughts are on the Lux series! 😀

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    • Jessica 11/30/2018 / 3:59 pm

      I love all her books, and she writes YA, new adult, and adult books, so she has a little bit of everything for everyone! I would definitely go check her out! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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