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Monday, October 15, 2018

Just The Book I Was Looking For: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout

THE DARKEST STAR

by Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: Origin #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, YA
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: October 30th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷
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Full disclosure but I never completed JLA's Lux series. However, I was craving a paranormal YA book and thought that The Darkest Star might give me that fix that I wanted so badly. I was right. The Darkest Star was not by any means a life-changing read, but it was entertaining and had a cast that I liked.

A few years after the alien invasion that nearly decimated humanity, Evie, and her friends are living a relatively peaceful life. When she meets Luc at a club where the alien-beings, the Luxen, are free to hang out, her life's course changes for good. The thing about Armentrout's characters is that they are all the exact same copy of each other, just put in a different setting. I reckon that readers will see a lot of similarities between Katy, Alex, and Evie. That being said, I actually enjoyed Evie's character. She was a normal girl, trying to go on with her life, doing normal teenage girl things. She was snarky, sassy, and not afraid to get to the bottom of the truth. Of course, there were times when her decisions seemed quite questionable but she was a teenager after all and those moments were understandable, in my opinion. Evie's life went through quite the upheaval in The Darkest Star as she discovered truths and secrets about her past and herself, and I thought her handling of those revelations with fear and anger were realistic. She met a good love interest in Luc. He was a typical Armentrout hero and had that mysterious and cocky thing going for him. Luc should have annoyed me but I found myself eating up his antics with a grin. I will say that there were times I wanted to slap some senses into him for acting a little creepy when it came to Evie. It made sense why he was doing them as he was trying to protect Evie, but I'm an old lady so I'm supposed to frown at all the sketchy things fictional teen boys pull.

Luc and Evie's dynamics were a lot of fun to read about. Armentrout knows how to play the banter between her couples like a pro. The back-and-forth between these two was entertaining and the chemistry and tension, a strong presence throughout the book. I would have liked for a few more swoony moments, but the scenes that were in this book were A+. Plot-wise, I thought The Darkest Star was decent. There was a mystery to be solved with dead bodies of teens showing up after Luc's club raid and that kept me buried in the story. The Darkest Star did have some pacing issues with the middle chunk of the book being a bit slower than I would have liked. Still though, despite some of the minor issues, there was an enjoyable quality to the book that made it very easy to read. For those of you that are worried about picking up this spin-off without reading the Lux books, I wouldn't fret too much. Armentrout recapped the world here through moments that at times felt like info-dumps but were also necessary for new readers. I was also particularly happy that the book ended with a solid non-cliffhanger ending with just enough loose ends to make me want to pick up the sequel.

If you, like me, have been missing some of the YA paranormal books of 2011-2012, then The Darkest Star is just the book for you. Sometimes, everybody needs a fun read and for me, The Darkest Star was that story.


What are some of your favorite old-school paranormal YA books?
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