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Review: The Darkest Star

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Title:The Darkest Star

Author:Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series:Book 1

Rating★ ★ ★ ★ 

Note:I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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…

#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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Evie was very independent and brave. She was sassy and funny too.

Luc was very funny and witty, he was also sweet and protective.

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“Peaches. I am really beginning to have a thing for peaches.” 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!

This was my introduction to the Lux universe and Armentrout’s writing, and I totally fell in love! This was one of my favorite reads of 2018 because of how much fun I had reading it.

One of the things that made this book so enjoyable was the fact that Armentrout did such a great job of describing the setting and summarizing the important pieces of history from the past/previous series. It’s always a little daunting starting a series that is related to a previous series, even when it has all-new characters and its own storyline. You worry about not getting the terminology, not understanding the history, and just feeling like you’re missing out on something. I didn’t feel that way at all when reading The Darkest Star. Although though I didn’t feel I needed to read the other series I loved this book so much I decided I wanted to read her Lux series.

Another element that made this book fun for me was the characters. Yes, Luc can be totally infuriating at times, but he has such sweet, genuinely adorable moments that it’s impossible not to love him. He was kind of a smartass and sarcastic (and I totally love characters like that) so I fell in love with him right away. Plus, his shirts were awesome.

Evie was also great because she always dished it right back to Luc. She was brave and so direct at times that it made me laugh. Her story was interesting to me and I enjoyed discovering pieces of it throughout the book.

 “Did you love her, Luc?”

[…] “With every breath I take.” 

But aside from just the characters, I also loved, loved, loved the relationship between them. And by “them” I’m definitely talking about Evie and Luc. Any time they were together on the page I knew that I could look forward to a good laugh. Their chemistry and exchanges were the highlights of the book for me. Even though I was interested in the story, they were the reason I kept reading. I was always looking for their next great moment.

That being said, this book had a lot to offer, but it did fall a little short in some areas. As I said, Evie and Luc’s relationship was the driving force of The Darkest Star, but sometimes it felt like without them the story would feel a little flimsy. There weren’t very many other well-developed characters in the story. Evie and Luc didn’t necessarily outshine anyone, there just wasn’t much to outshine. This may have been because it was the first book and maybe we’ll get to know the other characters better in the next book (I hope because I definitely wanted to get to know them better).

There was also the plot, which felt divided. The main focus of this book was the relationship between Evie and Luc, but there was also hints of an overarching storyline working in the background. You could tell there was more to the story, but it was kind of simmering in the background. I’m hoping this book was just a preview of it and that we’ll get to know a lot more in the next book.

Overall, I think this was a successful beginning to a new series and despite some hiccups, it was still thoroughly enjoyable. It’s one I highly recommend for people who like YA romance.

The Darkest Star was released on October 30th, it’s a book that’s worth checking out!

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