The Darkest Star (Origin #1), by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publish Date: October 30, 2018
Published by: Tor Teen
Genre: YA Romance/Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)
Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the aliens. When she’s 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…
I definitely enjoyed reading this (first JLA book I didn’t listen to!). It pulled me right in, although some of Luc’s aggressiveness on the beginning had me concerned. I kind of guessed the twist about Evelyn early on, so that came as no surprise, but as a character I felt she was a little bland at times? I loved her moments that were strongly emotional, but at others she felt like a remake of Katy almost. Even Luc’s personality felt more like Daemon did than how Luc acted in the original series – assholish one minute, overprotective the next. Obviously he went through some changes that severely affected him, but I felt like his original personality got a little lost at times? That or I just comparing everything to the original series and finding too many similarities?
Don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed reading it and there were some great moments that had me highly intrigued, but I still felt like these characters weren’t completely their own just yet. I think Evelyn has a pretty decent excuse for that at least, though.
Also, I kind of hate the whole Peaches nickname thing. Not every couple has to have a cute nickname that one hates. To be honest, the fact that it was first used by a Luxen who tried to kill Evelyn completely turned me off to it, too. Not something you want to think about everytime the love interest uses it.