Young Delight: The Darkest Star by Jennifer Armentrout

Posted October 28, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews, Young Delight / 18 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Young Delight: The Darkest Star by Jennifer Armentrout
The Darkest Star

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Series: Origin #1
Genres: YA Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Tor
Released on October 30, 2018
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

When an author writes a spin-off of a favorite series, I am so on it. I didn’t expect her to write this, and I think I might have even squealed out loud when I found out about this book. I don’t squeal as a rule, but I did. Lux readers are so in for a treat.

Review

Back in 2014, I found a young adult series named, Lux. I spent just a few days reading all of them back to back. They were so well written and full of action and romance that I literally could not put them down. I hated to see them end.

Evie is seventeen and lives alone with her widowed mother. Widowed due to the war with the Luxen, four years previously. It’s a whole new world now, one with aliens living among humans. They’ve lived among them for a long time, but now humankind knows about it, when before it was secretive. Of course, the government has known about it for a long time and government being what it is, had been using Luxen for their own nefarious purposes for years. Luc was part of the experiments that were done before the war. Now eighteen, he has come into his own and is more powerful than any other alien. When Evie goes to a nightclub and meets Luc one night, it sets in motion events that will change her life.

Luc was actually a big part of the Lux books, so I was beyond happy that he was going to be in this spin-off series. Back then, he was a young teen, but still someone older than his years. His intelligence is off the charts, as is his many supernatural gifts. Even back then he was dangerous to know or be around. Now on his own and undocumented, he not only owns the nightclub, but also helps other undocumented Luxen. When Evie meets Luc, she really wants nothing to do with him and can’t understand why Luc apparently wants everything to do with her. Evie has secrets inside of her and Luc knows all of them, much to Evie’s dismay. And that’s because Luc knows things that even Evie doesn’t. I thoroughly enjoyed both of the characters. There were important side characters as well, most notably, Heidi, Evie’s best friend, Zoe, another good friend, and her mother, Sylvia.

Yes, this was a romance or truthfully, at least the beginning of one. Since it’s a series, I am looking forward to how it all progresses. This was also a book full of mystery, intrigue, murder and a downright pretty horrible villain. I think it would be more for older young adults as was the Lux series. That being said, some of the book does take place in high school, but not so much that it took away from the heart of the story. The heart being Luc and Evie and all the secrets and lies that surround them. I also loved seeing Daemon from the Lux series show up more than once, but really missed that Kat, while mentioned, didn’t show up in the book. Hopefully, she’ll be in the next one.

This is, of course, science fiction, something that I don’t read much of truthfully. However, since it’s such a good story and the series that came before it was a favorite of mine, I would tell anyone to read it-regardless if it’s a genre not usually read. I would have really missed out if I hadn’t strayed out of my usual go to genres.

Due to spoilers, I don’t want to say much more about the actual story, but I highly recommend this 5 star read! I also recommend the Lux series as well.

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  Review Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Sophia Rose
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As soon as you mentioned that it was a spin-off to me a few days ago, I added this one to the list. Yay! Can’t wait, Lorna!

Lorna
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Lorna

I hope you love it as much as I did Sophia!

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
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Great review, Lorna! I practically inhaled this one and was so happy with it! I adore the Lux series and was thrilled to get more of Luc’s story. He’s such a great character. And now I can’t wait to see where the story goes!
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Lorna
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Lorna

Thank you! I loved the whole thing and I was so glad to see what Luc has grown into. Can’t wait for the next one!

Mary Kirkland
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That just went in my wish list. This has a lot of the things I look for in a book.

Lorna
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Lorna

Oh, great! Have you read the Lux series yet? It was so good. I hope you enjoy reading this!

Northwoman
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I love the cover! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Anne – Books of My Heart

Lorna
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Lorna

I did! But then I adored the Lux series so that was a given.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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Wow, this sounds good Lorna! . I read a bunch of her books back in the beginning and then I hve no idea what happened. I need to add this to my list.

Lorna
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Lorna

You read the Lux series? I don’t even remember why I picked it in the first place but I did nothing else but read it back to back when I started them. So good! And this one was just the cherry on top.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I’ve read like 3 or 4 in that series Lorna.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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I still need to read Jennifer Armentrout and know that I have at least the first book from the Lux series ready to go. I had no idea this was the first in a spin-off series.

Lorna
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Lorna

If you enjoy older young adult to even new adult this fits. I loved the characters and so much going on.

ROP
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Sounds like you really enjoyed this one Lorna! Hugs…and thanks for such a great review! Hugs…RO

Lorna
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Lorna

I really did. A favorite series getting a spinoff? Yeah, I squealed! Ha! Hugs back at ya!

Bookworm Brandee
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I may have squealed when I heard about this book too, Lorna. And also when I saw you reviewed it. 😉 I’m thrilled to see, although not surprised by, a 5 star read from JLA. And it’s Luc! It sounds as though JLA has written a great spinoff with great characters and world building. I’m even more excited for this one now! 🙂

Lorna
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Lorna

Probably the fastest I’ve ever pressed the Net Galley button! I couldn’t go lower than 5 because Luc. What can I say? It was so good. I hope you love it!