Review: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“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…”


I was excited to dive back into the Luxen world. I always get completely sucked into Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books even if sometimes they are somewhat predictable. The Darkest Star hit a lot of the same beats as Obsidian (The first book in the Lux series), but I still enjoyed it.

The Darkest Star is set 4 years after the events of the Lux series. It was interesting to see how the world has changed since the big Lux invasion and the trauma the world as a whole is dealing with since everything changed. I figured out the big twist involving Evie pretty early on, but still enjoyed how it was handled. I also felt like the ending was kinda blah. We had this big and suspenseful build-up and then just nothing. Obviously, the book is setting up for the series to come but I wish the ending had built to a better climax. I also grew frustrated with the running pattern of someone sitting down with Evie, telling her a bunch of things, then something big happens, so they sit Evie down again and tell her okay we didn’t tell you everything before so here is more of an info dump. After it happened like 3 times, I was just annoyed because it felt lazy.

I also enjoyed the little peeks at what Katy, Daemon, and Archer were doing sprinkled throughout the novel. There is a part of me that hopes they will have a bigger role to play further in the series.

Overall, I enjoyed The Darkest Star. It is a great edition to the Lux series and I’m excited to see what happens to this new cast of characters.


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