The Darkest Star

The Darkest Star

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...

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Title:The Darkest Star
Author:Jennifer L. Armentrout
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The Darkest Star Reviews

  • Candace Robinson

    When I heard one of my favorite side characters ever, Luc, was getting a spinoff series I was so freaking ecstatic. He was just so weirdly awesome in the Lux series.

    As with any Armentrout book, there was incredible angst, swoon, and action. But what I loved here was the story. There were some great twists. One I knew super early on, and I was so excited about it!

    Luc is seriously the best character. His shirts are awesome, his attitude is awesome, and his fight for things he loves is awesome! The

    When I heard one of my favorite side characters ever, Luc, was getting a spinoff series I was so freaking ecstatic. He was just so weirdly awesome in the Lux series.

    As with any Armentrout book, there was incredible angst, swoon, and action. But what I loved here was the story. There were some great twists. One I knew super early on, and I was so excited about it!

    Luc is seriously the best character. His shirts are awesome, his attitude is awesome, and his fight for things he loves is awesome! There were moments where I wanted to shake Evie, but I understood a lot of her feelings and why. Also we get to see some characters from the Lux series!!

    The ending was perfect. It isn't a cliffhanger, but there are still questions that I can't wait to be answered in book 2! I'm seriously fangirling over this one!

  • ☽ TheBibliotheque

    Haven’t we all, though? HAVEN’T WE?

    It does feel like centuries have passed since I first learned that JLA was planning on releasing a Lux spin-off series. And well, let’s just say that I thought I wouldn’t survive the anticipation. But here I am, still alive and now thinking of how I am going to make it until the moment I am finally holding book #2 into my cute grabby hands.

    Because, guys, The Darkest Star was glorious.

    Going back to the Lux universe was like waking

    Haven’t we all, though? HAVEN’T WE?

    It does feel like centuries have passed since I first learned that JLA was planning on releasing a Lux spin-off series. And well, let’s just say that I thought I wouldn’t survive the anticipation. But here I am, still alive and now thinking of how I am going to make it until the moment I am finally holding book #2 into my cute grabby hands.

    Because, guys, The Darkest Star was glorious.

    Going back to the Lux universe was like waking up to the smell of a pancake and waffle feast. With all the syrup, cinnamon, chocolate and fresh strawberries. And coffee. Don't forget the coffee.

    It was glorious.

    I had literally no idea what to expect from this Origin series, except for the fact that Luc was going to be there. In all his gloriousness, I must add (I will apologise right now for excessively using the term “glorious”, but there is really no other word more accurate to express my fangirlish feelings).

    Anyway, despite my uncertainty, there is one thing I never doubted - and I will never dare - and that is, the fact that JLA was going to deliver. A swoon worthy hero. An action packed plot. An addictive writing. The best banter. A tale about our favourite aliens.

    To say The Darkest Star was my most anticipated release this year, would be putting it lightly. My expectations were high as the sky, and yet, I shed no fear.

    This book was everything I expected.

    If I had to complain about something, I’d say it felt way too short. It left me wanting

    . But well, what’s new there, really? It’s JLA I am talking about after all.

    I adored Luc and Evie’s dynamic and how their relationship and connection was full of secrets ready to be unravelled. The plot moves forward filled with action and depending heavily on Evie’s character. Her life starts changing slowly after visiting Luc’s club for then, finally imploding into a million of pieces and one huge revelation. GUYS. That plot twist had me reeling and I cannot wait to discover what JLA has in store for us now.

    As for the rest, I loved the implications and parallelisms this fictional world had with ours, and I was very happy to find diverse characters and relationships.

    But all in all, I was just happy to escape for a few hours to one of my all time favourite fictional worlds one more time. Back in the day, I devoured the Lux series and it quickly became a YA series I’ll always keep close to my heart. So it nothing else, this spin-off series brings me the best kind of nostalgia. It brings back all the warmth and familiarity of a world I know well, and more. So much more.

    I can’t recommend this book enough to all the Lux fandom out there. I swear, it is worth every second and cent and chunk of your heart.

  • Kat Valentine

    What fabulously written tale!! This is such a beautiful story,when evie and her best friend heidi go to the night club foretoken her life and all she knows will change when she meets luc. At first evie thinks he's One of the luxen who are aliens who once tried to take over the world,but their's something more different about luc then just his purple eyes,theirs the feeling of a connection when their eyes meet and though evie is drawn to luc, something inside her is warning her to leave and forge

    What fabulously written tale!! This is such a beautiful story,when evie and her best friend heidi go to the night club foretoken her life and all she knows will change when she meets luc. At first evie thinks he's One of the luxen who are aliens who once tried to take over the world,but their's something more different about luc then just his purple eyes,theirs the feeling of a connection when their eyes meet and though evie is drawn to luc, something inside her is warning her to leave and forget about this strange and beautiful boy. So very well written,I enjoyed this book so much. Their was everything I love in a epic read,from romance to witty banter to funny great lines,dark secret's and even a few bad guy's!! The main characters are nicely layered and intriguing and even the secondary characters are interesting and great as well. I hope to read more about luc and evie they were great characters and want to see more of their story!!💖😉

    Thank you Bookish firsts for the arc! It did not influence my review😉

  • Sophia Triad

    Luc is back and he is an unbelievably out of this world male. As usual.

    Only this time he has grown up. And he is interest

    Luc is back and he is an unbelievably out of this world male. As usual.

    Only this time he has grown up. And he is interested in a girl.

    And then there is...

    A bit of kissing.

    A bit of kidnapping .

    But Evie will be fine, because so far she is

    And Luc for his own reasons would never hurt her. Everybody says so.

    Luc:

    Mom:

    Emery:

    A new book in the Lux universe and I was so excited before I started this book and I was so satisfied when I finished it.

    Humans know now that aliens are among them. Earth has suffered a huge destruction. Many have lost siblings, relatives, friends, neighbours. Cities have been destroyed.

    The unfriendly Luxen have almost been brought to an end.

    The friendly Luxen are allowed to live among humans but their super powers are dampened. Although they intend no harm, soon they will be isolated and treated like intentional murderers and society's number one enemy. Most humans know nothing about the Origins or the Arums or the mutated humans. Or the experiments. Or the fact that Luxen had been in Earth before the invasion.

    Evie has a lot of things to find out. About her past. About her parents. About Luxens, Origins and Arums. About earth before the invasion. About Luc.

    When one after one the people she knows start taking off their contact lenses, she will realise that

    .

    And Luc, the most powerful Origin, apparently has only one weakness.

    I like carefree Evie and I love smart mouth but caring Luc.

    I thought that

    .

    I NEED MORE BOOKS. PLEASE!

  • ~Poppy~
  • megs_bookrack

    is the first book in a new YA-series written by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is a companion/spin-off from her hugely popular

    series. Hold on to your hats Ladies & Gents because I have a confession to make: I have not read the

    series!!!

    Yes, it's true. I went into this having never read a Jennifer L. Armentrout book and having no idea what the Luxen were all about. I was most pleasantly sur

    is the first book in a new YA-series written by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is a companion/spin-off from her hugely popular

    series. Hold on to your hats Ladies & Gents because I have a confession to make: I have not read the

    series!!!

    Yes, it's true. I went into this having never read a Jennifer L. Armentrout book and having no idea what the Luxen were all about. I was most pleasantly surprised! I think it is a testament to Armentrout's skill as a writer that I never for a moment felt lost or like I was missing anything. If I had not heard of the

    series prior to starting this, I would have never guessed that there was a prior series. So, if you are like me and have never read the

    series and you don't really have time or space on your tbr to fit it in, please don't let that dissuade you. If the synopsis of this one sounds interesting to you, pick it up, have no fear, you will understand everything. That's a

    guarantee!

    This book follows teenager, Evie, as she navigates a lot of disturbing revelations about herself. Early on in the story she meets a handsome stranger, Luc, at the club ((you know how it is)) and one thing leads to another and before you know it they are running from the cops, hiding in a broom closet and then seemingly just a part of each others lives from there on out.

    I had a lot of fun watching Evie and Luc's relationship grow. It was heavy in the hate to love feels and I cherish that when the banter is super witty. Luc is a sexy and successful young man...well, actually he is an Origin ((Origin = the child of a Luxen + mutated human)), who is the baddest badass of all.

    Through Evie's new relationship with Luc a lot gets revealed to her about her own past and who she really is. Pretty much anything she thought was real, wasn't. Poor Evie really gets through for a loop in this book but she handles it as well as could be expected and her growth is satisfying. I look forward to seeing where the next book goes. I have a few ideas of areas/plot lines that I am hoping will be explored but only time will tell!

    I really enjoyed Armentrout's writing style. I found it was relaxed and had a nice, even flow to it. The pace was good and there was a lot of great, natural humor that I found refreshing. I also picked up on some social commentary on issues such as race, immigration, minority communities, fear-mongering, etc. I was surprised by some of the connections I was able to make from what was happening in the book and what has happened in my own country in recent history. I always appreciate when an author throws in real social issues into a fantastical or magical narrative. It feels like finding Easter Eggs.

    Overall, I had a great time reading this book. I was impressed with the writing, I found it very easy to read and follow and I appreciated the fact that Armentrout made the story approachable for both new and veteran readers of her material.

    Thank you so much to the publisher, Tor Teen, for providing me with an early copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity to jump into this world created by Armentrout and am already excited for the next book in the series!

    My October just got more interesting - ARC received!

  • Phire

    OMFG

    OH MY FUCKING GOD

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    GOOD LORD ALMIGHTY

    YES BITCH YES

    MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!

    SWEET LUXEN/ORIGIN ASS

    Oh man, I've had to delete my previous updates cause I've just finished reading TDS and I have to say....it did not meet my expectations...

    I'm glad to have read this one, Luc has been my main boy for a lonnng time. It was so emotional to see some of the characters from the Lux series, especially Daemon, it made me feel extremely

    OMFG

    OH MY FUCKING GOD

    ASDFGHJKLCXVSUJDG CFWAKYFUKwahgsdfihIAVISO

    GOOD LORD ALMIGHTY

    YES BITCH YES

    MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!

    SWEET LUXEN/ORIGIN ASS

    Oh man, I've had to delete my previous updates cause I've just finished reading TDS and I have to say....it did not meet my expectations...

    I'm glad to have read this one, Luc has been my main boy for a lonnng time. It was so emotional to see some of the characters from the Lux series, especially Daemon, it made me feel extremely nostalgic.

    However, there were many things that did not made me happy whilst reading The Darkest Star, so if you don't wish to read something that will potentially irritate you, please move along:

    , and I say okay because she really isn't anything special, she's like Kat with different physical attributes and different hobbies, but their personalities are the

    , which was definitely something that made me not like her very much. I wish more time had been spent making her extra special, not to mention to turn her into her own character. The same can be said for Luc's personality, he's exactly the same as Daemon, Seth and Roth... so he's really not adding anything innovative.

    I know what you're thinking:

    - I get you. I hate reading negative comments on my favorite books and authors, but I feel like I got to be honest and not pretend everything's magical. I did feel a bit disappointed on this front though, especially because I know JLA can write different characters, I've been a fan of hers for a long time, folks. That being said, since I know she's capable of that, it did disappoint me, and also made me wonder

    Another detail that discouraged me was the fact that I read this book really fast, as when I was already more than half-way through I felt like I was still reading the introductory chapters,

    As for the things I liked about TDS, yes, not all was negative:

    -Like I've mentioned before, I loved seeing all the characters I had fallen in love with so many years ago.

    Revisiting this world was also something I truly missed, and I find myself wanting to know more and more about it.

    -I also love a good alien romance, and JLA definitely delivered that, as always.

    Overall I thought it was an okay book, but then again, if I had read TDS without reading any of JLA's previous books I'm pretty sure I would've loved it, it's just that I know so much of what she's written that certain things have become so utterly predictable, ruining my enjoyment.

    Again, I do not mean to hurt anyone's feelings by writing this not-so positive review, but I like being honest on all of my reviews, and people, let's be honest, this is a free world, and everyone has the right to speak their mind, even when you believe they are wrong.

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    series is basically what launched her from quiet indie author cult status to mainstream publication fame. A lot of my friends enjoy both her young adult paranormal romances and her contemporary new adult romances, so I was curious to pick something of hers up and see if I liked it. After picking up THE DARKEST STAR as an ARC, I'm no longer quite as curious. If this book is representative of her other works, we have some problems.

    THE DARKEST STAR is basically like if you took the plot of TWILIGHT and injected it with more violence and sex, and tried to instill a bit of superficial commentary about illegal immigration and ICE through the use of aliens,

    . Evie is an Ordinary High School Girl™ who lives in a world where aliens, called "Luxen," have made contact. They are called Luxen because they have magic light powers and usually that just makes them Groin-Meltingly Hot™ but sometimes if they are evil, they zap humans' eyeballs out.

    Evie meets the Luxen while out with her Token Lesbian Friend™ and they go to the forbidden alien night club to meet her best friend's girlfriend, who is also a Luxen. It's super obvious that this is what she is, so I had a HI-larious moment later when Evie finds this out and is

    . Anyway, that's when she meets the Pecs-and-Abs™ love interest, Luc, who is basically Edward Cullen with

    personal space issues. Also, he can read minds and finds Evie

    . His personality can be summed up in one word:

    . In two words?

    . "Wait, Nenia," you're saying, "

    not a personality." Correct, friend. Because he doesn't have one - unless you consider being a possessive, lamely sarcastic alphahole a personality, in which case, that is his.

    At Evie's school, the Luxen sit at their own Groin-Meltingly Hot™ cafeteria table, but unfortunately an evil Luxen is going around zapping humans' eyeballs out. This causes the kids to wantonly discriminate against the Luxen students against their school and say that they should basically be deported. One of Evie's ex-friends is the ringleader for this movement and Evie thinks she is so lame, but doesn't really do anything to stop her except saying, "Hey, not cool." Evie's ex-best-friend responds the way all bigots do - by flipping the verbal middle finger and then spending all night posting on message boards about how much they admire President Trump. In a word: Evie does jack shit. Unless you count agonizing over whether to bang or not to bang Pecs-and-Abs™, in which case she does that thing. Many, many times! But he's an evil alien, oh noes! But oh, she's not a

    .

    The story continues with a vain attempt at a mystery subplot, with Evie discovering that she's not an Ordinary High School Girl™ after all (what a shock! a young adult paranormal romance where the

    *isn't* ordinary?), Luc trying to figure out who the evil Luxen who's zapping out humans' eyeballs is while also Hiding Potentially Existential Crisis-Causing Information from the Heroine for the Heroine's Own Good™ while also mooning over his Pure and Long Lost First Love™, much to Evie's admiration and jealousy (guys who moon over dead girls are

    - oh wait).

    There are a lot of similarities to TWILIGHT, between the mind-reading and the evil human-hunting Luxen who wants to kill the heroine, the popular Luxen table at the school, and the way that Evie gets involved with Luc's whole "immortal" family (except they're not exactly his family, just friends and associates - so actually maybe they are his family after all, but in the Italian mob sense). Evie was especially unlikable as a heroine because she had no personality. I heard the heroine in the original

    series was a book blogger, but this heroine has no interests and nothing about her was interesting. I also thought the twist about her was

    and a cheap excuse to legitimize Insta Love™.

    I feel like this book tried to do many things, and it did almost all of them badly.

    2 to 2.5 stars

  • Wendy Higgins

    Two thumbs up and all the stars - I can't wait for all of the Lux Army to be back in this story world!

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