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In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable. 

Number-one New York Times, USA Today, and internationally best-selling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science-fiction series with The Darkest Star

A girl pulled into in a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by long-buried secrets, a betrayal that could tear her life apart...and Armentrout's most swoonworthy audiobook boyfriend yet.  

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 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....

©2018 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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This was beyond amazing in typical JLA style

DS was my most expected book for this year and it was definitely worth the wait. I am such a crazy fan of Lux and have read the series more times that I could count. So being back in this world was like a dream come true, like coming home after being away for a while. I haven’t realized how badly I missed the whole gang. And my heart was overflowing with so many emotions the moment I stepped back in the Lux universe. And the audio is great. This voice is so Evie <3 Loved it <3

Luc was his typical overconfident, a little arrogant and a lot awesome self. I laughed a lot with him in here, but there was this sweet, caring, overprotective side of him that we saw a lot and it would absolutely make you swoon. He was just the perfect, dreamy BBF material.

I was kind of surprised at the beginning that the whole book was told from Evie’s POV, but her backstory was so intriguing that it sucked me in from page one. She seemed like the normal, regular kind of girl with very human hobbies and interests. But she was anything but that. There were lots of things about her that were revealed one after another and kept my interest to the very end. She was a true enigma and still is, even though lots of questions were answered there are a ton more that are still running in my mind.

The love between Luc and Evie was a slow-burning one and I really liked the fact he was so attentive and gave her the space she needed to come to terms with the relationship they were building. I never took him for the patient type, but apparently, he somehow changed through the years and grew a little in a very good way. Be prepared to sigh and drool a lot during this book.

But also expect a lot of action, some epic battles and some very intensive and nail-biting moments in typical JLA style. I absolutely forgot how awesome Luc was and the extent of his abilities. He showed some serious powers and I really enjoyed seeing him in fight-mode. He was awesome, as well as some other very well known friends who made an appearance.

Seriously, I wouldn’t have dreamt of a better spin-off to Lux series. I absolutely loved it. So many emotional moments, so many twists and turns, so many secrets revealed, so many new favorite characters made and so much more to come. All the feels, all the stars, top read for the year and a new favorite book couple. Great come-back in the Lux universe and holy alien babies, I need moreeeeeeee!

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I would MAYBE recommend this.

Overall, it was very okay. Like, extremely average. Nothing was particularly wrong with the narrator, but oh my goodness, I had trouble with the writing. If I had a nickel for every time the author wrote “the side of Luc’s mouth kicked up” to describe his half smile, I’d be able to buy a house. Also, some of the same interactions occur VERBATIM in the book, which makes me think that the author either thinks I haven’t been paying attention to the ‘banter’, or that the heroine is JUST that dumb. She doesn’t re-write the narrator’s response, she just has her say the SAME EXACT THING.

I got this book because it sounded interesting, and because I was about to embark on a road trip, so I wanted to get a nice, long book. Everything about the book was just plain average. If you’re looking for a book that’ll keep you mildly entertained, but nothing more than that, this is the book for you.

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I was confused - Spoilers in this review

First of all I wish the narrator would have listened to The Lux Series first. Since Daemon is the main character in the 5 book series. It just bugged me that she read his name as Daimon instead of Demon.

Second, the story line itself was too unbelievable. To think Sgt. Dasher could have any type of loving relationship with a Luxen.

Plus, in the Lux Series, Daemon asked where Dasher was and was told he died in the Vegas fight.

if he died in the Vegas fight which was before the Luxen invasion, he couldn't have been at the house when Evie was brought home because Evie was wherever Luc was during the invasion.

I love Jennifer Armentrout and J. Lynn but I really would've like the story to mesh with her original Lux version. There were many directions she could have gone without changing details.

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Just your average teenager book

That narrator was an average performer. It was difficult to differentiate between different characters who were talking in a conversation because she wasn't able to change her voice well. The storyline and plot were simple and predictable. The hero was not really swoonworthy. He was nice, but not romantic enough. He was supposed to be the strongest guy but he still got his butt whooped bad. predictable predictable predictable! unfortunately, I lost interest in the first few chapters and went and listen ed to another audible book and made myself come back to finish this book because I can't leave books unfinished, even as awful as this one was. Sorry to all the fans, but this one was just MEH!

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Not much happens

I prefer a bit more epic stories. This book takes place at home at school and at a club. I was waiting for something more to happen but it did not. I was expecting more of a Bood and Ash drama, but it did not come even close.

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Nice to finally have Luc's story.

I was always intrigued with Luc but I had a bit of difficulty separating the 19 yr old adult Luc, in this book to the Luc in Obsidian, with Daemon and Kat. He was about 15 back then and so immature and now, well, I had a hard time separating when he got intimate (not quite sex yet), I guess messed around more than just kiss Evie. I gave it a 4 star because there were several moments with Daemon in it. Lol. Narrator was pretty good, not great but it was doable.

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My god, this is terrible

That was my thought halfway through the first chapter. I kept going because I had just finiahed the Ash and Blood books so I knew Jennifer Amentrout could do better. But it really doesn't get better. I will preface by saying that I did not read the Lux series. These characters are so annoying, predictable and shallowly written. And the author clearly has no idea what modern teenagers sound like, the dialog is so cringey. Plus Luc gives off major Twilight/ 50 Shades vibes in that he is rude/overbearing and absolutely disrespectful of Evie's boundaries, under the guise of "I know you like it" and "I actually really do care about you." Super damaging message to be sending to young audiences.

The storyline could be good, but I don't know because I couldn't make it to the end.

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Disappointing

This book takes place about 5 years after book 5 of the Lux series. Storyline and character development was weak compared to the rest of the series.

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Loved just loved

Now I have never read the lux series prior but this book made me curious on all the lore I missed out on. I already have the second book waiting in my library

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disappointed

the story had so much promise. female lead characters irritated my soul she was so whiny not tough like Katie. Luke was a little too soft when it came to her. did not like how they made demon afraid of Luke for the little pieces that he was in the story. And some things did not make sense like I thought that Dawson and best child was the first female origin so how did this other girl come into play. Imma need them to bring back the girl who voiced the Lux series because she did an amazing job on the male voices this girl made the female and the male sound the exact same

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-23-21

Great read

I loved it can't wait for the next part. The narrator was good. As always another great book finished to quickly.

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  • MummysVampire
  • 12-09-20

Right onto book 2

So this is a new trilogy called Origin and it’s a spin off to the Lux series I read and loved years ago! I must have missed this or I would have read instantly. I got the audio version and Saskia Maarleveld did an amazing job narrating.
This takes place 5 years after the Luxen invasion. I feel I may have liked a re read of Lux as I know some characters are back but it didn’t stop my enjoyment at all. It’s definitely possible to read this trilogy without reading the Lux series first but trust me it is worth it.
The story starts with Evie and her friend going to a nightclub where the surviving Luxen and humans mix all in the hopes to see a girl her friend has a crush on. There she meets Luc who at first she believes to be Luxen but he is something more. Add in he knows exactly who she is even though she has never met him........or has she. Her almost normal life is about to get turned upside down. There will be lies or worse.... truths. Classmates will die and she will be in the thick of it. Great story. Right onto book 2.

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  • 04-11-20

Love it!!

Loved all the Lux novels, and this spin off about Luc is just up my street

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  • Audibles for Keeping a Student Nurse Company
  • 09-14-19

so glad to be back with series.

thank you Jennifer, I was so happy to find this book and carry on with some of the other characters from my favourite Alien series.

Seeing how they have fought back after the invasion and where they are now and how strong they are without drawing the DOD back to their doorstep. But we will see on October 8th how this will pan out.

Loved reading the book within a weekend as needed a break from study, and this did not disappoint with excellent new characters being introduced along the side of old ones like Daemon etc.

The audible brought the book to life and the narrator was excellent in her mannerisms and story telling making it a thrilling read.

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  • Poppey
  • 06-11-19

Almost

A teenage girl, a teenage(?) boy, 2 different species and a lot of, not very much. This was an almost book; almost because the two main characters, Luc and Evie, almost did a lot of things, but not quite. Also, this is a book, in my opinion, more suited to the younger listener.

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  • Bonita
  • 12-22-20

not my favourite, but certainly not bad

It was a decent book, but I certainly enjoyed the Blood & Ash series more.

Narrator was good.

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  • Carol77
  • 10-09-19

Fantastic narrower awsome book

What and awsome book I love Jennifer L. Armentrout Lux series so when I found out this was a spin off from the lux series I was so excited Luc is such a great character but the book is written from Evie's point of view which is realy interesting because Origins can read minds so yeah awkward lol. The story it's self is fast pace and there is danger around every corner, and some mind blowing secrects coming Evie's way.

Book 2 of the Origin series Burning Shadows is also out from 8 of October 2019 so you wont have to wait for the next book in the series happy reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-18

Loved it!

Hoping it's just the beginning of another journey into the world of the Luxen. The original series was enthralling. A real page turner. Definitely worth all those sleepless nights.