The LUX series is one of my favorite series and was my introduction to this amazing author! When I heard about the spin-off that was coming, I was so excited!! The Darkest Star is the first book in this spin-off and thanks to Netgalley I got an ARC to read and review! Keep on reading to see what I thought of this book!
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…
#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.
“That was what I wanted at some point in my life, for someone to look at me like I looked at tacos.”
I have to start off by saying you can read this book if you haven’t read LUX yet! If you’ve read LUX though, you do read about some familiar characters and you will recognize some events!
The Darkest Star takes place a few years after the Luxen tried taking over Earth. Things are kind of peaceful, but it’s still there’s still a lot of tension between some humans and Luxen. This starts growing when a few people go missing and turn up dead. It’s clear something is going on and I have a feeling we will build up to the main event of this trilogy.
Evie is our main character in this book and she’s more of a laid back and relaxed character. She enjoys sitting around reading, taking pictures and hanging out with friends. Except one night she ends up at a club she wasn’t supposed to be at and meets Luc. There’s an instant connection that neither of them will admit.
The Darkest Star started out a bit slower for me than I expected. I can understand that though. It’s the first book of a new storyline and things have to build up. Even though it was a bit slower, I did love learning more about Evie and Luc. He was the mysterious one in LUX and knowing we were getting to know him more was one of the reasons I needed this book!
That being said, this book takes off about halway through! There are so many different plot twists that you do not see coming!! I was actually pretty shocked how things turned out! I couldn’t put it down after that and was really sad it’s over and angry I didn’t have the next book!
The Darkest Star is a lot of fun for LUX fans, because some characters we come to love make an appearance in this story! Even though it’s a different story, this world definitely feels the same. I remember Jennifer saying Luke could kick Daemon off his throne, but I have to disagree. I love Luc, but Daemon is still my number one in this world!
I did love learning more about Luc though. In LUX he’s rather arrogant, but this book makes you understand him so much more. He’s even more than that! He’s definitely sweet, sarcastic and just may come in a close second to Daemon!
In a Nutshell
If you’re looking for a new paranormal/fantasy series with great world-building, fun characters, humor, hot aliens and a little romance, The Darkest Star is for you!
“There’s nothing we can do other than live with the promise of tomorrow while knowing it may not come.”
I definitely plan on doing a reread of LUX and this book next year before the release of the second book in this trilogy! Have you read the LUX series or The Darkest Star yet? What did you think? Sound off in the comments!