Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

I love books where you don’t know what’s going to happen. Sanctuary was definitely a book that surprised me in a very good way! If I can finish a book that’s almost 500 pages in a day, I know it’s good!

Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for super-powered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

If I can finish a book that’s almost 500 pages in a day, I know it’s good!


I’m normally not a big fan of Science Fiction, but it has been growing on me lately. When I started Sanctuary I went in blind. I read the synopsis when it was announced as a group read, but didn’t know much more than that. I am so glad I picked up this book!

It starts off with the main character, Kenzie, reading manga. That had me sold from the start. I love when characters are reading or are a bit “geeky” like I am. Kenzie is still thinking about some news she got from her parents and how that it going to change her life. At the moment, Kenzie has been busy training on the ship.

That’s when an alarm sounds and things start to get interesting. Sanctuary is action packed from the start. Sanctuary is a ship that can almost do everything on its own. They need humans to do certain things, but other than that no worries. That’s why the ship gives them random drills. See how they handle certain situations. This drill doesn’t feel right though. Even when it’s all good, Kenzie has a bad feeling.

What if her world isn’t as perfect as she thought?

There are prisoners with abilities on this ship (Sanctuary is a prison) and Kenzie knows that they’re dangerous. When Kenzie is taken hostage when the prisoners try and break out her whole world turns upside down. I felt bad for Kenzie though. Her training kicks in of course, but when her mother (also her commanding officer) chooses protocol over Kenzie she starts thinking.

I understand her mother, but I felt so bad for Kenzie. I don’t know how I would feel if my mother chose a ship over me, but that’s not where things end. There is another threat on this ship they never expected. Cary Lix keeps us on the edge of our seat and just when I think things will calm down something else gets in their way.

Kenzie’s whole view of the rules and protocols changes when she realizes the prisoners are real people and not as bad as they are made to be. What if her world isn’t as perfect as she thought? This is made harder when she realizes her parents hid things from her. Another thing I loved is that the author didn’t make the prisoners trying to escape the main threat. Things got a whole lot more complicated and interesting by the threat none of them ever expected.

I loved the characters in this book, the pacing of everything and the author’s writing style. I couldn’t put Sanctuary down and when it was over it left me wanting more. Even though it ends leaving us with questions, I am mostly happy with the ending.

I have been thinking about my rating for this book and because of certain aspects it would’ve been a four star rating for me, but because I couldn’t put it down and was so invested with the story, it got five in the end. My only issues were the insta-love between Kenzie and a character. While I understand it can happen in certain situations it felt a bit out of place right from the start. Also, I really would’ve liked to have learned more about the prisoners. We got a glimpse of them, so I am hoping we get more in the next book.

If you love science fiction or want to give it a go, but don’t know where to start, I definitely recommend Sanctuary!

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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.”

My Review

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.

My Take

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!