The Darkest Star by Jennifer Armentrout | Sister Review

The Darkest Star by Jennifer Armentrout | Sister Review

The Darkest Star by Jennifer Armentrout

Sister Review
 This review is a combined effort between me and my sister. We read a book and review it by asking each other questions related to the title we are reviewing. The idea is to provide you with two different perspectives.

 This review might contain spoilers! We might discuss any part of the story (sometimes the questions we ask each other might be general, while other times they might touch upon something specific about the ending, etc). If you have not read the book and do not wish for the story to be spoiled you might want to avoid this post!

The Darkest Star by Jennifer Armentrout | Sister ReviewThe Darkest Star Series: Origin #1
Published by Tor Teen on October 30th 2018
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
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four-stars

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...

 Iris asks Merel:

It’s been quite some time since we last set foot in the world of the Lux. Did you need a refresher on all that had happened in the original series or did you have no problems jumping back in?

I did not reread the books before starting TDS, and I found that it wasn’t really necessary to do so. Even though this series is a continuation of The Lux series, I think you could read it without having read the previous books, you just wouldn’t understand some references and jokes. Had I had the time, I totally would’ve reread the entire series! I did have to think about certain things every now and then, but in the end, it all fell into place and the story came rushing back quickly!

The anticipation of a new book set in this world was quite nerve-wracking, did The Darkest Star live up to your expectations? 

I tried very hard not to have any expectations (though that was rather hard, especially with all the teasers leading up to the release!) since I loved the Lux series. I think Armentrout did a great job. She didn’t try to turn The Darkest Star in a Lux series 2.0. The characters were all their own, as was the storyline. I loved how some of the characters made their returns, and I think they might play a bigger role in the books to come.  I think Armentrout did a great job writing The Darkest Star. The book made me laugh out loud a lot, the story was realistic following the earlier books, it was action-packed and the characters were realistically flawed as much as they are lovable!

There is quite some time between the Lux series and The Darkest Star being published, looking at the two of them together do you feel there is a difference between the two (e.g. writing style)?  

There is! I have to admit that it’s been a while since I’ve read the Lux series. (I feel a reread coming up!) But what I do remember is that Jennifer Armentrout has a certain way with her dialogue. She did this as well in The Darkest Star. The main characters are different people with different personalities, but the bickering and humour is ever present! The books are probably not written in the exact same writing style since I feel like she grew and changed as a writer, but this didn’t bother me. It’s not like the two series don’t fit into each other.

Jennifer Armentrout’s books always tend to make me laugh because there’s so many funny scenes and great dialogue present. What scene made you laugh? 

Oh, this question is impossible to answer! There were a lot of moments that made me laugh out loud, which you know because we’ve talked/skyped/facetimed/texted about it quite a lot! But for me to have to choose one particular scene… that’s impossible! All I could say to other people is: Read this series, because it will brighten your day and make you laugh out loud! Not to mention, you’ll find yourself with another book boyfriend, haha.

There’s quite some contrast between the way the Lux live in the first books (in secrecy) and the way they live/are being treated in The Darkest Star. How did you perceive this?  

I think The Darkest Star was realistic in the way this changed. In book four of The Lux series the apocalypse pretty much started, and after what happened at the end of book four and in the final installment of the series, it wouldn’t have been realistic had people just continued as if nothing had happened. Even though the way of living for the Luxen changed in one way, it did not change that much in another. Sure, they no longer have to pretend to be human and try to blend in. However, in this new reality, they still aren’t free to be themselves and to roam as they wish. The Luxen are forced to register and wear disablers so they lose their powers. Moreover, as the story continues you learn how the tension keeps getting worse, and how there is even talk about “Luxen only communities” in order to separate the humans and Luxen at all. And I think we all know what happens once you start putting different groups in ‘communities or reservations’ separated from each other…

Merel asks Iris

So, another Jennifer Armentrout book! The Darkest Star reconnects us with a world we were already familiar with, the one from the Lux series. Did it live up to your expectations?

Yes! It most definitely lived up to my expectations in the way that every book by Jennifer Armentrout does. It was great fun to read and I felt that it was so easy to dive back into the world of the Lux. Though I very much enjoyed this book, I do have to admit that I loved it less than I thought I would. This had nothing to do with the quality of the book (this was superb as always), but rather with the characters they concerned. I like Luc and Evie and I think they’re great characters, but I might just love Katy and Daemon slightly more.

What was (were) your favourite part(s) of The Darkest Star

I think my favourite parts where the nudges towards the earlier books and how The Darkest Star builds onwards from all that happened in the Lux series. What I loved just as much is that even though these earlier events from the other books matter, Luc and Evie’s story stands on its own as well.

What did you think of the main characters? 

Smart-assed, witty and a lot of heart. Honestly, what’s not to like?

One of my favourite parts of Jennifer’s book is the dialogue. What’s your opinion about this? 

 Jennifer Armentrout definitely has a way with dialogue that is witty and a lot of fun to read. The Darkest Star is no exception! The dialogue plays a huge role in what makes these books so attractive. It truly wouldn’t be the part of the Lux series if the dialogue wasn’t on point (and it really was!).

The Darkest Star takes place four years after the last Lux novel. Do you think the setting and issues in the book are realistic? 

I think the way The Darkest Star unfolds builds very logically and realistically upon earlier events in from the world of the Lux series. It continues exploring certain themes and events introduced in the earlier books, but also brings into play new issues that fit the course of the new story and add to series as a whole.

Lastly, since we both pre-ordered the book, we received a bonus scene. What did you think of that?

Do not hurt me for this… I have, unfortunately, yet to read the bonus scene. Even worse is that I can’t seem to find the bonus scene anywhere in my mailbox, so it appears I have to take a raincheck on this question (and beg you to forward it to me…).

  • Plot 90% 90%
  • World Building 80% 80%
  • Characters 90% 90%

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Review

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout | ReviewEvery Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 28th 2015
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 400
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five-stars




Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

What I thought

I have a so much love for Jennifer Armentrout’s books. If only for the fact that they make me laugh so much. Her books have every ingredient to make for a fantastic binge read. I pondered on the rating for a bit, but in the end, there is just no flaw in this book (or the entire series for that matter), so 5 wholly deserved stars it is.

Every Last Breath made me laugh. The dialogue, as in the previous two books, is absolutely great. Layla has a great personality and it shines through in everything she does and says. The dialogue is absolutely top-notch. There’s stories that are character-driven, but Jennifer Armentrout writes books that are dialogue-driven, and she does it flawlessly!

The characters are still awesome. I haven’t made it a secret that I have a big BIG thing for Roth. I think he challenges and pushes Layla to be the best person she can be, and his personality continues to shine in this final instalment. Layla was badass, we saw her grow throughout the first two books and we got to see her at her best in Every Last Breath. Strong, witty, and relatable characters, what’s not to love?

Action all around. The plot was filled with lots of action that made for one fast-paced read. I read it in ONE sitting. There were some moments where we could take a breath, when the characters were resolving an issue, or talking things through, but for the most part the plot was everything and more I wanted from this book.

Final verdict IRISJEXX!I’ve been looking forward to Every Last Breath for a long time. I couldn’t wait to see how the story unfolded (and who Layla ended up with!). The anticipation was enormous, and it lived up to every expectation I had. It had all the feels that come with reading a Jennifer Armentrout book, and all the feels and more after having read the final instalment of a series you love! Explosion of feels!

The Dark Elements series by Jennifer Armentrout | Review

The Dark Elements series by Jennifer Armentrout | ReviewWhite Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 25th 2014
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 400
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five-stars




One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

What I thought

Holy crap on a cracker! I love this book! JLA is THE queen of writing about guys that you know are bad news, but can’t help falling in love with anyway. Honest to god, White Hot Kiss + Me = Love at first word.

The pace of the story is really good. It felt easy and effortless, yet thrilling at the same time. There were some moments to catch your breath, and then you were thrown right onto another rollercoaster. You can’t help but read this in one sitting (seriously, I think I looked all crazy eyed murmuring ‘must keep reading’ the whole time).

The characters are fun and witty and so damn adorable. Layla was strong and feisty and the guys in this story… *fawns self*. In true JLA style there’s some drool worthy guys in this story. And I’ve picked what side I’m on! #TeamRoth all the way.

I think what I love most about Jennifer Armentrout’s books is the dialogue. It’s just so good and entertaining. It’s what I loved so much about Katy and Daemon’s relationship, the funny bantering and bickering. And White Hot Kiss had the same top notch dialogues as well.

Final verdict IRISJEXX!

White Hot Kiss is a fantastic read. Lots of good plot twists, great romance, awesome dialogue and drool worthy guys to add to your list of fictional crushes. I all but devoured it in a few hours. LOVED it.

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What I thought

Stone Cold Touch picks up right where book one left off. With Roth temporarily out of the picture we get to learn more about Layla and Zayne’s relationship. As I am team Roth all the way, I was afraid this book was going to annoy me something fierce. But it didn’t really. View Spoiler » JLA’s books are one of the few where I don’t mind a little love triangle, because they’re extremely well done.

Layla really grows throughout this book. She was already feisty, but she’s fierce and badass when she has to be. Some of her actions had me laughing out loud, others had me pump a fist in the air yelling ‘GIRLPOWER’. She’s awesome.

That ending was absolutely killing. And mean. And really really really damn mean. Meaner than mean. And the wait for Every Last Breath has been killing me (even worse is that I’ll be on holiday and won’t be back until somewhere in August… meaning I have to wait even LONGER). Also, I can’t believe that who Layla is going to end up with is being decided through a poll! I sincerely hope Roth wins that damn poll, if not… I’ll go Thumper on people’s asses.

Final verdict IRISJEXX!I have so much love for this series. I read this series about a year ago and never typed up a review… I just reread them both and IT WAS BLISS. My emotions are through the roof, jumbled and messed up thoroughly. Jennifer Amentrout has all the ingredients to make a story that you won’t be able to put down, the first sentence had me hooked.

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book ReviewOnyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #2
Published by Entangled Teen on August 14th 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Pages: 366
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars




Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

What I thought NEW

If there’s anything that I have learned about Jennifer Armentrout’s books in the past few weeks, it would be that her books are all hilariously entertaining. While not overwhelmed by some plot twist gobsmacking you right in the face, you’ll find yourself laughing like crazy because of something said by the characters (honestly, the dialogue in her books is out of this world, and her characters are incredibly hilarious). Most things

In Onyx, you’ll find yourself even more witty banter between Daemon and Kat. Gosh, I can’t believe how many times I had to stop reading because I was laughing like crazy about something they did or said. It is hard not to love Jennifer’s writing style, the witty dialogues, the sarcastic and witty humour, and the crazy and oh so lovable characters *cough* Fictional Crush alarm*cough*

I loved how the characters developed a lot during Onyx. While Katy’s indecisiveness led to much frustrations throughout the book, it is still very clear that she grows a lot. She is slowly finding out who she is and who she wants to be, and I liked that the process was realistic and had quite some bumps along the way. And let’s not forget the huge change in Daemon’s character. From Obsidian, we know Daemon as a VERY attractive guy, but mysterious and often quite rude. Even though he was incredibly infuriating most of the time, I had a huge weakness for the glimpses we got of his ‘softer’ side. Onyx elaborated a lot on that softer side, it gave his character so much more depth!

While I think I both love the first and the second book equally, Onyx did have a more elaborate plotline. It felt like the plot went up a notch, the story became more suspenseful, more complex and overall just ‘deeper’. Literally everything I thought I had figured out after book 1 got turned upside down, which led to some plot twists that I didn’t see coming, AT ALL.

I can’t begin to explain how much I adore this series. I can go on and on about what I like so much about it. I won’t claim that it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, if I’m completely honest I’ll even admit that it’s far from it, but it most certainly is one of the most entertaining books I’ve ever read. And those are very VERY much needed as well!

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book ReviewObsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Published by Entangled Teen on May 8th 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Pages: 335
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads

five-stars




Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.

What I thought NEW

After my sister had been bugging me for about a year, throwing around terms in daily life like: like Holy Alien Babies, food ninjas, Alien cooties, and something about ‘my blog being better than your vlog’ (and, not to forget, her desperation to name our kitten Daemon Black) I decided to give it a go. In the end that wasn’t enough for her, because she ended up ordering the book for me (who says no to a free book?!) and I ended up reading it in one sitting. So Merel, this review is for you!

While the 5 stars are a dead giveaway about my feelings on this book. I’ll try to keep the gushing to a minimum and actually get across exactly what my feelings are about the book (no promises though..). I adore Obsidian, or I adore Jennifer Armentrout. Nah, I’m pretty sure I love both. The story was just everything I wanted to find in my next read. I wanted something fun, something paranormal-ish, a story with awesome and relatable characters (preferably including a hot new fictional crush). And I got it all! 335 pages, all read in one sitting.

Something fun? Check. The dialogue throughout this book is one of the most entertaining I’ve read in a while. The quick and easy banter between Daemon and Katy never failed to amuse me, as did the quirkiness of Katy as a character. I lost count of the times I burst out laughing, or the times I laughed quietly to myself. Jennifer Armentrout has a writing style that I found to be very addictive. The story flowed easily alongside the dialogue, which made it so easy relate and root for the main characters all the way.

Something paranormal-ish? Check. While I’d never have thought I would like a story about Aliens. Which I decided must have something to do with the fact that when thinking of aliens I always picture little green monsters with black eyes and huge brainy foreheads… But this, this was ‘Aliens’ with a unique and incredibly cool twist, this was a story about Aliens that I couldn’t help but fall in love with.

Awesome and relatable characters? Double check. Katy and Daemon, while frustrating at times, are such cool characters and Katy is an incredible protagonist. I loved how quirky and sarcastic she could be(plus she is a book blogger, which -of course- ears her a fair amount of bonus points), she had a personality that I found hard not to love more and more as you get to know her better throughout the story. Then we have Daemon, who frankly was quite rude and mean at the beginning of the story.. Ah, who am I kidding, the guy has the worst social skills imaginable. But as the story progresses, you catch glimpses of a softer personality lying beneath the surface (and we all know I’m such a sucker for guys with softer personalities…). These two characters really made the whole story for me, their banter often hilarious and able to evoke emotions when needed.

I really needed a read like this, and I am so not ashamed to say that I already *cough* finished *cough* reading Onyx as well (review to come!). I might should’ve taken my sisters advice and read this book a little bit sooner… if I had, my sister would’ve probably have gotten her way in naming the kitten Daemon.