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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Maria Naydenova
  • Varna, Bulgaria
  • 2018-10-30

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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  • Pam Audio-Fanatic
  • Audiobook Addicts
  • 2018-11-05

LUC is BACK!!

Luc is back everyone!!

Ok if you are a fan of the Lux series then you know, you know how long we have all wanted a Luc story. I think this was perfect it was exactly how it should have been. Now that I am done I WANT MORE!! Like yesterday but all things in time. ;)
Does not mean I can not want it. :P
Do not judge me! Haha

Evie is amazing; I just enjoyed her character even when things come up she is authentically herself and that is rare for characters to still feel like they do at the beginning to the end when so much happens.
We did get a few of our old friends and as much as I missed them I am glad we did not get too much of them because I really think this book needed to be about Luc.

Now for the narrator, Saskia is amazing I enjoyed her performance she really brings the story to life and can keep you interested and enjoyed it and hope she continues to narrate this series.

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  • Brandy Smith
  • 2019-05-21

Falling In Love

You know how you fall in love with characters and you never want their story to end? How great is it to find out that Lux story has continued after the ending of the last series? I can't wait for the next book to come out. very creative world. I like it.

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  • Miranda Floyd
  • Bedford TX
  • 2019-04-22

It's a solid I liked it

I expected to love it and swoon and fall in love with all the characters. I didn't. and it's got a pretty ominous cliffhanger at the end. normally I would re-read it right away but I think I'll wait if ever.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-04-11

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-06

YES, THERE IS A SEQUEL COMING!

THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY WORTH THE LISTEN AND WORTH THE WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL IN OCTOBER! YES AUDIBLE, PLEASE BE ON BOARD!!! I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE AN ALIEN SERIES, BUT IT TURNS OUT I DO. I WILL DEFINITELY PRE-ORDER THE BURNING SHADOW!! THE ONLY REASON IT DID NOT GET FIVE STARS FOR PERFORMANCE IS THAT SASKIA WAS A LITTLE OFF ON SOME OF HER VOICES. OTHER THAN THAT - IT WAS GREAT!!!

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  • flower
  • 2019-03-18

Book Review

I LOVE this book. It's soo cute and a very great story. I would recommend you listening to this book because it's worth it. If you like romance, cheesy, and action all together, you will really like this book. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Noudles27
  • 2019-01-27

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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  • Lycanwoman
  • 2019-01-17

Love the universe

I believe the universe and the characters are all quite interesting in all the novels, especially since they do have relative solid backgrounds and personalities. The only thing which I don't particularly like is that the author has tendency to elongate the first part of the story, which mostly focus on ogling the main male character a little too much and not making the story flow as it could. But in general, I could say the book does promise a good series!

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  • N W
  • TX
  • 2018-12-29

Lux series continues

I recently finished the Lux series and was super excited to hear the books were continuing with the Origins. I felt like the book was more powerful because I had read the Lux series , so I highly recommend that. This book provided some twist and turns which I enjoyed. The relationship between the two characters is written well. I would have liked more closure but will have to wait for the next book. I love series books but hate the long wait for them. Origin book 2 coming in 2019. Uggghggg