I was first introduced to Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing after receiving the first book in the Origin series (The Darkest Star) at the 2019 RWA conference. Yes, I will admit, I was WAY late to the game, with Armentrout being one of the most prolific and well known romance writers of the genre.
I devoured the book, and its sequel (The Burning Shadow) within a few days, and I couldn't wait for the next instalment, The Brightest Night, so I could fall back into a world like none other I had ever read.
For those unfamiliar, check out the blurb (courtesy of GOODREADS):
Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living an unremarkable life.
Now, she's on the run, under the protection of the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. She's been betrayed by those who were closest to her. And she's learned truths about herself that she never saw coming--things she once knew, and was made to forget. Truths with devastating consequences. She's caught in the eye of the storm.
He is the darkest star.
You are the burning shadow.
And together, you will bring about the brightest night.
Like I said, I had been waiting for this book for quite some time. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the expectation, and I actually had to pull myself through the pages.
I had fallen in love with Luc, his charm, charisma, humor, and horrible pick up lines is the quintessential poster boy for damaged heroes we long for in the real world. Evie was coming in to her own, learning her strength and power, and who she really was. I wanted to see more of their journey, of their progress towards overcoming their odds. But all I got was filler chapter after filler chapter of them professing their undying love for each other. And sure, we all like that. It is a romance, after all. But I wanted more. More action, more discoveries, and more insight into the world.
The ending, however....wow. I was not expecting that. Masterfully executed, foreshadowing subtle and perfectly placed, you find ourself staring at the pages open mouthed, shocked and slightly horror struck. The cliffhanger leads up to what is expected to be the final instalment of the series, and despite my disappointment in this book, I will definitely be reading the next to see how it all comes to a close.