Aliens, Book Reviews, Five Stars, Series, Young Adult

The Burning Shadow (Origin, #2)

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published by Tor Teen on October 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Sci-Fi

Pages: 416 (hardcover), 649 (ARC)

Dangerous.

Powerful.

A threat.

But I was more.

Oh sweet alien babies, I do love this world JLA has created. I don’t think there’s anything within the Lux world that I wouldn’t enjoy. The Burning Shadow lived up to my expectations after The Darkest Star and then some.

Thank god for friends in the right places. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an Advanced Readers Copy of The Burning Shadow – something that I’ve been longing for since finishing The Darkest Star and seeing the ARCs at Bookcon. Impatient and grateful, this was everything I wanted it to be.

The Darkest Star left off with a lot of revelations and with me realizing I needed to revise Origin and Opposition. Still do. While you don’t have to read the Lux series to understand and enjoy the Origin series, you definitely get more out of it if you do. It’s been a few years since I read the last two installments of Lux so I was a bit rusty on when Luc showed up and everything surrounding Nadia.

Since The Burning Shadow still doesn’t come out for a couple months and it’s a sequel, this review is going to be short, sweet, and spoiler-free. But if you haven’t read The Darkest Star…then what are you doing reading this?

I really enjoyed learning more about the new facets of the world I’d gotten to know so well. The world continues to open up, new (and old) enemies show up, and new problems arise. The biggest thing I was looking forward to in this book is learning how Evie was going to adjust after learning about her real identity. It was a bomb dropped near the end of The Darkest Star and she didn’t handle it well at first and then the book ended before we could see the real impact it had on her.

JLA’s writing is just as captivating as always. I didn’t feel that any part of this book lagged or dragged in places. The ARC is very long compared to what the final page count of the hardcover will be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not complaining. I’d gladly read an 800 page book about Daemon and Katy if JLA ever published one. For real.

I can’t wait for the announcement of the next book to be released. I thought the Origin series was a trilogy but after finishing this, I don’t think it could be wrapped up in one more book and I haven’t found any data backing up my suspicions of it only being 3. I hope it continues because I have so many questions and loved seeing all my old friends in this book.

5/5 Stars

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