Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is an average person with an average life, that is until her friend Heidi convinces her to go to a club. A rare club where humans and luxen can mingle freely. There she meets Luc and her life starts to become anything but average. However, the closer Evie gets to the truth the less she begins to want it…
I don’t think I’ve ever been so initially wrong about a book before. I’m not sure why but I really didn’t expect to like The Darkest Star, however I found it immensely enjoyable.
I honestly could not stop reading this book. I have never read anything from Armentrout before but I may have to check out some of her other books after this. I know this isn’t the first book she has done in the world of Luxen and I was slightly concerned I wouldn’t understand parts of this book, but Armentrout writes it so you can understand everything without having prior knowledge on the series. She also avoids info-dumping. As you learn things as our MC Evie does it means everything comes in steady waves rather than all at once. The world is also steadily built up where it’s easy to see but not overdone. Armentrout writes the book and manages to bring new readers into the world whilst ensuring returning reader won’t get bored or reread the same thing.
The characters were very well introduced and all complemented and worked well together. I wasn’t sure about Evie at first, but I really started liking her as the book progressed and she felt very relatable. Her relationship and banter with Luc is amazing! It was very obvious to me what their relationship is going to become but they have great chemistry and their banter is hilarious which makes the obviousness matter less to me.
In addition there are a lot of great, diverse supporting characters. I loved Evie and Heidi’s friendship. Grayson, Zoe and Daemon are fun side characters. Overall it’s a great cast.
The story itself, while slightly predictable in places, does have a great pace. As I said I found it very hard to put it down. There is continuous movement in events and even though you spend a good bit of time with Luc explaining things to Evie it all has a purpose and moves events along. You never stay in the same place too long and that mixed with the characters makes for an incredibly gripping and readable book.
In all, The Darkest Star is a gripping and enjoyable book that may be a little predictable in place but no less fun. The writing is good even though there are parts that got annoying such as; creeptastic, holy crapola, home skillet but they did lessen as the book went on. I look forward to seeing more from this author and world.
I received a digital copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest feedback.