Sep 30, 2019

ARC Review--The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

I was elated to return to the Lux World with Jennifer L. Armentrout's latest, The Burning Shadow! We continue Evie and Luc's adventures in trying to figure out what is going on in the world now that the war is over and that Evie knows who she used to be and what that means for her and Luc.

Evie is doing the best she can dealing with the fact that the life she thought she was living wasn't entirely truthful. She used to be Nadia and had this whole other life before she got sick and was taken to Slyvia Dasher to be healed. She and Luc have been taking things slow, they're not quite a couple yet but it feels like they get one step closer to that title every day!

Evie has been noticing a lot of her friends have been getting sick and it's not ust your average flu. It's something very different and dangerous. People are dying from it. Then there's April, who used to be a friend of hers but is now pretty much the exact opposite with her war against Luxen raging higher and higher every day. 

What you need to know about this book is that the stakes are rising higher and higher with every chapter! Just when you think things have hit the lowest of the low or the danger and intrigue has reached its pique, you will soon learn how very wrong that notion is!

It's always near impossible for me to review a book of Jennifer's! Mainly because I love every minute of it and it's hard to really get a coherent thought out of my head and onto web-paper here so that you all can know how incredibly amazing this book is!

I was blown away with The Darkest Star! Luc was a favorite secondary character from the Lux books, how could he not be? And I was happy to see more of him and Evie in this one! I was also thrilled that Daemon, and even Dawson, Dee, and Katy too made appearances in this one! It really just brings everything home in the Lux world when these two worlds collide...though they are the same world, just different casts of characters! You see what I mean about being coherent? Lol!

The pacing to this one was pretty on par! There was a great buildup of mysteries all around! First there's one then another, and then things really begin to escalate in another secret of sorts and whoa, just whoa! My mind is totally blown away, needless to say!

Naturally, with any JLA book there was the perfect amount of romance. Evie and Luc take things slow, but it makes the moments they do share together all the more swoon-worthy! I love Luc's patience with Evie. You could almost say Evie has a bit of an identity crisis what with her used to be Nadia and all. She's not sure who she is or who Luc is really in love with. Well, that particular answer is cleared away fairly early and let's just say that Luc is pretty much an ideal boyfriend. He's so sweet with Evie that I was definitely swooning a bit.

The end was pretty spectacular as well. While things aren't nicely resolved, they are placed in a nice pausing moment...and then the jaw-dropper of a cliffhanger comes along, but I digress.While the agonizing wait for the next book will be traumatic with the extra waiting I have, I feel like we're at least in a good place for a break, much like some TV season know, ones that are a good pausing moment but ones you still want to desperately continue. 

The Burning Shadow is yet another reason to adore Jennifer L. Armentrout's books, if you haven't already! It's a story filled with excitement, adventure, mystery on top of mystery, and of course some sizzling romance! With any JLA book, you can expect to have an enticing and unputdownable read and The Burning Shadow is no exception!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

The Burning Shadow releases October 8, 2019

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