Sunday, September 29, 2013

Review | Origin

Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Review by Aeryn
August 2013 by Entangled Publishing
366 pages
Amazon + Good Reads
4/5 stars

"Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? 

And will they even be together?"

-Good Reads

Like all of the Lux Novels, Origin should be rated in units of scrumptious. Adorable book blogger protagonist: 5 scrumptious. Alien life forms that double as flashlights: 5 scrumptious. Hot and heavy romance that still maintains a solid amount of believable tenderness: 5 scrumptious. For what all of these things have in common — Daemon Black — there aren't enough scrumptious units on the scale. Origin picks up pretty much where Opal left off—thirty-one hours, forty two minutes, and twenty seconds later, if you want to get Daemon-specific. Katy has been dragged off to Daedalus’ headquarters near Area 51, and, like the description promises, Daemon will do anything to get her back. Or be near her. Even if it means turning himself in. Which he does.
Stupid boys.
This book differs greatly from the previous three in that the majority of the plot happens away from the small West Virginia town we’ve become accustomed to our alien friends occupying. We learn, through both Daemon and Katy during their captivity at Area 51, about what Daedalus has planned for the Luxen—the good, bad, and ugly. While the general spin from Daedalus employees is positive, it becomes obvious that there are some serious issues with the program as a whole. Issues such as purple-eyed children who can kill with their mind, also known as Origins. Freaky. After a somewhat ludicrous breakout, Katy and Daemon find themselves on the run, shortly joined by the rest of the Black family, the Thompsons, and Mr. Matthew Garrison himself. From here there is a plethora of sweet, romantic scenes—steamy ones at that—but, more importantly, there is betrayal (GASP! NO!), action (HOLY CRAP, DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN?!), and a cliffhanger that only Jennifer
Armentrout could write (PLEASE, GOD, WRITE FASTER!).
If you haven’t read any of the Lux novels, I highly recommend them—though I’m sorry if this review spoiled anything. They are fast-paced, easy reads that beg to be re-read, and they prove that aliens can be sexy. Origin does a great job of continuing with what’s expected of a Lux Novel, while adding urgency and danger to the entire storyline.

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