Where I do I begin? Perhaps with a little background… I’ve looked at Armentrout’s books before, but I’ve never actually picked one up to read. They have rather good reviews so when I saw “The Darkest Star” on Netgalley, I requested it.
I want to say it started out good but… Here, I’ll share a quote from the first chapter.
“My lips parted on a soft inhale. The reaction was startling and embarrassing. I sort of wanted to smack myself, but in my defense, the guy was stunning, the kind of beauty that almost didn’t seem real at first.”
Shall I continue? It gets better.
“Messy brown hair toppled his forehead in waves and curls. Even from where I was standing, I could tell that his face knew no bad angle, the kind of face that needed no filter. Impossibly high and broad cheekbones were paired with a carved, square jaw. His mouth really was a work of art…”
Okay, I’ll stop now.
After reading this only 2% of the way through, my skepticism skyrocketed. Things didn’t get better and I stopped at 47%.
What I did like: The idea of the Luxen and Origins was quite interesting – it has a lot of potential. To me, it is a unique twist to the whole “aliens from another planet inhabiting earth.”
However, the characters weren’t compelling since they lacked depth. Evie wasn’t very smart and had few interests so this gave her little to no personality. Luc, I felt like I didn’t get to know him because every other description mentions his insanely good looks. I care more about who he is than what he looks like. The dialogue between the characters, especially Luc and Evie, did not flow nicely and was riddled with sarcasm and sassiness. At first, I let it slide since it gave the characters some fire, but simply put, it was overdone. Further, the writing contained minimal flourishes. It wasn’t a work of art, it was vague shapes and lines. I expected more from an author who has so many published titles.
And lastly, this was not at all a clean read. The characters swore frequently and up to 47% there wasn’t any sex, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the other 53% contains it.
Altogether, I do not recommend this book and I don’t think I will read any other books from this author either.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.