Thursday, 26 September 2013

Review: Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin (Lux, #4)ORIGIN

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux
Pages: 366
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Young Adult

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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?

Review: 5 out of 5 stars

Contains possible spoilers from previous books

Wow, wow and more wow! Origin was amazingly fabulous, real life was put on hold for this one I was so glued to my seat, anxiously anticipating what would happen as I frantically flipped through the pages and boy did JLA deliver a gripping, captivating read which left me emotionally spent at the end of it all.

After the ending of Opal, which was brutal! We see Katy now being held and tested by Daedelus and while there she really showed what a strong character she was, as the testing/torture continued day after day her love for Daemon continued to grow strong; she was resilient, stubborn, feisty but also weakening with her resolve to find out the truth not only about Daedalus and their purpose but also the Luxen and what she has always believed of them.

Never one to give up on those he loves, Daemon has his own plan to rescue Kat and ends up at the testing facility himself in the hopes of mysterious Luc somehow getting them out if Daemon retrieves something of importance to him. What can I say about smexy Daemon, he honestly continues to grow as a character for me, he is intelligent, snarky, arrogant and completely in love with Kat; I adored his dedication in finding a way to save her and their moments together were so sweet, I couldn’t help but hope for a way out for them so they didn’t end up as Dawson and Bethany had.

We find out a lot more about Daedelus as well as a new super species that had me gaping with what they could actually do, it was quite freaky. I adore JLA’s story telling and the way the series is progressing – it has all of the elements I love in a YA novel – amazing action sequences, heart melting romance, intriguing mystery and fabulous characters you can’t help but love but we have lost a few over the course of the series, this book seeing the most casualties which was quite sad and left me quite shocked; there was no holding back.

The secondary characters have always played a pivotal role in this series, it was great to see Dee back to a form of her usual self, we are introduced to Archer who I really liked, Luc continues to intrigue me and I couldn’t help but hold out hope for some normalcy for Dawson and Bethany, my heart breaks for what they have been through. The support they each have for one another has been remarkable.

JLA’s writing is engaging and flows beautifully and I was so excited to get both Daemon and Katy’s POV in Origin; it’s always nice going into a book and having so many unexpected plot twists and turns that you end up having no idea as to which direction the author will take us, I love the element of surprise and the many gaping moments which keep the story fresh and exciting.

Overall, Origin delivered a whole load of emotions and left me reeling at the end, it is the best book in the series for me and has left me super eager for the final instalment Opposition. The Lux series is one I can’t recommend highly enough.

Fave quotes:

“Did you think you could stop me? I'll burn the world down to save her.” 

“A certain bone-deep understanding occurred and my hand tightened around the smaller one I held. It weren't stars we were staring at. The sky was falling.” 

“So I was thinking, there're eighty-six thousand, four hundred seconds in a day, right? There're one thousand, four hundred and forty minutes in a day...There're one hundred and sixty-eight hours in a week. Around eighty-seven hundred and then some hours in a year, and you know what?...I want to spend every second, every minute, every hour with you...I want a year's worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade's worth of hours, so many that I can't add them up.” 

“She was beautiful, and I was so, so desperately in love with her.
Her chin jerked up, and she sucked in a breath, eyes widening. 
Okay, I may have actually thought that last bit at her.
You did. A small smile split her lips.” 

Jennifer L. ArmentroutAbout the author: # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. 

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. 

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Shadows (Lux, #0.5) Obsidian (Lux, #1) Onyx (Lux, #2) Opal (Lux, #3)


  1. Great review Sharon. I've been so conflicted about reading this though I've had it since it released. The way Opal ended was such a OMG you've got to be kidding moment. I've been worried that the same thing would happen with Origin. Maybe now I can get up the courage. Read Opal last December and still need to write the review.

    1. Thanks Ellen, this one doesn't end on a cliff-hanger as such but it does make you eager to know what is going to happen. I can't wait for the next book!

  2. I honestly think that Jennifer is not human. She can't possibly be human. Just look at all the amazing books she writes and how fast she does it. And how awesome they always turn out to be. I mean, I've only read some of her Half-Blood series, but I remember I was pretty much blown away by it. I haven't read any of her *hot alien boyfriend* series yet, mainly because I feel intimidated by the pace at which she spits them out and the fast-growing number of the volumes already out o_O I am very happy to see that you have no problems keeping up with it, tho, and glad you're enjoying all of them so much! :) Miss chatting with ya, sweetie! :)

    1. I completely agree Evie! her books are fabulous and the turn-around is amazing, You must read the Lux series, Daemon is wonderful.

      I miss chatting with you as well, I hope you are doing really well x

  3. Gosh I am so behind on this series! I only read the first installment back in 2011 and I haven't had the chance to pick it up again, not that I don't want to. I will be making time for this in 2014 and I am at least glad that my procrastination allows me to avoid the cliffhangers and dreaded in between time.

    1. There are too many books and not enough reading hours ;) I hope you get a chance to finish this series, it is definitely one of my favourites.

  4. I still need to read Origin, I can't believe I still haven't read it!
    -Scott Reads It!

    1. Ooh, it is a must! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  5. I still need to read Opal! I was so scared of that damn cliffhanger that I kept putting it off. Glad it's another hit!

    1. That cliff-hanger was a shocker! it seems to be the norm with JLA though which is a shame, this one wasn't so bad.

  6. Oh Sharon I am so far beyond with these books and I love JLA, you have me itching to drop everything and just read them all!

    1. They are a must read Kimba! this one was amazing :) I hope you get a chance to read them.


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