Review: Origin by Jennifer Armentrout

October 7, 2013 Book Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review: Origin by Jennifer ArmentroutOrigin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #4
Published by Entangled Teen on August 27, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, YA
Pages: 366
Source: Amazon
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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?

I feel like I need to go into this review already defending myself … yes I liked it. OF COURSE I will read the last book when it comes out, but this has been my least favorite of the series so far. As much as I liked getting a peak into Daemon’s head, it made him less mysterious and I think that took away some of what made him intriguing to me.

I remember all the emotions I had at the end of Opal, that major cliffhanger, and the empty feeling that left me with. I think, in part, that is also why I went into Origin so jaded. Small cliffhangers are fine, and certainly leave me wanting more, but the way Opal ended I felt like I had to go into Origin guarded, knowing how Armentrout likes to abuse torture emotionally drain her readers. That affected my reading experience, I distanced myself from the characters.

Of course, all that being said, I still loved the story. Origin is unique and enthralling. The writing is easy to read and you do feel a certain connection, no matter how hard you try not to, with the characters. Like all of Armentrout’s YA books, there are twists you don’t see coming, new characters introduced, and betrayals that break your heart. It is certainly a roller coaster of ups and downs, side to sides, and a few loops – and you aren’t ever sure if you have your seat-belt on.

If you haven’t read the Lux Series yet, you should. It is really great. But be prepared – Origin ends on another cliffhanger, though in my opinion it isn’t nearly as bad as Opal. But it does make me wonder about the chances of things going terribly wrong for everyone before the end of the series.


About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YOUK TIMES and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.

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