The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentroutt
Series: Origin, #2
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on October 8th 2019 by Tor Teen
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Contains spoilers for The Darkest Star
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.
The Burning Shadow was the first Lux book I read without Demi since I started this blog but I’m so glad I finally got around reading it. I wasn’t big fan of The Darkest Star but I figured since Origin is part of Lux world they have to get better– and the second book delivered.
I really felt for Evie. She doesn’t only need to struggle about who she is but now she also doesn’t know what she is. She also wants to show not only other people but to herself that she isn’t useless. She doesn’t want to be weak and put everyone else in danger for her.
I really like Luc and it was interesting how he took it that there were actual things he didn’t know, like what happened to Nadia between the cure and when she started the school. I just love protective male characters.
While it sucks that he couldn’t completely trust Evie because of her mom, I completely understood the reasons behind it. Luc loved Nadia but I really like it that he doesn’t expect Evie to be her. She doesn’t have the memories Nadia had and she has parts of Evie too. There’s just something about him accepting her the way she is and still loving her that I love? There’s not comparing the two or expecting her to do something because that’s what Nadia would’ve done.
I wanted to see more characters from earlier Lux books and we did. I’m so glad we got to see Katy, Daemon, Dee, Dawson and even Lore, who I forgot until they mentioned his brother. I wish we had seen Hunter and Serena too but maybe in the next book? I don’t really like Grayson in this book but hopefully he will get better now that he knows who Evie really is. He’s just been protective of Luc even if he know he’s capable of handling himself.
All in all The Burning Shadow got me to like Evie and Luc’s romance more and I wish I had the third book in my hands already but I couldn’t give it full five stars since quite few ‘reveals’ were predictable to me.