Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
While the synopsis insists that you can read this book without reading the Lux series, I don’t see why you’d want to. It might be good as a standalone I suppose, but you’d be missing out on a ton of history and background – I’d just go ahead and read them all!
- NA spin-offs. I have some mixed feelings about NA spin-offs of YA books. I’m sure that the NA book gets more older readers interested in the series in general. But, I just know that there are teens out there who feel exactly like I do about missing out on books in a series and are dying to read this one. Some might decide to pick it up despite the 18+ rating – and it’s really NOT at all appropriate for the under 18 crowd. Not. And, yes, you could definitely skip this book and still be okay, but there is TONS of information about the Arum and Daedalus in this book that really enhances the series. I wish that Armentrout would write a YA-friendly version of the book (it could definitely be done – I’ve seen other authors do it) so that her YA readers could still get the Arum perspective, but not be exposed to the explicit sex.
- Serena’s bad decision. Toward the end of the book, Serena made a decision that was just plain dumb and that got them into a lot of trouble. I just didn’t understand her reasoning for the decision – and Hunter pretty much had no choice but to go along for the ride. There were a few other things about this part of the book that bugged me too (I scratched my head at some of the Luxen’s decisions as well), but I can’t think of any way to talk about them that won’t be a spoiler, so I’ll just leave it at that. Luckily, the rest of the book made up for this one kind of frustrating part.
- The Arum. I absolutely LOVED getting to see the other side of the story when it comes to the Arum vs. Lux. Up till this point in the series, we’ve only seen the Arum as the bad guys. In this book, the tables are completely turned and we get to see the reasons behind the war between the Arum and the Luxen. When seen from the Hunter’s perspective, suddenly the Arum are fighting the evil Luxen and protecting humanity from a huge threat. This is something that I LOVE in books. When the lines between the good guys and the bad guys are most decidedly gray. We definitely don’t see Hunter as evil in this book – in fact, the biggest, baddest bad guys in the book are actually Luxen (with the US government coming in at a close second). So, who’s good and who’s bad. Well, just like the humans, there are good and bad Luxen and good and bad Arum – makes it all just that much more realistic.
- Daedalus. We also got to learn a lot more about Daedalus in this book – Who they are, what they’re trying to do, how ruthless they are. There are definitely still lots of mysteries, but this book gives us quite a few hints and fills in some holes.
- Hunter and Serena. From the beginning Hunter and Serena have awesome chemistry together, even when Serena’s terrified of him (which she should be sometimes) and when Hunter is aggravated with her. Hunter has spent his life feeling a whole lot of nothing, and liking it that way – he reasons that that’s the way the Arum are and anything else will only cause him pain. So, he’s completely unprepared when he starts to actually care for Serena and he’s not even really sure what to do about it. Add to that the fact that he is constantly afraid he might kill her if he gets a bit too passionate and can’t help but feed off of her – well, it makes for a complicated romance. Serena, on the other hand, isn’t sure what she feels about the frightening and yet beautiful alien who seems to be both protecting her and pushing her away. I was 100% invested in this couple and couldn’t WAIT to see where it all led!
Check out my reviews for Obsidian, Onyx and Opal too! My review for Origin is coming soon!