The Burning Shadow (Origin Series, #2)
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.
There's lots of tension and action throughout THE BURNING SHADOW. Readers find out more about Evie's mysterious past and what link her mother had in all of it. Daemon appears later in the book to help Luc and Evie out. Some of the scenes feel like they came right out of the Avengers series, only in this case aliens with super powers and hybrids that either want to destroy the Earth or help.
The relationship between Luc and Evie didn't feel as organic as the one between Daemon and Kat. At times it felt almost the same. I really wanted to believe in Luc and Evie's love, but Luc at times felt almost stalkish. Still, he's there for her, regardless when she tries to deny her true feelings for him. She doesn't know if they in fact had a relationship before she lost her memories and is intrigued to find out more. Then there are the vivid memories of a past that eludes her and a horrific power that tries to come out.
There's also a secret government organization set out to destroy the Lux and Origins. Plus, a flu-like virus that mutates into grisly results.
What worked for me was the thriller part of the novel on what really was behind the Daedalus Project. When people start dying and it's blamed on the Luxen, the real truth is frightening and chilling. So is the huge reveal at the end of the novel. **No fair on that cliffhanger ending!
Fast-paced, engaging, thrilling alien adventure that continues the saga of Evie and Luc and the truth behind her past. Add romance, hot aliens, and a secret organization. What's not to like?
2. Major huge reveal at the end **No, I won't spoil it for you!
She knows that she cares a great deal for Luc, the sassy and incredibly powerful Origin who is certainly in love with her. Navigating a relationship with him isn't easy for Evie who isn't sure how much his feelings relate to who she was before. Luckily, Luc is ever the amazing person who is full of reassurances- and loves her now as he did then but also validates her identity.
Things are shifting as the government is trying to get all the aliens (Luxen and Arum) to register and to take away any rights they may have. People are protesting on both sides, and things are getting worse for the Luxen and those they care about when a serious flu- that is blamed on the Luxen- starts going around and killing people who seemed healthy enough before. When a student in Evie's class falls ill with this flu, it becomes apparent that there is something bigger going on.
Every bit as fast-paced, engaging, and full of sci-fi and action as the Lux series with a delicious new couple, fans will adore this new series and this powerful second book. Fans of the original series will definitely be pleased to see old characters reappear as well as enjoy the new storylines. While I think the context of the original series helps, this series could be read as a stand-alone, and things are recapped well throughout.
I would also recommend reading this series in order to fully understand this one, but if you read the first book when it came out, this second book recaps the events of the first enough to not require a reread. Although the ending is a little open for the next book, most answers to the questions raised in this book are received by the end to make people who are uncomfortable with cliffhangers happy. I highly recommend getting your hands on this one- fast-paced, delightful, and chock full of romance, action, and mystery.
The overall plot also carries some interesting undercurrents that reflect the political climate and can raise interesting discussions (such as registration of certain people/aliens, exclusion from entering a country/planet, a group receiving blame for diseases/unhappiness, etc.). The parallels are readily apparent and an add an interesting undercurrent to the story.
Armentrout is a master of blending romance and engrossing plot with a few bonus laughs, and this series is no different. Between the romantic relationship of Evie and Luc and the mystery of the deadly flu going around, this book is sure to keep the reader turning pages late into the night. YA sci-fi, romance, and mystery fans should definitely pick this one up!