The Burning Shadow (Origin Series, #2)

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The Burning Shadow (Origin Series, #2)
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Age Range
14+
Release Date
October 08, 2019
ISBN
978-1250175748
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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.

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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Plot 
 
4.7  (3)
Characters 
 
4.3  (3)
Writing Style 
 
4.7  (3)
Fast-Paced Continuation of the Origin Series
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
I’m not going to lie….I read The Burning Shadow in two days. It could’ve been one sitting if my eyelids would have cooperated and not shut on me at 4am, but I digress. The first book of I ever read was her Luxen series. I fell in love with Luc there and couldn’t contain my excitement when she announced the spinoff series featuring him. Y’all I loved The Darkest Star and didn’t have the same expectations for The Burning Shadow. If it’s possible I think I loved it more than the first! Picking up almost immediately where The Darkest Star left off, The Burning Shadow is a fast-paced, paranormal romance that left me with my heart aching and my mind reeling.

Evie (or should I say Nadia?) is adjusting to her circumstances, still coping with a past that was stolen from her. She is understandably confused, drifting through her days wondering who she really is and what was done to her. Micah left her shaken. Luc provides her stability, but does he really care for her or the memory of who she was? This question plagues her and makes her doubt Luc’s motives. Then there’s her mom who isn’t her mom. Evie really struggles with who to trust, and while she wants answers, she’s also terrified to find the truth.

Luc is as adorable, freaky, and scary as he has always been. The boy is the king of corny pickup lines, and yet also the most powerful Origin, meaning that everyone answers to him. He is a know-it-all, and the question of what is going on with Evie leaves him shaken because he doesn’t have the answer. The only thing he does know is his feelings for Evie. That is the one constant in it all.

The world fears a Luxen rebellion, killing humans, but now they have bigger problems. A mysterious illness is killing people, and those that it doesn’t kill are mutating into something Luc and his fellow Luxen have never seen. These people are freakishly strong, fast, and seem to harness the power of both the Luxen and Arum. While Luc and Evie chase down answers, they must also come to terms with what has happened to her and how it affects their relationship. The romance is a subplot of this story, but it is there and oh so sweet. I love these two! Every interaction, how careful Luc is with her, and how much he loves her is evident in every touch, every word. He even made me tear up once or twice!

Overall, I loved The Burning Shadow. If you are a fan of or a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed. The book delivers a beautiful romance, filled with the excitement and thrill of a paranormal adventure.

*This review first appeared on Mom with a Reading Problem. To see it and other reviews, visit https://www.momwithareadingproblem.com
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The Burning Shadow
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
What worked: I'm a huge fan of the Lux series and LOVE Daemon. The relationship between Daemon and Kat is sizzling hot. I loved the first book in the new series, intrigued on who Evie might really be and why at first stand-offish Luc was so attracted to her.

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?
Good Points
1. Fast-paced continuation in the spin-off Lux series
2. Major huge reveal at the end **No, I won't spoil it for you!
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fantastic blend of sci-fi, action/mystery, and romance
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
THE BURNING SHADOW is a fantastic and thrilling continuation of the spin-off Origin series. Just like the original series, there is plenty of action and loads of swoon-worthy romance. Evie Dasher has learned in the first book that her past was not what she thought it was, and that something happened to her four years ago when she was turned over to the Daedalus, that evil organization experimenting on aliens/humans. She is fighting to figure out her identity and how to reconcile her past and present- which is extra-challenging since she has false memories in place of her real ones.

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!
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