Book Review: The Burning Shadow

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Origin #2
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Genres: YA sci-fi
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.

My heart wants to explode every time I think of Evie and Luc.

I thought this story had the perfect balance of romance and plot. The book picks up right where book 1 ended. People are still terrified of the Lux and hate is spreading the country. There’s a deadly flu like virus going around, one that seems to be originating from the Lux. People are dying and some people are tired of having the Lux around.

I listened to the audio version, and I thought the narrator did an amazing job. It’s the same narrator from book 1, and I think she handles all the characters and emotions really well.

The chemistry between Evie and Luc jumps from the pages. Every time they’re together I get a stupid grin on my face. The banter between the two is hilarious.

I also like that there’s an ensemble of characters. You see a lot of Evie with her girl friends, as well as the alien groups.

Fans of the Lux Series will be ecstatic, as we see a lot of the old characters we know and love.

Thankfully, the cliffhanger wasn’t that bad. I can deal until the next book comes out next year. I do wish this was about 50 pages less, it did drag a bit on certain conversations and scenes.

Overall, this was a great addition to the ever expanding Lux universe. While not completely original, this was highly entertaining.

four stars

Book One Review -> The Darkest Star

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